Maiden Heaven: A Tribute to Iron Maiden
So I’m in my car yesterday and I catch the tail end of the local DJ saying “And that was Metallica’s new single, a cover of Iron Maiden’s Remember Tomorrow”. Craptastic! How’d I miss that? Metallica covering Maiden? Can you say freakin’ awesome!
I do a quick Google search when I get home and find the album on which this song resides. It is called Maiden Heaven: A Tribute to Iron Maiden. Now this is a monster tribute album! It is mostly great, with a few sucky covers thrown in for good measure.
Black Tide starts us off, and boy do they. Their cover of Prowler is amazing. Black Tide pulls off the energy and feeling of the song.
Next up is Metallica, covering Remember Tomorrow. Awesome song! Metallica stomps and pushes and thrashes their way through it. Great to hear Metallica on top of their game again.
Avenged Sevenfold nails Flash of the Blade. I’m liking them more and more as I listen to them.
Glamour of the Kill (who?) tries to cover the classic 2 Minutes to Midnight and just can’t pull it off. They sound like some bad 80’s glam band trying to sound tough.
Coheed and Cambria step things up with their cover of The Trooper. Although the singer’s voice is, um, unique, it still fits with the song.
Devildriver delivers one of the worst covers on the record. Those cookie monster vocals just don’t give the song what is needed.
Maybe I spoke to soon….as Sign slaughters Run To the Hills. How the crap did this band get onto the record? I know covers are tricky. You want to stamp the song with your own touch, but you have to pay homage to the original. You would never ever in a million years recognize this song as the Run To The Hills that all Maiden fans love.
Thankfully Dream Theater does a phenomenal job on the next song, To Tame A Land. Dream Theater is a natural fit on this cd. They have their own bootleg album, where they covered the entire Number of the Beast record. That is a must own for any DT or Iron Maiden fan!
Madina Lake (again, who?) gives us crap with a version of Caught Somewhere In Time that is sucky and horrible and should never have been made.
Gallows covers one of my all time favorite Maiden songs, Wrathchild. This version is punky/hardcore, but still lets you know it is an Iron Maiden song. Personally, I like Ultimatum’s cover way better.
Fear of the Dark is covered by a band named Fightstar. It isn’t bad. They keep the feel of the song pretty well.
Machine Head rumbles in with Hallowed Be Thy Name and they rip it up (in a good way!) This is a straight cover, almost note for note, and it sounds great!
Trivium brings us Iron Maiden and they do a good job too. Again, the sound of the song is mostly kept, but with a lot of the growling vocals that Trivium is known for.
Year Long Disaster tries to cover Running Free, but like all of the alternative bands, they just can’t pull it off. Sounds like a bad sleaze band trying to sound cool.
This last song, Brave New World, is performed by Ghostlines and it is soooooooooooo horrible that it barely deserves mention. Sounds like The Cure or some crap like that. How the heck did this even make it on the album?
All in all, this is a great tribute to one of the greatest Metal bands that has ever graced our planet. It is worth the download!