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Massive Metal Monday: Dio “We Rock”
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Dio Band Photo 1984

Well folks, another week and sadly another major loss to the rock world to report as legendary bassist Jimmy Bain has passed away at the age of 68.

Bain first gained renown as a member of Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow in the mid 1970s, but is probably best known for his work with fellow Rainbow alumn Ronnie James Dio in the latter’s eponymously named band.

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Jimmy Bain, Former Bassist With Rainbow and Dio, Has Died
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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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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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$3 MP3 Album Deal: Black Sabbath ‘Live Evil’
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Black Sabbath Live Evil

Right now, Live Evil by Black Sabbath is on sale in MP3 format for only $5.99. The double CD is currently $14.17 and is an AutoRip, which means it comes with a FREE MP3 download of the album. (You’ll also get a $1 Amazon MP3 Credit when you buy the CD.)

Released in 1983, Live Evil is a live double album featuring the vocals of Ronnie James Dio, who had replaced original vocalist Ozzy Osbourne. The 15-track album features Dio-Sabbath tunes like “Heaven and Hell,” “Neon Knights,” “Mob Rules, and “Children of the Sea,” as well as the Ozzy songs “Iron Man,” “Paranoid,” and “War Pigs.”

Six dollars. 15 Black Sabbath songs. Ronnie James Dio. That’s all you need to know. Grab this now.

Browse all 100 albums on sale this month for only $5 each, as well as several albums on sale for $0-$5 each and select live albums on sale for $5.99 each.

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$5 MP3 Album Deal: Rainbow ‘Rising’
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Rainbow

Rising, the bone crunching, sonic molten lava of a record by Rainbow, is now available on MP3 format from Amazon this month for only $5.00, as part of Amazon’s massive Browse over 2000 albums on sale this month for only MP3 Album Sale (2,000 albums for only $5 each).

This album, the second by the hard rock/heavy metal quintet, is arguably one of their best. Comprised of ex-Deep Purple pyrotechnical wizard on the guitar and man in black Ritchie Blackmore, Tony Carey on keyboards, the taut bang your head against the wall rhythm section of Jimmy Bain and Cozy Powell on bass and drums respectively, and the late, champion of the high notes vocally Ronnie James Dio, Rising is an album which is a cornerstone and A-list achievement of the entire heavy metal spectrum. Starting off with “Tarot Woman,” the record has a kind of second generational Deep Purple feel to it, and colored by a lot of the hard sounds of that era (the mid 1970s), but those soaring vocals of Dio make Rainbow a band all its own.

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$5 MP3 Album Deal: Dio ‘Holy Diver’
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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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$3 MP3 Album Deal: Black Sabbath ‘Live Evil’
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Black Sabbath Live Evil

This week, Live Evil by Black Sabbath is on sale in MP3 format for only $2.99. The CD is currently $19.58.

Released in 1983, Live Evil is a live double album featuring the vocals of Ronnie James Dio, who had replaced original vocalist Ozzy Osbourne. The 15-track album features Dio-Sabbath tunes like “Heaven and Hell,” “Neon Knights,” “Mob Rules, and “Children of the Sea,” as well as the Ozzy songs “Iron Man,” “Paranoid,” and “War Pigs.”

Three dollars. 15 Black Sabbath songs. Ronnie James Dio. That’s all you need to know. Grab this now.

Browse all 100 albums on sale this month for only $5 each, as well as several albums on sale this week for only $2.99.

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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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Black Sabbath Guitarist Tony Iommi Diagnosed With Cancer
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Tony Iommi from Black Sabbath

Tony Iommi, long-time guitarist of Black Sabbath, has been diagnosed with lymphoma — a type of cancer that attacks the lymphocytes of the immune system. According to reports from Iommi and Black Sabbath, he is being consulted by doctors currently to determine the best course of treatment for the diagnosis.

The information has shocked fans of the iconic metal band, often cited as the founders of the metal genre, which comes not long after the band announced their reunion with the original line-up. It also comes 18 months after the loss of vocalist Ronnie James Dio, who was also battling cancer.

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Remembering Ronnie James Dio: First Anniversary Of Metal Singer’s Death
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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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