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Iconic IRON MAIDEN singer BRUCE DICKINSON published "What Does This Button Do?"

Veröffentlicht am 24. März 2018 von Markus W. in Bruce Dickinson, Iron Maiden, Samson, Heavy Metal, NWoBHM, Book, Heyne Hardcore Verlag, Autobiography, Biography, Singer, Frontman

Iconic IRON MAIDEN singer BRUCE DICKINSON published "What Does This Button Do?"

Introducing Bruce Dickinson feels like carrying sand to the beach. If you're interested in metal there's now way around it, knowing the iconic frontman of NWoBHM spearheads Iron Maiden. The legendary singer from Worksop, England started was part of many bands of which Iron Maiden is the by far best known one. There was a life before Maiden though, days when Dickinson was the singer of Samson. The singer was part of the two most important Samson records - "Head On" and "Shock Tactics" - before he replaced Paul Di'Anno as vocalist of Iron Maiden. The singer also had some solo records in the pipeline, which were mainly released during the 90's when Dickinson focused on his own band and project. 

Next to his musical career the sympathic singer also has the got the gift of being multi-talented. Amongst many other things it’s fencing being one of his passions outside of music and also him being a pilot for planes like a Boeing 747 shows the variety of interest more than well. Having such an exciting and interesting vita can only lead to one conclusion - writing a biography. In this case it's even an autobiography, which was published a few weeks ago, showing an additional talent of Dickinson.

"What Does This Button Do" is the title of an exciting reading experience. Things began in 1958, the year of birth of Dickson. His grandparents raised him as an only child till 1963, the year when Dickinson’s younger sister was born. The singer gives a lot of insights into his youth, sharing exciting stories that are entertaining and easy to read. In another chapter he describes the days in Samson and the first touch point with Iron Maiden. Samson entered the Battery Studios in Willesden for recording the „Shock Tactics“ album and it was Martin Birch, working next door on Iron Maiden’s „Killer“ record, days when Samson was headliner and Iron Maiden support act. 

The book is full with all these anecdotes and stories from Dickinson’s exciting life of which the diagnosed cancer is also a part. The singer describes things in an extremely open way towards the end of the book. On one of the last pages Dickinson mention that he got so often the question about, if, in retrospective, he would do some things different when it comes to his life and career and he also states that the answer was always a clear ‚No‘. I think that this describes the iconic frontman in an excellent way. Life isn’t a simulation. Life is real and it includes also failure and mistakes as a part of developing an own personality.

"What Does This Button Do?" is a comprehensive and thrilling summary of important moments in Dickinson's life. The book covers important milestone in and stories, told in a very open way as it can be expected from the extrovert legend in metal. It provides insights that are captured in an enthralling way which makes this book to an enjoyable reading experience, not only for metal fans.

 

For the German readers:

Bruce Dickinson
What Does This Button Do?
Die Autobiographie

Heyne Hardcore
450 Seiten

€ (D) 22,- / € (A) 22,70 / sFr 29,90
ISBN 978-3-453-27112-8

Translated by Daniel Müller, Harriet Fricke, Dieter Fuchs, Matthias Jost

Iconic IRON MAIDEN singer BRUCE DICKINSON published "What Does This Button Do?"
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IRON MAIDEN will stream "The Book of Souls - Live Chapter"

Veröffentlicht am 7. November 2017 von Markus W. in Iron Maiden, The Book of Souls - Live Chapter, News, NWoBHM, Heavy Metal, Live, YouTube

IRON MAIDEN will stream "The Book of Souls - Live Chapter"
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IRON MAIDEN frontman Bruce Dickinson will release his biography

Veröffentlicht am 27. Oktober 2017 von Markus W. in Bruce Dickinson, Iron Maiden, Book, What Does This Button Do?, Heavy Metal, News, Biography, NWoBHM, Heyne Hardcore

IRON MAIDEN frontman Bruce Dickinson will release his biography

Iron Maiden frontman Bruce Dickinson will publish his auto biography “What Does This Button Do?” on January 22nd, 2018. Dickson’s life is for sure not a boring one. Not only being the singer of one of the most influential metal bands on earth, Bruce Dickinson is also a pilot, fencer, and much more. Now he also enters the fields of being a writer. And what’s more exciting than telling self-experienced stories, combined and captured on 450 pages.

