Metallica Streaming 'Ronnie Rising Medley' Dio Tribute Song

Band rocks through "Tarot Woman," "Kill the King," "Stargazer," "A Light in the Black" in 9-minute jam, streaming inside.

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Metallica had a bit of a hard time deciding which Ronnie James Dio track to cover for late icon's "This Is Your Life" tribute album, resulting in the decision to compile "Ronnie Rising Medley," a 9-minute jam of Dio's four all-time classics.

Combining "Tarot Woman," "Kill the King," "Stargazer," and "A Light in the Black" songs under the Metallica banner, the song is available for streaming in full. Make sure to give it a listen below, courtesy of Rolling Stone.

As for the album, "This Is Your Life" is scheduled for April 1 release via Rhino Records, featuring Dio covers by such class acts as Judas Priest, Motorhead, Anthrax, Slipknot and more. Pre-orders are available via iTunes here.

"Ronnie's music, and what he was, was part of my life," drummer Lars Ulrich said. "[Dio's] music is so much a part of what's in Metallica's DNA, the harder, edgier, blues-based hard rock from the Seventies. 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 added.

Noting that putting together cover jams is something that Metallica loves working on, the drummer concluded, "You just try and do your own thing, respectfully, in the shadow of these legends," the drummer says. "It becomes more of an homage and respect thing rather than trying to copy the song - it's not even about outdoing them."

