How Tempting: Iron Maiden and My Dying Bride

Feel the length!
Feel the length!

Unless you’ve been living under a rock or just flat-out hate Heavy Metal, you’ll know Iron Maiden have announced the release of their new album! Book of Souls, due out 4th Sep 2015, is going to be Maiden’s first double album: with 11 tracks and a running time of 92 minutes. Plenty of length there but I’m sure they’ll know what to do with it too. I’m a big fan of the recent Maiden albums (and you should be too) so I’m well up for this (and you should be too). Good to see them pushing the boat out with the long songs and double album and even better to see Bruce Dickinson back in the fray after his recent cancer treatment. Nothing much to add to this release other than “can’t wait”. It’s an exciting time indeed for Maiden fans!

Feel the misery!
Feel the misery!

But all those of you that prefer their music darker and more miserable can find plenty to smile about this year too. Paradise Lost have just spoiled you all rotten with their inspired The Plague Within and now their fellow ‘Peaceville Three’ band, My Dying Bride, are set to return with their new album Feel The Misery. It’s due out on the 18th Sep 2015 and coincides with the band’s 25th Anniversary and the return of their original guitarist Calvin Robertshaw. My Dying Bride’s latter-day releases have been very good so it’ll be interesting to hear what difference Calvin’s return will make to their music. The band has this to say about it:

The crushing of hearts and the solemn farewells to friends and lovers twinned with the destruction of flesh and the passions of cruelty are laid neatly for the listener to devour and savour. Eight new compositions detailing the path of life through dark doors and the burdens we all must endure simply to make it to the end…”

Reading that, I’m a bit disappointed this isn’t coming out until Autumn. Sounds like it would make for great summer listening. Perfect background music for a summer party or BBQ! Would you like some crushed hearts and solemn farewells to devour and savour with your beefburger? Oh, yes please.

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With these two essential releases, it looks like September is already shaping up to be a big month in 2015’s Metal calendar.

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58 thoughts on “How Tempting: Iron Maiden and My Dying Bride”

    1. Here’s an idea: buy the CD (either the regular or the fancy-pants book). Then see how it goes. If you have disposable cash later on, you can always add the vinyl (it’s not like it’s gonna be rare). It’s Maiden! Two formats wouldn’t hurt. 🙂

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  1. I’m definitely excited about the Maiden. I had this brief fear that somehow it was gonna suck, and then I thought ‘Self, you’re a moron! How could it possibly suck?’ Haha.

    My Dying Bride isn’t one I’ve investigated, so here’s another one I gotta check out!

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      1. And Fear of the Dark! And Dance of Death and No Prayer didn’t suck but they weren’t great either.

        Actually I listened to X Factor last night and quote enjoyed it. Might even try Virtual XI next…

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      2. Haha now I know you’re taking the piss…

        I’d have to revisit Prayer and Fear. They may be lesser in the catalogue versus other better titles but still.

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  2. Yes – the Maiden album is bound to be just flat-out amazing; even more so with Bruce’s recent all-clear with cancer – man is a legend!

    As far as your comments on the other album – I’ll have to see if I like it. If they are in a similar vein to Paradise Lost, then hell yes.

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      1. Drats. I was going to say if you liked that album you’d probably like My Dying Bride. You should check it out anyway. Great album and you’ll be amazed how much Anathema have changed since then.

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  3. I guess I am living under a rock…or just extremely out of the loop these days. Thanks for HMO!!! Their last 20 years have been really hit or miss for me. Theres always a cool epic song and a couple others that catch my ear then I just don’t connect. But, I am like that with most music these days. I’ll look for this one sounds intriguing!

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    1. Haha stick with me Mike, I’ll make sure you know what’s going on! I wasn’t as into the first reunion albums as much as most people. But I’ve thought the last two, ‘Matter of Life and Death’ and ‘Final Frontier’ were great. Real growers but they did take a few listens to click.

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      1. I did like Final Frontier but couldn’t name a song or recall a riff though. Seventh Son was my last really into Maiden album. No Prayer was ok too. Any other new albums coming out?

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      2. I think Seventh Son was the last real classic as far as I’m concerned too. I like the newer stuff but it’s definitely a different style to the really classic Maiden.

        Other new albums? Not a whole lot that’s really floating my boat. The main ones I’m looking forward to are these two, the new Pentagram, new Avatarium and the new Saxon later on in the year hopefully.

        And there’s Slayer, Ghost, Nile and Motorhead all due new albums out too but I’m not sure about those yet. I’m being quite picky these days!

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      3. The Maiden song I really like from their millennium selection is Thin Line Between Love and Hate. Thats the only song I can say has kept my interest. New Saxon would be cool..or would it? I am digging their old stuff..new to me!

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      4. That’s a great song. I’m a big fan of Brighter Than a Thousand Suns, I think that’s one of their best since the reunion.

        New Saxon is cool. They’ve been putting out great albums for a good while now. (Better than Maiden’s haha) Check out Call to Arms for a great modern Saxon album.

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  4. I am curious about the new Maiden album. I am withholding my anticipation though because 92 minutes is waaaaay too long for one release. Even the great prog legends of the 70’s knew better than releasing records THAT long. It lends too much space for mediocrity and filler. We’ll see though… I’d love to be wrong.

