According to Amarillo.com, West Texas A&M University professor Martin Jacobsen recently fused metal music and literature classes by using the "Out Of The Silent Planet" track off IRON MAIDEN's 2000 album "Brave New World" during a class exercise, presenting visual diagrams of lyrics construction with the music playing at the same time.
"The students were mad for it," the professor tells Amarillo.com. "They just thought it was crazy and they loved it. I threw it out there just as an offhand comment one day — 'What we ought to do is have a class in heavy metal' — and there was universal agreement from the students in the class, like, 'Yes, we should actually do that.'"
The class exercise was such a hit that Jacobsen is now teaching a new course called "Introduction To Literature: Heavy Metal As A Literary Genre". The professor explains that many metal lyricist have been inspired by some of the greatest writers of all time.
"You constantly see these nods to the intellectual tradition that these writers, these lyricists come from," he said. "It's connected itself and grounded itself in literary tradition. Therefore it's reasonable to conclude that it is a form of literature as well as a form of music. In much the same way, you might say country music is a species of folklore."
22-year-old student Eric Bauer, who got really into heavy metal in middle school with METALLICA, thinks heavy metal is a broader genre than it gets credit for.
"In the lyrics of heavy metal, you can write about anything," he said. "Social issues, the human experience, wizards and dragons — if you're interested in a subject, there's probably a heavy metal song about it."
We are really happy to announce that we have become partners with the POWERSLAVED COMMUNITY !
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IRON MAIDEN singer Bruce Dickinson was one of the featured speakers on January 25 at Harstadkonferansen in Harstad, Norway. Dickinson addressed the conference on inspiring entrepreneurship. Video footage of his appearance can be seen below.
Maiden will play at Prague's Synot Tip Arena in Czech Republic on 29 July and Zagreb Arena in Croatia on 31 July. Tickets for Zagreb go on sale 15 February. Tickets for Prague go on sale 16 February.
An exclusive first ticket pre-sale for Iron Maiden Fan Club members will run on 14 February. Fan club members will also be eligible in the draw to be 'First To The Barrier'
EMI are proud to announce the highly anticipated release of the Double Disc DVD MAIDEN ENGLAND '88 on 25 March. Now available for the very first time on DVD, this live show was filmed across two sold-out nights at Birmingham N.E.C Arena, UK in November 1988 during the band's "Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son World Tour". Disc one contains the concert which has been specially upgraded and extended from the existing 1989 longform VHS release and now includes three previously unreleased encores: Running Free, Run To The Hills and Sanctuary thereby completing the full concert with a total running time of 110 minutes . Maiden's own Film Producer and Director Andy Matthews went back to the 1988 edit and painstakingly remastered each shot digitally; colour correcting and grading to give the image the best possible look from that time. As well as the VHS stereo sound track by Martin Birch, the band's producer between 1981 and 1993, the DVD also includes a brand new 5.1 audio surround mix by Maiden's current producer Kevin Shirley. The concert was meticulously directed and edited by bass player and founder member Steve Harris, so as to capture the performance from a fans-eye view of the stage, focusing fully on the music, the elaborate stage production and the lighting. Add into the mix an electrifying set list and of course Eddie, and Maiden England now offers a snapshot of a bygone era in which the band, as they continue to do today, devote their all in delivering the ultimate live experience for their fans.
Disc two is an extensive bonus disc featuring an exclusive documentary charting Part 3 in the History of Iron Maiden. This 40-minute film comprises recent interviews with the five band members and manager, Rod Smallwood. Picking up the story in the aftermath of the '84/85 World Slavery tour, this interesting and insightful documentary sees the band speak candidly about their memories of an exciting and occasionally turbulent period from which would emerge the albums Somewhere In Time and Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son. As the Eighties began to draw to a close, so did another chapter in Maiden's compelling history.
Other special extras on the bonus disc include Twelve Wasted Years. First released as a longform VHS in 1987 and available for the first time on DVD, this documentary runs for 90 minutes and includes archive interviews and dynamic live footage from the band's beginnings in the now legendary Ruskin Arms pub, via London's Marquee club and three World Tours. Five promo videos for the singles from the aforementioned albums are also featured and have been carefully restored and improved upon from the original films using the very latest software with the audio remastered in digital stereo.
