Legendary heavy metal vocalist Ronnie James Dio (DIO, BLACK SABBATH, HEAVEN AND HELL) is featured on two songs on the forthcoming album by THE RODS, the classic '80s metal band led by Dio's cousin, guitarist David "Rock" Feinstein. Singer Shmoulik Avigal (JACK STARR, PICTURE), who previously sang on THE RODS' "Heavier Than Thou" album, co-produced the CD in 2006. He said of his latest collaboration with THE RODS, "It was a hard and satisfying work. We had Ronnie James Dio as a guest singer on two songs. 'The Code' and 'Metal Will Never Die'. I had some good times working with the guys again."THE RODS' new LP, titled "Vengeance", is tentatively expected later in the year. The original lineup of THE RODS has been confirmed for the Headbangers Open Air festival, set to take place July 23-25, 2009 in in Brande-Hörnerkirchen, Germany. THE RODS' lineup for the Headbangers Open Air appearance will include Feinstein on guitar/vocals, Gary Bardonaro on bass and Carl Canedy on drums. Watch THE RODS's "Hurricane" video:
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