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Metalhead’s Holiday Gift Guide 2018
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Marissa Bergen   |  
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Holiday Metalhead Gift Guide 2018

Hey all you leather-jacket wearing, denim-jean ripping, pit-circle moshing, long-hair whipping, tattoo-covered mother effers…..it’s Christmas time! And you know what that means, it’s time to show those mangy metalheads in your life some appreciation by buying them gifts and stuff.

Now I know you probably don’t know nothing about no gift giving, which is why I’m here. That’s right, your good old metal mama is going to recommend some great gifts that you can give your metalhead friends without even having to get up from the computer. Okay, ready? Here goes…

… the 2018 Metalhead’s Holiday Gift Guide

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Jimmy Bain, Former Bassist With Rainbow and Dio, Has Died
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Stoogeypedia   |  
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Jimmy Bain

Jimmy Bain, a Scottish bass player who was right in the thick of the entire hard rock/heavy metal scene of the 1970s and 80s, collaborating in an early version of Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow and with Ronnie James Dio’s 1980s lineup, has died at the age of 68 of undisclosed causes, although some reports have stated that Bain had been suffering from pneumonia the last few months.

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Massive Metal Monday: Dio “The Last In Line”
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Ides Bergen   |  @   |  
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Ronnie James Dio

As we wipe the Grammy’s spit off of his grave, today’s edition of Massive Metal Monday is dedicated to the memory of metal’s greatest vocalist, Ronnie James Dio.

The last shred of any credibility that the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences ever held amongst the metal community was put to rest last night when the Grammy for “Best Metal or Hard Rock Performance” went to Tenacious D for their cover of Dio’s “Last In Line.” Don’t get me wrong, I love Tenacious D, but they are, at best, a reverent parody of heavy metal. The fact that Grammy voters think that this, or any cover version, is more worthy of recognition than that of any of the hundreds of absolutely stellar original performances turned in across the metal spectrum last year is nothing short of disrespectful and appalling. SHAME ON YOU NARAS!

Meanwhile, let us crank up the legendary original recording of the title track of Dio‘s second album, The Last In Line and salute RJD with the devil horns on one hand and NARAS with a single digit of the other.

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$5 MP3 Album Deal: Dio ‘Holy Diver LIVE’
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The Book Slave   |  
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Dio Holy Diver Live

As part of Amazon’s monthly $5 MP3 album deal for January 2013, Dio‘s Holy Diver Live is on sale for only $5.

Recorded live in London during their 2005 An Evening with Dio tour, Holy Diver Live contains all the tracks from the original 1983 Holy Diver album, plus several other beloved songs, such as “We Rock” and “Man on the Silver Mountain.” Released 30 years ago, it’s still difficult to conceive that Holy Diver was Dio’s debut album because the sound is so tight, so accomplished and so thoroughly the essence of ’80s metal. The hard driving sounds and motivating message of Holy Diver fan favorites like “Stand Up and Shout,” “ Rainbow in the Dark,” and, of course, the title song “Holy Diver” are as timely in the polarizing world of today as they were back then, when all we feared was not having enough dough for both a tour book and a t-shirt. Download Holy Diver Live today and raise a fist in solidarity along with the man who brought so many of us together in the spirit of friendship and common ground.

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MP3 Deal: 300 Classic Rock Songs For $0.69 Each
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Empress Eve   |  @   |  
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The Doors

Amazon is currently offering over 300 Classic Rock songs in MP3 for just $0.69 each right now: 300 Classic Rock Songs For $0.69 Each.

Click the link above and browse the list of tunes, which contains tracks from artists like Aerosmith, Kansas, Fleetwood Mac, Black Sabbath, Dio, Heart, Billy Joel, Bad Company, Janis Joplin, Pat Benatar, Joan Jett, Alice Cooper, Yes, Cream, The Doors, Van Halen, and many more!

MP3 songs usually sell for $.99 to $1.29 each, so 69 cents is a great deal! No word on when the sale ends, so grab the songs you want now at the discounted price. Also, all this month, Amazon is offering up 2,000 albums for $5 each in MP3 format, so be sure to check out that hefty selection, too.

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$5 MP3 Album Deal: Dio ‘Holy Diver’
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The Book Slave   |  
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Dio Holy Diver

As part of Amazon’s monthly $5 MP3 album deal for August 2012, Dio‘s Holy Diver is on sale for only $5. If you would like a physical copy of Holy Diver, the CD is available for only $6.86.

