Life of Agony’s Alan Robert will release the latest volume in his “The Beauty of Horror” next year.
“The Beauty of Horror 6: Famous Monsterpieces” is scheduled for release next August through IDW. The collection of Robert’s hand drawn designs spans 88 pages and will retail for $16.99 in the United States and $22.99 in Canada. It will once again feature Robert’s character, Ghouliana making its way through famous masterpieces of art from the likes of Van Gogh, Renoir, and Salvador Dali.
Robert discussed the coming collection in a prepared statement.
“This book is my way of making up for all of the art history classes I slept through at The School of Visual Arts,” said Robert. “But seriously, it’s an absolute blast for me to interpret the iconic work of the masters by adding my horrific spin to them. Although, I’m sure they’re rolling in their graves. I tackle every illustration with a mischievous, tongue-in-cheek sensibility, and I make sure that the humor is just as important as the horror.”
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Judas Priest is joining a growing list of rock and metal acts to launch new graphic novels. The band announced Tuesday through a news release, it plans to release the Screaming For Vengeance graphic novel next July through Z2 Comics. The graphic novel’s debut is part of the 40th anniversary of the release of the band’s original album, Screaming For Vengeance. The record was released in July 1982 and has since gone on to double platinum status.
The information provided in the news release announcing the graphic novel’s coming release, the novel’s story — co-written by Rantz Hoseley (Comic Book Tattoo and The Heroin Diaries) and Neil Kleid (Savor) and designed by artist Christopher Mitten (Hellboy and the B.R.P.D.) is set 500 years in the future. A ring of cities floats above a destroyed world. The cities are ruled by an evil elite class. At some point, a young engineer develops a Bloodstone, a device that threatens the status quo. The discovery changes his whole life and could change life for everybody in the floating cities, leading the young engineer to have to make some very difficult decisions along the way.
Hoseley was humble as he talked about his role in the graphic novel’s creation.
“I cannot overstate what an inspiration Judas Priest has been to me, personally.” said Hoseley. “I was already a fan of the band when Screaming for Vengeance was released, but no one was ready for the impact it had. That incredible cover art? Those songs? That album became my daily soundtrack and creative fuel, to the point where I wore the cassette out in my car. To be able to contribute to a project inspired by these songs that mean so much to me? Well, that is an honor and a responsibility I take very seriously.”
The band’s new graphic novel is expected for release in separate soft cover and hard cover formats. This is according to information in a news release distributed to the media Tuesday. Special limited deluxe and super deluxe packages featuring an anniversary vinyl pressing of the album are part of the novel’s release.
As an added bonus, the initial printings of the Screaming for Vengeance graphic novel will feature an interview with its original cover artist, Doug Johnson. According to the information in the provided release, Johnson discusses topics, such as creating the novel’s cover and the creation of “The Hellion,” the bird that graces the album and novel’s cover.
In related news, Z2 Vice President of Collectibles and Aggronautix founder Clint Weiler has developed a Hellion statue with working eyes that fans can also order.
Judas Priest is just the latest hard rock/metal act to jump in to the realm of graphic novels and comics. Exodus and Joe Satriani have each made the jump in the past year or so, as has Nickelback. A graphic novel based on Dio’s timeless album, Holy Diver has also seen the light of day.
In other news, Judas Priest released a new limited edition box set last month in the form of 50 Heavy Metal Years Of Music. The collection, which was released Oct. 15 through Sony Music, was part of the band’s celebration of its 50th anniversary. An extensive tour that the band recently wrapped was also part of the celebration. The box set collects the band’s entire studio and live catalogs along with 13 previously unreleased tracks.
The listing for the full 29-disc set is noted below.
