OMNIUM GATHERUM have just released their brand new single “Blade Reflections”. It is now available on all streaming and download platforms and will also be featured on a limited Edition Omnium Gatherum / Skalmöld split 7-inch, which will be available on the upcoming "Arctic Circle Alliance” European Tour (see below for all dates). You can watch the lyric video for “Blade Reflections” streaming here: https://youtu.be/j5glljbcJPw Singer Jukka Pelkonen comments, "In the light of recent events we wanted to voice our opinion about the tragedy of suicide. This is a subject that may concern anyone at some point. ʻBlade Reflectionsʼ is a statement against suicide and an encouragement to all of those who dwell in the depths of self-annihilation. Having been there myself too, I know how devastating it can be. There is nothing more precious than this life itself and it is worth seeing through. Though, we do not condemn those who choose to go, rather we want to stand by with all the rest, all of us, who are staying."
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Metal Insider published a nice recap of the importance of Maiden‘s recent The Book Of Souls Tour in the long and short run a few days ago. Check it out below.
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Florida Death metallers Six Feet Under are preparing to release their fourth installment in their series of cover albums Graveyard Classics.
Graveyard Classics: The Number of the Priest will be released on May 27 via Metal Blade Records.
Stream “Invader”, check out the tracklist for Graveyard Classics: The Number of the Priest and Six Feet Under tour dates here.Add to My Radar
In the mist, dark figures move and twist
Was all this for real or just some kind of Hell?
The following is a lengthy reflection on identity and difference in the metal, rock, indie and avant-garde world(s) and how we can learn to grow stronger. It happens to be formated around the lyrics of Iron Maiden’s “The Number of the Beast”, which is as apt a metaphor for the music industry and scene as any.
Shit, it’s better than most.
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From the opening Dickinsonian aged but truly emphatic power yell to great riffs , tones and the dead lock rhythm section of Steve and Nicko, the new Iron Maiden song blazes by in a flash of nostalgia yet with the ever more present future doom scaling sci fi visions on the edge of reality somewhere that Bruce provides (think last album’s epic title track).
Still, you feel the forward momentum as “Speed Of Light” bears down on you. It’s much more direct and packs a major punch. When I went to bed last night it had about 12,000 plays and now is over 600,000 not even 24 hours later. That is what I call heavy metal.
At the end of the day though, this is Nicko’s song. He pounds the living shit out of this number.
And did I mention I love the arcade games? Limited Santi Casas print for the song can be found HERE and will surely go as fast as the song title.
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IRON MAIDEN’s eagerly awaited new studio album The Book Of Souls will be released globally on 4th September through Parlophone Records (Sanctuary Copyrights/BMG in the U.S.A.). It was recorded in Paris with their longstanding producer Kevin “Caveman” Shirley in late 2014, with the finishing touches added earlier this year. However, the band decided to delay its release so that vocalist Bruce Dickinson, who was recently given the all-clear from a tumour, would have time to recuperate sufficiently to join in the preparations for the album’s launch.
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Known as the lead singer of WOLFSBANE in the 80s, IRON MAIDEN in the 90s, and his own solo band since 2000, BLAZE BAYLEY is truly what he said he was with his 2008 album, titled The Man Who Would Not Die. Having just passed the 30 year mark in the metal world, Blaze is showing absolutely no signs of slowing down, and in fact, his voice seems to get stronger with each album.
Picking out the traditional 3 songs for this article was a very tough task. Being the BLAZE BAYLEY fanboy that I admittedly am, I had 3 bands with incredible song writing to choose from, all with a decade worth of material.
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It will always be debated whether Iron Maiden or Sabbath is the best heavy metal band of all time. Their legacy is secure and even more than that, the band still thrives. My father just died of cancer a few weeks ago and I found the song “The Final Frontier” to be inspiring lyrically and was just listening to it to cheer myself up the other day. Now we get the news Bruce himself is undergoing treatment, yet another reason to say #fuckcancer
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BRUCE DICKINSON UNDERGOES CANCER TREATMENT
Just before Christmas, Maiden vocalist Bruce Dickinson visited his doctor for a routine check-up. This led to tests and biopsies which revealed a small cancerous tumour at the back of his tongue. A seven week course of chemotherapy and radiology treatment was completed yesterday. As the tumour was caught in the early stages, the prognosis thankfully is extremely good. Bruce’s medical team fully expect him to make a complete recovery with the all clear envisaged by late May. It will then take a further few months for Bruce to get back to full fitness. In the meantime we would ask for your patience, understanding and respect for Bruce and his family’s privacy until we update everyone by the end of May. Bruce is doing very well considering the circumstances and the whole team are very positive.
