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Number-of-the-beast-album-coverBack in September of 2018, we started a journey covering all the albums that were listed on Loudwire’s 50 Best Metal Albums Of All Time list. Before we started, we had already covered 14 albums which meant there were 36 albums to discover and explore and now we are down to two. By 1982, Iron Maiden was already a pretty established band having already released two albums (Self Titled & Killers), but the band had just released their singer and now were embarking on a new journey with a new lead singer who would sweep the metal world off it’s feet. Bruce Dickinson was the new lead singer of Iron Maiden and he was joined by Steve Harris (Bass), Dave Murray (Guitars), Adrian Smith (Guitars), and for the very last time Clive Burr (Drums). On March 22, 1982, the band would release their epic third album The Number Of The Beast and it was a huge success for the band as it established Bruce as the leading frontman of Heavy Metal. The album was such a success that it was the first Iron Maiden record to go number one in the UK and it peaked at 33 in the US Billboard Top 200 Charts as it went platinum selling over 1 million copies.

number-of-the-beast-album-cover-back1. Invaders– Burr and Harris kick off the track before the band kicks into overdrive for the opening track that is all about the Viking’s Norman conquest of 1066. Harris believes that the band could have chosen a better track than this for the album. 4.5/5

2. Children Of The Damned-a very melodic intro and pretty mellow track that Dickinson has admitted was based off of Black Sabbath’s Children Of The Sea track. The lyrics were based on the films Village Of The Damned and Children Of The Damned. 5/5

3. The Prisoner-a cool track that is based off of the television series of the same name and even features an audio clip from the show that the manager of Maiden Ron Smallwood said he had to call Patrick McGoohan just to get permission to use it to which McGoohan agreed. 4.5/5

4. 22 Acacia Avenue– This is the second track in the Charlotte The Harlot saga and how she shouldn’t continue her life of prostitution because of the things that could happen to her if she continues. 5/5

the-number-of-the-beast-ltd-1a-600x6005. The Number Of The Beast– The most famous title track and a live staple for many years in this track that was inspired by a bad dream that Harris had after watching Damien: The Omen II and he has also stated that the track was also inspired by Tam o’ Shanter by Robert Burns. The spoken word in the beginning of the track was from The Book Of Revelations and was read by Barry Clayton because the band refused to pay Vincent Price asking price of £25,000. 5/5

6. Run To The Hills– This is probably the most famous and overplayed Iron Maiden track of all time in this track that is all about European white males who started invading the land that would later be known as the United States of America and what they did to Native Americans. 5/5

7. Gangland– This is probably the weakest track on the whole album and it’s even agreed by Steve Harris who said the choice was made in a rush in this track that I believe is about a man who leaves the gang life behind, but it never really leaves him as it haunts him. 4/5

8. Hallowed Be Thy Name– One of the most legendary tracks in all of Iron Maiden’s catalog as it is the most covered Maiden track. The track is about a prisoner who is about to be hanged. There is a little bit of controversy surrounding the track as the band was sued for songwriting credits. For more info on that, just click here. 5/5

My Final Thoughts– This is not my favorite Iron Maiden record ever, but it is definitely up there. It’s that album to Maiden that Back In Black was to AC/DC or Blizzard Of Ozz was for Ozzy, it’s just the standard. A track to avoid on here is definitely Gangland while the rest of the album is more than listenable so rock out with your… well you know what I am saying. I am going to give the album 4.7 stars out of five.

COMIC TITLE: Iron Maiden: Legacy Of The Beast- Night City #2 (2019)
Kevin West – Artist
Llexi Leon & Ian Edginton–Writer
July 24, 2019
Heavy Metal Comics

MAR191800So when it comes to choosing what comic books to read, I am usually a sucker for anything horror related and anything having to do with Heavy Metal. If there is any comic book coming out that week that involves any of those two things, I am probably picking it up. Last month, Heavy Metal Comics decided to pick up where they left off last year when they had released Iron Maiden: Legacy Of The Beast. Now here comes the sequel and aftermath of that comic in Iron Maiden: Legacy Of The Beast- Night City and we have issue two for you today. In the previous issue, Eddie was once again summoned by the Alchemist because the Beast is back and he is wreaking havoc in 1981 London by turning people into minions to cause destruction. One of the Beasts more fiercest picks has cornered a girl in a store when he murders her in front of Eddie, The Alchemist, and her friend Charlotte The Harlot. In this issue, she gives them no choice, but to team up with her because she wants revenge, but this fierce minion of the beast may just be suckering our heroes with what could be some bait. For more information on the comic and more, just click here to go to Heavy Metal’s site.

miaden comicThe fun thing about the comic is seeing all of the characters that are named after Maiden songs like Charlotte The Harlot, Wrathchild, etc. The one thing I wish I had done was read the first series that came out because maybe I would know a little more of what was going on in this series, but it’s not impossible to understand. They explain in the first issue a little bit of a recap of what happened in the previous series which was nice, but the main issue for me is explaining why this particular human changes into Eddie. That is where all of my questions lie as far as the backdrop and I hope the first series explains that. The story is actually an interesting one and I love how Eddie sort of becomes a lot like Groot in the sense that he doesn’t really utter words, but the Alchemist understands him. The story definitely takes an interesting turn towards the end that will leave you wanting to know what happens next. The artwork in this comic needed to be top notch and Kevin West is doing a really good job. That is par for the course when you do an Iron Maiden comic and that is the artwork better be bad ass. It definitely is and if you’re a fan of Iron Maiden and comic books then give this one a shot and check out my grades below:

Grades:

