Wendy Dio, wife and longtime manager of Ronnie James Dio, has confirmed that there are “a lot of unfinished songs” from the legendary heavy metal singer that may eventually see the light of day.

Ronnie James Dio, best known for his work with BLACK SABBATH, RAINBOW and DIO, died of stomach cancer 10 years ago at the age of 67.

During a brand new interview with Australia’s Heavy, Wendy was asked if she ever comes across any unreleased Dio material in the vaults that she previously thought was lost or that she was able to rediscover. She responded (hear audio below): “Oh, yeah. I find it all the time. Every time I go over to the storage — it’s in a climate-controlled storage. It’s all labeled and stuff, but I find stuff all the time. ‘Oh, look at this. This is really good. Oh, yes. This is wonderful.’ And there’s a lot of unfinished songs that in the future we can figure out how we can put them out. But it has to be perfect, it has to be the way Ronnie would want it. I don’t wanna flood the market with just a bunch of old crap. I’m very particular about what we find, and then having someone with professional ears, like [Dio‘s longtime recording engineer] Wyn Davis, listen to it to make sure it’s fine before we put anything out.”

As previously reported, Wendy is working with legendary rock journalist Mick Wall on Ronnie‘s long-awaited autobiography, tentatively due in 2021. The book was three-quarters written before the singer’s death and which was originally scheduled to be published several years ago via MTV Books.

lso due in 2021 is a documentary that will cover Dio‘s career from his early days with ELF to his final project, HEAVEN & HELL. It is the first documentary about Dioto be fully authorized by the artist’s estate. BMG is both financier and executive producer of the film, with all rights available worldwide.

Ronnie James Dio passed away of stomach cancer on May 16, 2010 at the age of 67. A few months after his death, MTV Books announced plans to release his memoir, which at the time was going to be called “Rainbow In The Dark: The Autobiography Of Ronnie James Dio”.

Dio was renowned throughout the world as one of the greatest and most influential vocalists in heavy metal history. The singer, who was recording and touring with BLACK SABBATH offshoot HEAVEN & HELL prior to his illness, was diagnosed with stomach cancer in late 2009. He underwent chemotherapy and made what is now his final public appearance in April 2010 at the Revolver Golden Gods Awards in Los Angeles.

RONNIE JAMES DIO: ‘A Lot Of Unfinished Songs’ May Eventually See Light Of Day

SEPULTURA guitarist Andreas Kisser has told Dead Rhetoric in a new interview that his band never considered calling it quits after the departure of founding guitarist/vocalist Max Cavalera in 1996. “No, we never thought about that,” he said. “Changing a singer is always difficult — especially Max who was a very strong personality, image. Of course, bringing Derrick [Green] in, a totally different guy, a black guy in the metal scene, which is very rare.

“We are not here to please everyone — if you don’t like it, fine,” he continued. “If you like it, fine. We are not here as a church or a religion to indoctrinate people or make people believe in it what I believe. This is art. Somehow it’s going to touch people in a good and a bad way. The influence is there.

“People talk shit about SEPULTURA, but they are still talking about SEPULTURA, you know? We never thought about pleasing anyone. Who is the fan of SEPULTURA? It’s very hard to create a stereotype of a SEPULTURAfan, you know? We have grandmothers to little kids that like SEPULTURA. Some people like a specific period of time, or an album, or everything. Thirty-five years of a band, so it isn’t like an IRON MAIDEN fan who you can see from far away. Our albums show that we are very diverse and we are not really locking into a specific thing. We do music because we like to do music.”

SEPULTURA‘s classic lineup fell apart in 1996 with the exit of Max after the rest of the band split with his wife Gloria as their manager. His brother, drummer Igor Cavalera, stuck around with the group for another 10 years before leaving SEPULTURA and re-teaming with Max in CAVALERA CONSPIRACY.

Although SEPULTURA has maintained a diehard fanbase in all parts of the world throughout the band’s three-and-a-half-decade-plus history, Max-era albums “Roots” and “Chaos A.D.” were by far SEPULTURA‘s most commercially successful, having both been certified gold in the U.S. for sales in excess of five hundred thousand copies.

SEPULTURA‘s new album, “Quadra”, is now out via Nuclear Blast Records.

SEPULTURA’s ANDREAS KISSER: ‘We Are Not Here To Please Everyone’

Opeth bassist Martin Mendez is about to unleash his version of death metal upon the world. Mendez has announced his new band White Stones alongside the debut album Kuarahy due out March 20. Kuarahy was written during Opeth’s year-long break after their extensive Sorceress touring schedule, said Mendez, adding that he feels White Stones has “renewed my strength and energy.”

