The Shadow of a Pagan Sacrifice

Crackling fire, the wooden figure of a man burning... - You will have guessed it, today I am going to focus on the song "The Wicker Man" (Brave New World, 2000) and the film of the same name it is based upon, released in 1973. The more I am looking at this, the more I … Continue reading The Shadow of a Pagan Sacrifice

Old Testament, New Testament, and the Archive of Dickinson’s Lyrics

MENE, MENE, TEKEL, PARSINThe Bible, NIV, Daniel, 5 In case these four words puzzle you, you are in good company. The same happened to king Belshazzar. These four words are nothing but the original "writing on the wall." The song "The Writing on the Wall" (Senjustu, 2021) is no less complex than the eponymous inscription … Continue reading Old Testament, New Testament, and the Archive of Dickinson’s Lyrics

Guest Article: The Ides of Icarus and Alexander: Iron Maiden & Greco-Roman Antiquity

I am very happy to say that Dr. Jeremy J. Swist of Brandeis University has kindly contributed to this blog. Not only is he literate in Latin and Ancient Greek, as he teaches both languages as a lecturer at university, he is also an expert in the reception of antiquity in heavy metal. His research … Continue reading Guest Article: The Ides of Icarus and Alexander: Iron Maiden & Greco-Roman Antiquity

A Brave New Era for a Band and a Nightmarish Vision of the Future

The album Brave New World (2000) is subject to a curious contradiction. The release of the album was one of the finest hours for fans of Iron Maiden, the long sought for reunion of the band which brought about the return of Bruce Dickinson and Adrian Smith. The title choice thus seems fitting to describe … Continue reading A Brave New Era for a Band and a Nightmarish Vision of the Future

Legacies, Blake on Stage, and the Horror of the Inquisition

The Tate Britain has recently opened a new exhibition room dedicated to the "Legacy of Blake" (https://www.tate.org.uk/visit/tate-britain/display/spotlights/ancients-and-moderns-legacies-william-blake) - which made me smile, thinking of the "Legacy of the Beast" (tour, 2018 - 2019 and mobile game of the same name of Iron Maiden). (And no, the very unfortunate author has missed the opening of said … Continue reading Legacies, Blake on Stage, and the Horror of the Inquisition