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Review: Iron Maiden – The Final Frontier [2010]

Posted in Iron Maiden on August 16, 2010 by gearsofrock

The latest Iron Maiden album, number 15 for those keeping track, is freakin’ awesome. The Final Frontier is skull-crushingly brutal. Maiden is a beastly machine that grows stronger and stronger with every new epic masterpiece.

This record certainly brings the thunder, about 76 minutes worth in fact. The 10 new songs contain classic Maiden vibes (“The Alchemist”) as well as dirty conjurations (“Starblind”) heard on more recent releases like Brave New World and Matter of Life and Death.

Here you will find brilliant grooves (“Coming Home”), fist pounding beats (“Satellite 15…The Final Frontier”) courtesy of Nicko McBrain, and sick bass riffs (“El Dorado”) with a progressive edge. Steve Harris is the man!

The triple guitar attack of Dave Murray, Adrian Smith and Janick Gers are in full force. The shredding leads (“Mother of Mercy”) will bury you in ash long before you even think to escape. Haunting classical guitar sounds don “The Talisman” before a heavy scourge of riffs incite complete disaster.

Bruce Dickinson’s vocals are dead on as usual, losing nothing over the years, but everybody knows that. The only part of the album that is a bit off-kilter is the first 4 minutes 35 seconds, containing a percussive redundancy that is not entirely necessary.

The Final Frontier is another victory for the pioneers and legends of heavy metal. As always with Maiden records, this disc gets better with every listen.

If this album does not debut at #1, then its pure shame that the inhabitants of Earth hath brought.

Iron Maiden is Bruce Dickinson (Vocals), Dave Murray (Guitars), Adrian Smith (Guitars), Janick Gers (Guitars), Steve Harris (Bass), & Nicko McBrain.

Track Listing:

  1. “Satellite 15…The Final Frontier”
  2. “El Dorado”
  3. “Mother of Mercy”
  4. “Coming Home”
  5. “The Alchemist”
  6. “Isle of Avalon”
  7. “Starblind”
  8. “The Talisman”
  9. “The Man Who Would Be King”
  10. “When The Wild Wind Blows”

Announced Tour Dates: Iron Maiden and Dream Theater Summer 2010

Posted in Dream Theater, Iron Maiden with tags on March 4, 2010 by gearsofrock

Tour dates for the Iron Maiden/Dream Theater run are as follows:

June 9 – Center – Dallas, TX

June 11 -The Woodlands – Houston, TX

June 12 – AT&T Center – San Antonio, TX

June 14 – Fiddler’s Green – Denver, CO

June 16 – The Pavilion  – Albuquerque, NM

June 17 – Cricket Wireless Pavilion – Phoenix, AZ

June 19 – San Manuel Amphitheatre – San Bernardino, CA

June 20 – Sleep Train Pavilion – Concord, CA

June 22 – White River Amphitheatre – Auburn, WA

June 24 – General Motors Place – Vancouver, BC

June 26 – Rexall Place – Edmonton, AB

June 29 – Credit Union Centre – Saskatoon, SK

July 3 – Molson Amphitheatre – Toronto, ON

July 11 – PNC Bank Arts Center – Holmdel, NJ

July 12 – Madison Square Garden – New York, NY

July 14 – Post Gazette Pavilion – Pittsburg, PA

July 15 – Blossom Music Center – Cleveland, OH

July 17 – DTE Energy Music Theatre – Detroit, MI

July 18 – First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre – Chicago, IL

July 20 – Nissan Pavilion – Washington, DC


Review: Iron Maiden: Flight 666 The Film [DVD 2009]

Posted in Iron Maiden with tags , on June 11, 2009 by gearsofrock

Amazon Iron Maiden Flight 666By Peter O’Brien

Last year heavy metal pioneers Iron Maiden set out on the most ambitious tour not only of their career, but the entire history of touring. Challenging every facet of the production, performing 23 shows in 45 days over 50,000 miles in 11 countries on four continents, and that was only the first leg of the tour. Maiden took to the sky in their custom Boeing 757, “Ed Force One,” which was also piloted by their singer, Bruce Dickinson. In addition to the band and their families, a crew of 70, and 12 tons of stage equipment they also brought along Canadian filmmaker’s Scot McFadyen and Sam Dunn (Metal: A Headbanger’s Journey) to document the event. The result is the new film Iron Maiden: Flight 666, which was released by Universal Music Enterprises on two disc DVD and Blu-Ray June 9th, 2009. A two disc CD of just the concert was also released.

Recorded during their historic “Somewhere Back in Time Tour,” which had the band performing songs only from their 1980-1989 catalog, the film presents a good balance between the show both on stage and backstage. Beginning at the start of the first show in Mumbai, India the film quickly backtracks to the previous forty-eight hours with the loading of the plane in England. Bruce Dickinson sums up that the goal of this tour, and motivation for “Ed Force One,” was to be able to play all the locations that are often too expensive and out of the way for a typical tour schedule. The film is peppered with individual interviews of each band member giving reflective insights on the tour, as well as creating intimate portraits of their dynamic personalities. Throughout the course of the film you get a sense of how ordinary they really are in their day to day lives off stage: playing tennis, golf, sight seeing, spending time with their families.