“I’ve always written music at home but never had the confidence to do anything like this. I never wrote a song, never presented something I wrote for Mikael (Åkerfeldt, Opeth singer/songwriter). I didn’t have any direction, I came up with the first song for fun. White Stones has nothing to do with Opeth, I see no relation between the two. I played Kuarahy to Mikael a few months ago, he really liked it and was happy for me. Everyone in the band has side projects, it’s important. We tour so much you can become consumed by it; it has been really nice to do something different. White Stones has renewed my strength and energy.”

“I feel strongly connected to Uruguay still. I wanted to write music related to that – the sun on the Uruguayan flag I transformed into the White Stones logo; there are a lot of small things that connect the record to that place. Kuarahy is the native Uruguayan people’s word for ‘Sun’.”

Expect some White Stones music soon.

OPETH Bassist Launches New Death Metal Band WHITE STONES

Formicarius to play in Malta at The Black Advent and release a new guitar playthrough video for ‘O, Dread Impaler’.

FORMICARIUS CELEBRATE BLACK ADVENT WITH THE IMPALER

2019 has been a remarkable year for Formicarius, with their second album Rending The Veil Of Flesh being released through Schwarzdorn Production to great critical acclaim. They have also played some storming live shows with the likes of AsagraumHecate EnthronedSidious and Aklash. However the year is still far from over for Formicarius and today they release a new guitar playthrough video for the track ‘O, Dread Impaler‘. There are few bands that can boast a guitar duo as talented as Nazarkardeh and Lord Saunders, so for all aspiring guitarists and lovers of six string dexterity, this is well worth a watch!

The video is available to watch now at  the band’s official YouTube channel
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IGNnztVbeao&feature=youtu.be

As well as unveiling this excellent new video, we’re also pleased to be able to announce that Formicarius will be venturing to foreign climes for the first time in their career on December 14th. The band will be appearing at The Black Advent in Malta, alongside Ekpyrosis and Carniverous Horde. Organised by the Malta Death Fest team, this is sure to be an incredible way for Formicarius to conclude their most successful year to date. For full details head to the Facebook event page:
https://www.facebook.com/events/422984025012135/

If you’ve somehow managed to miss the stunning Rending The Veil Of Flesh album – featuring the drumming talents of Kevin Paradis of Benighted and a guest vocal appearance from Sakis Tolis of Rotting Christ – then take a quick look at some of the press reactions to this work of virtuoso black metal…

“… Formicarius are fantastic and ridiculously skilled musicians .” – ETERNAL TERROR

“A must for fans of the genre!!! Just listen.” – METAL NA LATA

“…once again Formicarius slap the face of god. .” – MUSIPEDIA OF METAL 

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Formicarius Head To Malta With New Guitar Playthrough

DETHKLOK, the stars of the Adult Swim series “Metalocalypse”, performed this past Friday (November 15) as part of the Adult Swim Festival at the Banc of California Stadium in Los Angeles. The show marked DETHKLOK’s first live appearance since taking part in the 2014 edition of Festival Supreme in L.A.

DETHKLOK played a 19-song set that included live premieres of the tracks “Impeach God” and “Comet Song”. Joining mainman Brendon Small (guitar, vocals) at the gig were Gene Hoglan on drums, Nili Brosh on second guitar and Pete Griffin on bass.

Setlist:

01. Deththeme 
02. Briefcase Full Of Guts 
03. Birthday Dethday 
04. Awaken 
05. Bloodlines 
06. The Gears 
07. Black Fire Upon Us 
08. Dethsupport 
09. Duncan Hills Coffee Jingle 
10. Impeach God (live premiere) 
11. Comet Song (live premiere) 
12. Andromeda 
13. I Ejaculate Fire 
14. The Duel 
15. Murmaider 
16. Thunderhorse

Encore:

17. Castratikron 
18. Go Into The Water 
19. Fansong

Fan-filmed video footage of the performance can be seen below.

In a 2012 interview with MLiveSmall said that he conceptualized DETHKLOK‘s show after watching a live performance of GORILLAZ, another animated band fronted by Damon Albarn of BLUR.

“I always wanted to make a record, and find a way to tour it,” Small said. “I checked out GORILLAZ, who are talented, and have some of the best animation I’ve ever seen, but [because the musicians hid behind a screen, and the audience couldn’t see them,] there was no connection between performer and audience. It was cool and mysterious, but it didn’t give the audience what they want. We don’t look like [DETHKLOK], and we’re not supposed to, but at least you can see us playing. We’re like a pit band in that sense.”

DETHKLOK‘s latest album, “Metalocalypse: Dethklok Dethalbum III”, was released in October 2012 via Williams Street Records. The disc sold around 20,000 copes in the United States to land at position No. 10 on The Billboard 200 chart.

The band’s previous CD, “Dethalbum II”, opened with 45,000 units back in October 2009 to enter the chart at No. 15.

