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Top 20 Iron Maiden Epic Songs

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EPIC [ep-ik]: adjective

  1. Noting or pertaining to a long poetic composition, usually centered upon a hero, in which a series of great achievements or events is narrated in elevated style
  2. Heroic; majestic; impressively great
  3. Of unusually great size or extent

Iron Maiden has always included at least one epic song on each of their 15 studio albums. The following is a subjective list that I put together which ranks the top 20. Credit Steve Harris and the rest of the band for creating some of the best epic metal songs of all time. 

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(A few songs from this Top 20 list are not on Spotify yet)


20. “Revelations (1983)

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19. “The Legacy” (2006)

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18. “Strange World” (1980)

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15. “Paschendale” (2003)

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11. “The Talisman” (2010)

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10. “The Clansman” (1998)

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6. “Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son” (1988)

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Related Posts:

The 25 Best Iron Maiden Songs
My Favorite 25 Iron Maiden Songs
The 25 Best Iron Maiden Songs…Period 
The Best Iron Maiden Albums From First To Last  
My Favorite Iron Maiden Albums From First To Last
The 20 Best Iron Maiden Solos
The 25 Best Iron Maiden Intros
The 25 Best Iron Maiden Choruses
My Top 50 Favorite Albums of All-time
(Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son is number 3 on the list)
My Top 100 Favorite Songs of All-time
(The Evil That Men Do is number 4 on the list)


Links of Interest:

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Iron Maiden Youtube Channel
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Iron Maiden Myspace Page
Iron Maiden Wikipedia Page
Iron Maiden Last.fm Page
Iron Maiden RollingStone Artist Page
Iron Maiden ArtistDirect Artist Page
Iron Maiden NME.com Artist Page
Iron Maiden Lyrics at LetsSingIt.com
Iron Maiden on Spotify


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Album Review: Coldplay ‘Mylo Xyloto’

 Label: Parlophone
Released: October 24, 2011

Music Trajectory Rating: 3/5

 

They have a ton of potential but can they ever put it together for one great album?

Coldplay is a band that I have liked off and on ever since they burst onto the scene with their very first single “Yellow”. I either own or have heard all of their material. All in all, I would say that I like about half of their material. They are just one of those bands that I can never fully get into, but I will get attached to certain songs. With that being said, I think Coldplay is a very talented band and have written some amazing songs. I have always thought they have the potential to write a killer album from start to finish; an album that wins Grammy’s and garners worldwide praise. Although they have a worldwide following, I don’t think they have made that album yet. I thought Mylo Xyloto might be that album. I think everyone, including Coldplay, wanted Mylo Xyloto to be that album.

When I first heard lead single “Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall” I thought that Coldplay had another hit on their hands but it wasn’t until I heard second single “Paradise” that I thought of maybe buying the album. I was obsessed with “Paradise” all throughout October, thinking it was the best song Coldplay had ever written and surly my favorite song from the band. I pre-ordered the album on iTunes for $7.99 and listened to it a couple times the day it came out. My initial response was that I liked a few songs but the rest of the album was “blah”. Then I caught this video of Chris and Jonny from the band talking about the album. It was then I understood what they wanted to do with the album. Yet after listening to the album several times through, I get the sense that they were trying to make an acoustic album but changed their minds because they thought it might be too boring and went in the opposite direction and started making a really happy and upbeat album. If they had initially went in the latter direction, I think Mylo Xyloto might have been a better album. It is obvious when listening to the album that there is a tug of war between two different sounds, perhaps two different albums. Or maybe it is just me. After hearing the album several times over, I still only like a few songs and think the rest is “blah”. With a few I actually mean 6. Does 6 good songs mean a good album?

What works 

The happy and upbeat songs on Mylo Xyloto work. Not to say that all slower Coldplay songs are bad, but the ones on Mylo Xyloto are boring are lifeless, maybe with the exception of “Up In Flames” which has a chilling chorus (in a good way). The marketing of the album has been quite good as well, particularly the album cover, linear notes, music videos and the theme of color throughout.

