Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Two for Tuesday

Are you ready to rock!?! Good!!!

Today's installment comes from the Godfathers of Metal 2.0 - that's right, I'm talkin' 'bout Black Sabbath's Dio years (round one).

The late, great Ronnie James Dio joined the ranks of Sabbath at just the right moment, when Ozzy had left "for good" and their creative (and financial) stature was seriously dwindling (though I do enjoy Never Say Die). Dio's presence gave them a comeback that not only reinvented them as a band (the music was as different from the Ozzy years as it could be), but solidified their legendary status as rock gods and, even after his departure, helped maintain their cred through years of awkward line ups and sub par albums.

Plus, Dio could sing like a beast, and this is no better showcased than on the title track from his first outing with the band, Heaven and Hell, or the balls out rocker from Mob Rules, Turn Up the Night.

I've provided the rock, now you provide the horns.

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