Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Metallica Unleash Epic Ronnie James Dio Medley ‘Ronnie Rising’ Read More: Metallica Unleash Epic Dio Medley 'Ronnie Rising'

James Hetfield / Ronnie James Dio

Metallica have their share of naysayers, but after hearing the band’s new Ronnie James Dio tribute medley, ‘Ronnie Rising,’ we have a feeling the lips of those naysayers will be sewn shut. The nine-minute song is masterfully put together, combining the iconic tracks ‘A Light in the Black,’ ‘Tarot Woman,’ ‘Stargazer’ and ‘Kill the King.’

The ‘Ronnie James Dio: This is Your Life‘ tribute album is set for an April 1 release via Rhino, with an all-star gathering of legends uniting to pay respects for one of metal’s greatest vocalists. Along with Metallica, acts such as Anthax, Killswitch Engage, Motorhead, Rob Halford, Corey Taylor and many others have joined forces for ‘This is Your Life,’ and if their contributions are anything like Metallica’s, we’ll have an essential tribute album on our hands.

“Ronnie’s music, and what he was, was part of my life,” Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich tells Rolling Stone. “[Dio's] music is so much a part of what’s in Metallica’s DNA, the harder, edgier, blues-based hard rock from the ’70s. It was fairly effortless to put this together, because it’s something that we were all reared on. I don’t recall sitting there in a band meeting or anything deciding what to play. Somebody starts playing ‘Stargazer’ — which is sort of just like something that’s in our arsenal to jam — and then that whole period there, ‘Tarot Woman,’ ‘Kill the King,’ ‘A Light in the Black ‘ — that’s just really effortless to jump into.”

Ulrich continues, “You just try and do your own thing, respectfully, in the shadow of these legends. It becomes more of an homage and respect thing rather than trying to copy the song — it’s not even about outdoing them.”

Listen to Metallica’s ‘Ronnie Rising’ medley in the player below!
Metallica, ‘Ronnie Rising’ 

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Metallica Unleash Studio Demo Version of New Song ‘Lords of Summer’

Metallica fans around the world rejoiced on March 16 as the legendary rock band unveiled their first new song since the ‘Beyond Magnetic‘ EP was released in 2011. ‘Lords of Summer’ debuted in Bogota, Colombia as the sixth song in the band’s set. Now, just a few days later, fans have been blessed with not only the opportunity to own the live performance but also the ‘Garage Demo Version’ of ‘Lords of Summer’ (listen above) straight from Metallica themselves.

As with all of their live shows, Metallica have offered up the entire Bogota show as a digital download via their LiveMetallica.com website. Along with the ability to purchase each individual song, fans can grab the entire set which comes packaged with the bonus demo version of the new track.

While the first introduction for most of the world to ‘Lords of Summer’ came in the form of a cell-phone video, fans are now able to fully consume what the new song truly sounds like. Nearly eight-and-a-half minutes long, ‘Lords of Summer’ starts with a slow, nearly sludgy, crescendo of guitars and drums. About 45 seconds in, though, the pace quickly changes and the song takes on a life of its own that doesn’t let up.

While this shouldn’t be considered the official studio version of the song, the ‘Garage Demo Version’ (recorded at Metallica HQ in San Rafael, Calif.) certainly sounds good enough to give fans a glimpse into what the future of Metallica might hold. It is not known if ‘Lords of Summer’ will make it onto the next ‘Tallica studio album.

If you’re not ready to shell out the money to download the Bogota set, don’t worry, you can stream the ‘Garage Demo Version’ of ‘Lords of Summer’ above. Crank it up and hit play!

Fan-Filmed 10-Camera Mix of ‘Lords of Summer’