50 HEAVY METAL YEARS OF MUSIC TRACKLISTING
CDs housed in mini LP Japanese-style wallets
Box set designed by long-time Judas Priest collaborator Mark Wilkinson
Includes Ross Halfin photos signed by each band member:
Numbered British Steel metal razor blade (blunt)
Memorabilia book featuring rare photos, posters, adverts and passes
Replica British Steel tour programme
Two Replica Tour posters from:
British Steel 1980 German Tour Defenders Of The Faith 1984 European Tour
5 previously unreleased live stereo recordings from the archives Restored and edited by Tom Allom at La Cucina W8 Mastered by Alex Wharton at Abbey Road Studios, London
CD30 & CD31 – Live In Atlanta ’82 (Previously Unreleased)
CD30 The Hellion / Electric Eye Riding on the Wind Heading Out to the Highway Metal Gods Bloodstone Breaking the Law Sinner Desert Plains The Ripper Diamonds and Rust
CD31 Devils Child Screaming for Vengeance You’ve Got Another Thing Coming Victim of Changes Living After Midnight The Green Manalishi (With the Two Pronged Crown) Hell Bent For Leather
CD32 – Live At The Mudd Club ’79 Hell Bent For Leather Delivering The Goods Running Wild Beyond The Realms Of Death The Green Manalishi (With the Two Pronged Crown) Victim Of Changes Rock Forever Starbreaker
CD33 & CD34 – Live In Houston ’86
CD33 Out In The Cold Locked In Heading Out To The Highway Metal Gods Breaking The Law Love Bites Some Heads Are Gonna Roll The Sentinel Private Property Desert Plains Rock You All Around The World
CD34 The Hellion/ Electric Eye Turbo Lover Freewheel Burning Victim Of Changes The Green Manalishi (With the Two Pronged Crown) Living After Midnight You’ve Got Another Thing Comin’ Hell Bent For Leather
CD35 & CD36 – Live In New Haven ’88
CD35 The Hellion/ Electric Eye Metal Gods Sinner Breaking The Law Come And Get It I’m a Rocker The Sentinel The Ripper Beyond The Realms Of Death Some Heads Are Gonna Roll
CD36 Turbo Lover Ram It Down Heavy Metal Victim Of Changes The Green Manalishi (With the Two Pronged Crown) Living After Midnight You’ve Got Another Thing Comin’ Hell Bent For Leather
CD37 – Los Angeles ’90 (Previously Unreleased) Riding on the Wind Grinder Heading Out to the Highway Between the Hammer & the Anvil Bloodstone Better by You, Better Than Me Leather Rebel The Green Manalishi (With the Two Pronged Crown) Hell Bent for Leather You’ve Got Another Thing Coming
CD38 – London ’81(Previously Unreleased) Solar Angels Intro / Heading Out to the Highway Metal Gods Hell Bent for Leather Breaking the Law Sinner Beyond the Realms of Death Grinder Desert Plains You Don’t Have to Be Old to Be Wise Victim of Changes The Green Manalishi (With the Two Pronged Crown)
CD39 – Denver ’80 (Previously Unreleased) Hell Bent for Leather The Ripper Running Wild Living After Midnight Sinner Beyond the Realms of Death You Don’t Have to Be Old to Be Wise Grinder Victim of Changes Steeler Genocide Tyrant The Green Manalishi (With the Two Pronged Crown)
CD40 – Irvine ’91 (Previously Unreleased) Hell Bent for Leather Heading Out to the Highway The Hellion / Electric Eye Diamonds and Rust All Guns Blazing Metal Gods Some Heads Are Gonna Roll The Ripper Night Crawler Turbo Lover A Touch of Evil Painkiller The Green Manalishi (With the Two Pronged Crown) Breaking the Law Living After Midnight You’ve Got Another Thing Coming
CD41 & CD42 – Beyond Live & Rare Previously unreleased stereo recordings from the archives
CD41 Epitaph (Studio Demo) Demo from 1976’s Sad Wings Of Destiny Solar Angels (Live) July 22, 1981 – New York, NY – The Palladium Sinner (Live) July 22, 1981 – New York, NY – The Palladium Desert Plains (Live) July 22, 1981 – New York, NY – The Palladium You Don’t Have To Be Old To Be Wise (Live) July 22, 1981 – New York, NY – The Palladium Genocide (Live) May 09, 1978 – Cleveland, OH – Agora Theatre Victim Of Changes (Live) May 09, 1978 – Cleveland, OH – Agora Theatre Ripper (Live) May 09, 1978 – Cleveland, OH – Agora Theatre Screaming For Vengeance (Live) November 24, 1982 – Tucson, AZ – Tucson Convention Center The Green Manalishi (With The Two Pronged Crown) (Live) June 07, 1981 – Odessa, TX – Ector County Coliseum Victim of Changes (Live) June 07, 1981 – Odessa, TX – Ector County Coliseum
CD42 Tyrant (Live) June 07, 1981 – Odessa, TX – Ector County Coliseum Diamonds and Rust (Live) February 14, 1981 – Amsterdam, Netherlands – Jaap Edenhal White Heat Red Hot (Live) July 29, 1978 – Tokyo, Japan – Yuubin Chokin Hall Better By You Better Than Me (Live) July 29, 1978 – Tokyo, Japan – Yuubin Chokin Hall Starbreaker (Live) July 29, 1978 – Tokyo, Japan – Yuubin Chokin Hall Rock Forever (Live) Killing Machine Tour – February 09, 1979 – Tokyo, Japan – Kōsei Nenkin Kaikan Evil Fantasies (Live) Killing Machine Tour – February 09, 1979 – Tokyo, Japan – Kōsei Nenkin Kaikan Troubleshooter (Live) World Wide Blitz Tour – February 29, 1981 – Wiesbaden, Germany – Rhein-Main-Halle Grinder (Live) World Wide Blitz Tour – February 29, 1981 – Wiesbaden, Germany – Rhein-Main-Halle The Sentinel (Live) May 02, 1984 – Albuquerque, NM – Tingley Coliseum Freewheel Burning (Live) May 02, 1984 – Albuquerque, NM – Tingley Coliseum All Guns Blazing (Live) August 17, 1991 – Montreal, QC, Canada – Forum de Montreal Painkiller (Live) March 26, 1991 – Sheffield, England – Sheffield City Hall Mother Sun (Live) October 11, 1975 – Slough, England – Slough College
The track listing for the Reflections Edition is noted below.
