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While the mood of the do-it-yourself attitude of early second-wave black metal is all but absent on this tribute record, it is still a delight in terms of nostalgic charm – and while the holistic impression of the record is a little awkward and (obviously) not fresh, original creative output – but the admiration these bands hold for the halcyon days of black metal yore, and for Burzum, is undeniable.

This Is Your Life, is a brand new compilation album that celebrates the life and career of one of the most iconic figures in hard and heavy metal, Ronnie James Dio. The list of contributors to this project reads like a veritable who’s who in the metal world with the proceeds from the record going to the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund (diocancerfund.org).