28 Mar 2013

The Hand of Doom Orchestra Piece of Mind (2006)

The Hand Of Doom Orchestra Plays Iron Maiden's Piece Of Mind:

Although it was labelled as 'Orchestral' do not expect this as grandiose as Beethoven's Symphony no.5. If that was too far comparison, this is also not that John Williams tasty movie score rendition. The Hand of Doom Orchestra simply just transcribed Iron Maiden all time classic album of Piece of Mind with only minor variation to the score. This is actually more correctly dubbed as "violin" transcription, because most of the song's melody are interpreted with violin, or cello. The quality is too crispy, so again this is not your Sarah Chang or Joshua Bell playing. The Vitamin String Quartet and company worked on this album.

Some of songs can be good and natural in orchestra setting. My favorite is Flight of Icarus and To Tame A Land. Some degrees of Where Eagles Dare and Revelations. But The Trooper suffered from lack of correct improvisation to maintained the character, thus only a string attacks and not very impressive to me.

If you like the instrumentation of Iron Maiden classic with orchestra setting, this album can be your good background music. 3/5 rating.

the official site blurbs:
Amongst the dust and debris of time and trends, Iron Maiden stands alone. Fans readily embrace the band’s impossible-to-copy mixture of intelligent lyrics, complex music, and memorable visuals. While Number of the Beast may receive the critical accolades, the follow up, Piece of Mind, also proves to be an undisputed masterpiece. Between exhilarating yet stark portrayals of battle and clever adaptations of literature, guitars thunder, the rhythm gallops, and Bruce Dickinson’s voice soars. Piece of Mind ultimately bursts with songs critical to Iron Maiden’s career. The Hand of Doom Orchestra triumphantly performs Piece of Mind in its epic entirety. The power of classical music has never been lost on Iron Maiden. On this album, violins, woodwinds, cello, and classical guitar combine to create immense and rich instrumental renditions of “Revelations” and “The Trooper.” The Hand of Doom Orchestra creates a symphonic masterpiece that retains Iron Maiden’s timeless vitality. 

The Hand Of Doom Orchestra Plays Iron Maiden's Piece Of Mind:

1. Where Eagles Dare
2. Revelations
3. Flight Of Icarus
4. Die With Your Boots On
5. The Trooper
6. Quest For Fire
7. Sun And Steel
8. To Tame A Land

classical rendition to Iron Maiden classic album Piece of Mind

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