REFLECTIONS – 50 HEAVY METAL YEARS OF MUSIC 1CD Let Us Prey / Call for the Priest You Don’t Have to Be Old to Be Wise Fever Eat Me Alive All Guns Blazing Never The Heroes Dissident Aggressor (Live) Out in the Cold (Live) Judas Priest – Running Wild (Live) *Victim Of Changes (Live) (May 09, 1978 – Cleveland, OH – Agora Theatre) *The Green Manalishi (With the Two Pronged Crown) (Live) (Point of Entry ‘Worldwide Blitz’ Tour – Live in Hammersmith, London – November 21, 1981 – Foundations Forum – Hammersmith Odeon) *Bloodstone (Live) (Screaming For Vengeance World Vengeance Tour – Live in Atlanta, GA – December 11, 1982 – The Omni) *Judas Priest – The Ripper (Live) (Irvine, CA – July 12, 1991 – Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre) *Beyond the Realms of Death (Live) (Killing Machine/Hell Bent For Leather Tour – Live In New York, NY – March 11, 1979 – The Mudd Club) *The Hellion / Electric Eye (Live) (Turbo ‘Fuel For Life’ Tour – Live In Houston, TX – June 21, 1986 – The Summit) *Sinner (Live) (Ram It Down ‘Mercenaries Of Metal’ Tour – Live In New Haven, CT – August 7, 1988 – New Haven Veterans Memorial Coliseum)
REFLECTIONS – 50 HEAVY METAL YEARS OF MUSIC 2LP DOUBLE GATEFOLD RED VINYL, 180GSM
SIDE A Let Us Prey / Call for the Priest You Don’t Have to Be Old to Be Wise Fever Eat Me Alive
SIDE B All Guns Blazing Never The Heroes Dissident Aggressor (Live) Out in the Cold (Live) Judas Priest – Running Wild (Live)
SIDE C *previously unreleased* Victim Of Changes (Live) (May 09, 1978 – Cleveland, OH – Agora Theatre) The Green Manalishi (With the Two Pronged Crown) (Live) (Point of Entry ‘Worldwide Blitz’ Tour – Live in Hammersmith, London – November 21, 1981 – Foundations Forum – Hammersmith Odeon) Bloodstone (Live) (Screaming For Vengeance World Vengeance Tour – Live in Atlanta, GA – December 11, 1982 – The Omni) Judas Priest – The Ripper (Live) (Irvine, CA – July 12, 1991 – Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre)
SIDE D *previously unreleased* Beyond the Realms of Death (Live) (Killing Machine/Hell Bent For Leather Tour – Live In New York, NY – March 11, 1979 – The Mudd Club) The Hellion / Electric Eye (Live) (Turbo ‘Fuel For Life’ Tour – Live In Houston, TX – June 21, 1986 – The Summit) Sinner (Live) (Ram It Down ‘Mercenaries Of Metal’ Tour – Live In New Haven, CT – August 7, 1988 – New Haven Veterans Memorial Coliseum)
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World War II has, for ages, been the source of so many stories. From real history to historical fiction, countless stories have come from the noted era. Yet another tale from the “second great war” (so to speak) will come Tuesday from author Dinah Jefferies in her new historical fiction, Daughters of War. Jefferies’ eighth novel, it will come more than a year after the release of her then latest novel, The Tuscan Contessa. This latest offering is yet another wartime drama from Jefferies, much as with its predecessor, but different from the prior novel in its story. This will be discussed shortly. The story’s transitions work with the story itself to make for more appeal. It will be discussed a little later. The chapter lengths are also of note and will be examined later, too. They round out the most important of the book’s elements. When it and the other noted items are considered together, the whole makes the novel another work that will appeal to Jefferies’ established audiences and female readers in general.
