Tag: Iron Maiden

Listening Booth – Iron Maiden, “The Prophecy”

Listening Booth – Iron Maiden, “The Prophecy”

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Most longtime Iron Maiden fans would agree that 1988's Seventh Son of a Seventh Son marked the end of the band's golden era.  They've certainly had worthy releases since then, but this album capped off a nearly decade-long as one of the preeminent metal bands on the planet.  My favorite cut from Seventh Son is one that was not released as a single, which is a shame.  It's "The Prophecy", and it stands in stark contrast to most of the band's material to date.  My favorite part is the acoustic guitar outro, something Maiden had never done before.  It's something they would do well to try more often.
Listening Booth – Iron Maiden, “The Trooper”

Listening Booth – Iron Maiden, “The Trooper”

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What better way to end the week than with some classic metal?  I played the hell out of this album (yes, on vinyl) when it came out and it's still one of my favorites.  Not so sure about the spandex, but it was the '80s. The inspiration for this song is a poem by Lord Alfred Tennyson called "The Charge of the Light Brigade".  The vintage movie footage you'll see in the video comes from the 1936 movie of the same name, starring Errol Flynn.  Both describe a famous battle during the Crimean War, during which the British managed to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory against the Russian Empire. Anyway, enough talk.  Let's headbang!  It's "The Trooper", from Iron Maiden's Piece of Mind album (1983).
Meme time: Pick an album for every year you’ve been alive

Meme time: Pick an album for every year you’ve been alive

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From Idolator via the AV Club comes a pretty cool music meme - compile a list of your favorite albums, with one for each year you've been alive. Sounds easy enough, but some years are positively stacked with music I love.  Forcing me to choose among my musical children is just so...cruel. For me the most bountiful years were 1975-1978, 1980, 1982-1984, 1990, 1997, 1999, 2002, 2006, and 2007. 1975 - Kiss, Alive! 1976 - Led Zeppelin, Presence 1977 - Rush, A Farewell to Kings 1978 - Ace Frehley/Kiss, Ace Frehley 1979 - Pink Floyd, The Wall 1980 - Genesis, Duke 1981 - Rush, Moving Pictures 1982 - Rush, Signals 1983 - Iron Maiden, Piece of Mind 1984 - Iron Maiden, Powerslave 1985 - Kiss, Asylum 1986 - Queensrÿche, Rage for Order 1987 - Anthrax, Among the Living 1988 - Queensr
No storm or heavy weather will rock the boat you’ll see

No storm or heavy weather will rock the boat you’ll see

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Growing up in the '80s, my musical universe basically consisted of three bands - Kiss, Iron Maiden, and everyone else (Rush became the third member of the holy trinity of music closer to high school, but that's another topic). Sadly, somehow I never made it to see either band during their accepted prime periods (I was way too young to have seen mid-'70s Kiss and just barely too young to have caught mid-'80s Maiden). In the case of Kiss, that was rectified when I caught them twice during their much-ballyhooed (and first) reunion tour in 1996. And now, just about 25 years after I became a fan, I finally witnessed an Iron Maiden concert on Saturday night at the PNC Bank Arts Center. I use the word "witnessed" because this wasn't just a matter of a band playing music in front of a crowd....
Gray Flannel Mixtape – 10 Classic B-sides

Gray Flannel Mixtape – 10 Classic B-sides

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Looking back, mixtapes sure were a pain in the ass to put together. But man, were they fun. So for just a minute, let's imagine iPods don't exist (I know, scary) and we are putting together a new one. The ground rules for the songs on this mixtape are: Each song was released as the B-side of a commercially available single. The songs did not appear on a regular album (at least not at first). No more than one song per band. I must like the song (the critical part). "Total Eclipse" (Iron Maiden) - Over the years Iron Maiden has compiled what is probably the strongest collection of B-sides in heavy metal history. This one nearly made it onto the group's seminal 1982 album, The Number of the Beast, but was left off and instead included on the "Run to the Hills" single. Th...