Enter the risen Osiris, risen again. The title of the song speaks for itself I think. The Virtual XI cover was based on the Ed Hunter video game in which you play as Eddie blasting your way through many familiar parts of Iron Maiden's history. Bath In keeping with the theme, Nicko McBrain emulates Morse code with his hi-hat at the start. So every work day (including one day with two), there will be a song-by-song Iron Maiden album review. 18. Quest For Fire tells the tale of a Neolithic man competing for fire, and is based on a French novel from 1909. Rather than attempt to scour my musical files for a rounded sample of songs about history, I am going to draw on songs from just one band, the legendary metal titans Iron Maiden. 2. Just don’t expect this one to help you through any exams; Steve Harris’s fanciful lyrics would fail miserably on account of being, well, completely made up. Like most other bands, IRON MAIDEN has a pretty constant mainstay of songs they play at concerts. In 851 the Danes invaded England with 350 boats, and the Vikings went on to defeat armies from the ancient Anglo-Saxon Kingdoms of East Anglia, Northumbria, Kent, and Mercia. ‘The Trooper’ is a song by Iron Maiden that was released as the second single on 20 June 1983 from the band’s fourth studio album, Piece of Mind. Iron Maiden were formed on Christmas Day, 25 December 1975 by bassist Steve Harris shortly after he left his previous group, Smiler. Besides all that, during the early 80's, Iron Maiden went through a period of enlightenment in history and literature. So when you're waiting for the next attack, you'd better stand there's no turning back. Forty years after the band first formed in East London, heavy metal band Iron Maiden is one of the biggest bands in the world. The lyric ‘Pilgrim sunrise, pagan sunset’ alludes to the journey being as much an end as it was a beginning – many of the Pilgrims died from scurvy on the ship, or froze in the cold when they reached America. Green is the cat's eye that glows in this temple. Maiden will still be alternating between new album tours and retro tours, but the period recreations are over. Egyptologists would probably raise an eyebrow at the lyrics, but this is about the drama. Based on the 18th-century poem by Samuel Taylor Coleridge, it also showcased Maiden’s historical and literary approach to lyricism. John Higgs is the author of Stranger Than We Can Imagine: Making Sense of the Twentieth Century and also, handily, a Maiden fan. “Axes, severed limbs, bloody corpses, rape and burning flesh – Steve Harris’ account of Viking raids on Britain around the 10th century is not for the squeamish. “Now give us our holy sign, changing the water into wine. "The Trooper" is one of those educational songs, though it takes a little digging to get some real understanding because, as is the spirit of music, history is not recited in text book form, but rather poetically. John Higgs is the author of Stranger Than We Can Imagine: Making Sense of the Twentieth Century and also, handily, a Maiden fan. Didn't know the sparks that made the fire were made by rubbing stick and stone.”. Iron Maiden worked with Shirley once again on 2010's The Final Frontier, which reached the top of the charts in 28 countries and earned the band a Grammy Award for Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance for the single "El Dorado. But many came, too much for Cree. We can only hope that the message is an apology for their spelling mistake – it’s actually spelled Passchendaele.”, INVADERS (The Number Of The Beast, 1982) “The Trooper is Maiden’s account of the famous Charge of the Light Brigade’ during the 1854 Crimean War. You fire your musket but I run you through. study of ours, “Historical Characters and Facts in Iron Maiden Songs: a journey from Pre-History to the Second World War” (MELLER, 2005), and is a follow-up to “Historical Themes in Iron Maiden Songs (Part I): From the Cavemen to the Vikings” (RBEC, n.3, jan-jul 2013). https://www.grunge.com/259241/the-crazy-real-life-story-of- John Higgs was speaking to Thea de Gallier. A long time ago! It’s relatively optimistic war song for Maiden, as the soldier in question doesn’t actually die. Pilgrim sunrise, pagan sunset, onward journey begun.”. And in my last hour, I'm a slave to the power of death.”