Dinah Jefferies’ forthcoming novel, Daughters of War, is a presentation that is certain to appeal to her established audiences and to female readers in general. The book’s appeal comes in part through its story. The story in question follows three sisters – Helene, Florence, and Elise – as they navigate life together in the tiny, French town of Saint-Cecile during the waning months of WWII. The sisters are living there after the war forced their separation from their mother, Claudette. All three young women face their own trials and tribulations while living in what is apparently their childhood home. Love is found and lost. There is also tragedy added to the mix for the sisters. This all happens over the course of the story’s first two acts, which run approximately 262 pages to be exact. That makes up the story’s first half. The story’s third act runs from there to its end and includes Helene working with her love interest, Jack, to help a Jewish woman escape from the Nazis’ clutches and get to Spain. It also finally uncovers a dark secret about Claudette that while painful, helps bring Helene, Florence and Elise even closer together. Not to give away too much since the book has yet to be released, but the secret in question involves the all too familiar dramatic plot element of forbidden love. The story does have a happy ending, and part of that happy ending involves, of course, the end of the war. All in all, the story is unique from that of Jefferies’ previous novel even with some similarities in mind between the stories. Keeping that that in mind the story in whole plays out like something one might expect from one of so many direct-to-DVD wartime dramas or even some Hallmark Channel dramas. In other words, this story, like so many from Jefferies, will appeal mainly to female readers, all things considered. That is not to say that the story is bad by any means. It just suffices to say that it is another work that Jefferies has aimed at her established female audiences and female audiences in general. It is just one part of what will ensure those audiences’ engagement and entertainment, too. The transitions between the chapters work with the story to add to that sustained interest.
The story’s transitions are so important to examine because they play their own key role in the story’s general effect. From one chapter to the next, Jefferies does well to solidly end and begin each section. Where one sister’s story ends momentarily, another’s begins (and in some cases continues) so fluidly from one chapter to the next. Whether it be a brief cliffhanger that connects chapters or the simple, solid move from one portion of the story to the next, everything interconnects solidly and fluidly throughout the story. The result is that from the story’s opening to its finale it never leaves readers feeling behind or even lost. In other words, it keeps the story’s pacing moving that nicely, too. Keeping that in mind, the transitions clearly play their own pivotal part to the whole of the novel. They work directly with the story to ensure readers’ engagement and entertainment in their own way. When this is considered along with the novel’s story, the two elements collectively give Jefferies’ audiences even more reason to keep reading. Staying on the matter of the chapters, their lengths is also of note.
The chapter lengths are important because just as with the transitions, they play directly into the story’s pacing, too. Readers will not that the chapters in this book are relatively short for the most part. They are as short as four pages long and as long as 12 pages at the most. Just as important to note is that even as the story reaches its midpoint, Jefferies does not just intentionally spread out that section’s chapter. Rather, she finds the right points at which to lengthen specific chapters and at which to shorten others. This may not seem like much on the surface, but the reality is that there are authors out there who will reach a certain point in their books and make those chapters extensively long while the majority of the other chapters are not as lengthy. In the case of this novel however, the chapter lengths fit each portion of the tale fittingly. Jefferies clearly did not just try to get to the climax and stretch it out for the sake of stretching it out. Again, too many authors go this route with their novels, and it really gets annoying. Any true bibliophile will agree with that. She instead ensures that each chapter runs the right length for itself. This helps keep readers engaged in its own right and further ensures their enjoyment. All in all, audiences will find themselves moving through the story so solidly, leaving them feeling even better about themselves having read so much in the process. By the time the story ends, readers will need a moment to realize they have reached the finale, but in the best way possible. Again, this clearly is connected to the solid pacing just as much as the transitions themselves. When the chapter lengths and transitions are considered along with the novel’s very story, all three elements make the novel in whole a good introduction to Jefferies and her works for some and an equally enjoyable offering for her established female audiences.
Dinah Jefferies’ forthcoming wartime drama, Daughters of War is a presentation that her established audiences and more casual female readers will find equally enjoyable. That is due in large part to the novel’s story. It is a story of survival in a time of great trials and tribulation, much as with Jefferies’ existing works. It also incorporates plenty of romance for Jefferies’ noted female readers. The whole does end with a happy finale despite everything that the sisters go through over the course of the story. The chapters’ transitions play in with the story to keep readers engaged. They move solidly from one to the next, ensuring not to lose readers along the way. They interconnect that well throughout the story and in turn also ensure the story’s pacing remains fluid. Staying on that note, the chapters’ lengths also keep the story moving fluidly, only getting longer when really need be. Otherwise, the chapters remain relatively short. Each item examined here is important in its own way to the whole of the novel. All things considered, they make Daughters of War another offering from Dinah Jefferies that her established audiences will enjoy just as much as more casual readers.
Daughters of War is scheduled for release Nov. 16 through Harper Collins. More information on this and other titles from Harper Collins is available at:
The third issue of Joe Satriani’s Crystal Planet comic book series will release this fall.
According to information in a news release distributed Tuesday, the series’ third issue is scheduled to release in November through Heavy Metal magazine and Incendium’s Opus imprint. Pre-orders are open. A limited quantity of issues #1 and #2 is also available. Additionally, a very limited quantity of bundles — 250 total — featuring copies of issue #1 signed by Joe Satriani, sublimated hat, an art print of issue #2’s cover and an enamel pin is available here.
