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In one of the more amazing moments on the new Dio tribute album This is Your Life Metallica pulled off another medley of songs. This following their 1998 tribute to Mercyful Fate found on the Garage Inc. album. As we continue to play songs from this album this weekend in the Hangar we’re posting this song just so you can ingest it as much as possible. First here’s Metallica’s statement about why they chose to do this medley.

Throughout the years we’ve made no secret of our deep love and admiration for Ronnie James Dio. Whether it was with Rainbow, Black Sabbath, Heaven & Hell or Dio, his powerful voice was instantly recognizable and his music inspired and influenced the four of us tremendously. When we were asked to be a part of a tribute album for Ronnie, of course we immediately said “fuck yeah!” Choosing a song to record, however, was a MUCH harder decision . . . so we did four! Our contribution to Ronnie James Dio: This Is Your Life will include the medley we call “Ronnie Rising, ” comprised of Rainbow’s “A Light In The Black,” “Tarot Woman,” “Stargazer,” and “Kill The King.”

The full album hits the streets and all of your friendly digital outlets on April 1, 2014 and 100% of the proceeds from sales will benefit the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund (www.diocancerfund.org).


cuttermasterI’m going to get real personal on this one. In 1987 my older brother sat me down and told me I needed to listen to Master of Puppets by Metallica. I was young but I really wanted to start playing guitar and after listening to Master of Puppets just once there wasn’t a doubt in my mind that playing guitar is what I wanted to do. I wasn’t even a teenager yet and I just started digesting everything heavy metal after that. This is the record and Metallica is the band that made me who I am today. As for Metallica, at the start of the touring process they opened for Ozzy, it was the last time Metallica ever went on tour as a support act. Unfortunately it was while on tour in Europe later that year in support of this album that Metallica were involved in a bus accident that killed then bassist Cliff Burton. That makes this record even more important as we hear the peak of one of metal’s greatest players.

masterofpuppetsArtist: Metallica

Album: Master of Puppets

Release Date: February 24, 1986

Recommended Listening: Battery, Master of Puppets, The Thing That Should Not Be, Welcome Home (Sanitarium), Disposable Heroes, Leper Messiah, Orion, Damage Inc. (Yes we know that’s the entire track listing)

(Album artwork from Elektra Records)

AllMusic.com says:

“Even though Master of Puppets didn’t take as gigantic a leap forward as Ride the Lightning, it was the band’s greatest achievement, hailed as a masterpiece by critics far outside heavy metal’s core audience. It was also a substantial hit, reaching the Top 30 and selling three million copies despite absolutely nonexistent airplay.”



(This is a screen shot from movie based on the 1949 novel by George Orwell called 1984)

We could make arguments for other years, but it was 30 years ago that saw some of the best and most popular metal albums of all time hit the street. Album titles that are instantly recognizable like Ride the Lighting, Stay Hungry, Powerslave, Out of the Cellar, or Defenders of the Faith. Plus the year some more underground but incredibly influential releases from the likes of Celtic Frost, Venom or Saint Vitus. This week in the Hangar we are hitting them all and relieving one of the greatest years of metal.

First though our heavy metal soundtrack recommendation is in honor of Valentine’s Day. In 2001 a horror movie came out called Valentine and the soundtrack kicked some serious ass. We will hear two songs from the album by Marilyn Manson and Rob Zombie.

defenders of the faithThen for this week’s Power Set it could have been a coin flip on which one of these amazing albums came out in ’84, but it ended up being Judas Priest. Their 1984 album Defenders of the Faith ended up being the last of the great Priest records during their hay-day. To read more about it check out last week’s classic album spotlight here.

(Judas Priest artwork courtesy of Columbia Records)

NightonbrokenOur Then and Now comes from Fates Warning who put out their first new album in 8 years in 2013, but in 1984 they put out their debut album Night on Brocken. That album helped usher in progressive metal.

(Fates Warning artwork courtesy of Metal Blade Records)

Also we are going In the Vault with a band who had one of the greatest years in 1984 but a year for them that ended in tragedy. The band is Hanoi Rocks and it was their drummer Razzle that was killed in a car accident by Motley Crue singer Vince Neil. This clip had lead singer Michael Monroe talking about the very start of the band.

3 hours of metal all from the year 1984 this weekend inside Hangar 19.


Metallica’s James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich must of needed some strings and some drumheads because they both stopped by the Guitar Center in San Francisco. Good thing there was a camera crew on hand.


2013 was an interesting year for metal. The year saw return to form releases from some of metal’s most legendary bands like Black Sabbath, Dream Theater and Saxon. We even had some great live albums out from Iron Maiden, Metallica and Testament. This week in the hangar we take a look back at what metal had to offer in 2013. The following are the Then and Now’s we will feature plus some words from the band’s themselves.

black-sabbath-13-1370285735Artist: Black Sabbath

New album: 13

Featured Song: God is Dead?



Skid-Row-UWRArtist: Skid Row

New E.P.: United World Rebellion

Featured Song: Let’s Go

Interview with guitarist Snake Sabo can be heard here


972144_574804719226438_648313249_n1-300x300Artist: Newsted (ex-Metallica, Ozzy, Voivod)

New Album: Heavy Metal Music

Featured Song: Soldierhead

Interview with just Jason Newsted / Interview with Jason and guitarist Mike Mushok


kdh-riseArtist: Rex Brown (ex-Pantera, Down) / Kill Devil Hill

New Album: Revolution Rise

Featured Song: Leave it All Behind

Interview with Rex Brown 


Motorhead-Aftershock1Artist: Motorhead

New album: Aftershock

Featured song: Heartbreaker



ministryfrombeertoeternitycoverArtist: Ministry

New album: From Beer to Eternity

Featured Song: Permawar

Interview with Al Jourgensen


Dream-Theater-2013-albumArtist: Dream Theater

New Album: Dream Theater

Featured Song: The Enemy Inside

Interview with guitarist John Petrucci


saxon-sacrificeArtist: Saxon

New Album: Sacrifice

Featured Song: Sacrifice

Interview with lead singer Biff Byford


st13cdArtist: Suicidal Tendencies

New Album: 13

Featured Song: Cyco Style



Queensryche-QueensrycheArtist: Queensryche

New Album: Queensryche

Featured Song: Redemption

Interview with drummer Scott Rockenfield


winterkillsArtist: Dez Fafara Coal Chamber / Devildriver

New Album from Devildriver: Winter Kills

Featured Song: The Appetite

Interview with lead singer Dez Fafara


Super_Collider_MegadethArtist: Megadeth

New album: Super Collider  

Featured Song: Kingmaker

Interview with lead singer Dave Mustaine