Metal News for May 16, 2010
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14 news articles posted on this day.
Vocalist Blasphyre of Catholicon has checked in with the following comments about the news of Ronnie James Dio succumbing to cancer earlier today:
"What started off as a great Sunday turned horrible as soon as I turned on my computer. The internet was rife with a false rumor of Ronnie James Dio's death yesterday, which I thankfully got to the bottom of and ignored; only to find out that he did in fact pass away the very next day around 7:45 AM this morning. Dio and Tony Martin were what made me love Black Sabbath (never as big of a fan of the Oz man, sorry!); and Dio was by far the best lyricist and had the best stage presence. I never got to see him with Sabbath or Heaven & Hell (which I truly consider to be the real Black Sabbath); but I count myself lucky to have at least seen him with DIO in the 1990's and got to hear him sing Rainbow in the Dark and Evilution at least once live.
"This sucks. Horrible news. Dio was the coolest and most down to earth of the Black Sabbath vocalists. Not pompous or brain dead or trying to turn himself into a household brand name like his predecessor (sorry again, Ozzy fans), and he was supremely talented in every respect. This just fucking sucks. What can people do but keep making music in his honor. Rest in Peace, Ronnie."
Metallica drummer Lars Ulric has issued the following open letter to the recently deceased Ronnie James Dio:
"Dear Ronnie, I just got off stage in Zagreb. I was met with the news that you've passed on. I'm kind of in shock, but I wanted you to know that you were one of the main reasons I made it onto that stage to begin with. When I first saw you in Elf, opening for Deep Purple in 1975, I was completely blown away by the power in your voice, your presence on stage, your confidence, and the ease with which you seemed to connect to 6000 Danish people and one starry-eyed 11 year old, most of whom were not familiar with Elf's music. The following year, I was so psyched when I heard the results of you joining forces with my favorite guitar player. You guys sounded so right for each other and I instantly became Rainbow's #1 fan in Denmark.
"In the fall of 1976, when you played your first show in Copenhagen, I was literally in the front row and the couple of times we made eye contact you made me feel like the most important person in the world. The news that you guys were staying in town on your day off somehow embedded itself in my brain and I made the pilgrimage to the Plaza Hotel to see if I could somehow grab a picture, an autograph, a moment, anything. A few hours later you came out and were so kind and caring... pictures, autographs and a couple minutes of casual banter. I was on top of the world, inspired and ready for anything. Rainbow came to Copenhagen a couple more times over the next few years and each time you guys blew my mind, and for a good three years were my absolute favorite band on this planet. More...
California's Redemption has issued the following statement regarding the passing of Ronnie James Dio today:
"I lost a musical hero today, and the news has hit me harder than I thought it would. Ronnie James Dio was one of the first concerts I saw, and Holy Diver one of the first records I bought once I started liking this thing called 'heavy metal.' Over the years, I have seen him perform more than anyone else (with the exception of my friends in Dream Theater, given our tour together!) and the past several times I've seen him with Black Sabbath have been truly phenomenal.
"I was hoping that Ronnie would be able to perform a guest vocal on a future Redemption CD, and the vocal line I had in mind for him was an expression of triumph over cancer. Obviously, this takes on a horrible irony now. And given my own diagnosis, obviously I'm particularly attuned to what Ronnie endured. My thoughts and prayers go out to Ronnie's family and friends. The world of heavy metal has lost its voice. Rest in peace, Ronnie."
The rumors have now been confirmed. Ronnie James Dio died this morning at 7:45am, as confirmed by his wife, Wendy who has posted the following message on Ronnie James Dio's official site and official Facebook page:
“Today my heart is broken, Ronnie passed away at 7:45am 16th May. Many, many friends and family were able to say their private good-byes before he peacefully passed away. Ronnie knew how much he was loved by all. We so appreciate the love and support that you have all given us. Please give us a few days of privacy to deal... with this terrible loss. Please know he loved you all and his music will live on forever. Wendy”
Ronnie James Dio (born Ronald James Padavona) lost his battle with stomach cancer and passed away at age 67. Dio made a name for himself when he fronted the Ritchie Blackmore led band Rainbow, who released their first album in 1975. After leaving Rainbow, Dio was asked to replace Ozzy Osbourne in Black Sabbath, to which he agreed. With Black Sabbath, he recorded two highly acclaimed studio albums in the form of "Heaven And Hell" and "The Mob Rules." After leaving Black Sabbath, he formed his own self-titled band and became one of the biggest draws in heavy metal during the 1980s.