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IRON MAIDEN continues "Book of Souls tour" also in 2017

Veröffentlicht am 23. September 2016 von Markus W. in Iron Maiden, Tour, Heavy Metal, NWoBHM, Power Metal, Classic Metal, Rock, Live

IRON MAIDEN continues "Book of Souls tour" also in 2017

Iron Maiden will continue with their "Book of Souls" world tour by adding more European dates. Here are they are and it looks like at this stage that no additonal European shows will be added:

22. April Belgium – Antwerpen / Sportpaleis
24. April Germany – Oberhausen / König-Pilsener-ARENA
28. April Germany – Frankfurt / Festhalle
02. May Germany – Hamburg / Barclaycard Arena
04. May England – Nottingham / Motorpoint Arena
06. May Ireland – Dublin / 3Arena
08. May England – Manchester / Arena
10. May England – Sheffield / Arena
11. May England – Leeds / First Direct Arena
14. May England – Newcastle / Metro Radio Arena
16. May Scotland – Glasgow / The SSE Hydro Arena
17. May Scotland – Aberdeen / AECC The GE Oil and Gas Arena
20. May England – Liverpool / Echo Arena
21. May England – Birmingham / Barclaycard Arena
24. May Wales – Cardiff / Motorpoint Arena
27. May England – London / o2 Arena

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CD review HIGH SPIRITS "Motivator"

Veröffentlicht am 21. September 2016 von Markus W. in High Spirits, NWoBHM, Heavy Metal, Hardrock, Classic Rock, News, CD Review, Iron Maiden

(8/10) This five-piece from Chicago is a gift for heavy metal. The guys prove that you can play traditional metal that comes with a fresh expression without moving too far away from its roots. The ones of you that know the debut "Another Night" and the sophomore "You are Here" know what I'm talking about. On the new longplayer High Spirits manifests the mentioned even more.

"Up and Overture" is what it is - a short intro to the album that belongs to the best releases in September this year. "Motivator" is the name of the album and each of the tracks is a motivation for cherishing good music.

"Flying High" is the first 'real' track on the album. High Spirit are rooted in end 70's, beginning 80's metal and crosslinks to the NWoBHM are conspicuous while listening to tracks like "Reach for the Glory". It's a bit of Iron Maiden that comes back in the guitar lines but also bands like Thin Lizzy doesn't seem to be unkown in High Spirits rehearsal room.

A moderate pace groover is called "Haunted by Love" which reflects more the 70's hardrock before "Down the Endless Road" shifts gears. Things get faster again and the song brings again back the Maiden harmonies. It's a great track that makes it more difficult for the next one - "Take Me Home". However, it's again one of these tunes that makes you feel like time stood still for the last 30 years.

The last title is called "Thank You" and it comes with a galloping rhythm and a catchy melody. Actually it's the listener that wants to say thank you for this album that makes fun from the first to the last note.

Often said and mostly true - the third longplayer is the benchmark for future success. Listening to "Motivator" I'm pretty sure that we will hear a lot from High Spirits in the futures. These guys found their unique sound, a niche that makes them special for a bigger crowd than only pure underground. These guys will take off as the plane on the album cover does.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Up and Oveture
  2. Flying High
  3. This is the Night
  4. Reach for th Glory
  5. Do You Wanna be Famous
  6. Haunted by Love
  7. Down the Endless Road
  8. Take me Home
  9. Thank You

 

Label: High Roller Records

Genre: Melodic Metal

Release Date EU: September 16th, 2016

CD review HIGH SPIRITS "Motivator"
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CD review STEVE'N'SEAGULLS "Brothers in Farms"

Veröffentlicht am 14. September 2016 von Markus W. in Steve'N'Seagull, Bluegrass, Rock, Heavy Metal, CD Review, News, Iron Maiden, Guns'n'Roses, Power Metal

(5/10) Getting new CD's means sometimes chicks, sometimes feathers. When it comes to Steve'N'Seagulls album "Brothers in Farm" it's unfortunately more feathers than chicken.

Actually the ingredients for this release isn't bad stuff. Bluegrass isn't something bad and neither it's the songs that the band covers on their sophomore longplayer. It's just two things that are seriously annoying with records like this.

First of all I think that the story is told when it comes to metal classics in a new appeal. Iron Maiden could are available in acoustic versions, pop versions, string versions,... I would say that enough is enough and nobody waited for a bluegrass arrangement of metal anthems like "Aces High".

Secondly the interpretations on "Brothers in Farms" (what a funny name that shows the guys being Dire Straits fans too) mostly don't work very well. Maybe Nightwish's "Wishmaster" and tearful "November Rain" might be OK; the latter one being the best track on the album.

