11 Jul 2016

Maiden Heaven Vol. 2 - A Tribute Album to Iron Maiden by Kerrang Magazine 2016

Kerrang Magazine put out the 2nd volume of their Iron Maiden tribute albums in the magazine edition of June 2016. Just like their previous release, the album will called "Maiden Heaven Vol.2". Comprised of 15 tracks from Iron Maiden. In this release more new Iron Maiden songs from their later album were covered.

The album came with faithful version such as "Running Free" by Stone Sour, followed by "Speed Of Light" by Reigning Days. After these two songs, the cover version had gone more into creative zone with bands starting to interpreted the songs more freely. "Hallowed By Thy Name" by Escape The Fate still got the 80% vibes but a cleaner voice by the vocalist and slightly re-arranged make this version kind of different. "Fear Of The Dark" by Lonely The Brave got crunchy guitar in the intro while the vocals bit of modern rock sounding.

Trivium covered "For The Greater Good Of God", which is really re-energized the song. When the original song included in album A Matter of Life and Death, the whole album sounds pretty much the same, but in this setting, the song become unique and stand out. The usage of acoustic guitar added more layer to the album.

The most dramatic re-arrangement is "The Red And The Black" done by Steven Battelle. The original song had transformed into folk rock version with many folk instrument in it. Another extreme re-arrangement is for classic "The Evil That Men Do" by Creeper. The whole song is now piano accompaniment. Believe me, this is also works!

The usual "Number Of The Beast" done by Lower Than Atlantis is redo in modern setting, made us to think this is originally a alternative metal song. Anaal Nathrakh do "Powerslave" energetically, because the whole song is now in metalcore, death metal voice. Another very good re-interpretation is "Aces High" by Cry Venom, which demonstrated how the song can be improvised into many different version guitar playing.  The band Fozzy had done Iron Maiden songs before, their version of "Sun And Steel" is also  faithful version and enjoyable. Muncie Girls covered "The Wicker Man" in very chicky version, listen by yourself and see how Iron Maiden song turns into girl band version.

And what the heck Heck doing in "Trooper". This is by far the craziest version of The Trooper, changed into stoner metal version. Another stony feel is "Remember Tomorrow" by Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats, controversial version. The last piece of this album is "Wasted Years" by Anathema, fortunately this is a sweet re-version of the original song. A clean acoustic version of this song is the closing act for this journey. Adrian Smith and co should be proud having their song reinterpreted into many different of styles.

A top quality Iron Maiden tribute album to have by the Irons.

Official Kerrang Magazine Preview

Kerrang!‘s Iron Maiden tribute album,  “Maiden Heaven Vol.2"

01 – Stone Sour – “Running Free”
02 – Reigning Days – “Speed Of Light”
03 – Escape The Fate – “Hallowed By Thy Name”
04 – Lonely The Brave – “Fear Of The Dark”
05 – Trivium – “For The Greater Good Of God”
06 – Steven Battelle – “The Red And The Black”
07 – Creeper – “The Evil That Men Do”
08 – Lower Than Atlantis – “Number Of The Beast”
09 – Anaal Nathrakh – “Powerslave”
10 – Cry Venom – “Aces High”
11 – Fozzy – “Sun And Steel”
12 – Muncie Girls – “The Wicker Man”
13 – Heck – “The Trooper”
14 – Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats – “Remember Tomorrow”
15 – Anathema – “Wasted Years“

The Final Frontier - Jorn Lande (2016)

Song : The Final Frontier
Performer : Jorn Lande
Origin: Norway
Album : Heavy Rock Radio (2016) Buy Album!

As we know, Jorn Lande is singer to many bands and many projects. He established himself as voice soldier to many works from Avantasia to Masterplan. Along his colorful career he also diligently put out his original works in his solo album under the name "Jorn". In 2016, Jorn Lande decided to re-create many famous heavy rock songs  in his new cover album "Heavy Rock Radio". Here he covered song Queen, Dio, Deep Purple to Black Sabbath. Unsurprising for us, Iron Maiden was included in this album. The one that surprised us is the choice of Iron Maiden song he covered, which is the new song "The Final Frontier". Jorn perhaps already didn't feel challenged to covered Bruce's classic voices in other classic Iron Maiden album. "The Final Frontier" provided Jorn's character voice and seem to really fit into his character in this song. Enjoy quality cover version of Iron Maiden's The Final Frontier in this album, this is the first major artist covered this song.

Styles: Heavy metal
Faithful to Original version: yes, with notable improvisation on drums
Sound and Production: profesional recording

JORN "Heavy Rock Radio"
1. I Know There's Something Going On
2. Running up That Hill
3. Rev on the Red Line
4. You're the Voice
5. Live to Win
6. Don't Stop Believing
7. Killer Queen
8. Hotel California
9. Rainbow in the Dark
10. The Final Frontier (Iron Maiden)
11. Stormbringer
12. Die Young

    Jørn Lande - Lead & Backing Vocals, Producer
    Trond Holter - Guitar, Mixing
    Thomas Bekkevold - Bass
    Francesco Jovino - Drums
    Alessandro Del Vecchio - Keyboards

24 Jun 2016

England Football Squad Iron Maiden Beast Artwork

Here the artworks to celebrated England football team in Euro 2016 French. In fact, all the UK's federation team go through the 1/16 finals : England, Wales, Northern Ireland plus neighboring, independence, Ireland.