. “White man came across the sea, brought us pain and misery. There would almost certainly be a Maiden song about the aeroplane-inventing Wright Brothers if their story had a higher body count [although Dickinson touched on the subject on Kill Devil Hill on his Tyranny Of Souls solo album in 2005].”, THE TROOPER (Piece Of Mind,1983) Louder is part of Future plc, an international media group and leading digital publisher. “This retelling of a pilgrim’s voyage to America aboard the Mayflower in 1620 stresses the religious aspect of the journey, but doesn’t gloss over the nasty bits. You could copy out those lyrics for your history GCSE and still be hopeful of an A*.”, POWERSLAVE (Powerslave, 1984) Tell me why I had to be a Powerslave. The Albigensian Crusade, or Cathar Crusade, was about eradicating the Gnostic Christian sect of the Cathars, due to the Catholic view that this sect was heretical. There isn’t a huge amount of historical information in the song; instead, it focuses on honour, defiance, and lots of cries of “Freedom!”, PASCHENDALE (Dance Of Death, 2003) © These setlists revived a load of songs we hadn’t heard in ages, but they also left out crucial tracks for what was probably their last shot at being performed on stage. Piece of Mind was the first Iron Maiden album to chart in the United States, topping out at number 70. The reunion album Brave New World (2000) featured an Eddie face smiling down from the sky on a futuristic London. “Where Steve Harris’ historical songs are scrupulously accurate, those by Bruce Dickinson lean more towards the theatrical – just listen to their Ancient Egyptian-inspired epic, Powerslave. In 1244 the Cathars at Montségur surrendered after being beseeched by 10,000 French soldiers, and 220 of them were burned in a bonfire. Like many Maiden songs this one is based off a book and movie of the same title. "Aces High" is a song by English heavy metal band Iron Maiden, written by the band's bassist Steve Harris. 11 songs. One of Maiden’s most popular songs, and a still a staple for rock radio. Realizingresonance “Longboats have been sighted, the evidence of war has begun. One of the most interesting things about Alexander the Great was that he was tutored as a boy by the Philosopher Aristotle. “From the same album as The Pilgrim – the war concept record A Matter Of Life and Death – comes this account of the D-Day landings. People will say stupid stuff about them being satanic...which I knew wasn't true, but didn't know the origin of the lyrics of this particular song. On to the second album, Killers. Templar believers with blood on their hands, joined in the chorus to kill on command. Rather than attempt to scour my musical files for a rounded sample of songs about history, I am going to draw on songs from just one band, the legendary metal titans Iron Maiden. The philosophical theme for Realizing Resonance in July is History. Josh from Warrenville, Il Iron Maiden's main source of song writing material is history, followed closely by other peoples ideas. The lyrics are a recap of all the major events in the young Alexander the Great’s life, and you wouldn’t get such educational prose as “The Scythians fell by the River Jaxartes / Then Egypt fell to the Macedon King as well / And he founded the city called Alexandria” from the likes of AC/DC. The philosophical theme for Realizing Resonance in July is History. Hellenism he spread far and wide, the Macedonian learned mind. The innocents died for the pope on his throne, Catholic greed and its paranoid zeal. This song is about ancient Egypt, and the Pharaohs who believed that they were living gods. The Battle of Paschendale was fought between British and German troops in Belgium during World War I. Your number's up, the bullet's got your name, you still go on, to hell and back again. 1. The song itself manages to combine many of Maiden’s lyrical obsessions, namely flight, history and lots of people being killed. The Number of the Beast, album launched by Iron Maiden in 1982), what really makes them stand out, as far as lyrics are concerned, are songs inspired either by historical facts or songs which are inter-semiotic versions of literary works. There are many, many Iron Maiden tracks that reflect historical moments in history and the battles that went with them, from Alexander The Great to Viking raids in the song Invaders but this list reflects some of the best Maiden songs based on some key themes of modern warfare. “You take my life but I'll take yours too. Burned at the stake for their soul's liberty, to stand with the Cathars, to die and be free.”. There was a problem. Blaze Of GloryJon Bon Jovi Jon Bon Jovi earned his first movie credit - Young Guns II - by writing "Blaze Of Glory" for the film. The album title points to one of the many reasons why I am a fan of the band–when looking for inspiration to their songs, they turn to literature. While not historically precise, it is about prehistory and the discovery of fire, in the time of the Neanderthal. All rights reserved. Dickinson’s lyrics include references to the Knights Templar and the Holy Grail, which was said to be smuggled out of Montségur during the siege, but his mentions of Illuminati symbolism like eyes and pyramids are probably stretching it.”, QUEST FOR FIRE (Piece Of Mind,1983) Some of the songs are accurate play by play accounts of past events, while other tracks are inspired meta-artistic interpretations of poems and novels that have historical themes. When the Life Giver dies, all around is laid waste. He paved the way for Christianity.”. A fast and fun track about Viking raids. Their culture was a Western way of life. 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