The mock funeral with members of the band taking part in the ceremony is morbidly memorable. David Ellefson as a priest, who would have thought?

In my mind, Megadeth and sarcastic rebellion have always gone hand in hand. One of my favorite bands growing up, listening to Megadeth was about more than lashing out at society, it was about lashing out at Metallica.

I’ve always thought Megadeth’s high-octane speed metal attack was far more complex and satisfying than the radio friendly jams of Metallica. That thought process was seemingly re-affirmed in 1988 when Metallica released the “One” single, mainstream acknowledgement equaled ‘sell out’ back in the ‘80s.

While Metallica was pushing their ‘new’ sound, Megadeth was on a roll. Having just released their pinnacle achievement 1990’s Rust In Peace, Dave Mustaine spent 1991 working on a song for the sequel to Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure. Originally titled Bill and Ted Go To Hell, Dave wrote the tune “Go To Hell” specifically for the soundtrack. It has always been one of my favorites.

“Go To Hell” is as much about the imagery as it is about the music. A spiral descent into the netherworld, this video pulls out all the stops. Sound and style are at the forefront of this attack. The stop-motion images and drab colors really increase the sense of death.

The mock funeral with members of the band taking part in the ceremony is morbidly memorable. David Ellefson as a priest, who would have thought?

The inverted colors are reminiscent of a Tales from the Darkside episode and increase the looming sense of dread. Answering the ghastly saying, there are really fates worse than death.

Unfortunately for Dave, death really is only the beginning. The funeral quickly gives way to the underworld with Charon ready to take him across the infamous river Styx.

Smoke and brimstone fill the screen as our hero reaches his final destination. Among the feasting rats and rotting corpses Dave meets his new master, the Devil.

Megadeth is one of the greatest metal bands of all time. Their legacy of thought-provoking lyrics and innovative music will be forever remembered.

As the pandemic surges on with no real end in sight, I urge you to jam some Megadeth and take a trip to Hades in a hand-basket. Remember when this epidemic is finally over, we can all brag we’ve been to hell and back! \m/

Megadeth (1991):

  • Dave Mustaine – Vocals, Guitar
  • David Ellefson – Bass
  • Marty Friedman – Guitar
  • Nick Menza – Drums
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