Review of Ronnie James Dio This Is Your Life

RonnieJamesDio_ThisIsYourLife

I had such high hopes for this album. I should have known that it wouldn’t be able to live up to the hype.

For those of you who don’t know ‘Ronnie James Dio This Is Your Life’ is a tribute album to the late Ronnie James Dio. With sneak previews of songs by Corey Taylor and Halestorm that were amazing I thought this album was going to be amazing, Metallica being on it notwithstanding. I guess I should have checked the track list before I got this album because I already have three songs on this album from other albums one of which is from a previous Dio tribute album. I also felt that there were some performances on the album that just felt mailed in. However I was happy to see some songs from the 1990 Black Sabbath album ‘Dehumanizer’ on there.

3 1/2 fedoras out of 5. Buy it anyway because proceeds do go to the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund.

You’re still missed Ronnie. \m/

Here’s one of my favorites from the album, Jasta doing Buried Alive from the aforementioned Dehumanizer album.

  • Stu

    Wow, what a complete and utter butchering of Ronnie’s catalogue, not to
    mention his memory. Glenn Hughes couldn’t even salvage “Catch the
    Rainbow”.

    I don’t know what a Corey Taylor is but he served only to lay the foundation of inadequacy.

    Rob Halford ‘s lame crooning on “Man on the Silver Mountain” was beyond painful. As for “Doro”, oh my goodness..

    Killswitch Engage should probably stick to their Korn type parodies.

    Jack Black should, oh, I don’t know…fuck off? Terrible rendition of “The Last in Line”

    Adrenaline Mob (whomever they are) treated a great Dio era Sabbath song with ill contempt
    .
    Lemmy and Biff? Oh dear. The fact the guitarist could not play the Blackmore intro riff to “Starstruck” was funny enough.

    Halestorm where clearly unfamiliar with the riff in “Straight Through the Heart”, with a poor man’s Burke Shelley on vocals.

    Anthrax’ take on “Neon Knights” was commendable.

    The tunes…and I use that term loosely, not listed above were beneath contempt.

    Ultimately,
    the saving grace of this dreadful album was the Scorpions version of
    “Temple of the King”. I dip my lid to Klaus and Co.

    Poor Ronnie, he would be turning in his grave…