However, the rest doesn't sound good at all. "Symphony of Destruction" is such a one, it's a destruction of one of the best Megadeth songs. Or take "In Bloom" as another example or "Self Esteem". It's neither good nor funny. And I don't even want to mention the awful version of "Out in the Fields".

In the end we are talking a needless release.

 

(5/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Aces High
  2. Sad But true
  3. Wishmaster
  4. It's a Long Way to the Top
  5. You Could Be Mine
  6. November Rain
  7. In Bloom
  8. Symphony of Destruction
  9. Fill Up the Tank
  10. Burn
  11. The Pretender
  12. Self Esteem
  13. Out in the Fields
  14. Born to be Wild

 

Label: Spinefarm Records

Genre: Bluegrass

Release Date EU: September 9th, 2016

CD review STEVE'N'SEAGULLS "Brothers in Farms"
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IRON MAIDEN live on ARTE concert - The complete headliner show from Wacken Open Air 2016

Veröffentlicht am 1. August 2016 von Markus W. in Iron Maiden, Tour, ARTE, News, Heavy Metal, NWoBHM, Live, Power Metal, Eddie

IRON MAIDEN live on ARTE concert - The complete headliner show from Wacken Open Air 2016

Iron Maiden’s The Book of Souls World Tour has been on the road since late February, playing to over 1.5 million fans with 72 shows in 36 counties and six continents. They will play the final show on Thursday, 4 August in Germany at Wacken Open Air Festival. ARTE Concert is going to feature the entire iconic performance on Livestream. The spectacular gig will get lavish camera attention and can be accessed anywhere in the world – a sensational experience for anyone who cannot get to show.

Iron Maiden manager Rod Smallwood says: "We decided to finish the tour at Wacken as it is the ideal way to end this magical tour playing to 80,000 core metal fans at this legendary Metal festival. Wacken has become such as international event with many thousands of fans from many other countries around the world joining and celebrating with the German fans so it is perfect for the final show of a memorable tour. Everywhere we’ve played the fans have been amazing and the reaction to the new songs and stage show has been phenomenal. The band has loved every minute on stage. So when Wacken and ARTE asked us to consider a live stream of our performance there we jumped at the chance to give our fans an end of tour gift. Streaming this final show live globally allows us to thank the many fans we played to so far, and, for those who couldn’t get to see us this time round, a chance to see just how spectacular the live concert is and what they missed! ”

Wolfgang Bergmann (ARTE): “The festival summer by ARTE concert is heading for an exceptional highlight, showing a live stream of British legends Iron Maiden performing their final show of an incredible tour at the Wacken Open Air. An audience of millions, in Europe and for the first time worldwide, know by now that ARTE is taking the festivals to anywhere you are.”

Holger Hübner/Thomas Jensen (ICS/Wacken): “We are incredibly happy to be able to give all these Iron Maiden and Wacken Open Air fans, worldwide, this highlight at the close of the spectacular ‘Book of Souls’ Tour. Heavy Metal fans are the best fans in the world, and Iron Maiden fans are unparalleled. It is so brilliant that everybody who could not get a ticket for the W:O:A, will be able to enjoy this ‘Night To Remember’.”

 

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CD review MONUMENT "Hair of the Dog"

Veröffentlicht am 10. Juli 2016 von Markus W. in Monument, Iron Maiden, Heavy Metal, NWoBHM, Power Metal

(8/10) What could be better than a band from the UK being inspirend by the NWoBHM? Monument is one of these bands and the main blueprint for their sound comes form Iron Maiden.

The guys started 5 years ago and nowadays its' Peter Ellis (v), Lewis Stephens (g), Dan Baune (g), Dan Bate (b) and Giovanni Durst (d) that are the line-up of Monument. After having release a few singles ovee the last years, the five-piece published their debut "Renegardes" in 2014, followed by their sophomore longplayer "Hair of the Dog".

As said, the quintet is very much inspired by Steve Harris and friends. I'm almost tempted to say that Monument is a copycat of the NWoBHM legend but that would only describe one facett of Monument. Twin guitars, a galloping bass and hard hitting drums are the main characterstics of Monument, all enriched by Ellis vocals, a singer that could be seen as Bruce Dickinson's small brother. Anyhow, "Hair of the Dogs" has to offer more.

You might got the impression of "why should I listen to this and not to Maiden". The thing is, Monument sounds just great on "Hair of the Dogs". Each of the ten songs is highly entertaining, music that gives you a great time and that is pure joy for headbangers - old and young.

After many years with modern metal, new metal, alternative metal and so on this album is a refreshing look back in time when metal started to grow and gain momentum. Monument keeps this spirit alive and adds a modern expression to it which dusts their sound.

