Previously, someone asked me about my favourite @ironmaiden song, and this got me thinking and taking me way back to when I first started my long-admiration with this band. The title was a quote of William Shakespeare’s last play, The Tempest from 1612: “How beauteous mankind is! O brave new world, that has such people in’t!”. This song is the heavy metal version, in small parts, comparable to Micheal Jackson’s – World Song. It depicts the pollution and corruption of the world, extinction of beautiful species. As you see, the album cover depicts Eddie’s menacing face (Eddie is the band’s mascot) in the stormy clouds over a futuristic London. In the posters for the tour accompanying the album, Eddie’s menacing face (now accompanied by long, claw-tipped hands) was now holding the Earth like a crystal ball.
Iron Maiden was the first ‘rock-metal’ band I heard, and I was only 7 years old. I remember being in the car with my dad, and I would drum along on the dashboard as he would play this album in the car continuously, and I particularly fell in love with this song, Brave New World. I felt so many emotions, a sense of power and not being able to face a new horizon. It brings me back to times that were simpler and when family was a whole new meaning. The love for Iron Maiden became a family affair.
A little background, Iron Maiden is a British heavy metal giant. The group’s inception 40 years ago, they have been one of the most successful heavy metal bands ever. Iron Maiden has never really enjoyed radio support, but they continue to be a stadium or arena act year after year. They have managed to build an international empire on their own.
Let me be clear, IRON MAIDEN IS NOT A SATANTIC band. Iron Maiden has composed the types of songs that don’t rely on the quintessential sex, drugs, and rock n’ roll to fill lyrical expressions void of thought, passion and history. They have a way of involving mythology, mystery, and war in a way that keeps the listener interested and entertained all at once.
UP THE IRONS