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Facebook's ever-growing community, And Justice For Art has joined forces with MetalUnderground.com to present monthly episodes of their infamous series "Look-alike metal album covers." These short but thought-provoking articles focus on artworks that somehow, are uncannily similar, both visually and conceptually. Of course, the metal connection will always be there. Is this a coincidence? A mere rip-off? Let's try to figure it out together....
Grave Digger Vs. Dissection
German irreverent heavy metal quintet, Grave Digger, finally released its seventeenth studio opus, "Return Of The Reaper." The album came accompanied by a cover art courtesy of their longtime artist/collaborator, Gyula Havancsak. It features the reaper-like figure previously established by the band, relentlessly driving a ghostly carriage throughout a graveyard.
Although the graphic seems to be a continuation of the band's previous covers (also featuring the reaper) this idea, however, is far from original. Before Gyula, legendary designer, Thomas Holm, explored a similar setting on King Diamond's "Abigail" (1987) and then, in 1993, Swedish maestro, Kristian 'Necrolord' Wåhlin (At The Gates, Tiamat) created its own rendition for Dissection's debut, "The Somberlain."
What connects "Return Of The Reaper" cover with these illustrations (especially with "The Somberlain") is not just the theme but also the structure of the whole composition, featuring a similar point of view, the relentless attitude of the main rider character, the graveyard setting and even way the horses look like. Thankfully, Gyula's vibrant painting style is far from Whalin's quasi-monochromatic approach and this creates the well-needed differences.
Was Wahlin inspired by Holm? Was Gyula consciously influenced by Kristian Wåhlin? We just don't know. One thing is true: both "Abigail" and "The Somberlain" covers have been part of the metal imagery for decades. Consciously or not, these images could have been in Gyula's mind at the moment of creating his own, otherwise, arresting graphic... In his defense, Gyula briefly comments: "I tried to avoid the "Abigail' direction and I love Dissection, but I forgot "The Somberlain" artwork! How could I forget "The Somberlain" cover!?"
Dear Gyula, this could happen to anyone... Better luck next time. More...
This month marks thirty five years since one of the most important terms in heavy metal history was coined. After a show featuring Iron Maiden, Angel Witch and Samson, Sounds writer Geoff "Deaf" Barton wrote a review of the concert in which a phrase was used that still stands strong today. It was the time when head banging public was introduced to the New Wave of British Heavy Metal. The term was arguably created to cause a stir amongst fans who would argue that heavy metal bands in Britain was nothing new and that the likes of Black Sabbath and Judas Priest had been packing out large venues and appearing on such television shows as Top of the Pops for the last few years, despite the dominance of punk rock. However, these bands were different. They possessed the energy of punk but had the look and volume of the early metal bands before them. They took heavy metal away from the grandiose indulgence which some bands had become embroiled in and brought it back to the common man.
It was truly an exciting movement, full of high quality bands which would go on to influence hundreds more and in some cases, become superstars themselves. More or less every metal fan will be able to tell you that Iron Maiden was one such NWOBHM band, with a slightly smaller number being able to point to Def Leppard as another group from the New Wave of British Heavy Metal who went on to stardom after the release of their excellent self-titled EP and debut album, "On Through the Night," following which they shifted direction to the band we know today. More...
2014 marks the 10th anniversary of the Austrian Nova Rock festival, an annual event that saw some of the greatest names of the scene performing on its previous nine iterations.
For the jubilee tenth edition organizers are preparing a special event, with headliners Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden, and The Prodigy.
The event takes place in the Nickeldorf’s Pannonia Fields II from June 13th to June 15th. The line-up for the upcoming edition is not final, as organizers say that there will be more acts added with the event getting closer. See the currently announced lineup in the poster below. More...
Iron Maiden ill return to Europe in Summer 2014 starting in late May with a short run of major festivals and a few select arena shows to round off the Maiden England World Tour, which ends with a headline performance at the UK Sonisphere Festival in July.
By the end of the tour the band will have played 102 shows in 32 countries to well over two million fans since starting in the USA in June 2012. For details on Sonisphere tickets, head over here.
The 2014 tour will include dates in countries not visited during the 2013 leg and will be a much shorter run than is usual for a Maiden tour. Manager Rod Smallwood explains:
“The Maiden England 2013 Tour was incredibly well received everywhere and there is much demand from fans to see more and for the band to visit some places in Europe we couldn’t make it to this year so we thought we should play a few more shows. However this will be a relatively short tour in Maiden terms, starting towards the end of May and finishing at Sonisphere, Knebworth in early July. During 2014 we have something new we need to start thinking about, and on which we will be wholly and firmly focused going into 2015 and beyond! More...