Dio briefly reunited with Black Sabbath in the early 1990s, releasing the "Dehumanizer" album before leaving once again to concentrate on his own band. Another reunion with Sabbath followed in 2006, this time under the new moniker, Heaven & Hell, reulting the acclaimed album, "The Devil You Know" in 2009.
Dio was diagnosed with stomach cancer late last year and the band recently cancelled their tour dates in Europe as a result of Ronnie's health.
The news of Dio's death has also been reported by Blabbermouth.net, who was in touch with Wendy Dio after the premature reports of his death in the early AM hours.
Please check out our "Sunday Old School" feature dedicated to Ronnie James Dio that we ran shortly after the announcement that he had stomach cancer.
Our thoughts go out to Dio's family and friends and metal fans who consider the legendary singer a hero.
Vancouver's Abriosis has posted a new video of the song "Scarlet Rapture," which will be featured in the band's upcoming full-length album. Check the video out below.
Australian metallers Eyefear have issued the following update about the band's activity:
"Greetings everyone, it sure has been a while since we have had any updates posted and going by the amount of e-mails we have received I guess we better post some news! Their has been a lot going on behind the scenes which unfortunately we can not get into at the moment but rest assured all will be revealed very soon. This has slowed down writing process some what but their will be some major changes in the band but not line up changes! Once it is all sorted which will not be long we will let you all know.
"One thing we can tell you all of course is that we will be playing with our very close friends Black Majesty for their CD launch. We are really looking forward to the night and hope to see you all their. Stay tuned for more news in the coming weeks!"
Sample Eyefear tracks can be heard via the band's MySpace page.
German black metal act No Empathy is currently streaming a new track online titled "Chalice of Vaus," which is off their upcoming album "Rust." The track can be heard via the official No Empathy MySpace page. The band also issued the following statement about the track:
"'Doomed in illusionary Chambers The Case crushing spilled black' Chalice of Vaus is now audible, too! So let the Chalice, the Truth, the Thorn manifest. The Spirit´s shall rise. Keep in mind, that the sound quality of these tracks is reduced enormously due to Myspace compression!"
The "Rust" track listing is as follows:
2. Chaosophic Horrorcult
3. Black Maelstrom
4. Chalice of Vaus
8. Towards Infinity
Norwegian black metallers Troll recently let their fans pick which song to use for an upcoming music video. Fans were able to choose from any track off the latest Troll album "Neo-Satanic Supremacy." According to founder and front man Nagash, the song “Burn The Witch” was the overwhelming favorite with the fans. Nagash commented:
“Originally we were going to run the vote until the end of May, but we got so many replies, we had to close it early as our email was getting swamped, but there was absolutely no doubt from day one which track was going to win it. We all had our own ideas as to which track it would be, and 'Burn The Witch' was one of the ones we thought would be popular, but, interestingly enough, the fans really got involved in the overall concept, and took into consideration not only the music, but also what track they thought would inspire the best visuals." More...
Texas metal act Vesperian Sorrow has checked in with the following recording update:
"Well despite many obstacles this past month, we have overcome and finished the guitars! We can't always ask the universe to hold off on death's in the family or even almost breaking a ankle, but with a little perseverance and determination we finished what we believe are the heaviest guitars we have yet to lay down on a Vesperian Sorrow album. This coming week we are starting on Bass and Keyboards, followed next week with vocals. Stay tuned folks!"
The tentative track listing is as follows:
1. Stormwinds of Ages
2. An Empire to Mourn (My Gift to Thee)
3. Crown of Glass
4. Of Opiates and Accolades
5. Oracle from the Ashes
6. Eye of the Clocktower
7. Death She Cried
New Jersey's Return To Earth has announced the upcoming album "Automata" will be released on August 17th, 2010. A teaser trailer for the album can be viewed below.
The Revolution Music Label has checked in with the following announcement about a Warmachine track appearing on an upcoming charity CD raising money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association:
"The Revolution Music Label is pleased to announce an upcoming special CD release called the Beast Selects Best Metal CD. This CD is to Raise funds for the Muscular Dystrophy Association World Wide. 100% of the proceeds of all Profits will go to MDA. There are many great artists that have donated songs to this project. These artists include Kickaxe, Tommy Vitali, Warmachine, Skew Siskin, Angel of the Nightfall, Autumnis, Publik Parking, Agent Cooper, Warpath, Tony Smotherman and many many more artists. Digital Downloads of this CD will be available in June through most outlets. Hard pressed CDS will also be made available by The Revolution Music Label."
