Metallica, Motorhead, Anthrax and More Join Forces for Dio Tribute Album

Corey Taylor, Tenacious D and Rob Halford also featured on the project.

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Paying respect to late metal god Ronnie James Dio, some of his fellow guitar-driven greats and prominent metal artists have joined forces on a tribute album titled "This Is Your Life."

Produced by Dio's longtime manager and life companion Wendy Dio, the record features such class acts as Metallica, Motorhead, Rob Halford, Anthrax, Corey Taylor, Tenacious D, Scorpions and more.

Scheduled for an April 1 release via Rhino Records, the effort will also be made available digitally.

"We reached out to Wendy Dio about wanting to be a part of the Dio tribute that's getting put together," Metallica frontman James Hetfield told Metal Hammer magazine (via Blabbermouth). "We're very honored to be a part of that, and to be a part of a celebration of Ronnie's life and his great contribution, man."

All funds from record sales will go to the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund. Check out the full track listing below.

"This Is Your Life" track listing:

01. "Neon Knights" - Anthrax
02. "The Last in Line" - Tenacious D
03. "The Mob Rules" - Adrenaline Mob
04. "Rainbow in the Dark" - Corey Taylor, Roy Mayorga, Satchel, Christian Martucci, Jason Christopher
05. "Straight Through the Heart" - Halestorm
06. "Starstruck" - Motorhead with Biff Byford
07. "Temple of the King" - Scorpions
08. "Egypt (The Chains Are On)" - Doro
09. "Holy Diver" - Killswitch Engage
10. "Catch The Rainbow" - Glenn Hughes, Simon Wright, Craig Goldy, Rudy Sarzo, Scott Warren
11. "I" - Oni Logan, Jimmy Bain, Rowan Robertson, Brian Tichy
12. "Man on the Silver Mountain" - Rob Halford, Vinny Appice, Doug Aldrich, Jeff Pilson, Scott Warren13. "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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    I'm definitely gonna buy this.
    Psycho Pigeon
    I'm going to listen to it on youtube.
    You can tell that Tenacious D has been wanting to do something like this since they started. Jack Black pretty much is a Dio tribute singer already. (Lyrically not so much)
    I'm really looking forward to hearing Metallica's 'Ronnie Rising Medley'. If it's anything like their 'Mercyful Fate' medley on Garage Inc. I'd say we're in for a treat.
    Rob E
    This looks awesome, but he was involved in so many great songs it's hard to stop thinking of ones which aren't "Don't talk to Strangers" for example.
    Hetfield on Kill The King… Fucking genius.
    Yeah but he's going to have to real good to be better than Jorn Lande singing it. Same goes for anthrax going to have to be better than Iron Savoir. And TYR playing 'I'.
    This rocks !! "All the fools sailed away" should be here, but what are ya gonna do ?
    Its a shame Ritchie Blackmore isn't on it.. At the very least, imagine the money he could raise for the charity if he did....
    Would have loved to hear Man on the Silver Mountain played by Metallica, still this is going to be great!
    If some of you have a problem with the artists appearing to pay tribute to Dio, you must not understand what Dio is all about. It's about getting together to celebrate one man's legacy. It's not about who is "worthy" enough to do so since in that perspective none of us would be able to LISTEN to the album since we aren't 'worthy' of hearing Dio's music which is the opposite of what Dio was about
    I'm quite indifferent to the line-up, but that Scorpions one could be good.
    I would've liked to see Alex Skolnick contributing to it as he was heavily influenced by the guitar players that Dio has played with and he is an excellent guitarist. Either way, I'm excited. I'll definitely listen to this. I'm glad that proceeds are going to cancer research as well.
    Killswitch and Halestorm shouldn't be on it, but the rest looks good.
    They're paying tribute to a legend. Don't be a bellend.
    Let's see... we have metal and hard rock veterans like Metallica, Biff Byford, Lemmy, Glenn Hughes, Rob Halford, most of the guys who played in Dio... and then two mainstream radio bands.
    By your standards Tenacious D and Corey Taylor (and group) shouldn't be on it either then. Why not bash them? They all deserve to be on there, and more bands too. I'm sure this won't be the last tribute to Dio.
    You're right, I just didn't notice. Someone like Corey Taylor has no business on it either. If Ronnie really influenced him that much, he wouldn't make crappy music.
    Of course, because your definition of "crappy music" is completely objective. Head needs to come out of your ass just a tiny bit man
    My definition of crappy music is the popular garbage on the radio that's aimed at the lowest common denominator.
    With that logic Metallica shouldn't be doing it either due to releasing Load and ReLoad, their biggest radio albums.
    Tenacious D makes sense, they were buddies with Dio. They had him in their movie, and he put them in the video for Push. I'm not down with Corey Taylor covering Dio, he doesn't have the voice for Rainbow in the Dark and is going to murder it.
    Why? They have as much right as anybody else to pay tribute to Dio.
    Killswitch's version of Holy Diver is ****ing killer. I'm not a fan, but credit's given where credit's due.
    I don't know about you but I thought this was a great cover
    Its a really cool cover, but I can't really dig to much in the way they play the main riff. But its not "that" bad.
    I usually don't like these tribute albums, but this one seems well worth my time (and money). Imagine a tour with all these line-ups doing these songs, that would be incredible.
    So excited to hear this. Neon Knights, Startstruck and Temple Of The King Im especially looking forward to.
    what is the sweet ****... its been almost 4 years?! feels like last week :-( i miss him :-(
    Such a good track list! Can't wait for the medley or tenacious D's cover. the Holy Diver cover by KSE is one of my favourites of theirs, so that's definitely a bonus to the album.
    Can't wait...but that date scares me. If this is preparation for April fools heads will roll!!