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!"

22 Apr 2015

The Trooper - Martin J. Andersen (2015)

Song : The Trooper
Performer : Martin J. Andersen
Origin: Danish
Album : Six String Renegade

This is one of serious cover of Iron Maiden's "The Trooper" in shred instrumental guitar version. Martin J. Andersen from band Blindstone is having a great time spending by recording this piece. The Trooper is improved into free jamming part in the middle. The track appeared on his debut solo album, Six String Renegade, which is very worth listening as a whole. It has high quality of  blues and guitar songs.

Styles: Guitar instrumental / shred
Faithful to Original version: adapted to instrumental
Sound and Production: profesional recording

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Mind Prison - A Tribute to Iron Maiden

Mind Prison : A Tribute to Iron Maiden is the latest full tribute album for Iron Maiden. Released in 2015 by Shark Bite Records, this record contained full time Iron Maiden tribute band. The first track Number of the Beast is performed by Maiden Chicago, obviously from Chicago and a long time Iron Maiden tribute band. His lead singer sounds really Bruce Dickinson, hence the cover is really notes to notes Their website is eye catching and can be visit here.  There also Europe band such as Virgin Killer, from Italy. Their adaptation also faithful to the original. You can check the You Tube video here for Virgin Killer. Also from Italy is The Duelist with Wasted Years. They even put in official videoclip HERE. Rare song such as Paschendale is worth listening only found so far in this tribute album, performed by The Iron Inside.

Overall this is a very close to original Iron Maiden tribute album, done by very talented artists. Check their CD, you can buy it here at Amazon.

Various Artists - Mind Prison: A Tribute to Iron Maiden (2015)

01. Maiden Chicago - Number of the Beast
02. The Duelists - Wasted Years
03. Chemical Wedding - Bring Your Daughter to the Slaughter (feat. Divided)
04. Virgin Killer - Run to the Hills
05. The Iron Inside - Paschendale
06. Virgin Killer - Different World
07. Steve Booke - Losfer Words (Big 'orra)
08. Up the Irons - Infinite Dreams
09. Maiden Chicago - Powerslave
10. Maiden United - Evil That Men Do

3 Dec 2014

The Evil That Men Do - Antony Parviainen Trio (2011)

Song : The Evil That Men Do
Performer : Antony Parviainen Trio
Origin: Finland
Album : Youtube Live Video

A live video clip from Antony Parviainen Trio. Antony is the frontman and vocalist, which provided heavy vocals for this song. It also retained the backing vocal quite similar to the original. There is also cellist playing, together with two guitarist and drummer. Said so, this is a semi-acoustic setting. Enjoy the movie.

Styles: Acoustic rock
Faithful to Original version: yes, with notable improvisation on drums
Sound and Production: live raw quality

26 Oct 2014

The Trooper - 2Cellos

Song : The Trooper
Performer : 2Cellos
Origin: USA
Album : Youtube video

Here comes most popular Iron Maiden cover for this week. It is a cello covered, electric cellos actually, by duo 2Cellos. Their performance received an 'official' shout out with a link shared on Iron Maiden official Facebook account. Pretty amusing, especially when you mixed with Rossini. Check it out

Styles: Cello metal
Faithful to Original version: heavily rearranged
Sound and Production: Youtube video
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