The full song list for Rocksmith 2014 Edition, which just came out yesterday, has been revealed. Rocksmith lets you plug any electric guitar or bass directly into your Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PC, or MAC, and teaches you to play while playing the game. Here's the latest video about Rocksmith 2014:
The full song list for Rocksmith 2014 is as follows (with even more available as downloadable content): More...
Performances by Iron Maiden and Slayer on Sunday, September 22nd at the ongoing Rock In Rio Festival will stream live via the player below. In addition, the live stream will also broadcast Avenged Sevenfold's set.
The schedule is:
Slayer - 8:30pm EST
Avenged Sevenfold - 10:10pm EST
Iron Maiden - 12:05am EST (Sept 23)
To view the festival this coming Sunday, bookmark this page and check back in then:
Just For Fun
Camille and Kennerly - the Harp Twins - have posted electric harp cover videos online for "Fear of the Dark" by Iron Maiden and "Send Me An Angel" by Scorpions. Check out these unique renditions in the YouTube clips available below.
Iron Maiden has checked in with a new video road report, which can be viewed below, and the band also comments:
"Iron Maiden are on the road! Here's the first tour diary... Check out our website for tour dates as we continue around Europe, back to the U.K. and then on to North and South America."
My personal confessions are less about what I enjoy that would shred my credibility through a wood chipper and more about which bands I used to despise that I'd never talk shit about today. Namely, I used to really hate System of a Down, Iron Maiden, Behemoth and Chimaira. After only hearing a handful of songs from each, I decided that all were overrated before actually giving their discography a real chance.
Holy shit did I regret that later on after listening to Chimaira's self-titled album, Iron Maiden's “Powerslave”, “Zos Kia Cultus,” and the entirety of “Toxicity” (although I still maintain that “Chop Suey” has always been overrated and overplayed and I'm not a fan of the title track on “Resurrection”).
It's hard to look at yourself after talking shit about music that you were completely ignorant about. Eventually, I moved on to "Seventh Son of a Seventh Son,” “Resurrection,” and “Steal This Album” and realized that I was talking out my ass and sounded like one of those guys who calls eurodance “techno” but has never listened to speedcore or confuses hip-hop with R&B. More...
Couldn't make it to Belgium this weekend for the Graspop Metal Meeting? Good news is that the festival will be streaming live over at this location. The live stream has two channels streaming from the various stages.
Scheduled to appear at the annual festival are:
Friday, June 28th:
Heaven Shall Burn
All That Remains
Veil of Maya
Love and Death
The Monolith Deathcult
Generation Kill More...
Finnish melancholic metal masters Amorphis have been confirmed as support for legendary pioneers Iron Maiden during the open air show at the Olympia Stadium in Helsinki, Finland on July 20th, 2013.
Amorphis is stepping in to replace Bullet For My Valentine, which had to cancel. Other bands on the bill are label mates Sabaton and Ghost B.C.
Commented Amorphis founding member and guitarist Esa Holopainen: "Supporting Iron Miaden is going to be one of my personal highlights in Amorphis' career. It's a pretty hard task as generally Iron Maiden fans (including me) are extremely loyal and going for the show just to see Maiden. Anyhow we'll do our best. As our musical roots lie in old Maiden stuff and we are neither wimps nor posers, I don't think that we can go wrong."
Iron Maiden reported that former drummer, the legendary Clive Burr, has lost his battle with Multiple Sclerosis. In a post on the band's Facebook Page, it was announced:
"We are deeply saddened to report that Clive Burr passed away last night. He had suffered poor health for many years after being diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis and died peacefully in his sleep at home.
"Steve Harris said 'This is terribly sad news. Clive was a very old friend of all of us. He was a wonderful person and an amazing drummer who made a valuable contribution to Maiden in the early days when we were starting out. This is a sad day for everyone in the band and those around him and our thoughts and condolences are with his partner Mimi and family at this time.'
"Bruce Dickinson adds 'I first met Clive when he was leaving Samson and joining Iron Maiden. He was a great guy and a man who really lived his life to the full. Even during the darkest days of his M.S., Clive never lost his sense of humour or irreverence. This is a terribly sad day and all our thoughts are with Mimi and the family' More...