Manager Rod Smallwood comments "We've been busy upgrading this concert footage for a long time, with our in-house Film Producer and Director Andy Matthews working tirelessly to weave his magic yet again!. The 1989 VHS video has been largely unavailable for many years and we know how eagerly our fans have been awaiting the new version so we wanted to give it the best possible treatment. The current Maiden England World Tour which continues later this year revisits much of the set list and production from the initial 1989 VHS release so it will be interesting to compare just how much has changed in terms of our 2013 live show production, especially with all the advances in modern technology and the improvements we've been able to make to the set".
The Maiden England '88 concert soundtrack will also be made available on 2CD album, Limited Edition double vinyl picture disc and Digital Download formats. The audio had previously only ever been available before on CD as part of EMI's 1994 Sound And Vision Series packaged alongside the VHS, but with two tracks fewer than the video contained. Can I Play With Madness and Hallowed Be Thy Name were not featured as there was no space on the 1CD disc. Now with the three encores also included the double disc offers a total of 5 tracks previously unavailable on CD making this the first full and complete audio recording release of this historic tour.
DISC ONE – MAIDEN ENGLAND '88
Set List –
The Evil That Men Do
Die With Your Boots On
Can I Play With Madness
Heaven Can Wait
Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son
The Number Of The Beast
Hallowed Be Thy Name
Run To The Hills*
DISC TWO – THE HISTORY OF IRON MAIDEN PART 3
The History Of Iron Maiden - Part 3
12 Wasted Years
Wasted Years promo video
Stranger In A Strange Land promo video
Can I Play With Madness promo video
The Evil That Men Do promo video
The Clairvoyant promo video
Celebrating a relationship that spans two decades, Premier presented Nicko McBrain of IRON MAIDEN with a special one-off snare drum at this year's NAMM (National Association Of Music Merchants) show, a massive music-products convention that took place January 24-27 at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California. Check out video footage of the presentation below.
Premier announced two new Nicko McBrain snare drums at NAMM 2013:
* Handcrafted in Premier's manufacturing facility in Lancashire, England, "Nicko's Sicko" is a snare drum like no other. It is produced with a 100% sycamore, 10mm thick, 16-ply shell. The characteristic warmth of the sycamore with the added attack from the 10mm thick shell gives this snare drum a warm yet powerful punch with plenty of sensitivity. Finished with a "silver shimmer" outer ply of sycamore with a hand rubbed oil finish, this snare also includes 2.3mm chrome plated triple-flange steel hoops, a 0610 quick release heavy-duty snare strainer and chrome plated British Collection solid brass tube lugs. The drum also features two touches inspired by Nicko: a Remo Emperor X coated batter head and 42 strand snare wire.
* The "Aces High" snare drum is inspired by the song of the same name that recalls the skill and bravery of fighter pilots during World War II. Handcrafted in Premier's manufacturing facility in Lancashire, England, the "Aces High" consists of a 14" x 5.5" shell which is 10mm thick and constructed from 17 plies of sycamore. The outer ply features a stunning handmade-inlay from dyed sycamore and cherry to recreate the camouflage of a Supermarine Spitfire. This intricate marquetry also incorporates a Royal Air Force target, a red, white and blue tail fin ensign and carries the LZ symbol of the Royal Air Force Squadron 66 who flew Mk6 Supermarine Spitfires. The inner ply is finished in a sky blue sycamore to represent the underside of the Spitfire. The snare drum is fitted with Premier's Spitfire chrome plated solid brass tube lugs, themed on the front nose of the Spitfire to complement the shells unique markings. Like the Spitfire Series within the British Collection, the "Aces High" also includes 2.3mm chrome-plated triple-flange steel hoops, a 0610 quick release heavy-duty snare strainer and internal aero-dynamic isolation washers. The drum also features two touches inspired by Nicko: a Remo Emperor X coated batter head and 42 strand snare wire. Limited to a production run of 100 snare drums only, each one will be personally hand-signed by Nicko.
According to BBC News, IRON MAIDEN singer Bruce Dickinson will speak at a meeting of Northern Ireland businessmen next month.
Chairman of the Institute of Directors Mervyn McCall said the dinner was the highlight of their year.
"I'm sure everyone who attends will be greatly anticipating hearing from Bruce and how he combines his musical and business careers," he said. "No doubt he will reveal the parallels between the world of the rock star and the world of the business director."