What is lacking 

A flow and cohesiveness. From the aforementioned video, it sounds like Coldplay was making a slower, acoustic album but perhaps moved on to or stumbled upon some better, upbeat songs and then built the idea of Mylo Xyloto around those but decided to keep the better of the slower songs. Again, I could be wrong. I am definitely curious what other people think of this album and this theory. By the way, I think “Princess of China (featuring Rihanna)” is pretty terrible. It might be the worst song on the album.


Best 3 tracks on the album:

“Hurts Like Heaven” (track 1)
“Paradise” (track 2)
“Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall” (track 7)

Other standout tracks:

“Charlie Brown” (track 3)
“Up In Flames” (track 11)
“Don’t Let It Break Your Heart” (track 13)


Links of Interest:

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“Anxiety” by Angels & Airwaves – The Song of the Week for 11/14/2011

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“Anxiety” by Angles & Airwaves is the official 1st single from Love: Part Two, released on November 1, 2011

Genre: Alternative Rock, Space Rock, Progressive Rock, Art Rock

Angels & Airwaves have always been on my radar – since I am a big Blink 182 fan – but none of their prior material has interested me all that much. I really like what I am hearing from the new album Love: Part II and last year’s release Love. After a couple listens of “Anxiety”, I was hooked.

A ‘risky’ pick for Song of the Week because I think people either love or hate Tom’s voice and any material from Blink 182 or Angels and Airwaves. My goal with the song of the week is to pick a song that most will enjoy, even though music is usually a subjective interest. I have a lot of respect for Angels & Airwaves as a band, regardless of what I think of their music or talent overall. I think they are producing music that is experimental and different. I also give Tom a lot of credit for the amount of work he has done in the last couple years; two Angels & Airwaves albums, the feature film Love which was produced and scored by the band, and a new Blink 182 album Neighborhoods that was released back in September, not to mention all the touring and media support of all the projects.

That being said, I hope “Anxiety” is enjoyed by whoever comes across this post. 

“Don’t pressure us, anxiety
I’m a passenger
So serious, anxiety
Just a passenger”


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Album Review: Blink-182 ‘Neighborhoods’

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Label: DGC, Interscope
Released: September 27, 2011

Music Trajectory rating: 3.5/5

 

Back from hiatus and still relevant, Blink-182 continue where they left off

Blink-182 is a band that I have followed since the early days with releases like Cheshire Cat and Dude Ranch. Each album they have released I have been happy to purchase and I can honestly say I have enjoyed each album, particularly the last album Blink-182 that they released in 2003. This was an album that saw Blink-182 push the boundaries of their music, infusing experimental elements into their usual pop punk formula. This resulted in a more mature sound. Then Tom DeLonge left the band in 2005, sending the band into hiatus. Tom went on to form the band Angels & Airwaves and Mark and Travis went on to form +44 and other side projects. The band reunited in February 2009 and Neighborhoods was released on September 27, 2011.

Expecting a solid release, I pre-ordered the album on iTunes to score four bonus tracks. I still wonder why they weren’t just included in the album. Upon the first few listens, I wasn’t crazy about the album. But like most Blink-182 albums of the past, this album grew on me. I now think the album is very solid and if you are a Blink-182 fan to any degree, I recommend picking up the album. I also suggest watching this nme.com interview with Mark before doing so; it will give some good perspective on the new album. The album’s sound can best be described as a culmination of the band’s side projects and continuing with the experimentation and sound of their last release Blink-182.

Moving on to what works and what is lacking…

What works

I think the track listing of the album is perfect. The album flows very well; starting out strong with some of the better tracks on the album and then moving through a good mix of faster and slower songs, including the well-composed “Heart’s All Gone (Interlude)”. I also liked some of the different riffs throughout the album which are very different from anything Blink-182 has ever written.

What is lacking

The album is missing a great song. Like past Blink-182 albums, there is usually at least one song that fans new and old embrace. I don’t think Neighborhoods has that song, although I think first single “Up All Night” is underrated, judging by the response I see and hear.


Best 3 tracks on the album:

“Natives” (track 2)

Other standout tracks on the album:

“Love Is Dangerous” [bonus track] (track 12)

Links of Interest:

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