REVIEW: Iron Maiden: Flight 666

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flight666dvdflight666cdflight666lpThere is never a more anticipated release than one from Iron Maiden, the greatest band in the history of time. Anytime they come out with a DVD or an album it’s a first day buy. This time around we get an extra awesome package, DVD, and album thanks to the good people at Universal Music Enterprises. First off let’s hit the DVD; we get a documentary that was made about the band on tour, quite the awesome documentary that any fan of the band should enjoy. I wish I could have seen it when it hit theaters but it was not showing anywhere close. Also on the DVD features a concert of the tour, a fucking awesome bonus. With some versions of the DVD yet another extra was thrown in, a tour book, it’s something of a diary during the tour by Bruce Dickinson, pretty good read.
Over on the side of the album, which is available in CD format and also as a double LP picture disc, we’ve got basically a live album. This isn’t just a straight concert however, here we get the full tour experience, and each track is taken from a different show so chances are if you saw the band on the tour, you’re on the DVD.
The video and audio quality for everything is, as always, excellent. I don’t think there’s any need to say there’s no reason not to own this, in every form. If you don’t have this already you have two options. You can go online and order it, or you can get up from in front of the computer and go buy it, the choice is yours.

1. Churchill’s Speech (Mumbi, India, Palace Grounds; Feb 1, 2008)
2. Aces High (Mumbi, India, Palace Grounds; Feb 1, 2008)
3. 2 Minutes To Midnight (Melbourne, Australia, Rod Laver Arena; Feb 7, 2008)
4. Revelations (Syndey, Australia, Acer Arena; Feb 9, 2008)
5. The Trooper (Tokyo, Japan, Tokyo Messe Hall; Feb 16, 2008)
6. Wasted Years (Monterrey, Mexico, Arena Monterrey; Feb 22, 2008)
7. The Number Of The Beast (Los Angeles, USA, The Forum; Feb 19, 2008)
8. Can I Play With Madness (Mexico City, Mexico, Foro Sol Stadium; Feb 24, 2008)
9. Rime Of The Ancient Mariner (New Jersey, USA, Izod Center; Mar 14, 2008)
10. Powerslave (San Jose, Costa Rica, Saprissa Stadium; Feb 26, 2008)
11. Heaven Can Wait (Sao Paulo, Brazil, Palmeiras Stadium; Mar 2, 2008)
12. Run To The Hills (Bogota, Columbia, Simon Bolivar; Feb 28, 2008)
13. Fear Of The Dark (Buenos Aires, Argentina, Ferrocaril Oeste Stadium; Mar 7, 2008)
14. Iron Maiden (Santiago, Chile, Pista Atletica; Mar 9, 2008)
15. Moonchild (San Juan, Puerto Rico, Coliseo De Puerto Rico; Mar 12, 2008)
16. The Clairvoyant (Curitiba, Brazil, Pedreira Paulo Leminski; Mar 4, 2008)
17. Hallowed Be Thy Name (Toronto, Canada, Air Canada Centre; Mar 16, 2008)

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REVIEW: Judas Priest: A Touch of Evil Live

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touchofevilJuly of this year we get a very special treat thanks to Sony Music and Epic Records, a new Judas Priest live album! “Unleashed in the East” is one of my all time favorite live albums so I was definitely eagerly awaiting this one. That being said there are some good and bad things to the album, first I’ll start with my gripes, and there are only two. The first one really isn’t even valid; it’s more of a point than a gripe. Rob Halford is getting up there in age and he isn’t Bruce Dickinson, his voice is starting to show some age. He still sounds really good, just not like he did twenty five years ago, but then again, who does. It’s not like he sounds bad, just don’t expect any glass breaking notes on this one folks. Now the second thing is a real problem. This doesn’t affect the entire album but a good chunk of it, I’m not sure if it was the production or the way it was recorded but it just sounds like you’re standing too close to the speakers. If anyone has ever done this while seeing a band you know exactly what I’m talking about. It doesn’t destroy the album, it’s just somewhat annoying. Flip side here, the good points, some people will bitch about this only being eleven tracks, but if you had anymore you head would explode from the awesomeness. The sound and recording (despite what was noted) is really good, and we’ve got a ton of stuff we haven’t gotten live before. “Judas Rising”, “A Touch Of Evil”, “Prophecy”, “Painkiller” live, count me in. If you’re a Priest fan this should be on your shelf no excuses. If you’re just starting out, get “Unleashed in the East”, then after you’ve broken your CD player with countless plays of that buy a new one and while you’re at the store scoop up “A Touch of Evil Live”.

