Not to be confused with the 1986 Slayer track
of the same name (which like Al Stewart's "Running Man
" is about Dr. Josef Mengele), this Phil Lynott/Darren Wharton composition is a completely different (and some would say, vastly superior) effort, and literally one Hell of a way to open the 1981 Renegade
This "Angel Of Death" is not dissimilar to the better known "Sympathy For The Devil
," and employs similar imagery; this though is probably coincidence rather than conscious effort or unconscious plagiarism; Lynott reveled in this sort of thing.