Review: The Album "to Hell and Back" by Finnish Melodic Power Metal Band Sinergy
Track listing for the album To Hell and Back
- The B**** is back
- Midnight Madness
- Lead Us to War
- Laid to Rest
- Return to the Fourth World
- Last Escape
- Wake Up in Hell
- Hanging on the Telephone (originally written by Blondie)
Some background information about the album To Hell and Back and the members that play on it
To Hell and Back is the second studio album by Finnish neoclassical power metal band Sinergy released in early 2000. The motivation for writing this has come about because of my love of female fronted metal and rock groups. I will be providing an almost full analysis of the album minus the song Hanging on the Telephone which is a cover song. The album had Tommi Lillman playing the drums. He would pass away in 2012. Marco Hietala of the band Nightwish uses his talents to play bass. And of course, Roope Latvala who played for Finnish thrash metal group Airdash in the 1980’s is the second guitarist on this album helping out Alexi Laiho.
The Outstanding Song Midnight Madness: What is it About?
Right at the start of the first song, Kim announces that she is back and a really fast song ensues. Next up is the excellent song Midnight Madness. This is a song about a creature or monster that goes out at night ready for a feeding frenzy as there is a full moon outside. Come midnight, those that have not escaped this monster’s wrath will most likely become this monster’s prey. She can hypnotize people as well. Medusa is the creature that can hypnotize and turn others to stone. The song most likely describes a monster that is the combination of a vampire and Medusa.
The Significance of the Song Lead Us to War
Lead Us to War has a really catchy guitar part about 50 seconds in. The forces have been convinced to go to war using a violent struggle to break themselves free. Midnight Madness and Lead Us to War are two of the most outstanding songs on this release. The song describes that as these soldiers go into the heat of the battle, they are wounded, exhausted, or drained and they know that the time of their demise may be near.
"Lead Us to War"
The song Laid to Rest is a special song too
Laid to Rest starts with some beautiful acoustic guitar and you know this is going to be a special song when the time change (musical transition occurs). Laid to Rest is about someone who is longing for a second chance with the person that they love. They are filled with loneliness, emptiness, or despair, whatever listeners may want to call this emotion. She knows that she has let her lover down and made mistakes. She is becoming very shameful of what she has done. She is willing to meet her destiny, even if that means getting rid of herself.
Beware the Heavens Vs. To Hell and Back
Which one of these two Sinergy albums is your favorite one?
Songs Gallomere, Return to the Fourth World, Last Escape, & Wake Up In Hell
Gallomere sounds somewhat like something like American band Impellitteri would have in their guitar playing. Gallomere is about a sorcerer by the name of Zarok that has led his or her army to fight back and take back her kingdom from the forces that have invaded it. The lead guitar parts in this song resemble early Children of Bodom albums and I would say the first two of them.
Return to the Fourth World features some good shredding style guitar work by Latvala and Laiho. They make a good pair of guitarists. Latvala would join Laiho after the departure of Alexander Kuoppala in 2003. Last Escape once again features some more interlude type of stuff that proves that Laiho could play very well in his 20’s, 30’s or whenever he wants to because he is a terrific talent on the guitar. Wake Up in Hell is about someone who can no longer tolerate living as each second seems to last forever. They think they know what hell is like, and they blame someone else for putting them in this position. This person cries themselves to sleep and when he or she wakes up he or she wonders if there is any point to living. Is this album better than Beware the Heavens? I would tend to say no but is still quite a good album for a band that is no longer active.
Last Thoughts About the Album To Hell and Back
There is one thing though that we forgot to mention and that is that there is a cover song that ends this album and it is called Hanging on the Telephone. The song is a heavier version of the original but there is really nothing special to say about this one.
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