Three Inches of Blood - Ride, Darkhorse, Ride
I’ve always had a guilty pleasure for hair rock and metal. I first heard this song on a snowboard video a few years ago. It has many of the cliched elements of a hair metal song - the “gallop” pace that feels like you’re riding on a horse (used in a lot of Iron Maiden songs), ridiculous medieval themes (like a darkhorse rider and a “shwing!” sword sound effect), and super high pitched singer’s voice. Also listen for some beastly growls during the breakdown around the 1:30 mark. I really love this song.
I posted the video instead of just the MP3 because it is just ridiculous. Apparently the guy in the video is running from some Golem-like beast and he gets out of his car to run through the woods (smart move) where he’s tracked down and meets his fate. The entire last minute is gratuitous and ridiculous. The only thing you miss on the video that is on the MP3 is a 5 second intro with wind blowing in the background and then a watchman of some sort yelling, “He’s coming! The Darkhorse is coming!!”, and then aforementioned “shwing!” sound.
Three Inches of Blood stay true to this theme in their other songs like Destroy the Orcs, Curse of the Lighthouse Keeper, and Balls of Ice. I think it’s hilarious that there’s an entire genre of really good musicians that get to write songs about Magic The Gathering. It was either this or a Dolly Parton song today. Enjoy.
- Cave Baby (cory)