I am thrilled to say that I can present something very special today: a Maiden themed self-guided city walk through London! This is an abridged version; to access the full version (for free), please visit London Beyond Time and Place. As mentioned before, I have teamed up with Philipp Röttgers of London Beyond Time and … Continue reading Guest Article: London: A Legacy – A Maiden London Walking Tour (abridged)
I've written an article on how Maiden function as ambassadors of the English culture for London Beyond Time and Place. PS: This is an exchange project, which means that we will get something cool in return. Stay tuned. Update: Click here for a Maiden themed self-guided city walk through London.
“Montségur” (Dance of Death, 2003) is not only based on a historical event, namely the siege of a castle in France of the same name followed by a massacre, but also the myths surrounding it. As I will show, it is as well deeply rooted in the belief system of the Cathars, the owners of … Continue reading Medieval History: Mysticism, Gnosticism, and the Siege of a Castle Atop a Mountain in Southern France
The title of the single “Stratego” (Senjutsu, 2021) reminds of the game of the same name, which is a version of chess in the meaning that it is played by two, is coined by strategy, and involves pawns inspired by elements of war. It was also a picture of this board game which was used … Continue reading Chess in Music
Update: Now they want 5 bucks a month for additional content which is a bit of a disappointment. First, my apologies, because this is not a proper blog post, but more like a fyi. Just in case that some among you have not seen it yet: Yes, you have not misread the title. Bruce Dickinson … Continue reading The New Podcast by Bruce Dickinson and Dr Dutton
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
Now I have a bad conscience. First I complain that we do not get the new album (Senjutsu, released today), and now that the legal download has finally savely found its way to my laptop and my mobile I start to complain again. Don't get me wrong. I am not among those who say that … Continue reading Opinion: Is This Seppuku or Do Iron Maiden Hate Their Singer?
Is the band mascot Eddie, an undead creature close to a zombie, good or bad? Eddie was somewhere in the middle right from the start. He is clearly very threatening on the cover of Killers (1981) and still he is meant to embody this moment of redemption for the underdogs and outsiders that is firmly … Continue reading Who Are the Evil Forces at Belshazzar’s Feast?
The song "Moonchild" (Seventh Son of a Seventh Son, 1987) has two namesakes, the novel by English occultist Aleister Crowley (1917) and a Spanish song called "Hijo de la Luna," the son of the moon (well, I count this as close enough to be a namesake). All three share one plot element, the sacrifice of … Continue reading Children of the Moon, or: More Questions than Answers
Today the long-expected bad news finally hit. The Legacy of the Beast tour will have to be postponed a second time; now it is planned for 2022. Whereas Maiden could not have foreseen the Corona pandemic, I still blame them for their bad decisions. This tour will be the third leg of the same production, … Continue reading Opinion: The Death of the Beast