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The Devil’s Doo-Wop: Ronnie James Dio, teenybopper crooner
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Ronnie James Dio

Ronnie James Dio
Even a heavy metal tourist such as myself holds the late Ronnie James Dio in reverence. He was an early pioneer of the genre, with bands Elf and Rainbow. He sang for Black Sabbath for a while, and he managed a 30-year career with his own band, Dio. He’s even widely credited with the creation of the infamous “devil horns,” though he insists he merely cultivated the gesture from his Italian grandmother’s attempts to ward off the “evil eye.”

But like I said, I’m merely a casual observer of the genre. I am however, pretty well-versed in early rock ‘n’ roll teeny-bopper fodder—at least, enough so to say that Ronnie James Dio’s early pop crooner career is totally worthy of cranking up on the AM radio when you’re making-out at “Make-Out Point.” He started making music in 1957—it only makes sense that Ronald James Padavona had a few family-friendly incarnations before finding his place in the black hearts of a million Satan-loving heshers. And honestly? The dude was just really talented, with incredible musical instincts and an all-around great voice.
Ronnie Dio and The Prophets
Ronnie Dio and The Prophets, looking wholesome
Below is just a smattering of teen dream Dio’s early recordings. The first (my favorite) is Ronnie Dio and The Red Caps’ 1960 gem,  “An Angel is Missing”—very Ricky Nelson. The second one is Ronnie Dio and The Prophets’ rendition of “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow,” probably from 1962. This is literally one of my favorite songs of all time—I am ruthlessly protective of it, and I approve. The third is Ronnie Dio and The Prophets again, doing “I Told You So.” I saved this one for last, because it’s the darkest one, and its ominous sound may have predicted what was to come!!!!

“An Angel is Missing”

“Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow”

“I Told You So”

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Metal albums with googly eyes

Beheomth, Zos Kia Cultus

The name of this Tumblr says it all. Its author seems to value brevity:

I have way too much spare time on my hands.

As spoofs of metal’s sometimes over-the-top grimness go, this one is often laugh out loud funny, and there are some albums I really love in there. But if whoever’s doing this reads this, and is taking requests, I’d love to see IX Equilibrium, Shadows of the Sun, and Skullgrid, please and thank you sir or ma’am.

Dehumanized, Prophecies Foretold

Dying Fetus, Descend Into Depravity, back cover

Skeletonwitch, Serpents Unleashed

Vital Remains, Icons of Evil

Immortal, Pure Holocaust, probably the best one of the whole bunch

Ensiferum, From Afar

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This is why I don’t go to heavy metal shows: ‘I’m getting naked, lets roll!’
05:42 am


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Marduk does not approve of this tomfoolery
Everyone has a story from a show that they use to one-up their friends. And now, the one to end them all.

I’ve been to many concerts over my career but I can honestly say I have never witnessed what happened at Marduk’s show in Chicago last night. Apparently a drunk racist guy got tossed out by security guards. He decided to fight them on sidewalk outside the venue, Reggie’s nightclub. Somewhere in his drunken mind, he must have thought fighting security guards naked was the edge he needed to take on the two security guards. After taking a punch to the face, the unnamed individual exclaims “I’m getting naked, lets roll!” and drops his pants. His plan didn’t work. And security still put the beatdown on him in the end (no pun intended). You can check out the video below filmed by Griffin Randall.

We get it, dude: you are the most metal guy at the show!

Via The Gauntlet

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List of bands not allowed to be mentioned on Catholic school’s heavy metal radio show
12:38 pm


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Claiming to be from Seton Hall University in South Orange, NJ.

I do agree with their strict termination policy, tho.

Click here to read larger image.

Via Nerdcore via reddit

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Happy Birthday Dave Davies

Happy Birthday Dave Davies - founder of The Kinks and highly original guitarist, whose innovative playing style influenced Psychedelic Rock, Heavy Metal, Punk Rock and Brit Pop.

Mr Davies continues to make wonderful music and has just released a fab new CD Fortis Green 2, a follow-up to his 1999 release, named after the district in London where Davies was born, sixty-six years ago. The album is exclusively available at Dave Davies homepage.

Happy Birthday Dave Davies and long may you continue to make music.

Dave Davies - ‘Fortis Green 2’ promo

The Kinks - ‘Got My Feet On The Ground - written and performed by Dave Davies

The Kinks - ‘Susannah’s Still Alive’ - written and performed by Dave Davies

Dave Davies - ‘Death of a Clown’ Live Belgian TV, 2002
Previously on Dangerous Minds

Kinkdom Come: A beautiful film on Dave Davies


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‘The Chronicle of the Black Sword’: A Sword & Sorcery concert from Hawkwind and Michael Moorcock

Without the influence of mercurial Robert Calvert, whose factitious relationship with the band came to an end in 1979, Hawkwind returned to the more reliable world of Sword & Sorcery for their 1985 album The Chronicle of the Black Sword. Inspired by occasional Hawkwind member and collaborator Michael Moorcock’s Elric of Melniboné series of novels, The Chronicle of the Black Sword was an ambitious project that led Hawkwind move into their most Spinal Tap moment when they toured an extended stage show for the album.

A film recording was made of Hawkwind performing The Chronicle of the Black Sword at the Hammersmith Odeon, London, December 1985, which was released as a video. It all looks frightfully dated now, with its mime and dreadful video projection, and is so dark it would appear to have been shot with the lens cap on (which maybe no bad thing) but the quality of Hawkwind’s performance somehow makes it all worth it.

Track List:

01. Narration (“The Chronicle Of The Black Sword”)/“Song Of The Swords”
02. Narration/“Sea King”
03. Narration (“Dead God’s Homecoming”)/“Master Of The Universe”
04. “Choose Your Masques”/“Fight Sequence”
05. “Needlegun”
06. “Zarozinia”
07. “Lords Of Chaos”/“The Dark Lords”/“Wizards Of Pan Tang”
08. “Moonglum”
09. “Elric The Enchanter”
10. “Conjuration Of Magnu/Magnu”
11. Narration (“The Final Fight”)/“Horn Of Destiny”


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