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    azrael667
    More proof that Metallica is great at covers. I wouldn't be opposed to Garace Inc 2 to be honest.
    hudsonstradlin
    The Garage That Never Comes All Garage Long My Garage Some Kind Of Garage The Garage Remains.
    metalme31
    Don't forget.... The Garage That Could Not Be Enter Garage Master of Garages ...And Garage for All "I am the garage! I am the garage! I am! I am! I am the garage..... ah!"
    franciscanavarn
    That Was Just Your Garage Dyers Garage Hit The Garage Lights Creeping Garage Of Garage & Man
    chamiller005
    Garage Messiah. For Whom the Garage Opens. The Garage Remains. Jump in the Garage
    THEYiftah
    I think these names and this medley motivate me more than I've ever been motivated. Ever
    CPEngel
    The Garage Jack Built Ain't My Garage The Garage that Failed Through the Garage Trapped Under Garage No Garage
    azrael667
    Me too, me too!Welcome Home (Garage) edit: dammit too late To Garage Is To Die Jump in the Garage Garage Militia
    MrWeatherHead
    Wow, thats amazing. It's like Metallica's Mercyful Fate medley but for Dio.... very impressed.
    Barricade_28
    So unfortunately I'm sitting in the emergency room getting prepped for surgery because once the cover of "Kill the King" started to play around the 4:20 mark my head ****ing exploded at the insane mighty awesomeness of what I was hearing. My doctor said he isn't a trained neural surgeon but he just got a Crash Course in Brain Surgery so I should be alright.
    Wren0900
    .....No freaking kidding. I'm upset that I've never heard of Rainbow until I heard this. I've definitely missed a ton of great music.
    Unf
    To me this and The Lords of Summer are good signs. How do you think?
    brak1919
    I agree. lords of summer was totally old school and felt like something off the first couple albums mixed with a bit of death magnetic (a fantastic album), and this is just great.
    Leather Sleeves
    I thought Lords of Summer was garbage, uninspired and derivative. The vocals were horrible, the drumming was pathetic, everything after the first riff was predictable. I'm hopeful about this cover.
    CoattailRider9
    I think it's a pretty good song. I wasn't thoroughly impressed, but I disagree about the drumming. Lars has really gotten back into the game.
    KingV911
    I'm with you. Lords of Summer was not interesting - sounded very forced and nothing about it was memorable. Just because they were trying to be "metal/thrashy" doesn't automatically make it good. This cover, on the other hand, was great.
    KingV911
    Based on down votes I started thinking, "Am I wrong? Did I miss something?". So I listened to Lords of Summer again: nope, it's just not good.
    brak1919
    I agree. lords of summer was totally old school and felt like something off the first couple albums mixed with a bit of death magnetic (a fantastic album), and this is just great.
    Leather Sleeves
    After listening to this song I see that my hopefulness was marked, however, Lords of Summer was still terrible. So please, neg on.
    UniformRecon
    This is one of the best sounding production levels that I've heard from Metallica since Load/Reload. Also, that Stargazer snippet was the shit.
    bustapr
    woah, I was expecting Death Magnetic type production. But the mixing in this one is well done. not to mention the covers are fantastic. Metallica does covers alot better than all the other popular bands.
    AngelEyesRipper
    Very nice, better than Lords of Summer.
    UniformRecon
    I like the production more than Death Magnetic, too.
    LynchMobster
    this and the Ecstasy of Gold both have great production that surpasses Death Magnetic and I don't know why they won't record a whole with that sound. it sounds so much more agressive and more like Metallica
    LynchMobster
    *forgot to mention the Remember Tomorrow cover as well, it had the same production style
    145186
    The production actually sounds very Bob Rock-esque. Please, please let the new album have this same production!
    skyturnedred
    Hetfield's voice is really good on this. As is the overall sound, I really hope they don't **** up the new album like they did Death Magnetic. It's clear they can do it properly if they want to.
    bit64
    Man,Blackmore's riffs are the real deal.After all,he wrote the riff of riffs!
    SOAD_SoG
    Metallica could become a cover band and It would be much better than what are they now.
    kennethdave
    Finally, you can feel the energy...unlike what they've been writing recently, so forced...
    Jimjambanx
    Oh come on, Death Magnetic had it's moments. And I know that I'm not the only one that actually enjoyed to St. Anger to some extent. Lulu was crap though.
    Wulfram
    If you look at Lulu not as a Metallica album, but an album that Metallica plays on, it seems a lot better.
    LynchMobster
    Yeah, Lulu is a Lou Reed album featuring Metallica and not the other way around. Lou Reeds albums for the most part were not very easy to digest, and Lulu is no different.
    jaypelzer
    I've always thought their best sounding production was on the Mercyful Fate medley, and this is on par with that in my opinion. Wish all Metallica sounded like this.
    JJ1990
    This is awesome! Metallica should do these things more often. A few years back they covered Iron Maiden's Remember Tomorrow. These tributes (and the production quality compared to Death Magnetic) are great!
    slipdisk
    nice one. tallica has always done justice to there cover songs. its definatley up there with the best of their covers such as Am I evil, Stone cold crazy, ecstacy of gold etc.
    The jazz Man
    Hope the production is like this on the new album.. Lars' drum sound is way better and the guitar tones aren't as dry. Good signs
    gorkyporky
    Holy shit, this is awesome! The only way it would be better if they recorded all the songs entirely.
    cheesefries
    First time I've been able to listen to any 9 minutes track from ANY band in a long time. This was awesome!
    pierre.abikhali
    What disturbs me's that this song's practically identical in terms of style and influence to a lot of songs from load/reload. Still people seems to bash load/reload because it's "cool" to do it. Then they praise Metallica for covering a Dio song which's pretty similar to "ain't my bitch".
    CPEngel
    Are you sure you listened to the correct songs?
    pierre.abikhali
    I'm pretty sure I listened to the whole album. Ain't my bitch, 2 x 4, cure, fixxxer, memory. They all in this medley. Just a bit different tempos, more hardrock direction and slightly more experimental. People should stop being so narrow-minded and just give them a ****ing chance. They'd be pretty surprised.
    LynchMobster
    bleeding me, outlaw torn, low man's lyric... there are some great tracks on those albums. sure it may be hard rock and not thrash metal, but for what its worth i believe Load is one of the best straight-up hard rock albums i have heard.
    Shredder666
    Beautiful. This band sounds completely rejuvenated. I love Lars' drum sound and James' vocals. Such an inspired performance!
    Apocalypse4162
    that was sweet, man I enjoyed that more than I expected, sounded just like early Metallica, I like them at that fast tempo, maybe they will find some fresh inspiration from doing these covers
    Jazz1992
    As a huge fan of both Metallica and Dio (and all the bands he played in), I cannot describe how much I enjoyed this. Can't wait for the whole tribute album, if the other stuff is at least half as good as this, it's going to be one hell of a tribute.
    JordanParisi
    THIS IS THE PRODUCTION VALUE THEY NEED!!!! THIS SOUNDS AMAZING!!! I REALLY HOPE THEY TAKE THIS INTO WHAT THEY PLAN ON DOING NEXT FOR AN ALBUM. SO MUCH ENERGY IN EVERYTHING!!!
    DWEEZ777
    Shesh, They should Just Do FUkin Covers only And forget about New Material Becuse so far each one Sucked my left nut.KIRK WHY THE FUCK DO KEEP USING THAT GODDAMN WAH PEDAL each and every fukin song/solo not being creative enough. IF YOU ASK ME. Just hiding behind each solo and notes. BLAH....METALLICRAP.
    Salvo416
    Why is this the top page article and not the death of Dave? UG sure loves their Metallica.
    DWEEZ777
    Shesh, They should Just Do FUkin Covers only And forget about New Material Becuse so far each one Sucked my left nut.KIRK WHY THE FUCK DO KEEP USING THAT GODDAMN WAH PEDAL each and every fukin song/solo not being creative enough. IF YOU ASK ME. Just hiding behind each solo and notes. BLAH....METALLICRAP.
    Valerius
    Lords of garage is crap compared To This one, probably best shit in 20 years