    The new MDB album cover is great! Can’t wait for that one for sure!

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    1. I definitely know what you mean. It could easily end up being overlong and patchy. It worries me that they’ve not bothered editing themselves! But I liked the long songs on the last two albums so I’m hoping it’ll be good stuff. Guess we’ll just have to wait and see! Fingers crossed.

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  5. Really interested in the Maiden album … and I must admit to being rather tempted by the vinyl. But that might be madness. I’ve yet to think about it rationally.

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      1. Most of the time, yeah. I haven’t bought a new release CD in a while, but I have been known to buy the odd one.

        I usually reckon it’s worth getting the vinyl if it’s something I’m interested enough in … and if it’s something that looks real swell.

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      2. Cool. I think the Maiden albums are always worth getting on vinyl just for the artwork. I do have quite a bit of vinyl but I tend towards CDs. I went through a phase of buying more vinyl but, in a lot of cases, I wish I hadn’t bothered. I like having the option though, there are some cool LPs I have that I would have hated passing up on!

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      3. I used to buy an awfy lot of CDs – literally a collection of thousands not so long ago. Got to a stage that I stopped listening to music at home. Not sure why. Only listened when I was out and about or when friends were over. Think vinyl really got me enthusiastic about stuff again. Old and new.

        I’m not one who says that the sound is superior and whatnot … it’s purely the experience. I really got to a stage with CDs that I bought them and maybe listened once. Now I tend to get to know albums real well and also pay attention to them. So aye, that’s why it’s mostly vinyl …

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      4. That’s really interesting. I think that if it suits you and works with how you want to listen then that’s the main thing. When I did start buying vinyl I thought it might alter how I listened etc… but it didn’t really! It just ended up in me spending more money!

        Now I tend to just treat it like another option. If I want an album I can look into what the best available edition is. There are some albums that I struggled to get on CD and got easily on vinyl too… and vice versa! So, I guess I just like having both options. CD suits me and generally it’s the easiest, cheapest and has more tracks etc… so that’s what I go for.

        But I’m finding that more and more, there are vinyl reissues coming out that I want over the CD. So it’s just a matter of doing a bit of research when I buy. I don’t think one is superior to the other. There are good and badly produced CDs and the same with vinyl.

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      5. It’s a good point – spending more money! I guess my album buying has changed too, which is the reason I get to know stuff more! (Buying less means more time to listen).

        But you’re totally right about having options. I do tend to have a look online to see whether folk are talking about the quality of some reissues of stuff I have on CD to see if it’s worthwhile. I’m also weighing up whether to buy the new Faith No More album on vinyl or just go with CD. If I’m gonna love it and hold onto it, I probably pick vinyl most of the time.

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  6. Just glad Bruce and company are back..for sure 92 minutes is long for 11 songs but Fack(that’s right I said Fack!) it ! I’m just glad there doing SUMTHIN! Sept is looking good now……

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      1. VERY true!! I’m doing a post on my ‘Best of’ from NPFTD onwards soon and yeah, it’s a much better album than I gave it credit for back in the day. Virtual XI however…..

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      2. Yeah that’s the thing. After enjoying The X Factor I’ve thought about trying Virtual XI again but… I’ve not listened to it since it came out. I was disgusted by how bad it was! Might have to try it out again but if I like it now I’ll feel mighty silly. I threw my copy in the bin!

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      3. It was a VERY odd choice. I think that part of it was Harris wanting to go as far away from Bruce as possible… almost like returning to the Di’anno-kinda-punk vibe. And the more “basic” songs Blaze sounds great, like rich mahogany (!!). But on other tracks he REALLY struggle and his vocal limitations are REALLY apparent. You know, the epic, soaring tracks. Case in point: The Clansman. Rock In Rio demonstrates how it SHOULD have sounded.

        And how anyone could let some of the bum notes he sang onto the released record is beyond me….

        That’s not to say I don’t think each album has some really good tracks. X Factor in particular suits Blaze’s voice immensely. The darker tones (musically, lyrically and visually) work well. It was a hard album to love when you’re (as I was back in 96) in a full-on ‘classic’ Maiden thrall.

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      4. Like rich mahogany?! Hahah are you trying to say that Blaze has wood?

        From what I remember, I totally agree with what you’re saying here but I’ll really need to revisit Virtual XI before I could say much else.

        I do think that losing Smith and then Bruce was having a terrible effect on their writing at the time. And I was actually already falling out of love with Maiden after the last two Bruce albums. I enjoy it more now but The X Factor just wasn’t good enough to win me back at that point. And Virtual XI just pissed me right off it was so bad!

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      5. Well he was built like a wardrobe back in’t day!

        It’s worth going back to VXI, there are some good tunes on there. Especially if you view it outside the prism of “Iron Maiden album”…..

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  7. I bought the Blaze albums after all the Bruce (and even Paul) albums, because everyone said they are bad. They are not! I would probably rate them above the first two Maiden albums, with Di’Anno. (How’s that for sacrilege?)

    Are there better albums with Bruce? Yes, but the Blaze albums are not that much worse. Most of the music is not by Blaze (most is by Harris) and is quite similar to the music after the reunion with Bruce.

    I probably prefer Virtual XI.

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