Along with the new issue of Crystal Planet, an accompanying action figure of Joe Satriani is also available to pre-order for $29.95. The action figure features Satriani in a Tri-Diver suit from the Crystal Planet comic book, complete with his signature Ibanez guitar.
The credits for Crystal Planet are noted below.
CREDITS: CREATED BY: Joe Satriani, Ned Evett SCRIPT: Tony Lee PENCILS/INKS: Richard Friend COLOR: Carlos Cabrera LETTERS: Jacob Bascle EDITOR: Llexi Leon
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Exodus is joining a growing number of bands that have delved into the comic book realm.
The band made the announcement Friday in a news release. The document states that the band has partnered with entertainment company Incendium to launch its four-issue limited series, Tales of the Damned under Incendium’s Opus imprint.
The band is just the latest to delve into the comic book realm. Bands, such as Disturbed and Alter Bridge, as well as guitarist Joe Satriani have all journeyed into the comic book world.
Each issue of Tales of the Damned focuses on a specific song from Exodus’ catalog beginning with the title track from the band’s 2004 album, Tempo of the Damned. The lead issue was written by Ian Edgington (Aliens, Predator, 2000AD) with art by Luis Guaragna (John Carpenter’s Tales for a Halloween Night), letters by Jacob Bascle, and cover art by Ryan Christensen.
Front man Gary Holt spoke highly of the band’s new comic book and related action figure line.
“I’m super excited to see this project come to life,” he said. “Exodus and comics go hand in hand, and to see the ‘Organist’ come to life in book form and as an action figure? Totally awesome! I’m looking forward to reading Tales Of The Damned!”
Incendium CEO Llexi Leon shared Holt’s enthusiasm.
“Exodus’Tales Of The Damned is our bloody tribute to the Bay Area legends,” said Leon. “We’re all about Myths, Monsters, and Metal here at Incendium, so this unholy alliance has been a blast!”
The story featured in issue #1 centers on a young woman’s search for her missing sister. The younger sister goes missing after hearing “The Wavelength” a mysterious signal coming from an unidentified radio station. The older sister’s search leads her to an uninhabited town where she figures out the mystery of her sister’s disappearance and the music behind the disappearance…The Tempo of the Damned. An action figure of “The Organist” will release alongside the lead issue.
Issue #1 is limited to 1,500 copies at a price of $16.66. It is available to order here. It will ship Oct. 31. “The Organist” action figure is available to pre-order for $29.95 and will ship in the first quarter of 2022.
In other news, the launch of Exodus’ new comic book and action figure line coincides with the forthcoming release of its latest album, Persona Non Grata, which is scheduled for release in November through its own label, Exodus Records and Nuclear Blast Records. An exact release date for the album is under consideration as the band’s drummer, Tom Hunting recovers from squamous cell carcinoma.
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Audiences around the world will soon get to read Ronnie James Dio’s new autobiography.
According to information in a press release distributed Thursday, the book, Rainbow in the Dark, will start publishing in multiple languages starting Aug. 27 in Germany. Additionally, publications in Finnish, Bulgarian, Portugese (in Brazil), Japanese, Swedish, Italian, and Polish are coming, as well as in Hungarian in the first quarter of 2022, the document states.
Rainbow in the Dark originally published last month through Permuted Press in the United States and Canada, and through Constable in the United Kingdom. The autobiography collects Ronnie James Dio’s own notes that he wrote throughout his life for its story. The story starts in Dio’s childhood and runs up through his namesake band’s premiere at Madison Square Garden in 1987.
Co-written by music journalist Mick Wall and RJD’s wife Wendy, the book premiered at #12 on Publisher’s Weekly‘s Hard cover/Non-Fiction Best Sellers list last week.
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Ronnie James Dio is one of the most prolific figures in the modern history of music. That goes without saying. Dio fronted not one, not two, but three of the most famous and respected acts in the history of rock in Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, and his own band. While not a physically large figure on stage, his persona more than made up for that. As his forthcoming autobiography, Rainbow in the Dark shows, his time with those bands are only a thumbnail of what is a much bigger overall career and life. Set for release July 27 through Permuted Press, the 244-page autobiography is a rich look at the first part of Dio’s life. The story featured therein serves as the book’s foundation and will be discussed shortly. The story’s transitions add to the story’s appeal and will be addressed a little later. The pictures that are incorporated into the story add a nice aesthetic element to the whole and round out the book’s most important elements. Each item noted is important in its own right to the whole of the book. All things considered, they make this book a welcome personal recounting of Ronnie James Dio’s life. It will leave audiences hoping that his widow, who compiled Dio’s writings for the book, will eventually release a follow-up that completes his story.