Up the irons, Bruce. Here’s hoping you’ll be flying the plane again and singing for us all soon.Add to My Radar
Iron Maiden’s show at the O2 Arena in London on August 3 sold out in 12 minutes a while back, resulting in ticket scalpers reselling those tickets anywhere from $500-$1000. Since Maiden is made of cool dudes, the band decided to just do another show the night after.
Vocalist Bruce Dickinson had this to say:
“We’ve all been having such a fantastic time on this tour. From the very first show in North America last year to the European dates we are doing now, it’s just been tremendous fun. Our fans have been brilliant as usual, and seem to be loving the setlist and the stage production! So we thought that because this tour has been such an amazing experience for band and fans alike, it somehow seems right to finish up back home in England and have the final show celebration on home turf. And now instead of one night’s celebration back home, we get to have two!!“Add to My Radar
Steve Harris, bassist of British heavy metal band Iron Maiden, gave a rare interview with Envision Radio Networks’ Hangar 19. In that interview, Harris talked about his first-ever solo release, British Lion, and why he decided to release it now. Harris explained “Because it’s finally ready to come out; it’s taken forever and a day.” He joked that “this album took longer than bloody Lord of the Rings to come out.”
The new album presents the veteran Iron Maiden bassist with the opportunity to play club shows – something that he hasn’t had the chance to do with Iron Maiden in decades. He’s looking forward to the challenge and says that between the smaller shows he’ll play in support of British Lion and the larger shows he’ll continue to play with Iron Maiden; it will be the “best of both worlds.”
Parts of the interview were aired this past weekend. You can check out the full uncut interview right here.Add to My Radar
They say all good things must come to an end, but why this??? It looks like Iron Maiden bass player Steve Harris has been quoted as saying that the band probably only has another five good years until they hang it up. While it’s understandable what he’s saying about getting older and not wanting to sell the fans short, I think everyone is missing the important question that this whole thing is raising. AREN’T THE MEMBERS OF IRON MAIDEN IMMORTAL?!?! What’s next, Manowar are mere flesh and blood? The world is coming apart at the seams people.
If you think you can do it without crying and would like to read the entire quote from Harris you can do so by clicking here.Add to My Radar
According to a report on Metal-Rules.com, Iron Maiden bassist Steve Harris recently told the German magazine Rock Hard that the band’s 1989 long-out of print live VHS Maiden England will be reissued on DVD next year, with the footage expanded to comprise the show’s encores which were not included in the original VHS version of the set.
Iron Maiden’s last studio album The Final Frontier came out in 2010. Earlier this week, they announced that they are going to release reissues of their first seven studio albums and one of their live albums on limited edition vinyl. They will all be released on picture discs.Add to My Radar
All the reissues will be released chronologically over a four-month period from October to February of next year. Reissues for their first two albums (1980’s Iron Maiden and 1981’s Killers) will be released on October 15th, while reissues for their iconic album The Number of the Beast (1982) and follow-up Piece of Mind (1983) will both surface in November. In January of next year, there will be reissues for Powerslave (1984) and the live album Live After Death (1985) and the last two, which are Somewhere in Time (1986) and Seventh Son of a Seventh Son (1988), will surface in February.
Iron Madien’s last studio album The Final Frontier came out in 2010.Add to My Radar
Just when you thought he couldn’t get any cooler, Iron Maiden frontman Bruce Dickinson goes and creates 1,000 or so jobs in the next 18 months. We reported a while back how Bruce had recently started his own aviation maintenance company called Cardiff Aviation Ltd. in Wales. Well, in this video he takes us on a full tour of the facility, and it seems like he really has his shit together. (was there ever any doubt?)
Just to warn you, Bruce is in a suit the whole time so it’s a little weird. To watch the video tour and read some quotes from the man himself click here.
Bruce is leasing the Twin Peaks Hangar at St Athan, Vale of Glamorgan in Wales, United Kingdom from the Welsch government (radioactive isotopes and all) and will help maintain airliners and other large aircraft for major and independent airlines. It will also have facilities to complete the full range of ancillary aircraft maintenance and training activities and has the expertise and approvals to certify aircraft from many jurisdictions, including the USA.Add to My Radar
Is there anything that Bruce Dickinson doesn’t do??? We all know that he flies planes, is an awesome fencer, and is a huge submarine enthusiast, and oh yeah, and he sings for Iron Maiden dammit! But who saw him opening his own aviation maintenance business? I guess it makes sense since he is a pilot, so Bruce has decided to start up Cardiff Aviation ltd.
Bruce is leasing the Twin Peaks Hangar at St Athan, Vale of Glamorgan in Wales, United Kingdom from the Welsch government and will help maintain airliners and other large aircraft for major and independent airlines. It will also have facilities to complete the full range of ancillary aircraft maintenance and training activities and has the expertise and approvals to certify aircraft from many jurisdictions, including the USA.
Wow Bruce, wow.
To read the official quotes about the project from the man himself click here.Add to My Radar