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20th May 2011

ronnie james dio

On behalf of Heavy Metal, on the one year anniversary of the death of Ronnie James Dio, Gates, presented by Heavy Metal proudly announce the dedication of the Gates' soundtrack to his memory.

The official soundtrack to Gates, Heavy Metal Magazine's first web comic, will be released later this Summer and all net proceeds will benefit the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund.

Ronnie James Dio, a rock god and metal icon appeared on the 1981 soundtrack for the Heavy Metal film while a member of Black Sabbath. His song Mob Rules, is married with one of the most exciting and epic scenes in the movie.

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Heavy Metal Presents: Gates has worked with artists to create a new soundtrack for the comic, the first from Heavy Metal in over ten years. Readers of the web comic can stream music produced specifically for the comic while on the site. The latest song, 'Is This Over Now' by hard rock band Inside The Black, was posted on the comic's site this week and is available to be streamed.

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Additionally, Hal Hefner and Heavy Metal are conducting a search for up and coming artists to have a song included on the soundtrack. Artists can submit their songs using SoundCloud at Submissions will be from a variety of genres and will be accepted until June 10 2011.

Before artists submit their music we encouragethemto look at the comic and explore the site so that they can get a feel for the type of music that contains that special 'vibe' we are looking for. Specifically check out the comic, the About section as well as the Characters and there are tons of articles that are filled with back story and information about Gates, Heavy Metal and Hal Hefner.

In homage to the 1981 animated Heavy Metal Movie soundtrack, the musical compilation for Gates is going to be comprised of an eclectic mix of varied sounds including but not limited to: Metal (in various forms), Punk, Goth, Industrial, Rock, Ambient, Experimental, Modern New Wave, Electronic and much, much more.

Artists can submit their songs using SoundCloud at Submissions will be from a variety of genres and will be accepted until June 10 2011.

The full soundtrack will be released for sale digitally on July 19, 2011. All net proceeds from the sale of the soundtrack will be donated to the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund.

"The Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund continues to work to raise money to fight cancer in Ronnie James Dio's name and working with Heavy Metal makes perfect sense," said Dean Schachtel, General Manager for Niji Entertainment Group.

The creator of Gates, Hal Hefner, adds, "The 1981 soundtrack, and the music of Ronnie James Dio in particular, had a significant impact on me as a young artist, and I am happy to not only be a part of paying tribute to Dio, but to contribute donations to his cancer fund. Ronnie and I are from the same area in New York and I also lost my dad to cancer, so this is very personal for me in many ways."



Wacken Winter Nights 2018 takes place between February 23rd and 25th 2018 and the great news is that you can now experience a full-on, top class German Metal Festival easily and affordably.

It only takes an hour to fly to Hamburg from London and we've had longer journeys than that within the capital and they were certainly more expensive than the £33 air ticket that just appeared in our 'flights to Wacken Winter Nights' search.


Wacken Winter Nights is organised by the same team who are responsible for the world's greatest Metal festival, Wacken-Open-Air and the 2018 bill includes Skyclad, Orphaned Land, Elvenking, Finntroll, Grave Digger, Aeverium, Comes Vagantes, Coppelius, Corvus Corax, Die Pressgëng, Elvellon, Heimataerde, Hell-O-Matic, Ignis Fatuu, Ingrimm, Irdorath, Johnny Deathshadow, Krayenzeit, Letzte Instanz, Mr Hurley und die Pulveraffen, Pampatut, Pat Razket, Schandmaul, Sündenrausch, The Aberlour's, The Moon And The Nightspirit, Torfrock, Visions Of Atlantis, Vroudenspil, Wind Rose and more.

Besides this rich billing of superb Metal bands, there is so much more to see in the festival area including the medieval market and also the walking acts and jugglers you will meet at the theme worlds, including Robert Blake, three-time World Cup winner of street magic.

Wacken Winter Nights is something not to be missed and you can check out the amazing ticket and accommodation prices right here.

We just priced up the whole four day trip with hotels, flights, shuttles and festival tickets for less than £300 and we don't think you will get a better value festival than that, anywhere.


MetalTalk recently sat down with Wacken founder and owner Thomas Jensen and that interview will be online next week and it's a fascinating insight into how Wacken originated from nothing to become the world's premiere Heavy Metal event.


Wacken 2018 takes place from 2nd to 4th August 20218 and as with Wacken Winter Nights, if you have never experienced all it has to offer, then you owe it to yourself to remedy that.

Already announced for Wacken 2018 are Judas Priest, Nightwish, Running Wild (exclusive), Arch Enemy, Dirkschneider, Doro (Special Anniversary Show), In Extremo, Sepultura, Amorphis, Amaranthe, Firewind, W.A.R., Belphegor, Mantar, Knorkator, Deserted Fear, Watain, Night Demon, Epica, Knorkator, Belphegor, Firewind, Deserted Fear and many more and we'll have more Wacken 2018 announcements during December.

As well as being the greatest Heavy Metal festival in the world, it is without a doubt the Mecca of Metal and the one thing that every single person who loves our music should have on their bucket list.

For 2018, MetalTalk have joined forces with Wacken-Open-Air to help you get to Wacken easily and inexpensively and you can peruse the ticket and travel options right here.

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