Released nearly 30 years ago, it’s still difficult to conceive that Holy Diver was Dio’s solo debut because the sound is so tight, so accomplished, and so thoroughly the essence of 80’s metal, that it felt like it had always been there – an instant classic. This could be attributed to the band’s only consistent member, frontman Ronnie James Dio, who first honed his metal chops in Black Sabbath, Rainbow, and Elf. The hard-driving sounds and motivating message of fighting the darkness in our souls delivered in such Holy Diver fan favorites as “Stand Up and Shout,” “Rainbow in the Dark,” and, of course, the title song, “Holy Diver,” are as timely in this polarizing world of today as they were back then, when all we feared was not having enough dough for both a tour book and a t-shirt. Download the MP3 of Holy Diver today and raise a fist in solidarity along with the man who brought so many of us together in the spirit of friendship and common ground.

Browse all 1,000 albums on sale this month for only $5 each, as well as several albums on sale this week for only $2.99 each.

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Remembering The Late Great Singer Ronnie James Dio On His Birthday
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Ronnie James Dio

Today is the celebration of the birthday of the late Ronnie James Dio, the heavy metal and hard rock singer and songwriter who carved his own niche in those aforementioned genres to become a figure as beloved as Ozzy Osbourne (Black Sabbath) or Rob Halford (Judas Priest). But in many ways, Dio’s sound, fan base, versatility, flawless vocals, which metaphorically could move mountains with its rich high and low registers, makes him stand alone as arguably the greatest heavy metal front man of all time.

He was born Ronald James Padavona on July 10th, 1942 in Portsmouth, New Hampshire to Italian parents. Music ran through his veins early on in his life, learning brass instruments first such as the trumpet and French horn.

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$5 MP3 Album Deal: Nine Inch Nails, Dio, Beck, Book of Mormon
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NIN

Amazon currently has 100 MP3 Albums For $5 Each for the month of December 2011, so today’s the last day to grab the items in this sale. There’s plenty of great music from artists like Nine Inch Nails, Dio, Beck, Bruce Springsteen, and more, as well as soundtracks for Tron: Legacy and Book Of Mormon.

Below is a sample of some of the albums in this $5 sale, so grab it now before it’s over at 11:59pm PST tonight!

– Green Day – Insomniac
– Daft Punk – Tron: Legacy Reconfigured
– The Offspring – Greatest Hits
– The Book Of Mormon – Original Broadway Cast Recording
– Flight of the Conchords – I Told You I Was Freaky
– Bruce Springsteen – Greatest Hits
– Nine Inch Nails – The Downward Spiral
– Beck – Odelay
– Dio – Holy Diver
– Korn – Korn III: Remember Who You Are

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$5 MP3 Album Deal: Dio – Holy Diver
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Obi-Dan   |  
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Dio - Holy Diver

If someone wanted to know what heavy metal music is, you could do a lot worse than hand them a copy of Dio’s finest work, Holy Diver.

Amazon is currently offering you the chance to download Holy Diver for $5 as part of their December 100 MP3 Deals for $5.

“Stand Up And Shout,” “Holy Diver,” and “Rainbow In The Dark” are among the greatest metal tunes ever written with some huge guitar riffs. This is one of the greatest metal albums of all time.

As always this offer expires at the end of the month so download before December 31, 2011 11:59 PST. If you would prefer a physical copy the CD version is available for $7.99.

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Remembering Ronnie James Dio: First Anniversary Of Metal Singer’s Death
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Obi-Dan   |  
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Dio

Today commemorates the first anniversary since the death of metal legend Ronnie James Dio.

Diminutive in stature, mighty in voice, Dio was infectiously passionate about his music and his fans. Born Ronald James Padovano in Portsmouth, New Hampshire in 1942 he spent the late-’50s and ’60s playing in a number of touring bands, changing his name to Dio in 1961. He worked with some of the very best metal musicians and was constantly in demand.

It was in the early ’70s and his work with the band Elf that bought his special voice to the attention of ex-Deep Purple guitarist Ritchie Blackmore when he was setting up a new band. Rainbow was Blackmore’s project, but his lead singer and co-writer quickly became the talking point. Together they released some great albums, including the stunning Rising and Long Live Rock ‘n’ Roll.

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