One of the best singers and most influential persons in Heavy Metal has died from cancer at the age of 67 years. Ronnie James Dio participated in several bands: Elf, Rainbow, Black Sabbath and his own band Dio. From an “archaeological” perspective he created several epic songs about past cities and “civilizations” (from a quite mythic perspective I may add). His songs about Babylon and Egypt influenced my early interests in archaeology and ancient history. Gates of Babylon became part of one of this blog’s most popular non-2012 posts created a year ago. R.I.P. Dio.