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There are at least two bands sharing this name.

1. dios a rock band from Hawthorne, California, later known as “dios Malos”
2. Dios (Argentine band), an Argentine band

1. The band dios later Dios Malos, is a music group originally out of Hawthorne, California. In the summer of 2004, the band was forced to change their name from dios after heavy metal singer-songwriter Ronnie James Dio filed a cease-and-desist order claiming the name dios was too similar to Ronnie’s own band, Dio. The band consists of singer-songwriter Joel Morales, keyboard players James Cabeza de Vaca and Edwin Kampwirth, bassist John Paul Caballero, and drummer Patrick Butterworth. In 2004 they released their (then) self-titled record Dios on StarTime to generally positive reviews. Pitchfork Media rated the album 8.0 out of 10 and said it made California pop “a little less predictable”. A followup album, dios (malos) was less well received, garnering 6.1 from Pitchfork.

First formed sometime in the late 90’s with original members and brothers Joel and Kevin Morales, the group has gone through a few lineup and name changes over the past few years. Initially the group started out as an experiment to bring songwriter Joel Morales’ songs from four-track to live band with brother Kevin Morales on drums and Joel playing guitar and singing. They practiced out of their father’s home in Inglewood, California and eventually brought into the group Joel’s lifelong schoolmate James Cabeza de Vaca and Kevin’s classmate from El Camino College, John Paul Caballero.


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