Permuted Press’ forthcoming Ronnie James Dio biography, Rainbow in the Dark is a book that every rock and hard rock fan will enjoy. Given, it is hardly the only biography or even autobiography ever released from any rock act, but is still fully enjoyable in its own right. Its engagement and entertainment comes in large part through its story. The story is told through Dio’s own words and starts in his childhood living in upstate New York. Right from the outset, audiences learn that ultimately, Dio’s grandparents are really to thank for him becoming a musician and performer. As he reveals here early on, they made Dio’s father and his siblings learn to play an instrument. His own father did the same to him, too, repeating history. If not for that, it is possible that Dio might have otherwise pursued a career in baseball. It was this fateful event that would set Dio on a lifelong course that would eventually see him and his band mates in Elf record for Deep Purple’s own Purple Records. Those recordings and tours with Deep Purple would eventually lead to the biggest part of his career. The stories that Dio shares along the way are, at times laugh-inspiring in the best way possible, and at other times so dramatic. Case in point is Dio’s recollection of the fateful night in which a crash involving a drunk driver claimed the life of one of his then band mates in Ronnie Dio and the Prophets and put his own life and that of another in jeopardy. One of the funnier recollections shared along the way comes as Dio shares how he used his stage name (as it turns out, Dio is not his real name. This will be left for audiences to learn for themselves. He was in fact Italian by direct descent) at a gig during his formative years and almost got himself tied up in the mob. Even later in the story, Dio shares another funny and albeit short anecdote about how he and Wendy Dio got used to living out of their suitcases while Dio was a member of Rainbow. Again it is only a short statement, but still will leave plenty of people laughing. Speaking of Wendy, she points out in the books preface that the story presented here culminates in her late, great husband debuting with his own band at Madison Square Garden in 1987. It also opens at that point before going back to Ronnie’s childhood. The whole story is so easy to read from start to finish because at no point do Ronnie’s notes try to be flowery. He uses simple language that is accessible to everybody. The result is that the story, which again spans 244 pages, can be finished in a day or two at the most. That accessibility and the equally engaging and entertaining stories do a lot to make this (hopefully first) part of RJD’s life and career so enthralling. The transitions that are used in telling his story play their own part in the story’s appeal.
The transitions that are used to help tell Ronnie James Dio’s story are so important because they are so clear and solid throughout the book. That is thanks to the way that Ronnie started and ended each of his writings. Those points perfectly connect the chapters. Add in clear division points that involve blank pages and pictures, and the whole makes the story progress that much more smoothly. Those blank pages and pictures are important because they feel almost like virtual commercial breaks within the story. They, together with the solid wording connecting the stories, completely ensure readers’ maintained engagement and entertainment, showing completely, the importance of the story’s transitions. Keeping all of this in mind, there is a lot for readers to alike about this story of Ronnie James Dio’s life and career. It still is just a portion of what makes the story so appealing. The noted pictures used between the chapters round out the story’s most important elements.
The pictures that are presented throughout Rainbow in the Dark are important because they honestly help to tell the story in their own right. Case in point is an early picture of Ronnie as a boy with his parents. Readers will note that Ronnie’s father is in a military uniform. That might help to explain the sense that Ronnie explains he got of his father. That sense in question is a determination to make sure one is one’s best self possible. That is a value that the military does in fact instill in its personnel young and old alike. A later picture of Ronnie with his band mates in Elf during the 1970s made them comparable to the look of bands, such as Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Allman Brothers Band, and others. Ronnie explains in the story that follows the story, a laugh-inducing anecdote about not wanting to cut those long locks, but seemingly having to in order to help market the band. It is another way in which the pictures tie in to the story to help enrich the reading experience. On another note, there is also a picture of Ronnie with Ritchie Blackmore in the early days of Rainbow backstage before a show. It helps to bridge two other chapters in which Ronnie talks about that part of his career. It is such a casual picture, clearly not staged. Together with his own words, it showed how happy Ronnie was at that time. Between these pictures and so many others, the pictures prove to tell the story here just as much as the story itself. Keeping this in mind along with the impact of the smooth transitions, the whole of these noted items makes Rainbow in the Dark a fully immersive, engaging and entertaining story of one of rock’s greatest figures.