England XI Football squad , Iron Maiden theme 2016

10 May 2016

The Trooper - Gabriela Guncikova

Song : The Trooper
Performer : Gabriela Guncikova
Origin: USA
Album : Youtube

Of course Iron Maiden's The Trooper is a perfect song to demonstrate your vocal to your students. Vocal teacher Gabriela Guncikova from Ken Tamplin School of Vocals show us how to properly cover The Trooper. Excellent voices indeed!

Styles: Original Iron Maiden Minus One tracks
Sound and Production: profesional recording

4 Sep 2015

Eddie vs Lara Croft

Just some image smash to celebrated the release of The Book of Souls.

Eddie accompanied by Lara Croft.

Iron Maiden Article and Photo - The Canberra Times 1982

Here a piece of very rare Iron Maiden article posted in The Canberra Times newspaper, way to date November 3, 1982. The band just release The Number of the Beast, and the photo seem to be old formation of Iron Maiden. The article :

Heavy Metal Masters
More tours, Some for Here
by Lisa Perry

As you know, the masters of British heavy metal, Iron Maiden, will be here soon, and I thought you might like to see a bit of what I received on the group in its press statement.

Along with a glossy black-and-white photo and two excerpts from English music magazines, I found two press statements which outlined the band's history. Most of it was the usual year-by0year transition from sweaty pub band without any money to local boys made good in the tough world of rock and roll.

But it was the information about their latest album, "The Number of the Beast", that drew my attention. For the sake of accuracy and my attempts to keep you fully informed, I shall quote:

"In February 1982 Maiden began recording their third LP. "The Number of the Beast". Originally scheduled for a March 5 release, the album had to be delayed to March 25 because of mysterious malfunctions of equipment in the studio and the unusual difficulties the band had in laying down the title track.

As soon as the band began recording "The Number Of The Beast" (the incarnation of Evil, the Beast, 666), equipment which had proved totally reliable through-out eight months of a world tour started to behave mysteriously. Steve Harris' bass stack blew up and Dave Murray's guitar stack kept cutting out a irregular intervals. Then, as producer Martin Birch finally got ready to mix the track he was involved in a car crash on his way home from the studio. When the bill for the repairs arrived a few days later, the fee was £ 666.66. Following this, the band decided to change the British catalogue number of the album, originally set at EMC 0666. They felt they had had enough of a warning."

The boys are playing the Bruce Stadium on November 20. Unfortunately I shall be otherwise engaged at the time...getting married."

What a story!!

See and read the photo and article of this very column:

from http://trove.nla.gov.au

18 Jun 2015

The Book of Souls is Iron Maiden 16th Album for 2015

It is announced! The 16th studio album of Iron Maiden. The Book of Souls will be realeased on September 4th 2015. The trivia for this album:
- this is their most minimalist album cover ever. the sole Eddie "portrait" is found way back to Killers album, but he was on a very intrigue background
- the songs all have duration recorded, meaning the songs already recorded and mixed
- two Bruce Dickinson sole writing songs, the last album to have two solely written track by Bruce is Powerslave 1984
- the first studio double album, and the longest in duration
- the last song, Empire Of The Clouds (Dickinson) 18:01, is their longest ever song.

the big news on OFFICIAL WEBSITE

Disc 1:
01. If Eternity Should Fail (Dickinson) 8:28
02. Speed Of Light (Smith/ Dickinson) 5:01
03. The Great Unknown (Smith/ Harris) 6:37
04. The Red And The Black (Harris) 13:33
05. When The River Runs Deep (Smith/ Harris) 5:52
06. The Book Of Souls (Gers/ Harris) 10:27

Disc 2:
07. Death Or Glory (Smith/ Dickinson) 5:13
08. Shadows Of The Valley (Gers/ Harris) 7:32
09. Tears Of A Clown (Smith/ Harris) 4:59
10. The Man Of Sorrows (Murray/ Harris) 6:28
11. Empire Of The Clouds (Dickinson) 18:01

Steve Harris comments: "We approached this album in a different way to how we've recorded previously. A lot of the songs were actually written while we were there in the studio and we rehearsed and recorded them straight away while they were still fresh, and I think that immediacy really shows in the songs, they have almost a live feel to them, I think. I'm very proud of The Book Of Souls, we all are, and we can't wait for our fans to hear it, and especially to take it out on the road next year!"

Bruce Dickinson continues: "We're really excited about The Book Of Souls and had a fantastic time creating it. We started working on the album in late summer 2014 and recorded it at Guillame Tell Studios in Paris, where we'd done the Brave New World album back in 2000 so the studio holds special memories for all of us. We were delighted to discover the same magical vibe is still alive and very much kicking there! So we immediately felt at home and the ideas just started flowing. By the time we'd finished we all agreed that each track was such an integral part of the whole body of work that if it needed to be a double album, then double its going to be!"
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