“Dethalbum III” was once again co-produced by Smalland Ulrich Wild (“Dethalbum” and “Dethalbum II”). 

DETHKLOK Plays First Show In Five Years: Setlist, Video

Exploding from the darkness of the underground come Inverted Matter, a potent new force in death metal with a debut album of shocking intensity and monstrous power. Detach features nine finely crafted songs that bind together furious brutality, crushing heaviness, absorbing atmosphere and vicious, unforgettable hooks. This album will leave you dazed and disturbed, with the taste of death in your mouth.

More than just another new band on the scene, Inverted Matter are driven by the soul-shaking drum onslaught of Michael Smith, a true death metal legend. Smith provided the genre defining blasts behind Suffocation’s masterpieces Human WasteEffigy Of The ForgottenBreeding The SpawnSouls To Deny and more. His unmistakeable beats now thunder beneath the staggering riffs, wicked solos and imperious vocals that characterise the superb songs that form Detach. Ruthlessly injecting their rampant creativity with the genetic matter of classic Morbid AngelImmolation and Suffocation, Inverted Matter have created a monster that is driven to dominate and destroy.

When Lethal Scissor Records’ tireless search through the catacombs of the underground uncovered this slumbering beast, they knew they had found something beautifully twisted and infinitely dangerous. Prepare to welcome your new overlords and let the killing begin!

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Inverted Matter, featuring Mike Smith (Suffocation), unleash their massive death metal debut, Detach, on Lethal Scissor Records

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Calling all vinyl collectors and Dio fans. New Dio albums to be reissued with bonus live material.

Niji Entertainment Group have partnered with BMG to reissue four classic records in 2020, with each set bolstered by rare and never-before-released live material and select bonus tracks.

Longtime Dio collaborator Wyn Davis was brought in to remaster the four albums — 1996’s Angry Machines, 2000’s Magica, 2002’s Killing the Dragon and 2004’s Master of the Moon. In addition, there will be newly updated artwork from frequent Dio designer Marc Sasso.

The collections will be available in vinyl and CD formats, and you can check out the track listing for each collection below. In addition, each of the four albums now has a preview track selected from the live portions. Get a listen to “Man on the Silver Mountain,” “Lord of the Last Day,” “Holy Diver” and “Heaven and Hell” all performed live in concert below as well. All bonus tracks will also be available on streaming and digital services as well.

Wendy Dio says, “I am very excited to be working with BMG, a label that still has a passion for rock music. They will be making the complete DIO catalogue available again with some interesting surprises.”

Look for Dio’s The Studio Album Collection: 1996-2004 arriving on Feb. 21, 2020.

Angry Machines

Disc 1

Institutional Man
Don’t Tell The Kids
Black
Hunter Of The Heart
Stay Out Of My Mind
Big Sister
Double Monday
Golden Rules
Dying In America
This Is Your Life

Disc 2: Live on the Angry Machines Tour 1997

Jesus Mary and The Holy Ghost – Straight Through The Heart
Don’t Talk To Strangers
Double Monday
Hunter Of The Heart
Holy Diver
Heaven and Hell
Long Live Rock and Roll
Man On The Silver Mountain
Rainbow In The Dark
The Last In Line
The Mob Rules
We Rock

https://open.spotify.com/album/6PPr4AGYdMr3REfDHHa8W

Magica

Disc 1

Discovery
Magica Theme
Lord Of The Last Day
Fever Dreams
Turn To Stone
Feed My Head
Eriel
Chalis
As Long As It’s Not About Love
Losing My Insanity
Otherworld
Magica (Reprise)
Lord Of the Last Day (Reprise)

Disc 2: Live on Magica Tour 2001
Discovery
Magica
Lord Of The Last Day
Fever Dreams
Eriel
Chalis
Losing My Insanity
Otherworld
Electra – Studio Track
Magica Story – Studio/Spoken Word 18:26

Killing the Dragon

Disc 1

Killing The Dragon
Along Comes A Spider
Scream
Better In The Dark
Rock and Roll
Push
Guilty
Throw Away Children
Before The Fall
Cold Feet

Disc 2: Live on the Killing the Dragon Tour 2002/2003

Holy Diver
Heaven and Hell
Rock and Roll
I Speed At Night
Killing The Dragon
Stand Up And Shout

Master of the Moon

Disc 1

One More For The Road
Master Of The Moon
The End Of The World
Shivers
The Man Who Would Be King
The Eyes
Living The Lie
I Am
Death By Love
In Dreams

Disc 2: Live on Master Of The Moon Tour 2004/2005

Heaven and Hell
Rainbow In The Dark
Rock and Roll Children
The Eyes
Prisoner Of Paradise – Studio Track

Four Dio Albums to Be Reissued With Bonus Live Material