Permuted Press’ forthcoming presentation of Rainbow in the Dark is a wonderfully engaging and entertaining look into the life and career of Ronnie James Dio. The story itself is told through Ronnie’s own words on pages up on pages of collected notes. The stories are at times laugh-inspiring and at others heartbreaking. Through it all, the stories are told simply, making the story fully accessible for readers. This is in itself, reason enough for audiences to read this story. The transitions that are used between the story[s chapters build on the appeal established by the story. That is because of their fluidity. The manner in which Ronnie ends and begins each story is the biggest part of that fluidity. The blank pages and pictures used between the chapters also play into that fluidity. That is because they allow readers a moment to take in everything before moving on to each chapter. Speaking of the pictures, they do well as visual aids, helping to tell the story just as much as Ronnie’s own words. In some cases, they add even more to the story. Each item noted here is important in its own way to the whole of this book. All things considered, they make Rainbow in the Dark a story that will appeal to a wide range of readers. The book is scheduled for release next Friday, July 27, through Permute Press. More information on the book is available along with all of Dio’s latest news at:
One of DC Comics’ latest event series has gotten an extra push of sorts. The company has partnered with Loma Vista Recordings to release a soundtrack for its Dark Knights: Death Metal mini-event. The series ran from June 2020-January 2021 and was a “sequel” to the company’s 2017 series Dark Knights: Metal. Both series are multiverse-spanning stories that largely center on one of DC’s most well-known heroes in Batman. The soundtrack to Death Metal – which was released digitally Friday and is planned for a physical release July 16 — is in itself technically a sequel in itself because Metal also had its own soundtrack released in Sept. 2018 in the form of a six-song EP. This musical companion to Death Metal is interesting in part because of the approach taken to its featured songs. This will be addressed shortly. The range of acts and musical styles exhibited throughout the soundtrack is also of note in the record’s overall presentation. It will be discussed a little later. The bonus content that will feature with the album’s physical release will add to the soundtrack’s appeal for the most devoted comic book fans. It will also be discussed later. Each item noted is important in its own way to the whole of this soundtrack’s presentation. All things considered, they make the record an intriguing presentation that comic book and hard rock/metal fans will find worth hearing.
Loma Vista Recordings’ soundtrack to DC Comics’ event series Dark Knights: Death Metal is a presentation that comic book aficionados and hard rock fans will find intriguing. The soundtrack’s interest comes in part because of the approach that was taken to its very presentation. Some of the record’s featured songs are works that have at least some tie to the Death Metal event series while others are far less connected to the story. It is a unique approach because it makes the soundtrack one part actual companion to the story and one part just general compilation. One of the most notable of the songs not connected to the story is Rise Against’s song, ‘Broken Dreams, Inc.’ The band premiered the song in September. According to front man Tim McIlrath, the familiar punk rock opus presents a commentary about the growing class divide in America. He said in a recent interview of the theme, “’Broken Dreams, Inc.’ speaks to today’s changing landscape of American society, the opportunities that are available to some but not to others, the people who are able to benefit versus those who get left behind, who suffer and end up as casualties. How do we level the playing field so everyone can have a real chance at attaining the American Dream? One word, ‘disruption.’ You have to put power into the hands of the people, not business, you have to value people and community over profit. You can’t have a shareholder-run country or a shareholder-run world, a world that values profit above all else, because profit above all else can result in dangerous repercussions for humankind.” This all clearly has nothing to do with the Death Metal story line, but is still certain to engage and entertain audiences.
One of the most notable songs that is at least loosely connected to the Death Metal story comes early in the soundtrack’s hour-long run in the form of ‘Diana.’ Composed and performed by Chelsea Wolfe, this industrial, Gary Numan-esque composition seems to center on Wonder Woman (Diana). The lyrics are somewhat difficult to decipher here sans lyrics to reference, but from what can be understood, it must be inferred that this song has some link to Wonder Woman’s role in the event series’ first issue, in which she learns the story of Perpetua through Wally West (a.k.a. The Flash). If in fact that is the case, then the mood that the song sets would work well in fact with that moment in the story, considering what Diana leans about Perpetua’s role in DC’s “Crisis” events. When this song and ‘Broken Dreams, Inc.’ are considered along with the rest of the songs featured in the Death Metal soundtrack, the whole makes for reason enough to hear this compilation at least once. The mix of songs connected to the story and standalone songs is sure to keep audiences engaged and entertained in its own right.
In direct connection to the approach taken to the soundtrack, the wide range of acts and sounds featured throughout the soundtrack adds its own appeal to the presentation. As has already been noted, audiences get a touch of Gary Numan-esque sound in Chelsea Wolfe’s ‘Diana.’ She and her composition are just part of the diversity exhibited in the soundtrack. Mastodon opens the soundtrack with its pummeling opus, ‘Forged by Neron.’ This song is a full on sludge metal composition that hits intensely right off the bat. One could even argue that there is a touch of doom metal influence in the song’s chorus, broadening that diversity even more. Also previously noted is the punk leaning of Rise Against’s ‘Broken Dreams, Inc.’ It goes without saying that these three songs are themselves quite diverse as are the acts themselves. That diversity in the acts is not limited just to these three acts and songs, either. Manchester Orchestra’s ‘Never Ending’ is a rich emo shoegazer style work that holds its own against the other songs here while the act itself is also unlike the others noted. Between these acts and songs and all of the others featured throughout the soundtrack, the overall diversity exhibited throughout gives audiences reason enough in itself to hear the record, regardless of whether they are comic book fans.
