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DIO vs. dios: Battle of the Gods

 
Four months ago, dios, an unknown band from Hawthorne, CA, released their self-titled debut for Brooklyn label Startime International.  Laudatory reviews in hand, dios hopped in their van to travel the U.S. & U.K. with the The Shins, Granddaddy, and The Polyphonic Spree. People read the magazines, saw the shows, and soon record store geeks and ardent music lovers alike were toasting the band.  Unfortunately, this little burst of recognition also brought dios some unwanted attention.

In May, dios received a curious letter from Ronnie James Dio (better known as DIO). His attorneys decided to serve the Hawthorne five-piece with a cease and desist order, threatening harsh consequences if immediate action wasn't taken.  The former Black Sabbath frontman & legendary rock vocalist believes it likely that folks will be confused.  So, to help Mr. DIO protect his trademark and avoid costly litigation, young dios would like to announce their new name.

After long nights of debate, twelve pages of crossed out lists, and hours of soul-searching, we are pleased to offer you this improved, DIO approved moniker: DIOS MALOS.  Please note that this change will take effect immediately, and in the future remember to seek out albums, read reviews of, and attend concerts by DIOS MALOS. While our soft-spoken quintet has been saddened by this turn of events, they promise to continue providing quality entertainment.

And what of Mr. DIO?  You can find him touring the former Soviet Union this fall.  It's a shame the Holy Diver would not let well enough alone, but we have learned there is only one god and that people in Russia really like him.

You can catch dios Dios Malos on tour in the United States this fall.

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