You can also check out Warmachine tracks through the band's MySpace page.
Given the news this week that Joey Belladonna would be returning to Anthrax, sparking off another round in the never ending war of words between Joey Belladonna fans and John Bush fans, it seemed like a good time to take a look at New Yorks most popular thrash metal band. Anthrax was formed by guitarists Scott Ian and Danny Lilker, taking the name from a biology textbook. A few members came and went before they settled on the lineup of Charlie Benante on drums, Neil Turbin on vocals and guitarist Dan Spitz, prompting Lilker to switch to bass. They recorded their debut album, "Fistful Of Metal" in 1983 and released it in January 1984, achieving some international success when the album reached the top ten in Britain. However, the band fired Lilker soon after the release, replacing him with Benantes nephew, Frank Bello. Neil Turbin would also be released from the group after a while, which led to guitarist Scott Ian handling vocal duties for a short time, though these performances mostly consisted of covers of hardcore songs.
The band would eventually find a new permanent singer in 1985 and released an EP named "Armed And Dangerous" soon after. Later that year, the band released "Spreading The Disease," followed by "Among The Living" in 1987. Both of which garnered much critical acclaim and saw a dramatic change in personality for the band, who had decided to ditch the traditional leather and studs look of such bands as Judas Priest and wear clothing they felt more comfortable such as shorts. The band also introduced a more pop culture influence into their lyrics, writing songs about the comic book Judge Dredd ("I Am The Law"), comic actor John Belushi ("Efilnikufesin") and other movies and books. They followed with another highly praised album called "State Of Euphoria" in 1988, which featured a cover of the song "Antisocial" by French band Trust, earning them a minor hit single in the United Kingdom. They also gained some more mainstream notoriety when they appeared on the hit comedy show, "Married... With Children." They released their final album with Belladonna, "Persistence Of Time" in 1990, which was also well received, before collaborating with legendary rap group Public Enemy in 1991 for the "Bring The Noise" single and tour, which also featured Primus and Ice-T. More...
UPDATED: While our initial report may have been premature, Ronnie James Dio did, in fact, pass away at 7:45am this morning.
Please also see our open letter regarding reporting Dio's passing prematurely.
Original article follows:
Blabbermouth.net reports that Ronnie James Dio is NOT DEAD. The news of Ronnie james Dio has just been debunked, supporting that the news originated as a viral hoax. The uncertainty of Dio's health is still to be considered however. Stay posted, we will continue to update his health.
BLABBERMOUTH.NET reached out to Ronnie's wife/manager Wendy Dio, who sent back the following message at approximately 11:35 p.m. PST on Saturday, May 15 / 2:35 a.m. EST on Sunday, May 16:
"I am at the hospital and Ronnie has NOT passed away!!!! He is not doing good, but he is not dead.
"I will let you know if anything changes.
"Thank you for your concern."
UPDATED AGAIN: It turns out this report was not a "viral hoax," but rather a premature report as to the graveness of Dio's situation. Despite our retraction, Ronnie James Dio did, in fact, pass away at 7:45am this morning.
Please also see our open letter regarding reporting Dio's passing prematurely.
The original article has been restored to an active state for discussion purposes:
Ronnie James Dio (born Ronald James Padavona) has sadly passed away from his battle with stomach cancer. He was 67 years old. Dio made a name for himself when he fronted the Ritchie Blackmore led band Rainbow, who released their first album in 1975. After leaving Rainbow, Dio was asked to replace Ozzy Osbourne in Black Sabbath, to which he agreed. With Black Sabbath, he recorded two highly acclaimed studio albums in the form of "Heaven And Hell" and "The Mob Rules." After leaving Black Sabbath, he formed his own self-titled band and became one of the biggest draws in heavy metal during the 1980s.
Dio briefly reunited with Black Sabbath in the early 1990s, releasing the "Dehumanizer" album before leaving once again to concentrate on his own band. Another reunion with Sabbath followed in 2006, this time under the new moniker, Heaven & Hell, reulting the acclaimed album, "The Devil You Know" in 2009. The band recently cancelled their tour dates in Europe as a result of Ronnie's health.