If you're looking for a dynamic modern oldschool metal album, then you found it here and now.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Hair of the Dog
  2. Blood Red Sky
  3. Streets of Rage
  4. Imhotep (The High Priest)
  5. Crobar
  6. Emily
  7. Olympus
  8. A Bridge too Far
  9. Heart of Stone
  10. Lionheart

 

Label: ROAR!

Genre: NWoBHM

Release Date EU: June 10th, 2016

CD review MONUMENT "Hair of the Dog"
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CD review JORN "Heavy Rock Radio"

Veröffentlicht am 16. Juni 2016 von Markus W. in Jorn, CD Review, News, Rock, Hardrock, Heavy Metal, Doom Metal, Iron Maiden

(8/10) 'Another album with coverversions and hopefully better than the latest Hammercult release' ... this was my first thought when I got Jorn's new album. And yes, it is far better. The great rock singer from Norway recorded twelve rock/metal classics that are all well selected.

It's not the first time that the singer publishes an album with cover versions, thinking for example about the 2010 release "Dio" which was a tribute to the extraordinary frontman.

This time Jorn takes a bit of a wider approach, selecting songs that seriously could be on every playlist of a good rock radio station. Now doubt that Jorn's interpretation of Deep Purple's "Stormbringer" is excellent, as well as Black Sabbath "Die Young" or "Rainbow in the Dark" from Dio. These are songs that fits to his voice very well, proven e.g. by the mentioned "Dio" album. Also "Final Frontier" from Iron Maiden is an thrilling interpretation with Jorn sounding partly even similar to Bruce Dickinson.

The tunes that surprise more and that had a higher risk of failure are the ones that are anchored in rock rather than in metal. Taking "Killer Queen" and create a 'Jorn-ized' version of such a classic is a brave decision. Jorn faced the challenge and I must say that his variation sounds quite good. It might not reach the level of the original, but I think no cover can ever get close to Freddie Mercury's version. The same goes basically for "Hotel California" from The Eagles. The original song is still recognizable, even though Jorn added some heaviness to the classic, supported by his rough rock vocals.

However, the biggest surprise is "Running Up That Hill". Yes, Jorn took Kate Bush's hit an made a rocking version out of this fragile and soulful number. I could imagine this being the biggest challenge, an undertaking that was worth the effort. I like the original from Kate Bush, but Jorn's arrangement is exciting too since it gives the top 10 hit a new expression.

All in all "Heavy Rock Radio" is what it pretends to be - a well done rock/metal collection that could be a well selected playlist of a rock radio station, featuring newly interpreted highlights in rock, done by one of the greatest metal singers these days.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  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
  11. Stormbringer
  12. Die Young

 

Label: Frontiers Music

Genre: Heavy Rock

Release Date EU: June 3rd, 2016

 

CD review JORN "Heavy Rock Radio"
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CD review SIX FEET UNDER "666"

Veröffentlicht am 7. Juni 2016 von Markus W. in Six Feet Under, News, NWoBHM, CD Review, Heavy Metal, Death Metal, Iron Maiden, Judas Priest

(6/10) A joke doesn't get better telling it more often. I had to think about this when I heard Six Feet Under's newest output "666". Chris Barnes and his metal horde added a new disc to their Graveyard Classic series.

As the title presumes it's the number of the beast that got into Six Feet Under's death metal shredder.

Iron Maiden classic and Judas Priest highlights have been transformed into death metal tracks and I wonder if I want to hear these songs in such a new setup.

The instrumentation is actually not too far away from the original. It's Barnes growling though that makes these eleven NWoBHM pearls really special.

As it was with the other releases, it needs time to get into these new interpretations. Some songs work pretty well in the new version. "Starbreaker" and "Nightcrawler" aren't too bad. It's more the Maiden tracks that I can't get used to. I love "Stranger in a Strange Land", "Murders in the Rue Morgue" and "The Evil That Men Do". But listening to them in a death metal outfit doesn't work at all. And since it's not the first SFU release that covers metal tracks, the surprise effect is gone too.

All in all it's like with a good joke. The first time you hear it you're running into loud laughter. But after the 10th time it doesn't lead to more than a polite smile. "666" leads to the same effect.

