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Food for the Gods is the fourth album by the Californian metal band Fireaxe. And it is epic. Not epic in the sense that it's really cool, but epic in the [[TheEpic proper sense of the word]]. The full album is 4 hours long, comes on 3 discs, and spans ancient Assyria and their war with Babylon, Ancient Egyptian pharaoh Ankhenaten's brutally enforced switch to monotheism, and Israel's conquest of Canaan under Joshua. And that's just disc 1.

The first two thirds of the album explores the role of religion in human history and the wars we have fought in the name of our gods all the way up to the modern era, including a few story arcs that take place {{twenty minutes into the future}} which continue with this theme. These culminate with all life on earth being exterminated by some unnamed superweapon at the end of the second act. The third act follows the devil himself leading an army of damned souls to heaven [[RageAgainstTheHeavens storming the pearly gates]], laying waste to the angelic host, and trying to ''[[KillTheGod kill God himself]]''.

The album is available online for free by the creator, who [[InformationWantsToBeFree encourages you to pirate it]]. It can be found [[http://www.box.com/fireaxe-foodforthegods here]].

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!! This album provides examples of:
* TheAloner / AloneInACrowd: ''I Live in Silence'' conveys this masterfully.
* AngryMobSong: ''Raise the Black Flag''
* [[spoiler:BrokeYourArmPunchingOutCthulhu]]: Ultimately [[spoiler:God is defeated by the devil's army]]. This has the unfortunate side effect of [[spoiler:the complete and utter destruction of all of creation]].
* CyberneticsEatYourSoul: ''The Soul Doctors''
* DoNotGoGentle: It turns out the the revolutionary leader from ''The Servant of Pain'' never actually expected to survive the coup. But he [[SoleSurvivor left behind]] [[ForcedToWatch one hell]] [[RevengeThroughCorruption of a]] [[SinsOfOurFathers legacy]].
* DoomsdayDevice: In ''On Earth as it is in Hell'', this finally kills all humanity. Then it gets worse.
* TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt: Happens [[SerialEscalation twice]]. The first time around it's a [[ApocalypseHow class 3a, 4, 5, 6, X, or X-2]] (it's not explicitly stated) at the end of ''On Earth as it is in Hell''. Then in ''Cold and Dark Infinity'', [[spoiler:God [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge completely loses it]], and obliterates all of creation in an angry rage, [[ApocalypseHow resulting in a Class Z]].]]
* ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin: ''Atrocity''
* TheFrenchRevolution: Parts of ''Raise the Black Flag''.
* GettingSmiliesPaintedOnYourSoul: ''The Soul Doctors'' does this to a tee.
* GladiatorGames: ''Guardian of the Realm''.
* GoMadFromTheIsolation: It's implied that this is why [[TheBerserker the black knight]] went on a rampage.
* GodIsEvil
* GriefSong: ''Nefertiti''
* TheGrimReaper: A bit of a late arrival, but he shows up about of a third of the way through ''Cold and Dark Infinity''
* IAmBecomingSong: ''The Insatiable Dream (The Guardian of the Realm II)''
* IAmSong: ''My Name is Joshua'' and ''Tapestry of Pain''.
* IAmTheBand: All the instruments and vocals were done by one guy (and a computer doing the drums). This is most impressive when you have [[LetsDuet multiple characters]] being sung simultaneously.
* KnightTemplar: Much of the album is an examination of this mindset throughout history.
* TheLegionsOfHell: Featuring both demons and damned.
* MeaningfulName: Food for the Gods refers to how humanity is ultimately just, well, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin food for the gods.]]
* TheNothingAfterDeath: ''Cold and Dark Infinity'', which is actually sung by {{the nothing after death}}.
* OmnicidalManiac: The narrator of ''The Last Man (On Earth as it is in Hell Part III)''.
* OneManArmy: ''The Black Knight''
* PyrrhicVictory: God [[spoiler:goes nuts and destroys the army invading Heaven, devil and all. Unfortunately this leaves him in a desolate void of nothingness without the strength left to rebuild.]]
* RageAgainstTheHeavens: The entire third act.
* RapePillageAndBurn: ''My Name Is Joshua'' and ''The Servant of Pain''.
* ReligionRantSong: Pick a song, any song.
* RevengeThroughCorruption: [[spoiler: The end of ''The Servant of Pain is the revolutionary leader promising this.]]
* TheRevolutionWillNotBeCivilized: In ''The Servant of Pain'', [[LaResistance the revolutionaries]] at first seems to be [[WellIntentionedExtremist well-intentioned extremists]] fighting against {{The Empire}}. [[spoiler: Then you find out [[MoralEventHorizon what they do when they breach the Citadel...]]]]
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: Too many to count.
* RockMeAsmodeus: While the devil sings several tracks, you can't beat ''Welcome to my Realm'', in which he sings about his motivations to the new arrivals in Hell, using ''the screams of the damned'' as his [[EtherealChoir not-so-ethereal choir]].
* RockOpera
* SanitySlippageSong: ''Tapestry of Pain'', ''[[ThePowerOfHate Hatred]] [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge Revenge]] [[BestServedCold and Death]]'', and above all ''River of Madness''.
* SelfDestructiveCharge: In ''The Citadel Must Fall'', one soldier scales the wall, and manages to open the gate while [[AnnoyingArrows increasing numbers arrows]] are sticking through him. Eventually he goes down, but [[LaResistance the revolutionaries]] capture the city.
* SoloDuet
* TheSongBeforeTheStorm: ''Welcome to my Realm''
* SoulsavingCrusader: The Emperor:
--> ''"And in the end the lesson was learned'',
--> ''The Emperor knew you must suffer to be saved,''
--> ''And he set out to save the world."''
* SuicidalCosmicTemperTantrum
* TheNothingAfterDeath: Initially subverted, then played straight in the very end with ''Cold and Dark Infinity''.
* UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans
* VillainRecruitmentSong: ''Welcome to my Realm'', depending on whether you consider the devil a villain.
* TheVillainSucksSong: ''Welcome to my Realm'', depending on whether you consider God a villain.
* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds: The Black Knight, the unnamed narrator of ''The Last Man'' and, by the end of the album, every single being ever sent to Hell.
* WorldWreckingWave: Occurs in ''The Sum Of All Fears'' killing [[spoiler:Archangels [[ArchangelMichael Micheal]] and [[ArchangelGabriel Gabriel]]]]
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