Who wants a piece?

Hello once again my dears, lately I’ve been on an Iron Maiden kick since I’m reverting to my old school favourites after spending the last few months meandering through the myriad wastelands of musical evolution…

Had some fun, had some nausea, but mostly I have survived and am all the better for it (at least i like to think so!)

Actually, to I just want to write about an album that has been swirling around my mind after listening to it after what must have been ages and I refer to “Piece of mind” by Iron Maiden which was coincidentally (maybe?) released the year I was born.

Anyhow, this album also stands out for me, obviously cos its maiden at maybe their coolest, but also because here we have them putting together a lyrically killer musical collection loaded with inspiration from books and poems and the like (for those of you that don’t know me, I read like I’m gonna die tomorrow, averaging about 10-14 in a month).

We’ve got tracks like “To tame a land” which is inspired by my favourite book of all time! Dune! Then there’s stuff inspired by Aleister Crowley, Tennyson, Alistair Maclean and G.K.Chesterton. There’s also other influences like certain aspects of Greek mythology and Miyamoto Musashi (remember him from the last post here?)

One thing I love though, is that in the album liner, there’s a slightly modified (very slight!) quote from the Book of Revelations which reads simply:

“And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more Death. Neither sorrow, nor crying. Neither shall there be any more Brain; for the former things are passed away.”

Interesting no?

3 Comments Add yours

  1. >Sorry, don’t dig Iron Maiden.But “The Once and Future King”? That’s a rarity, though I think Parts 3 and 5 drag.

  2. InExile says:

    >ah the book of revelations ! it’s find how i remember so little of it !! i am partial to no prayer for the dying altho that album is sans adrian but tailgunner gets my balls rocking everytime !! it’s rather sad to see maiden doing what they are doing now … for people like steeve harris and air raid siren dickinson it’s rather lame …

  3. The Dude says:

    >arthur quiller: well thats sad man, but to each his own right? why is “once an future..” a rarity? i think theyre amazing, though youre right, the last too are somehow less than the first 3. inexile:thanks for dropping in, always good to meet a fellow music lover. No Prayer.. is definately good, but i think this one, 7th son and Brave new world are thier best albums. opinions differ of course… be fair man, theyre gettin old, its bound to impact the music, that aside the new one aint all that bad!oh well… cheers…

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