What is it that makes Iron Maiden special? Well, many things. One thing is the vastness of material adapted, re-interpreted, and commented upon within their songs. As a rule of thumb, every Maiden song can be traced back to a novel, a film, a poem, a historical event, a current event…In case you have ever wondered what Maiden songs would look like in a literary analysis, this is your place. In case you are looking for interpretations of Bruce Dickinson’s solo album The Chemical Wedding (1998), this is your place.
I do things like trying to group songs together to see how they correspond to each other or comparing adaptations with their originals to see how and why the narratives have been changed, such as “Murders in the Rue Morgue,” “The Charge of the Light Brigade,” “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner,” Le Fantôme de l’opéra etc. etc. etc. You will find the answers for questions like: Which three titles of Maiden songs are actually Shakespeare quotes? How does Dickinson interpret the events that lead to the death of the Red Baron? Who is Thel? Why are there “Revelations” when the Bible contains a book called “Revelation?” Where does the hype about the spitfire come from? Who is the brother of the Beast?
I hope to reach many other Maiden fans and to give you something for a rainy day while drinking a hot beverage. This blog is for free because I do not intend to monetise this interest of mine. I want to share it. Please feel free to enter your e-mail address in the respective box if you want to stay updated on my newest articles.
About the Author
“Who am I?”
That is what the caterpillar asks Alice in Wonderland. Well. A creature without wings that will turn into a beautiful butterfly and fly one day. If you are into Maiden you know what vibe I am hinting at. And I am not so far from that.
I am a PhD student of English literary and cultural studies and I hold a master’s degree in comparative and general literature (hence my enthusiasm to compare song texts of an English band with the texts / events they are based on). My pride and joy is a research article in which I have compared William Blake ‘s The [First] Book of Urizen (1794) with Bruce Dickinson’s “Gates of Urizen” (The Chemical Wedding, 1998) which was accepted by an academic journal. It is difficult to imagine that you might have a list of research interests one day and little did I expect that mine would include “lyrics by Bruce Dickinson”…Suddenly you find yourself explaining Maiden lyrics to academic staff. If that is not waking up with (butterfly) wings I don’ t know what is.