Master of the Moon is the tenth and final studio album by the American heavy metal band Dio. The album was released on September 7, 2004 in America through Sanctuary Records and August 30, 2004 in Europe through SPV Records. It was produced by Ronnie James Dio.
Master of the Moon marks the return of guitarist Craig Goldy, who also performed on Dio's Dream Evil (1987) and Magica (2000). It also features Jeff Pilson on bass, Simon Wright on drums and Scott Warren on keyboards.
One song, "Death by Love", was partly written by former Magica touring bassist Chuck Garric. There are no writing credits provided in the album's liner notes.
On the supporting tour for this album Dio went on the road with Fireball Ministry and Anthrax opening. As usual, he reached into his catalogue and played songs from various stages of his career, including Rainbow and Black Sabbath songs.
The bonus track "The Prisoner of Paradise" is on the Japanese pressing of the album. The song would later be featured on the compilation The Very Beast of Dio Vol. 2.
|1.||"One More for the Road"||3:18|
|2.||"Master of the Moon"||4:19|
|3.||"The End of the World"||4:39|
|5.||"The Man Who Would Be King"||4:58|
|7.||"Living the Lie"||Dio, Goldy, Simon Wright||4:25|
|9.||"Death by Love"||Dio, Goldy, Chuck Garric, Wright||4:21|
|11.||"The Prisoner of Paradise" (Japanese edition bonus track)||4:01|
|2004||U.S.Top Independent Albums||7|
|Finnish Albums Chart||16|
|Swedish Albums Chart||35|
|German Albums Chart||62|
|2005||Oricon Japanese Albums Charts||259|
- Ronnie James Dio – vocals
- Craig Goldy – guitar, keyboards
- Jeff Pilson – bass
- Simon Wright – drums
- Scott Warren – keyboards