It probably shouldn't come as much of a surprise that metal isn't well represented in the annual Grammy awards, with possibly our most noticeable wins coming from Slayer in 2007 and 2008.
This year wasn't an exception, and unfortunately there isn't much wiggle room for actual metal acts to win when hard rock and heavy metal are lumped into a single category.
None of our "Best of 2012" winners here at Metalunderground.com made the nominations, and fully heavy bands only managed to get into the "Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance" category at the Grammy's this year. The nominees were:
"Love Bites (So Do I)" – Halestorm
"I'm Alive" – Anthrax
"Blood Brothers" (live) – Iron Maiden
"Ghost Walking" – Lamb of God
"No Reflection" – Marilyn Manson
"Whose Life (Is It Anyways?)" – Megadeth
In a move that will likely leave metal fans scratching their heads, but will please fans of the mainstream, Halestorm took home the win for "Love Bites (So Do I)." Footage of the event and Halestorm's acceptance of the Grammy can be viewed below, courtesy of Artisan News Service.
In other news of interest to hard rock and metal lovers, Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails snagged a Grammy win for "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" soundtrack in the category of "Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media," along with a related win for "Best Boxed or Special Limited Edition Package" for the same soundtrack. More...
The organizers of the Download festival have announced a further six additions to next year's edition of the event, which will be headlined by Slipknot, Iron Maiden and Rammstein. The new names include legends such as Motorhead and Alice In Chains, as well as Queens of the Stone Age, Thirty Seconds To Mars, The Gaslight Anthem and Finnish outfit, H.I.M.
The festival will take place at Donington Park from June 14th-16th and will be the eleventh year of the festival. The lineup is presently as follows:
Iron Maiden (Headliner)
Alice In Chains
The Gaslight Anthem
Thirty Seconds To Mars
The organisers of Britain's Download festival have announced that Iowa based act Slipknot has been confirmed as the headlining act for the first day of next year's edition of the festival.
"We are extremely honoured to have been asked once again to headline the Download Festival," said Slipknot’s Clown. "It’s always good to have the church of the Knot, the alter of the Knot, giving the sermon of the Knot to the congregation of the Knot, the culture of the Knot.
"This summer cannot come soon enough. Partake in the imagination or don't bitch."
This follows the news that British heavy metal legends Iron Maiden will be headlining over the weekend, along with German industrial metal veterans, Rammstein. The festival will take place at Donington Park from June 14th - 16th. More details will be revealed as soon as they become available.
Iron Maiden's Steve Harris announced that he will release a solo album entitled "British Lion" through EMI Music on September 24, 2012. The album is comprised of ten songs that Steve and his collaborators have been working on for the past few years between Iron Maiden tours and releases.
The following is from the official press release: "With a decidedly heavy rock-vibe this roaring debut paints with a full palette of sounds; brooding, melancholic, righteously indignant and exuberantly heavy. With Kevin Shirley at the mixing helm – whose credits include Iron Maiden as well as Led Zeppelin, Journey and Rush among many others – this is an album to sink your teeth into.
"From the growling riffage of opening salvo 'This Is My God' to the heavy forlorn balladry of follow-up Lost Worlds which showcases Richard Taylor’s soaring vocals, it’s clear that ‘British Lion’ is an altogether different beast from Maiden.
" 'Karma Killer', with its dirge-like muscularity, and 'Us Against The World', with its massive chorus, demonstrates just how far ‘British Lion’ has flexed Steve Harris’ considerable musical muscle. Dovetailed with guitarist David Hawkins’ positively gargantuan lyrical guitar melodies, it’s a mere hors d'oeuvre ahead of the epic, riffing-feast of 'The Chosen Ones', with its swaggering bravado.
" 'A World Without Heaven, at a breathtaking seven minutes and infused with progressive elements without ever teetering into self-indulgence illustrates perfectly these songsmiths’ colossal abilities to create a mood and stay there. Supercharged by Steve Harris’ inimitable style, there’s an un-cynical vibe here that’s as refreshing as it is out of place in today’s all-too-categorised music industry.
"And as far as the name ‘British Lion’; 'I’ve always been proud to be British,' explains Steve, 'I don’t see any reason why I shouldn’t be. It’s a massive part of being me. It’s not like I’m flag-waving or trying to preach, this is not a political statement at all. It’s like supporting your football team, where you come from. I just think it lends itself to some really strong imagery too, and to me it fits in with the sound.'