The content presented in Loma Vista Recordings’ soundtrack to DC’s Dark Knights: Death Metal proves itself an interesting presentation because of its content, as shown here. For all that the content does for the soundtrack’s interest, it is just one part of what makes the soundtrack interesting. The bonus content expected to come with the soundtrack’s physical release adds to the presentation’s interest. That bonus content in question is mostly content that will appeal primarily to the most devoted comic book aficionados. Among the bonuses featured with the soundtrack’s physical release is a poster promoting the event series, a group of trading cards, and variant covers for the soundtrack on its vinyl pressings. The variant covers will especially appeal to comic book fans, since comic books so often come in variant covers. The trading cards will appeal just as much, if not to more casual comic book fans, too. Sure the bonuses are basically aesthetic elements, but still add their own touch that audiences will appreciate regardless of the level of their fandom for comics. When this is considered along with the record’s primary content, the whole makes this soundtrack a welcome presentation for the most devoted DC fans who are also hard rock fans.
Loma Vista Recordings’ presentation of DC Comics’ Dark Knights: Death Metal soundtrack is a presentation that will find appeal among a very targeted audience. That audience in question is composed of the most devoted comic book and hard rock fans. The record’s interest is generated in part through its featured artists and works. The artists and songs featured in this soundtrack are diverse, ranging from the independent to the more well-known. Some of the songs are also more directly associated with the event series than others, adding to the diversity. The sounds in the diverse arrangements are themselves diverse, making for even more interest. The bonus content that accompanies the soundtrack’s forthcoming physical release adds the final touch to the recording. It is such that it will appeal primarily to the most devoted comic book readers. That is because of its aesthetic appeal. Each item noted here is important in its own way to the whole of this soundtrack. All things considered, they make the soundtrack an interesting presentation that audiences will find worth hearing at least once.
Loma Vista Recordings’ presentation of DC Comics’ Dark Knights: Death Metal soundtrack is available now through all digital outlets. It is scheduled for physical release next month. More information on this and other titles from Loma Vista Recordings is available at:
Joe Satriani’s limited event comic book will see its second issue released next month.
Satriani launched the limited series, which is based on his album, Crystal Planet, in March. The second of the series’ five issues is scheduled to ship next month. An exact shipping date is under consideration.
The series’ presentation coms courtesy of Heavy Metal Magazine and Incendiary. Co-created by Satriani and Ned Evett, the new title is centered on lead character Satchel Walker.
Walker is caught between two factions vying for resources from a dying star. It is up to him to end the conflict and bring peace to the universe and time stream. The only way he can achieve the noted goals is through the use of music. Pre-orders for the second issue are open now.
Issue #2 picks up where Issue #1 left off. Walker has experienced a death in his family, and takes his first steps on the Crystal Planet. His lifelong friend Sarah Fortune joins him on his voyage in a banged-up old station wagon as the swarm is hot on the duo’s heels.
Satriani had the following to say of the second issue of the Crystal Planet comic book.
“Satchel Walker’s world is about to be turned upside-down in ways he could never have imagined, he said. “Issue #2 will bring his futuristic, battle-torn nightmares closer to reality and re-unite him with his father’s strange and powerful guitar.”
The credits for the comic book are noted below.
CREDITS: CREATED BY: Joe Satriani, Ned Evett SCRIPT: Tony Lee PENCILS/INKS: Richard Friend COLOR: Carlos Cabrera LETTERS: Jacob Bascle EDITOR: Llexi Leon
Satriani’s new comic book will also feature a companion collectible figure of Satriani himself as an added bonus. The action figure features Satriani in a Tri-Driver suit from the comic book, along with his signature Ibanez guitar. The figure will retail for MSRP of $29.95. Pre-orders for the action figure are open.
More information on Crystal Planet is available online now along with all of Satriani’s tour dates in support of Shapeshifting is available online now at:
Exodus’ classic 1985 album Bonded By Blood is getting renewed attention.
Sublevel Records will publish a book featuring the guitar tabs for each of the record’s songs on Jan. 15. Pre-orders are open. The songs were transcribed by Exodus/Heathen live guitarist Kragen Lum and by Ernie Ball’s Match the Master award winner Evan Bradley.
The 170-page book is presented in two-guitar format. This will allow guitarists to learn the parts of Exodus guitarists Gary Holt and Rick Hunolt.
The book’s tablature is noted below.
Bonded by Blood Exodus And Then There Were None A Lesson in Violence Metal Command Piranha No Love Deliver Us to Evil Strike of the Beast