The highlight of this film is seeing the worldwide impact that Maiden has had on their fans over the last thirty years. Unlike most bands with Maiden’s lifespan their fans seem to get younger and younger as new generations discover their music. From parents sharing the band with their children, to a priest in San Paulo, Brazil who has over 160 Iron Maiden tattoos, to teens living in a militaristic police state they are able to transcend cultures in a way even Christ couldn’t do. Their status as living legends is not overlooked among their contemporaries either. At the Forum in Los Angles the backstage footage showcases a cavalcade of metal personalities including Ronnie James Dio, Scott Ian, Kerry King, and Lars Ulrich among others. The bulk of the tour (and film) is spent in Central and South America where the excitement is unrelenting. As stated in the beginning of the documentary, with little radio or mainstream media support they have managed to conquer the world, selling over 70 million albums and playing some of the largest concerts in music history.

As a bonus to go along with the film the second disc is the entire concert from this tour’s set, with each song performed at a different location. Most of these are featured throughout the film in varying capacities, but here each performance is presented in full. It is quite reminiscent of the “Live after Death” concert from ‘85 and makes a nice companion to the earlier film. Not only because this tour is a throwback to that one and shares a similar set list, but it shows that despite that passage of twenty-five years they still have all the energy, enthusiasm, and appreciation for their fans who have made their career last that long.

The film really paints a humbling picture of this band in a positive way. Unlike most metal documentaries that thrive on controversy and hardships this one is really just a lot of fun. Even the fact that Dickinson is flying the freaking plane speaks volumes about his character and commitment to Maiden’s fans. That he would do all that and go out on stage every night to perform – you know Hetfield isn’t driving Metallica to their gigs, and forget about Ozzy getting behind the wheel of anything and making it show up in tact. It is very reassuring to see that even after all of their years that Maiden still has the integrity of a band with nothing to lose. The DVD comes packaged as a small hardcover book and includes 24 pages of pictures and journal entries from the tour by singer and pilot Bruce Dickinson.

4 StarsIron Maiden is Bruce Dickinson (Vocals), Steve Harris (Bass), Adrian Smith (Lead/Rhythm Guitar), Dave Murray (Lead/Rhythm Guitar), Janick Gers (Lead/Rhythm Guitar), & Nicko McBrain (Drums).

Track Listing:

  1. “Churchill’s Speech”
  2. “Aces High”
  3. “2 Minutes To Midnight”
  4. “Revelations”
  5. “The Trooper”
  6. “Wasted Years”
  7. “The Number Of The Beast”
  8. “Can I Play With Madness”
  9. “Rime of the Ancient Mariner”
  10. “Powerslave”
  11. “Heaven Can Wait”
  12. “Run To The Hills”
  13. “Fear Of The Dark”
  14. “Iron Maiden”
  15. “Moonchild”
  16. “The Clairvoyant”
  17. “Hallowed Be Thy Name”

Be sure to check out Peter O’Brien’s thrash metal documentary “Riphouse 151: Could’ve Been’s & Wanna Be’s” which is currently on the festival circuit.

Miscellaneous Rock Links: Metal Hurts Heart, XM Sirius Programming, More Maiden…

Posted in Iron Maiden, News, Ticketmaster with tags , , on November 12, 2008 by gearsofrock

1. Study with infinite loopholes finds that heavy metal music restricts blood flow to the heart causing added stress [].

2. Lame vampire soundtrack bumps AC/DC’s Black Ice from the peak position on the US pop chart [].

3. XM and Sirius finally merge their stations. Sirius “Hard Attack” is now “Liquid Metal” and “Buzzsaw” becomes “The Boneyard” [].

4. Time to fuel up Ed Force One — Iron Maiden announces an extension to their highly successful “Somewhere Back In Time Tour,” hitting New Zealand for first time in 16 years [].

5. Ticketmaster experiments with dropping abusive service charges such as their absurd TicketFast fees [].

Let’s Make This One Great Election Day

Posted in Iron Maiden with tags , on November 4, 2008 by gearsofrock

Enjoy some Iron Maiden…

…then get out and vote!

100 Greatest Metal Songs By Some Guy on Nutsie

Posted in Iron Maiden with tags , on October 14, 2008 by gearsofrock

Check out this pretty solid list of the Top 100 Metal Songs by some random dude on

“Hallowed Be Thy Name (Live In D…”
Iron Maiden
“War Pigs”
Black Sabbath
“Beyond the Realms of Death”
Judas Priest
“Iron Man”
Black Sabbath
“Master Of Puppets”
“Victim Of Changes”
Judas Priest
“The Trooper”
Iron Maiden
“Ace of spades”
“The Number Of The Beast”
Iron Maiden
Black Sabbath

Kerrang! Iron Maiden tribute rules!

Posted in Iron Maiden with tags , , on July 23, 2008 by gearsofrock

I have been listening to the Kerrang! Iron Maiden Tribute, Maiden Heaven, and it is GREAT! I know, I know, Iron Maiden can’t be covered, blah blah blah…but there are some great versions on this CD.

My favorites from the tribute are “Remember Tomorrow” (Metallica), “The Trooper” (Coheed & Cambria), “To Tame A Land” (Dream Theater), and “Hallowed Be Thy Name” (Machine Head). The other covers are great too, like the ones by DevilDriver, Black Tide, Avenged, and Trivium.

The only problem with this CD is that it is not easy to get, legally. It is a free CD with the July 16 issue of Kerrang! magazine, but that can be tough to find. The Kerrang! website doesn’t have an easy way of purchasing the issue and it is hard to find a Barnes & Noble or Borders book store with a copy in stock. Not to mention, the US to pound exchange rate is currently not in our favor if purchased online. However, if you have a way of getting the album, I would grab it in a sec.

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