Jack Black: 'Dio Was the Pavarotti of Metal'

Meanwhile, Corey Taylor nails a crushing cover of "Rainbow in the Dark," streaming inside.

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As one of the artists featured on the upcoming Ronnie James Dio tribute album "This Is Your Life," Jack Black of Tenacious D shared his own tribute to the late singer, calling him the ultimate metal master.

"Dio was the master," Jack told Music for Good. "He was the Pavarotti of heavy metal vocalists. [He had] soaring melodies and a lion's roar to match. He was also one of the coolest guys I've ever had the honor of meeting. No one could touch his brilliance - on or off the stage."

In related news, Corey Taylor's delivery of "Rainbow in the Dark" from the mentioned tribute effort is available for streaming. Slipknot singer hasn't lost his touch at all, nailing the song in a crushing manner. Definitely give this one a listen below.

As reported, Metallica's "Ronnie Rising Medley" tribute is also streaming online, more info on that here. The rest of the performers on "This Is Your Life" includes the likes of Anthrax, Rob Halford, Scorpions and more. The album is due on April 1 via Rhino Records, pre-order it via iTunes here.

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    "I hear you brave young Jaybles, you are hungry for the rock. But to learn the ancient method, sacred doors you must unlock."
    Seriously, how ****ing excited do you think Jack Black was to have Ronnie James Fucking Dio in his movie? I'd cream my pants.
    I like to believe they only made the movie just so they could meet Dio and have him in it. Similarly to how Tim Schafer made the video game Brutal Legend mostly just to meet his heavy metal heroes!
    Actually Jack and Kyle were in the Dio's music video for the song Push years before.
    YouTube is failing me hard right now, but the D had a "making of" for the Pick of Destiny and it basically consists of JB being JB for 99% of it - except for the Dio studio day. He was just so awestruck and humbled he could barely look up or speak. Kinda funny to watch him so totally unable to keep up his persona. Also, Dio nailed that shit in one take, according to said video.
    Agent 00Awesome
    Its impossible to not read that in Dio's singing voice. Also, that will now be stuck in my head for the rest of the week.
    Holy crap... Corey killed it! Such a great cover, and I'm not even a fan of the guy.
    Looking forward to this album. Even if no one can touch Dio's brilliance like JB says, I didn't expect Corey's cover to be this good.
    I was wondering what happened to Jack Black, I haven't heard of a new movie of his in years.
    On tour with the D..
    go see them if you get the chance. i saw them once and it was epic! they rocked out, plus the opening act was a dude in a sasquatch costume (no joke!) singing and playing acoustic guitar, and he was damn good too!
    Freakin love Jack Black, freakin loving this tribute album so far. Can't wait to hear the whole thing!
    Being a fan of both Dio and Corey Taylor, I have to say I was a bit disappointed on the overall sound of the track. It's not that Corey did a bad job, its just that it sounded monotonous throughout the entirety of the track. Dio really dragged out the highs, and Corey not so much.
    Surprisingly the vocals are the best part of that cover. I found the guitars lacking.
    Dio. Followed by Devin Townsend.
    Do you see Devin Townsend as the current Dio (figuratively speaking of course)? Love Townsend's work btw, genius guy. And on topic: I hope Jack makes something amazing. And I must say Corey did a great job, although nowhere near the original..
    I see Townsend more as a new, more metal version of Zappa honestly. In terms of Vocals though he's definitely one of the top still, I saw him late last year and he still can nail stuff like Vampira.
    I hope they play these covers live with Dio... oh wait -down vote me, it was worth it-
    Gotta admit, I thought people might be hating on JB, my hero. SO glad to see that I was totally wrong! When I grow up, I wanna be a Jack Black.
    Pablo Mortis
    It seems we'll have streamed every individual track from the album before we hear it in full