Vintage Rock's Junkman (www.vintagerock.com) conducted an interview with drummer Nicko McBrain of IRON MAIDEN on January 25 at this year's NAMM (National Association Of Music Merchants) show, a massive music-products convention that is taking place at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California. You can now watch the chat below.
Maiden will play at Helsinki's Olympic Stadium, Finland on Saturday 20th July.
Tickets go onsale Wednesday 30th January at 8.00 (CET). An exclusive first ticket pre-sale for Iron Maiden Fan Club members will run on Monday 28th January. Fan club members will also be eligible in the draw to be 'First To The Barrier'.
Iron Maiden will headline two Sonisphere festivals in Spain this summer. The Madrid show takes place at the Miguel Rios Auditorium on Friday 31 May and the Barcelona show takes place at the Parc Del Forum on Saturday 1 June.
Tickets go on sale Wednesday January 23rd, please visit www.sonispherefestivals.com for more information.
Note:This official information eliminates the rumors for the band playing in Romania on 1 June.
Former IRON MAIDEN singer Paul Di'Anno has recorded a song with the Paraguayan metal band RUSHMORE. In 2008 RUSHMORE was the band that supported Di'Anno on his Latin American tour. After a lot of negotiations, RUSHMORE was finally able to get their old friend to collaborate with them on their new album.
The first single from the CD, "Kingdom Of Demons", is available for streaming below. (Note: The track doesn't feature Di'Anno.)
According to the Swedish CD/DVD online shop CDON.se, the legendary video MAIDEN ENGLAND will be released on March 25th. The fans can make a preorder for the item on the website. We would like to remind that until now the video was available only on VHS cassette and there were some unofficial DVD releases. In previous news we informed you about the intentions of the band to release MAIDEN ENGLAND on DVD/BluRay with 3 previously unreleased tracks from the show. The maiden collectors will be happy to know that the audio from the concert will be available on double CD and limited Picture Disc/Vinyl.
Stay tuned for more information and official confirmation.
Special thanks to: Stiff
Maiden will headline the Topfest Festival at Piestany, near Bratislava on Thursday June 27. The last time the band played in Slovakia was in 2003 during the Dance Of Death Tour and they haven't played in Bratislava since 1993 on the Real Live Tour.
For details of how to buy tickets visit www.topfest.sk
Steve Harris will be taking his new solo/side project British Lion out on the road next month visiting fourteen countries and twenty four cities across Europe, starting in Portugal on Feb 21. For the first time ever, and as a major surprise to many, Iron Maiden's bass player, founder member and leader will be taking temporary leave from his Maiden activities and heading out on a full European Club tour.
Steve comments "I love touring and live shows and I'm very excited about touring with British Lion. It's fantastic to get out there and once again experience the sheer vibrancy of small clubs with the fans right up front and in your face. I think the fans will enjoy that too. It's exciting, going back to the roots, and it's going to be fantastic. We are taking this to clubs all round Europe - a full club tour, with club shows at club prices, hot, sweaty and loud . We have no idea how many people will turn out to see us as it's obviously very recent and very new, so we have kept the venues small with tickets priced accordingly as low as we reasonably could.
I've known all the guys in the band for ages and, besides being great musicians, they are also good friends, which is lucky because this has been an ongoing project for many years! They've had to be very patient with me as, of course, I'm so involved with Maiden I don't really get a lot of free time to work on other stuff. So it's great to finally have the opportunity to get out and do all these shows. The reaction to the album has been really good and I think it will sound great live. We're all planning to have a lot of fun on this tour!"
