Midnight Reign | Heaven and Hell - Single

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Heaven and Hell - Single

by Midnight Reign

Joseph Michael of Midnight Reign's Take on this Metal Classic! A fitting tribute to Ronnie James Dio Arranged by his cousin Joseph Michael...
Genre: Metal/Punk: Heavy Metal
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Joseph Michael - Vocals, Bass, Guitar,

Peter Matsuoka - First Guitar Solo

Dino Papanicolaou - Keyboards, Drums

Arranged By Joseph Michael

Produced by Dino Papanicolaou and Joseph Michael

Dino and Pete appear courtesy of Valentine Records.



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Heaven and Hellishly good
Joseph Michael doesn't do anything halfway. If you need proof of this, just spin about halfway into this epic re-imagining of a Sabbath classic.
Anyone who has heard Midnight Reign's release NEVER LOOK BACK (and anyone who hasn't is missing out!) knows that Michael's name should be Legion based upon the multitude of vocal styles that come out of his one mouth. Check out the Exorcist-like guttural growl as he sings "It's goes on and on and on and on and on" which is followed by a haunting piano-and-strings segue that sounds as if Vlad the Impaler is taking a stroll around the grounds -- a cinematic interlude that is cut brilliantly short by a stratospheric guitar solo -- all in the span of less than a minute.
So many of these imaginative flourishes have been added that if it weren't blasphemy, I might offer the opinion that this version tops the original. All of this super-human effort brings to mind Joe Cocker's assertion upon redoing With a Little Help from My Friends that it would have been easier just to write a new song...
All in all, this remake is both a fitting tribute to the original -- and Dio! -- and a brazen redux worth raising a drink in salute to... but do so before Michael hits that last note, or the glass just might shatter in your hand!