R.I.P. Ronnie James Dio

    The world of heavy metal music lost one of its most unique voices today, as Ronnie James Dio succumbed to stomach cancer at the age of sixty-seven. Dio first gained notiriety as the lead vocalist for Rainbow, and then ascended to the throne of metal royalty by taking over the vocal duties in Black Sabbath from Ozzy Osbourne. Though debates still rage among the band’s fans as to which incarnation of the group was superior, the two different Sabbaths really defy comparison. Dio did not try to replace Osbourne; he brought his own singing style, stage presence, and point of view to the band. When not performing with Sabbath, Dio fronted his eponymous band. In recent years he reconnected with his Black Sabbath bandmates to form Heaven and Hell, which released The Devil You Know in 2009. Though Dio might have taken some hits for his flamboyant style and the broad images that populated his songs, he was an unquestioned icon of metal. Crank up “Holy Diver,” throw a horned hand, and remember one of the great ones one last time. [Yahoo]