May 24, 2011

Heavy Metal’s “Gates” Soundtrack to Benefit Ronnie James Dio’s “Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund”

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Heavy Metal Magazine is releasing a new soundtrack to their web comic, Gates, and will donate all net proceeds to the Ronnie James Dio “Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund!” A brand new song from the soundtrack, performed by the band Inside the Black, is currently being previewed on the Gates website- but they need more artists to submit songs for the project!

A more personal side to this story is May 16th was the 1 year anniversary of Dio’s death, and that was the date chosen to debut the first song from the album. Check out the official press release, complete with all the details surrounding this story:

Heavy Metal Magazine announced it will release the official soundtrack to its first web comic, Gates, later this summer. Ronnie James Dio appeared on the 1981 soundtrack for the Heavy Metal film while a member of Black Sabbath.

Heavy Metal Presents: Gates has worked with a handful of artists to create a new soundtrack for the comic, the first from Heavy Metal in over 10 years. Readers of the web comic can stream music specifically for the comic while on the site. The latest song, Is This Over Now? by hard rock band, Inside the Black, was posted last week and is available to be streamed at

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.”

Said the creator of Gates, Hal Hefner, “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.”

Additionally, 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 here. All genres are encouraged and will be accepted until June 10, 2011!

So spread the word about this soundtrack, especially to any musically inclined people whose sound you think should get some coverage for a good cause. Also, be sure to check out the preview of Gates we ran last year!

Andy Liegl



  1. The first Heavy Metal soundtrack was incredible. A hard feat to live up to but I have confidence that they can come up with something good.

  2. Billy

    That artwork is sick!

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