Story/Plot: A

Artwork: A

Character Representation: A+

Entertainment Value: A+

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When I was a DJ at Bridgewater State University’s WBIM 91.5 FM, I had a lot of fun hosting Pedal To The Metal every Thursday or Friday night depending on how the cards landed. I played every imaginable 80’s metal track you can think of on my two year run there and I had a lot of fun doing it. 20 years ago, WBIM FM started hosting the Alumni Takeover where for one weekend, the DJ’s from the past years were able to come and relive old glory days even if it was just for one day. Three years ago, when I learned that I could be apart of it, I jumped at the chance to reconnect with some familiar faces and meet new faces that had sat in the very chair just as I had done when I attended school there. Sometimes, you don’t know how much you’ve missed it until you’re right behind the microphone like I was this past Friday night for the third ever return of Pedal To The Metal on Alumni Takeover Weekend. I want to take the time to thank John Coombs, he is the main who deals with all of our annoying requests and messages as he tries to strategically place everyone in a time slot. Oh by the way, he does an amazing job doing it as I couldn’t have been more pleased with my time slot. So, a big thank you to him is much deserved! I also want to take the time to thank the current DJ’s at WBIM for giving up their shows and allowing us to relive a little past glories. It is much appreciated!

 

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As far as the playlist was concerned for the show, I had three different playlists that I was going with for the show. The 1st one primarily featured almost the same exact lineup as the one that was actually played. The second playlist featured bands from every era of metal whether it be the 70’s, 80’s, 90’s, and beyond. The third and final playlist that I created was similar to the first one, but the song selection was different. I wanted to pick nine solid songs for the show with one present that I would present to people with a just in case I still had more time track. Last year, I presented everyone with a Black Sabbath medley that featured I believe three different Sabbath singers doing the same track. This year, I decided to do another medley, but this time it would be Ozzy solo and it would feature five different guitarists doing the same track. It was quite the difficult task, but I got the job done and you will see below what the result was. I made one minor adjustment to the playlist twenty minutes to my show because a good friend of my mine in Doc Rock found a vinyl that I just couldn’t resist playing and I opened the show with it. One minor note, I had originally scrapped a Motley Crue track, but I reintroduced it when the Kiss track I chose suddenly stopped due to technical difficulties. So without further ado, check out the playlist below and once again thanks to everyone that tuned in and a big thank you to the WBIM Alumni Association for having me yet again.

 

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Playlist for 10/20/2017 edition of Pedal To The Metal Radio

1. Addiction by The Almighty (Vinyl Of The Week)

2. Unholy by Kiss

3. Shout At The Devil by Motley Crue

4. The Number Of The Beast by Iron Maiden (Mandatory Maiden)

5. A Touch Of Evil by Judas Priest

6. The Lady Wore Black by Queensryche

7. Among The Living by Anthrax

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8. The Conjuring by Megadeth

9. Hello From The Gutter by Overkill

10. Suicide Solution (Guitarist Medley) by Ozzy Osbourne featuring Randy Rhoads, Brad Gillis, Jake E Lee, Zakk Wylde, and Joe Holmes

11. Rock And Roll by Motorhead

war of the covers hallowed be thy nameLast week, we had all of you battle it out to decide who covered Alice Cooper’s He’s Back (The Man Behind The Mask) for War Of The Covers. You guys voted and you decided that One Man Army and the Undead Quartet had he better version. This week we have a monumental battle between two bands from very different backgrounds in metal united for one simple reason and that is their love of Iron Maiden. The song I chose for you guys to battle it out over has been in the news lately because of a little controversy called a songwriting dispute. In 1982, Iron Maiden released the album The Number Of The Beast which contained a track that would be played in almost every concert since then in the track Hallowed Be Thy Name. If you want to read all about the controversy, then you can do so here at NME.com because it’s no longer being played live. Anyways, there are two bands that have covered the song with one being a black metal band from England and the other being a metal band from Oakland, CA. In 2002, UK Black Metal legends Cradle Of Filth recorded a cover of the track for a compilation album that had two discs in Lovecraft & Witch Hearts. In 2007, Oakland metal outfit Machine Head recorded a cover of the song as part of a bonus disc to their sixth album The Blackening. Now as you know, only one cover can come out triumphant and make to the radio playlist for later this year. So, choose wisely, but most importantly just vote and let your voices be heard. You have until next week to decide!

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pedalIt s the match that you have all been waiting and voting for since day one in the 2015 Pedal To The Metal Tournament. When I started this tournament back in 2011 while I was doing my radio show, I only dreamed that the tournament would reach the numbers it has today. This year, we are going to crown a new champion because you all voted so that a new champion would be crowned. Motley Crue won the first addition of the tournament and Judas Priest went back to back the next two tournaments after that. Now German Thrash legends and member of The Big Teutonic Four Kreator is looking to win against a tough foe in NWOBHM (New Wave Of British Heavy Metal) and power metal legends Iron Maiden. Both of these bands have been going for 30 plus years in the metal world and both have showed no signs of slowing down. Kreator had it’s beginnings in Essen, Germany where they started as Tormentor before changing their name to Kreator as they released their first album Endless Pain and now in 2015 the band is thirteen albums deep with the 2012 bad ass release Phantom Antichrist as the last album to date. Iron Maiden’s road started in the 1970’s when Steve Harris started the band in 1975 in East London. Despite some lineup changes, the band has stayed steadfast in the metal world with their legendary frontman Bruce Dickinson (he joined in 1981) who played on smash records as The Number Of The Beast, Powerslave, Somewhere In Time and so on and so fourth. The rest speaks for itself, but who are you guys going to choose as the next Pedal To The Metal Champions. You have until April 2ND at 4PM ET to decide. (Side Note: I hope everyone votes for whose music they enjoy more and not who is more “Popular” in “Mainstream” terms. This is about the music)

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