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# 31 : Tuesday 11-8-2015 @ 12:43
 
 
That tongue though...
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# 32 : Tuesday 11-8-2015 @ 13:20
 
 
Perv!!!

The first review of iron Maiden's new album is out and it sounds fucking amazing, to put it mildly!



Strap yourself in and say a quick prayer to Eddie as Maiden pull out all the stops – and Bruce gets epic on the piano.
A new Iron Maiden album is always a big event, not least because the band have somehow sustained a startling level of popularity for the vast majority of their three decades.

Iron Maiden: The Book Of Souls Cover
What is less frequently acknowledged, however, is that since the return of Bruce Dickinson and Adrian Smith for 2000’s Brave New World, Maiden have not only cemented their status as metal’s most revered band but, audaciously, built upon it, becoming ever more dominant and in-demand as a result. Of course, The Book Of Souls arrives amid an additional storm of drama, Dickinson’s genuinely shocking brush with cancer erecting an unexpected and unwanted backdrop of struggle and triumph behind a long-awaited album – Maiden’s 16th – that didn’t exactly need an extra boost. Completed before their singer received his jarring diagnosis, The Book Of Souls is the sound of a band at the peak of their powers, both individual and collective, and Dickinson’s own performance gives no clues whatsoever as to his then vexed state of health. One might glibly note that this would have been an excellent final statement for all concerned, but it’s hard to think of another band of this vintage that would be capable of sounding this vital and inspired.

It begins with one of two songs written solely by Dickinson. If Eternity Should Fail starts with an eerie, almost psychedelic intro, the air raid siren’s restrained tones floating in shimmering space, before the first of countless towering riffs crashes in. Dark in tone and texture and a dash heavier than Maiden have ever sounded before, its eight-and-a-half minutes rush by in what seems like half that amount, soaring choruses and a typically deft change of pace midway through adding bite to the barrage. Maiden’s recent albums have been notable primarily for the epic and progressive nature of their contents, and while The Book Of Souls certainly saunters down that avenue on numerous occasions, it is also an album that brims with flashes of succinctness. Speed Of Light, Death Or Glory and Tears Of A Clown all climax at around the five minute mark, and all three are instant top-notch Maiden anthems, the shrewd songwriting hand of Adrian Smith making its presence felt and bringing plenty of that off-kilter edge that was sometimes missed during the decade he spent away from the line-up. Meanwhile, both The Great Unknown and When The River Runs Deep speak volumes about the intuitive chemistry between Smith and Steve Harris, their collaborative efforts producing monstrous mini-symphonies for Dickinson to unleash that vein-popping vibrato over.

Nonetheless, The Book Of Souls will doubtless be celebrated most for its epics, and if you thought Maiden had pulled out all the stops in the past, you may need to strap yourself in and say a quick prayer to Eddie this time round. The Red And The Black is Harris’ only sole composition here, but it’s one of the most exhilarating and fluid things he has ever written; nearly 14 minutes of interwoven rhythms and riffs, a brief nod to the dramatic thud of Flight Of Icarus here, a dewy-eyed salute to Thin Lizzy there and a healthy slab of mob-friendly backing vocals that must surely mean that this will become an immediate live favourite when Maiden take The Book Of Souls out on the road. The same goes for the title track, an almost ludicrously grandiose and theatrical affair that crams more smart ideas into its ten-and-a-half minutes than any band this enduring should have left in the tank at this point. And if Dickinson could sound any less like a man about to discover a tumour in his throat… well, needless to say that his recovery has been perhaps the least surprising thing about Maiden’s recent history. The interplay between the Three Amigos reaches a similar peak on the rumbling sprawl of Shadows Of The Valley and, best of all, on Harris and Dave Murray’s dark and unsettling The Man Of Sorrows, wherein Kevin Shirley’s powerful, unfussy production shines a light on the sublimely organic interplay between these six musicians.

So far, so brilliant. And yet even the most wildly optimistic Maiden fan might find themselves momentarily gobsmacked by The Book Of Souls’ conclusion. The longest song the band have ever recorded, Empire Of The Clouds is essentially an 18-minute heavy metal opera, replete with Dickinson on piano for the first time and sumptuous orchestral flourishes that add hugely to the song’s cinematic feel. A detailed but poetic account of the R101 airship disaster of 1930, it’s a stunning piece of work and clearly a labour of love for Dickinson, the song’s author, in particular. And coming at the end of such a consistent and remarkable slab of idiosyncratic heavy metal, it poses one obvious question: is there anything that Iron Maiden can’t do? The Book Of Souls suggests not. Given that this sounds nothing like the work of a band nearing the end of their love affair with music, the future may even hold greater wonders. Bloody hell.

