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Album: Nile – At the Gate of Sethu

July 11th, 2012

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Nile
At the Gate of Sethu
Nuclear Blast
02 July 2012

by David Keevill

Nile’s ability to meld extreme technicality with expressive and forward-thinking metal is why the music they’ve delivered over the best part of twenty years has been consistently interesting. Yet whilst they’ve maintained such a distinctive and identifiable sound, they’ve departed very little from a musical core that has, admittedly, served them very well throughout their career. But with the death metal scene as it is today, it’s no longer enough to remain behind walls you built two decades ago, in the assumption that your legacy is safe.

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Sunday Slaylist: Metal from the Middle East

April 15th, 2012

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The Middle East is a perpetual presence in world affairs – at the time of writing, the ceasefire between Syria’s government and rebel forces rests on a knife edge, Egypt’s first truly free presidential elections in decades is already mired in controversy, and the ongoing nuclear negotiations with Iran continue to prove inconclusive. It’s against this background of uprising and upheaval that Jon Kerr offers up this week’s Spotify Slaylist as a “horns-up” to all our Middle Eastern metal brethren.

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Album: Aeternam – Disciples Of The Unseen

February 5th, 2010

Aeternam
Disciples Of The Unseen
Metal Blade
16 February 2010

by Tom Dare

It is so very rare that a debut album completely shocks you with its utter brilliance. It is even rarer that a band essentially invent a new sub-genre in the process. Yet Canada’s Aeternam have delivered a first release that does both.
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Live: Iron Maiden @ London Twickenham Stadium – 5 July 2008

July 7th, 2008

It’s an interesting and suprising fact that Iron Maiden have never headlined a UK stadium gig. We were there for their first one and lifelong fan, Tony Hampton is just bursting to tell you exactly why it was so great.

Bruce gets the flag out

To have shaped a genre, influenced every rock band and rock fan for over 30 years. To still be selling out tours in record time and shifting albums by the truckload. To have your iconic mascot emblazoned across millions of t-shirts around the world.

To encompass all that’s fantastic, theatrical and, let’s be honest, silly about heavy metal and to be riding a wave of popularity and acclaim that shows no sign of slowing down as each new generation discovers you, and, to still be making albums so good you’re in no danger of ever being labelled as a nostalgia act.

To say it’s a very interesting time for Iron Maiden would be the understatement of the century.

Watch the video to ‘Number Of The Beast’ by Iron Maiden

Anyone who has made the pilgrimage to Twickenham for the London leg of this, their Somewhere Back In Time Tour will bear witness to the fact that this is, bar none, the greatest show on earth right now.

Taking in material and the mystical Egyptian imagery from the legendary Powerslave era it’s a feast for both the ears and the eyes.

Hitting the stage to ‘Aces High’, the 60,000 assembled Maidenites go suitably crackers as the triple guitar attack of Murray, Smith and Gerrs rips into life and bassist/founder/God Steve Harris plants his foot firmly on the monitor.

What follows is astounding. ‘Number Of The Beast’ is illuminated with huge pyro bursts, the epic 13-minute ‘Rime Of The Ancient Mariner’ sees Bruce Dickinson rocking the wizard chic look.

Watch the video to ‘Run To The Hills’ by Iron Maiden

The crowd is screaming every word, strangers are hugging in the aisles, and people are air-guitaring and throwing the devil horns left-right-and centre. When Bruce Dickinson lets loose a trademark “Scream for me…” the energy levels go off the scale.

To be stronger, tighter, and more at ease with your legacy than ever before must be satisfying but Iron Maiden don’t do smug. They like a pint, and the singer is so humble he has an Oyster card and gets the tube around town.

Incomparable, overwhelming genius.

6/6

Iron Maiden @ Twickenham setlist
‘Aces High’
‘2 Minutes To Midnight’
‘Revelations’
‘The Trooper’
‘Wasted Years’
‘The Number Of The Beast’
‘Rime Of The Ancient Mariner’
‘Powerslave’
‘Heaven Can Wait’
‘Run To The Hills’
‘Fear Of The Dark’
‘Iron Maiden’
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‘Moonchild’
‘The Clairvoyant’
‘Hallowed Be Thy Name’

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