Artist: Various Artists
Album: Ronnie James Dio: This Is Your Life
Ronnie James Dio: A visionary, a pioneer of heavy metal and an influence to an incredible array of artists the world over. The metal community suffered a serious blow when we lost this god among men in 2010. But 4 years later, many artists from the rock/metal world have come together to deliver a tribute album like no other. Ronnie James Dio: This Is Your Life, features an all-star lineup including: Corey Taylor and Roy Mayorga (Stone Sour), Motorhead, Tenacious D, Halestorm, Anthrax, Metallica and many more! Each and every artist has taken a piece of his history, his life, his blood and breathed a new life into it. Whether it’s Dio’s incredibly memorable vocal style, his lyrical prowess or his stage presence, you cannot deny that he left a legacy behind him. Who better to pay homage to that legacy than some of the up-and-coming artists he loved and respected so greatly?!
I’m going to try not to pinpoint any tracks, good or bad, on this album and here’s why: Each and every artist nailed what they were set out to do. Whether it be Metallica’s “Ronnie Rising Medley”, “Rainbow in the Dark” performed by Corey Taylor, Roy Mayorga, Satchel, Christian Martucci and Jason Christopher or Killswitch Engage’s take on “Holy Diver” which has become a fan favorite, there is nothing bad about this album, simply put.
This Is Your Life is a collaborative effort of some of the best in the business throughout the years to pay homage to a fallen legend. With each track that comes through your speakers, you can feel Dio’s presence, giving the horns and headbanging in approval. Pick up your copy of Ronnie James Dio: This Is Your Life now and get ready to laugh, cry and celebrate the life of one of metal’s most loved legends! All proceeds go to the Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund!