Illustrator Marc Sasso, who has done album covers for DIO, MORBID ANGEL, CRYONIC TEMPLE, ROB ROCK, HARD ECHO and, most recently, the new CAGE CD, is now painting the cover for the new DIO album, "Master Of The Moon". Marc is the only artist to have done two DIO covers.
Marc told Maximum Metal: "I can't think of a better way to spend my Independence Day then painting new cover art for one of the greatest American heavy metal singers in history — Ronnie James Dio! The artwork is everything you've come to love within the DIO universe — a bad-ass creature in a magical environment, with a twist. Ronnie's vocals and music have been a huge part of my life and he is one of the coolest, most down to earth people I've ever met. I am thankful that I have been given the opportunity to create his cover art for a second time. Long live the Man on the Silver Mountain."
Look for the new DIO CD, "Master Of The Moon", to be released August 30 in Europe through SPV Records. A U.S. release date through Sanctuary Records has yet to be announced. The follow-up to 2002's "Killing the Dragon" was recorded at a Los Angeles studio and features lyrics that are "cynical" and "political", with the music being a mixture of up-tempo and doomy tracks, according to frontman Ronnie James Dio. Songtitles set to appear on the CD include:
01. Master Of The Moon
02. Death By Love
03. I Am
04. The End Of The World
05. One More From The Road
07. In Dreams
08. The Man Who Would Be King
09. Living A Lie
10. The Eyes
A U.S. tour is expected to kick off on Sept. 23 in Detroit.
For more of Marc's various artworks, go to www.marcsasso.com.