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To celebrate one of rock s most powerful voices, an all-star group of his friends and fans recorded 13 of their favorite tracks for a tribute album that will raise funds for the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund. Produced by his longtime manager and wife Wendy Dio, the album includes contributions by such metal heavyweights as Metallica, Motörhead, Scorpions, Anthrax, and Rob Halford, as well as appearances by many of the musicians who performed with Dio over the years.
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But if all that isn't enough, how 'bout arguably the highlight of the entire compilation: the legendary masters, Metallica, performing a 9-minute composition of four Rainbow classics entitled "Ronnie Rising Medley," which contains a blistering--and I do mean blistering--edit of "Kill the King" at the 4:30 mark of the mix.
Those are just a few samples of the ear candy contained in this dynamic collection. You also get Priest's Metal God himself, Rob Halford, performing Rainbow's "Man on a Silver Mountain," a sampling of additional Sabbath covers including "Neon Nights" by none other than Anthrax, "The Last in Line," by Jack Black's Tenacious D, and "The Mob Rules" by Adrenaline Mob. Other Dio (the band) classics included are "Straight Through the Heart," by Halestorm, "Holy Diver," by Killswitch Engage, "Egypt (The Chains are On)" by Doro (yes, she's still rocking after all these years!), and "Rainbow in the Dark" by Corey Taylor and a few of his cohorts.
Finally, you get one more sampling of Ronnie James' later-career voice as he performs the ballad which fittingly serves as a title for this album, "This is Your Life." As a side note, if you pick up the MP3, you also get a bonus track, "Buried Alive," by Jasta.
If you're a Ronnie James Dio fan, this is a must have. Get it and enjoy!
Motorhead and Biff Byford were extremely on point with Starstruck, and considering their stay in music they were qualified for this. Not a fan of Corey Taylor at all, but his cover on Rainbow in the Dark is pretty good. Satchel of Steel Panther is a surprise here with a nice solo. For some reason Rob Halford has been catching some heat for his performance on Man On The Silver Mountain. This is not a Judas Priest album; he does a splendid cover and I love the closing with letting Dio finish his own song in the fading background. So sad yet at the same time so awesome.
Halestorm's cover on Straight Through the Heart succeeds only due to Lizzy's vocals, because the guitars and drums are in your face weak and are nowhere the level of Vivian Campbell and Vinny Appice. "I" was great, while The Temple of the King, and Ronnie Rising Medley deserve some type of mention.
Now this album definitely has its lows that stood out to me so much that I can't call this a truly great album. Adrenaline Mob delivers a louder, rowdier, and guitar crunchier version of Mob Rules. Unfortunately the song feels over-produced and the playing overshadows the lyrical content. This is actually a bad thing because along with being a great singer it was Dio's substance, fantastic metaphors, and Dungeons & Dragons imagination he was known for. The song isn't a fail, unfortunately it does not properly showcase Dio's brilliant imagination either. Killswitch Engage's cover on Holy Diver is a listening struggle. I heard it completely only once, but I can't go through it again. It's way too over-produced with unnecessary screams and just bad playing. It's style over substance despite Dio's band originally providing a 50/50 mix. If you want to hear a splendid cover of this song that is far superior to KSE, then check out Holy Mother's cover. Mike slays all day on that track as if Dio possessed him, and it should have been here. While looking at these two songs though and the things that disturb me about them; I'm glad Heaven & Hell and Sign of the Southern Cross weren't covered, because they probably would have been botched. Iron Maiden should have been on this album taking one of those legendary songs.
Overall, this is a fine tribute album and I'm glad to own it, but it could have been much better than this. In any case, give this album a listen if you're a fan of Dio, metal, or music in general. Please do not just download this for free.
Pros: Some amazing covers for the most part, Anthrax, Doro, and Motorhead
Cons: Small amount of missteps and it could have been better