Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Megadeth's "Go To Hell" and Timeless Miracle's "The Devil"

This post I've decided to feature 2 songs about Hell.  That's right.  Megadeth's brilliant "Go To Hell" from the Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey soundtrack.  From there we'll meet "The Devil".  A song on Timeless Miracle's only album, the infectious Into The Enchanted Chamber.

In the movie Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey, Bill and Ted go to Hell.  The original title of the film was Bill & Ted Go to Hell.  The soundtrack is actually really quite good, with tons of killer songs on it.  The best tune is Megadeth's "Go To Hell".  This is probably my favourite Megadeth song as well and it's unfortunate it wasn't a single.  It could have easily fit on Countdown to Extinction.  It was released on a compilation album of other soundtrack songs and covers called Hidden Treasures. 

Anywho, onto the tune.  The song waxes poetic on the perils of sin.  The old, we reap what we sow.  The song starts off with a dark slow thrash riff and the child's prayer "Now I lay me down to Sleep ..." reminiscent of Metallica's "Enter Sandman".  Then the song breaks into a killer thrash riff and some of Mustaine's most venomous vocal deliveries.  Throw in the smoking guitar solos and we have one hell of a bleak vision of the afterlife's darker side. 

If you've found yourself in Hell, you're bound to meet the Devil.  Timeless Miracle's song "The Devil" tells the tale of Lucifer's fall, but from his own point of view.  The Devil doesn't think he did anything wrong.  Lyrically it's clever, but musically this song is Symphonic Power Metal done right.  It's of the more upbeat power metal variety with folky elements not unlike Alestorm, but less piratey.

The song kicks off with a folky melody, the verse's plod along to showcase the lyrics.  But the real treat here is the uber catchy chorus.  I challenge anyone to try and not sing along to this chorus.  Vocalist Mikael Holst has a deliciously wonderful voice and the band has a fantastic knack for memorable melodies.

I'm not sure how I stumbled across this band, but their lone album Into The Enchanted Chamber is Symphonic Power Metal at its finest.  It will stick with you long after it's over.  The album is hard to fine too.  Used copies on eBay and Amazon are going upwards of $130.00 dollars.  I think I'll wait for the inevitable reissue to get my copy.  But I am glad to have heard this album.  Go on and give the Devil his due.


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