1. Judas Rising
2. Hellrider
3. Between The Hammer & The Anvil
4. Riding On The Wind
5. Death
6. Beyond The Realms Of Death
7. Dissident Aggressor
8. A Touch Of Evil
9. Eat Me Alive
10. Prophecy
11. Painkiller

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REVIEW: Iron Maiden: Powerslave

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powerslaveI hesitate to even write this review because nothing I could say would being justice to the pure greatness of Iron Maiden…
September 3, 1984 – This is the release date of the greatest album of all time, Iron Maiden’s Powerslave. With the best lineup sense, well the current one (which really is the same one plus Janick Gers). The powerhouse lineup included Nicko McBrain on drums, Adrian Smith and Dave Murray on Guitar, The great Steve Harris on bass and the best vocalist on the planet Bruce Dickinson on throat. This album is so great for many reasons, its kind of a concept album, most of the songs taking place back in ancient times. Start to finish this is stellar. We start out with ‘Aces High’ about a fighter pilot, the only thing that could have made this song better is if it originally had the Churchill speech as the intro in the original as it does on the live versions. From there we shoot on to what is the big hit off the album ‘2 Minutes to Midnight’. Next we’re shown the true musical talent of the boys with the album’s instrumental ‘Losfer Words’. Coming up next are three incredibly underrated Maiden songs, ‘Flash of the Blade’, ‘The Duellists’ and ‘Back in the Village’. ‘Back in the Village’ being such an extraordinary song they’ve never played it live, supposedly it is in fact the hardest Maiden song to play. These three tunes are so good, I don’t know why they get overlooked all the time. Coming up on track seven we have the epic song about an Egyptian pharaoh who does not want to meet his demise, ‘Powerslave’. And finally to close out this album we have my personal favorite Iron Maiden song, and “What not to do when a bird shits on you” ‘Rime of the Ancient Mariner’. This fourteen minute epic is converted from a poem by Samuel Taylor Coleridge written way back in 1797–98. It tells the tale of a mariner on a long sea voyage, who shoots down a bird of good fortune, an albatross. The crew forces the Mariner to wear the dead albatross about his neck. Eventually, in an eerie passage, the ship encounters a ghostly vessel. The crew, the ship and the mariner are cursed. Later on in the story the curse is lifted however the mariner must tell his tale to others. This has got to be the greatest song ever written, on the greatest album ever written. This really demonstrates not only the great musicians the band is but also the incredible writing talent of Bruce Dickinson and Steve Harris. If this CD is not on your shelf, or this record not in your crate, or both, you need to change that immediately. This is a must own album.

1. Aces High
2. 2 Minutes to Midnight
3. Losfer Words
4. Flash of the Blade
5. The Duellists
6. Back in the Village
7. Powerslave
8. Rime of the Ancient Mariner

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REVIEW: Chemical Wedding (Crowley)

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chemicalwedcrowleyIt’s common knowledge that Iron Maiden is the greatest band of all time. It’s also common knowledge that Bruce Dickinson is the greatest vocalist of all time. Now the great Bruce Dickinson is writing a movie. A movie about evil. A movie about Aleister Crowley. I had been waiting for this to come out sense I first heard about it about a year ago. Then when the first trailer came to light I got even more excited. Bruce’s movie looks fucking awesome from the trailer, even if Bruce didn’t have a hand in writing this I would still be stoked to check this out. Disappointed there was no theater release, I scooped up the DVD the day it came out. To my great fan-boy excitement, this movie doesn’t disappoint, it is fucking great. Bruce Dickinson has written before, I don’t think I need to mention the songs he’s written, he’s also penned a few books, which I hear are quite interesting but I really can’t say because I have yet to get my hands on them. Co-Writer and Director Julian Doyle comes with quite a little resume for Monty Python fans. He’s worked as editor, assistant director, and/or visual effects man on Brazil, The Meaning of Life, Life of Brian, Erik the Viking, Time Bandits and my personal favorite movie of all time – Monty Python and the Holy Grail! And he’s got a surprise hidden gem in the fact that he also directed the Iron Maiden music video for “Can I Play with Madness”. Simon Callow gives a brilliant performance as a shy university professor possessed by Aleister Crowley thanks to an apparently unstable experiment. From there Crowley sets forth to make his reincarnation complete while our do gooders race to stop him. I actually am going to deter from my normal format here and do this one as spoiler free as possible seeing how this just hit DVD and it’s so great. I’ll just say that this movie has EVIL, titties and a soundtrack that includes Iron Maiden and Bruce Dickinson….what more could you want in a movie??
Also for you DVD nerds out there (myself very included). The DVD features about a half hour of deleted scenes, a 20 minute making of, the sweet trailer, and commentary by Ben Timlett, Julian Doyle and Bruce Fucking Dickinson! (also if you keep an eye out you’ll spot Bruce around in the film a couple times).
Also, how fucked is it that the US release drops the awesome title Chemical Wedding and replaces it with Crowley?

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