Metallica Unveil ‘Ronnie Rising’ a Mash-up of Ronnie James Dio’s Kicka** Songs

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By Tarun Mazumdar | March 26, 2014 5:22 PM EST

Metallica have released an epic mash-up of Ronnie James Dio's tracks. This nine-minute cover features songs like "Tarot Woman, "A Light in the Black, "Stargazer" and "Kill the King." The song is titled "Ronnie Rising" and is a part of "Ronnie James Dio: This is Your Life" tribute album which is set to hit the stores on April 1.

Legendary metallers are paying tribute to Dio in the album. Acts like Metallica, Killswitch Engage, Anthrax, Motorhead, Corey Taylor, Rob Halford and others have gathered for "This is Your Life."

"Ronnie's music, and what he was, was part of my life," says Lars Ulrich, Metallica drummer to 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."

Lars also says that they do their own things in the shadow of legends like Ronnie James Dio. He also says that this tribute is homage and not a band trying to copy the song.

Check out the complete track list of "Ronnie James Dio: This is Your Life" via Metal Hammer.

1. "Neon Knights" - Anthrax*

2. "The Last in Line" - Tenacious D*

3. "The Mob Rules" - Adrenaline Mob

4. "Rainbow in The Dark" - Corey Taylor, Roy Mayorga, Satchel, Christian Martucci, Jason Christopher*

5. "Straight Through The Heart" - Halestorm*

6. "Starstruck" - Motörhead with Biff of Saxon*

7. "Temple of The King" - Scorpions*

8. "Egypt (The Chains Are On)" - Doro

9. "Holy Diver" - Killswitch Engage

10. "Catch the Rainbow" - Glenn Hughes, Simon Wright, Craig Goldy, Rudy Sarzo, Scott Warren*

11. "I" - Jimmy Bain, Oni Logan, Rowan Robertson, Brian Tichy*

12. "Man on The Silver Mountain" - Rob Halford, Vinny Appice, Doug Aldrich, Jeff Pilson, Scott Warren*

13. "Ronnie Rising Medley (featuring "A Light in the Black", "Tarot Woman", "Stargazer", "Kill the King")"- Metallica*

14. "This Is Your Life" - Dio

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