THU 21 PORTUGAL PORTO HARD CLUB
SAT 23 SPAIN MADRID LA RIVIERA
SUN 24 SPAIN BARCELONA SALAMANDRA
TUE 26 SWITZERLAND ZURICH KOMPLEX
WED 27 ITALY MILAN LIVE CLUB
THUR 28 ITALY ROME ORION
SAT 02 GERMANY NUREMBURG ROCKFABRIK
SUN 03 GERMANY MUNICH BACKSTAGE HALLE
TUE 05 GERMANY STUTTGART LKA
THUR 07 AUSTRIA VIENNA ARENA
SAT 09 GERMANY COLOGNE LIVE MUSIC HALL
SUN 10 GERMANY BERLIN COLUMBIA CLUB
TUE 12 SWEDEN MALMO KB
WED 13 SWEDEN GOTHENBURG BREWHOUSE
THUR 14 NORWAY OSLO ROCKERFELLER
SAT 16 SWEDEN STOCKHOLM KLUBBEN
MON 18 FINLAND HELSINKI CIRKUS
FRI 22 HOLLAND AMSTERDAM MELKWEG
SAT 23 BELGIUM VOSSELAAR BIEBOB
SUN 24 FRANCE PARIS LA TRABENDO
TUE 26 ENGLAND O2 ACADEMY ISLINGTON, LONDON
WED 27 ENGLAND O2 ACADEMY 2, BIRMINGHAM
FRI 29 SCOTLAND GLASGOW GARAGE
SAT 30 ENGLAND MANCHESTER CLUB ACADEMY
Pilot, writer, radio and TV host, lector, director, composer and one of the greatest heavy metal singers of our time. Bruce Dickinson is without a doubt a person that deserves attention. Also known for his 30 years as a singer for IRON MAIDEN , Bruce has quite astonishing solo career.
Fan club Iron Maiden Bulgaria invites you to a party dedicated to the solo career and side projects of Bruce Dickinson. The party will be on 10th of January at the Metal Bar "The Black Lodge". The playlist will contain tracks only from Bruce's career outside IRON MAIDEN.
As always there will be awards for some of the visitors. Party starts at 21:00. Entrance Free
Iron Maiden will headline the SEEROCK Festival at Schwarzlsee/Graz, Austria on Friday June 21. This two-day festival takes place on June 21 and 22. Other bands confirmed so far are Motorhead and Stone Sour. Tickets go onsale Friday 7th December at 9am.
"Beast Over Greece" is Metal Hammer Greece's compilation album which features Greek bands covering tracks from IRON MAIDEN's legendary career. The CD will be given away free with Metal Hammer Greece issue 337, on sale Wednesday, December 5.
Commented Metal Hammer Greece: "IRON MAIDEN's music is divine. The whole heavy metal universe humbly worships their magnitude and so do we.
"Metal Hammer Greece decided to release the compilation 'Beast Over Greece' along with its December issue, in order to honor the legendary Brits. Some of the most important Greek bands contributed in the creation of the CD and the final result is absolutely amazing.
"We are very happy to present you some of the best metal music ever written with a Greek twist! Enjoy! Up the irons."
"Beast Over Greece" track listing:
01. SPITFIRE - "Where Eagles Dare"
02. WARDRUM - "Be Quick Or Be Dead"
03. NIGHTSTALKER - "Running Free"
04. BOB KATSIONIS feat. PETER ELLIS - "Moonchild"
05. DREAM WEAVER - "Flight Of Icarus"
06. MAHAKALA - "Hallowed Be Thy Name"
07. ACID DEATH - "Deja Vu"
08. DARK NOVA - "The Clairvoyant"
09. CONVIXION - "Sanctuary"
10. MARAUDER - "Children Of The Damned"
11. MAIDENANCE - "Alexander The Great"
You can order your copy here.
Source: Iron Maiden Greek FC
Maiden will play at Lisbon's Atlantic Pavilion on May 29th. Tickets go onsale 8th December at 10am (GMT). An exclusive first ticket pre-sale for Iron Maiden Fan Club members will run on 6th December starting at 10am (GMT). Fan club members will also be eligible in the draw to be 'First To The Barrier'.
Maiden will return to Russia in 2013 with a show at Arena (Ice Palace), Saint-Petersburg on 16th July and a show at Moscow's Olimpyski Stadium on 18th July. Tickets go onsale 7th December at 09:00 (CET) .
An exclusive first ticket pre-sale for Iron Maiden Fan Club members will run on 6th December starting at 09.00 (CET). Fan club members will also be eligible in the draw to be 'First To The Barrier'
The late show "Denis & Friends" on BNT 1 this Tuesday (04.12.2012) will be a tribute to IRON MAIDEN. The guests in the studio are Nikolas Petras - Nicko from IRON MAIDEN Bulgaria and the long time music journalist and author of the books "Rule the Bulgarians" – Adrian Lazarovski. The show starts at 23:00 and you can watch it on this address (Only for Bulgaria).