http://classicrock.teamrock.com/reviews/2015-08-11/iron-maiden-th etc ...
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# 33 : Tuesday 11-8-2015 @ 16:19
 
 
Sounds promising. Will definitely keep my ears peeled for that one. I haven't really gotten into The Final Frontier yet :S

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# 34 : Tuesday 11-8-2015 @ 18:00
 
 
The Final Frontier was awesome in my book, but this may be as good as Seventh Son! But I'm afraid to hope for that much! :P

In any case, insanely excited about this new album!!!
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# 35 : Thursday 13-8-2015 @ 15:39
 
 
Goatwhore

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# 36 : Thursday 13-8-2015 @ 16:07
 
 
Unfortunately, this video is not available in your country because it could contain music, for which we could not agree on conditions of use with GEMA.

Death to GEMA!!!
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# 37 : Friday 14-8-2015 @ 01:30
 
 
If you're using Chrome, download Hola extension.
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# 38 : Friday 14-8-2015 @ 06:52
 
 
Someone said :
If you're using Chrome, download Hola extension.

I did have that and it worked fine, but after reading about Hola I had some security and privacy concerns so I uninstalled it as a precaution.

I have to look into it in more detail and then decided if it's Ok to use.

Since in the meantime I got (free) Spotify, it wasn't a huge issue.
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# 39 : Friday 14-8-2015 @ 09:42
 
 
Ok, so Iron Maiden have released their first new song in 5 years and Gema blocked it.

It's time for Hola, don't care if they empty my bank account I need to listen to this fucking track!!!!

And here it fucking is:




What did they say to you on that day
When you put your soul on the line
Did they promise you a golden future
Days filled with food and wine

But did you flinch and have your doubt
When they strapped you tightly in
Memory a faded photograph
They said you're going to win

Feel the surge
Resist the urge
It melds as one
at the speed of light
Beyond your darkest nightmare
at the speed of light
Leaving your old life behind

How fast can your heart beat
Not fast enough for this
Tick tick tick a system fail
A crucial time to miss

And now as life flies backwards
As you try to forge ahead
Can you forge a new horizon
Or does destiny offend

Feel the surge
Resist the urge
It melds as one
at the speed of light
Beyond your darkest nightmare
at the speed of light
Leaving your old life behind

Burnt in history the name we'll never see
But at least through time you're free


Read more: Iron Maiden - Speed Of Light Lyrics | MetroLyrics

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# 40 : Friday 14-8-2015 @ 14:48
 
 
Wow... that opener has a 70s rock feel to it.
Kind of reminds me of Dio-era Rainbow.

I like Dickensons vocals on this track... The music didn't grab me until the solos, i thought it was only because he stopped singing, the third solo was decent but painfully short.

Decent track put very 'radio'.
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# 41 : Friday 14-8-2015 @ 16:21
 
 
Someone said :
Wow... that opener has a 70s rock feel to it.
Kind of reminds me of Dio-era Rainbow.

I like Dickensons vocals on this track... The music didn't grab me until the solos, i thought it was only because he stopped singing, the third solo was decent but painfully short.

Decent track put very 'radio'.

I agree on most points, the vocals struck me first. Really good. Brucie really phoned it in five years ago, great album but tired and strained vocals.

Here there's a hint of 1980's Bruce! Much wider melodic range, just beautifully sang.

It's a strong song, I think, but not very remarkable. A bit generic, maybe, for lack of better word.

But Maiden often release the "shit song" as the first single, for some strange reason.

I'm talking about latter days Maiden, 2003 and beyond.
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# 42 : Friday 14-8-2015 @ 16:29
 
 
For, example: Wildest Dreams:



2003's Dance of Death first single.

Mediocre generic track, works Ok live but on record is pretty shit, by Maiden standards and the lyrics are a bit silly, plus boring repetitive chorus.

Its saving grace was a really good if short solo, but that was when they played it live the first time, se studio version's sol is a bit shit.
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# 43 : Saturday 15-8-2015 @ 02:17
 
 
Aye, I see exactly what you mean.
Dance of Death was a good album actually... though I do say that with bias because that your was the first time I got to see Maiden live. Rainmaker in the point... will not forget.
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# 44 : Saturday 15-8-2015 @ 11:21
 
 
Someone said :
Aye, I see exactly what you mean.
Dance of Death was a good album actually... though I do say that with bias because that your was the first time I got to see Maiden live. Rainmaker in the point... will not forget.

Since I'm a little bit older, the first time I saw Maiden was in 1988, Seventh Son of Seventh Son tour. It was incredible.

And now the band you didn't know we all desperately needed!



There is a Ned Flanders-themed metal band called Okilly Dokilly

http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/music/news/there- etc ...
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# 45 : Saturday 15-8-2015 @ 12:29
 
 
Do they play some kind of Christian Rock?
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