Sound — 9
"Metal Hits" is a 2005 best of compilation CD, focusing on one of the most legendary musicians of the 20th Century, Ronnie James Dio. The album is entirely put together from Dio's self-titled solo band, excluding his work with Rainbow and Black Sabbath, which is kind of a shame, as songs like "Stargazer," "Heaven and Hell" and "Long Live Rock and Roll" are not present, even though I'm fairly sure those songs rank quite high on the best-of list of any Ronnie James Dio fan. However, this album does gain back some points for having a bunch of actually really cool tracks that don't get a lot of radio airplay - even on the few stations that play Dio's hits.
Lyrics — 9
The lyrics can get repetitive at some points, but for the most part Dio's level and style of singing ability are interesting enough that you probably won't get bored of the lyrics. If you do get bored of the lyrics, then the earth-shattering drumbeats and killer guitar riffs should still be fun, at the very least. The non-repetitive lyrics are very good and all songs have at least one standout cool thing, as well as a nice all-around compliance of music and lyrics. Plus, like I already said, there's a lot of stuff on here that the casual fan or radio listener most probably doesn't know. The only tracks on "Metal Hits" frequently played on the radio, are "Holy Diver," "Rainbow in the Dark" and "The Last in Line."
Overall Impression — 8
Well, this is a solid compilation CD, not the best one out there I'm sure, but it works as long as you want a collection of only the songs from Dio's solo career. The problem with this "Metal Hits" disc is that you're dealing with one of the most talented Heavy Metal singers who ever lived - and who also was in a few different bands, always in the role of lead vocalist. Now, given the fact that the liner notes to this CD actually mention his time as the frontman for Sabbath and Rainbow, I would expect at least one song on the entire album to be a pre-"Holy Diver" track. I honestly wouldn't care how obscure it was, if there was a single song on here from before 1982, then I could be just a little bit happier.