RONNIE RISING: A TRIBUTE MEDLEY TO THE LEGENDARY RONNIE JAMES DIO: AS ONLY METALLICA CAN BRING YOU
Wed Mar 26 2014 16:47:40 GMT+0000 (UTC)
Metallica is known for producing some of the most amazing covers in all of music. In fact, one would be hard-pressed to find a group of four musicians that are so deeply connected to their musical roots. In many interviews, members of Metallica frequently mention the musicians that gave them the fire and passion to start this band in the first place.
However, for Metallica, metal idolatry goes much deeper than simple mention. These legends of heavy music are known for releasing brilliant covers of the songs that inspired countless fans and bands/musicians around the world. Even a few covers were not enough for the 'tallica, as in 1998, they released one of the most ambitious cover projects of all time with the double album entitled GARAGE INC (featuring The $5.98 E.P.: Garage Days Re-Revisited (1987))
This brilliant amalgamation of hardcore punk, classic rock, and heavy metal standards proved the versatility of the band's musicianship, as well as the multi-faceted nature of the band's musical roots. Inspiration was diverse for Metallica in their early years as shown in the album's make up: a plethora of NWOBHM bands, including Diamond Head, Motorhead, Sabbath, Skynyrd, Blue Oyster Cult, Seger, The Misfits, and much more!
This week, Metallica has announced the release of the brand-new recording (and free-to-stream) "RONNIE RISING"! This 8+ minute song pays homage to one of heavy metal's (and all of modern recording's) finest voices: Mr. Ronnie James Dio.
Ronnie James Dio, of Rainbow, Sabbath, and DIO fame, possessed one of the most monstrous and recognizable voices of the 20th century; a voice and style that inspired countless waves of musicians and bands to follow. Metallica chose four of Ronnie's songs (four classic gems, yet not predictable "go-to" tunes) to splice into one of their brilliant metal-medleys, as only Metallica seems to be able to do!
First, dear readers, a bit of history. Metallica masterfully demonstrates how to pull off the ultimate medley of riffs in the 11 minute saga dedicated to Mercyful Fate!
Seriously, get your headphones and listen to this:
Now that you have the background, fast forward to present day, where Metallica's new tones make up the focal point of Ronnie Rising! Metallica has combined 4 Dio classics (from his time in Rainbow) into a nine minute medley full of riffs, guitar harmonies, and epic vocals. The four legendary tunes of choice are: “A Light in the Black,” “Tarot Woman,” “Stargazer” and “Kill the King.”
Lars remarked on the recording:
"[Dio's] music is so much a part of what's in Metallica's DNA, the harder, edgier, blues-based hard rock from the Seventies," he says. "It was fairly effortless to put this together, because it's something that we were all reared on"