Monday, 17 May 2010

#MusicMonday [Metal Memoriam] - Songs in 140 Characters (Or Less)

"Music, Rock & Roll music especially, is such a generational thing. Each generation must have their own music."
- Ronnie James Dio


Metal - and more widely rock & roll - lost one its true legends this weekend. Ronnie James Dio passed away, leaving behind a legacy of music spanning the many generations he believed have their own music. Despite the truth in this, Dio  (pictured left, courtesy RJForster) restricted to a specific period and influenced from the time he supported Deep Purple in the 60's, through work with huge names like Rainbow and Black Sabbath, all the way to the present day with his eponymous band and Sabbath reincarnation Heaven & Hell

Download Dio's Holy Diver free from Amazon here (track 4)

By way of a small tribute, this version of #MusicMonday focuses on metal and artists that would have been very different - or perhaps not be here at all - were it not for that characteristic high register vocal and the riffs his imaginative lyrics inspired. If you have any interest in the genre at all but haven't yet taken the time to dig into Dio, do yourself a favour and pick up Rainbow's Rising. A more complete example of classic heavy metal you will be hard pressed to find. 

Rest In Peace Ronnie.

Stream: Deftones - Caress (Drive Like Jehu cover)
Sacramento's finest add a metal streak to this jagged post-hardcore gem from the 90's. Fury at its finest.

MP3: Alchemist - First Contact (via Relapse Records)
A ripping proto-metal cut from the progressive Australian band's finest effort,  the celestial Embryonic
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Video: The Dillinger Escape Plan - Farewell, Mona Lisa
From a band that innovates on every release, this brutal track signals the face shredding intensity of excellent newie Option Paralysis.
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MP3: Mastodon - Hail to Fire  (via Relapse Records)
From a band whose most recent psychedelic concept album conjures imagery right in line with Dio's fantastic lyrics, an early cut of forward-thinking metal.
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