"With Iron Maiden, Steve Harris has become one of the most recognised and successful ambassadors for British music on the world stage. Having released 15 studio albums, sold over 85 million records worldwide and played more than two thousand gigs in 58 countries in the band’s thirty-five year career, his appeal is truly global.
"And now with ‘British Lion’, Steve steps out from Iron Maiden’s illustrious shadow to present a different side of his musical visions."
The tracklisting for ‘British Lion’ is as follows: More...
It was six years ago when I last saw the mighty Iron Maiden. This time was different, as the band embarked on the “Maiden England” Tour, closely matching the set list that was played during the “Seventh Son of a Seventh Son” tour, which I remembered so well. The site was at the Comcast Center, an outdoor venue in Mansfield, Massachusetts (called Boston by the band). It was a perfect night, cool - threatening weather (that never came) - and a crowd of 14,000 people to celebrate a moment in time that for some of us was the rare opportunity to recapture memories from 1989-1990 that were frozen in our minds. The bonus of Alice Cooper as an opener made this a very special night indeed.
Iron Maiden shows are a pilgrimage for seasoned metalheads. It is rare to find a Maiden virgin, but I found myself in between two, my wife to my right and a 50 plus year old gentleman who found it important to grace me with his “knowledge” of music and the fact that Iron Maiden “cut the set of Alice Cooper short because they knew they couldn’t follow him.” I nicely reminded the man that 14,000 people showed up to see Iron Maiden, despite the fact that I myself am a huge fan of the Coop. We then engaged in an almost one sided “discussion” (mostly dominated by his apparent low self esteem and/or lack of companion) about how great music was in the 60's and ‘70's and how the 80's sucked (until, as he put it, he “started to appreciate it lately”). Though I was born in 1971, I expressed that I related (somewhat), but my love was the 80's and felt (at the time) that the 90's was a weak decade for metal. The engaged discussion was filled with mind-boggling ignorance which detracted from the importance of the moment for my wife to whom I periodically turned to mouth the words “Save me.” More...
Fan-filmed footage, courtesy of YouTube user theredemptor777, has been posted online of Iron Maiden performing in Atlanta last week on the Maiden England North American tour. You can check out several songs from the set below (including opener Alice Cooper), or find more over at YouTube.
U.K. legends Iron Maiden posted a behind the scenes video on the band's preparations for the Maiden England North American Tour which kicks off tonight in Charlotte, North Carolina. Alice Cooper will provide support in the first half of the tour at which point support will come from Coheed & Cambria. For all the tour dates and venues, head on over to this location.
Check out the video here:
Heavy metal singing legend, Bruce Dickinson, is confirmed to perform at the Buddy Rich 25th anniversary memorial concert on Monday April 2nd 2012 at the London Palladium. He will be singing while fellow heavy rock legend, Ian Paice of Deep Purple, plays drums alongside the full Buddy Rich Orchestra. The following press release was issued about the event:
"Bruce Dickinson, of multi-award-winning British heavy metal band Iron Maiden, has become one of the most acclaimed heavy metal vocalists, regularly appearing at the top of lists of the greatest singers/front men of all time. Deep Purple’s 'In Rock' was the first album he ever bought, so hearing him sing with the drumming legend of the very band that influenced his unique style will be a treat indeed.
"Bruce joins singer extraordinaire, Tony Christie, and other drummers Dave Weckl, Gregg Bissonette, John Blackwell and Gregg Potter from the USA with Ginger Baker, Gavin Harrison, Clem Cattini and Elliott Henshaw from the UK. The show will be hosted by Buddy’s daughter, Cathy Rich, and comedian John Thomson of The Fast Show and Cold Feet fame. The annual memorial concert is taking place for the first time in the UK celebrating the music of the late great Buddy Rich. Previous sellout shows have taken place in Los Angeles, Las Vegas and Boston.
"Tickets are available from the Box Office on 0844 412 4657 or online at this location, priced from £25 to £60. There are a limited number of VIP tickets available, which represent the best seats in the house, an opportunity to meet the headline artists, admission to the after-show party and signed merchandise.
"This is one show not to be missed - the world’s greatest musicians in the world’s greatest theatre paying tribute to 'the world’s greatest drummer.' Be there!"