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MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA-AUGUST 10: Ronnie James Dio performs on stage with Heaven and Hell during their Heaven and Hell 2007 tour at Rod Laver Arena on August 10, 2007 in Melbourne, Australia. Heaven and Hell is a musical collaboration featuring Black Sabbath members Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler along with former members Ronnie James Dio and Vinny Appice. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)

Ronnie James Dio passed away nine years ago today (May 16), and besides gifting metalheads the iconic devil horn gesture, he left behind a catalog of music that would influence hard rock and metal for decades.

In honor of his life, we look back on one album in particular, as well as other ’80s metal albums we think everyone should own.

The list in the gallery below also doubles as a convenient “metal starter kit” (if you will) for the youths dipping their toe into metal for the first time, because frankly, someone has to think about the children.

 

Erica Banas is a rock/classic rock blogger that loves the smell of old vinyl in the morning.