TMD shares one of the last known studio recordings by late vocalist Ronnie James Dio. The legend may have passed away but his music lives on forever. The new DIO track “Electra”, like the artist, is an instant classic. The unreleased track was slated to appear on “Magica II and III”. The track was reportedly recorded before his stomach cancer had been diagnosed.
Dio produced the first Magica concept album, based on The Book of Magica. The album was originally intended to be the first part of a trilogy of concept albums, and shortly before starting his (final) tour with Heaven and Hell, Dio announced that he planned to start Magica 2 and 3 after the tour’s end. As we
all now know, Ronnie James Dio died shortly after of stomach cancer on May 16th, 2010.
Said Dio: “Magica is the saga of Blessing, a netherworld invaded by dark forces that vaporise people into pure, evil energy. The planet’s saviours are master, apprentice heroes Eriel and Challis, who must recite a spell from the sacred book of Magica to defeat their foe, Shadowcast. The album is written from the villain’s viewpoint.”
“I took on the evil perspective because I’ve always written from the anti-perspective. Most people don’t think in those terms so you are freer to create. I left the ending ambivalent because evil always exists, good doesn’t always triumph and that’s the universal balance.”
“Sure the players in the great halls of metaldom can take themselves too seriously while singing like a cat being strangled or someone gargling alphabet soup. Sure they can posture and prance while redefining epic into a comic strip. But it’s worth bearing in mind AC/DC’s pithy pearl: “Rock and roll ain’t noise pollution”.
Listen to the unreleased track below!