 

(6/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Night Crawler
  2. Starbreaker
  3. Genocide
  4. Invader
  5. Never Satisfied
  6. Murders in the Rue Morgue
  7. Prowler
  8. Flash Of The Blade
  9. The Evil That Men Do
  10. Stranger In A Strange Land
  11. Total Eclipse

 

Label: Metal Blades

Genre: Death Metal

Release Date EU: May 27th, 2016

CD review SIX FEET UNDER "666"
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SIX FEET UNDER will release "Graveyard Classic IV"

Veröffentlicht am 15. April 2016 von Markus W. in Six Feet Under, Death Metal, Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Heavy Metal, NWoBHM, News

Chief growler Chris Barnes continues with Six Feet Under's 'Graveyard Classics' series. In the meantime it in number four that's upcoming. The guys decided to focus on NWoBHM legends Judas Priest and Iron Maiden. Six Feet Under covered five songs of each metal dinosaur and transfered them into a brutal death metal cracker. Here comes the tracklist:

Graveyard Classics IV: The Number of the Priest
Side A: Judas Priest
01. Night Crawler
02. Starbreaker
03. Genocide
04. Invader
05. Never Satisfied

Side B: Iron Maiden
06. Murders in the Rue Morgue
07. Prowler
08. Flash of the Blade
09. The Evil That Men Do
10. Stranger in a Strange Land
11. Total Eclipse

SIX FEET UNDER will release "Graveyard Classic IV"
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News about IRON MAIDEN's world tour 2016

Veröffentlicht am 13. September 2015 von Markus W. in Iron Maiden, Tour, Heavy Metal, NWoBHM, Power Metal, News

Iron Maiden revealed some first rough facts about the upcoming "The Book Of Souls World Tour". It starts with Central America before going to South America in spring 2016. Then it's North America, followed by Japan, China, Australia and New Zealand. Summer 2016 is the chosen period for an extensive tour through Europe. More details see link...

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CD review IRON MAIDEN "The book of souls"

Veröffentlicht am 5. September 2015 von Markus W. in Iron Maiden, Heavy Metal, NWoBHM, Rock, Classic Rock, News, CD Review

(10/10) Iron Maiden's long awaited new album is out. "The book of souls" was released yesterday and the metal community was more than curious about what the iconic six-pieve band recorded.

After having listened to the album several times I have to say that it's brilliant. For me personally it is the best Maiden album since "Seventh son of a seventh son" - the longplayer from 1988. The album is full of excellent guitar leads, Steve Harris bass is pumping and Nicko Mc Brain's drum are pushing the rest of the band to a top performance. Not to forget Bruce Dickinson's vocals that are just standing out. This man is a real metal siren and he proves it on the new album - again.

An impressive fact with Iron Maiden is, that they are one of the biggest, if not THE biggest, metal band on this planet by not running into the trap of aires and grace, hubris and arrogance. Their music is a fundamental part of their life and this is what you can feel with every note of this metal masterpiece. The six guys stand as a rock, play tight, come with a dense sound and impressive anthems. The 'soul', mentioned in the title of the longplayer, comes back in each track. Those guys put in a lot of soul into the album which makes it real and authentic.

With "The book of souls" Iron Maiden also worked further on the epic part of their sound. It seems like, the older the guys get the longer the songs and the records become. Iron Maiden never wrote short tunes only. Already "The number of the beast" contained the seven minutes long "Hallowed be thy name" and the latest records included even longer ones. But this time Iron Maiden stretched the limits far more which ends up in the 18 minutes long closer "Empire of the clouds". It's based on the high experience of the six passionate guys that those anthems (also the 13 minutes long "The red and the black") are packed with so many ideas that would be enough for some other bands to fill three records. Iron Maiden puts them into 2 songs.

The story behind this epos is a real one. It is about the sister ship of R100 - both imposing airships. R101 had the last flight in 1930 when it crashed near Paris in a huge fireball. The lyrics tell this tragic story and the music is the perfect soundtrack for it. This a song with a 'wow'-factor.

I could now dissect each of the eleven metal hymns on this album, but I will not do this. You should not read about those songs - you have to listen to them. Take your time and go for those 90 minutes; again and again. This album reveals so many details that it keeps you excited for ages.

"The book of souls" belongs to the best five Iron Maiden records and we all can already look forward to the upcoming shows with pure excitement - based on the title probably in a Mayan stage set.

 

(10/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. If eternity should fail
  2. Speed of light
  3. The great unkown
  4. The red and the black
  5. When river runs deep
  6. The book of souls
  7. Death or glory
  8. Shadows of the valley
  9. Tears of a clown
  10. The man of sorrows
  11. Empire of the clouds

 

Label: Warner Music Group

Genre: Heavy Metal

Release Date EU: September 4th, 2015

CD review IRON MAIDEN "The book of souls"
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