- Visions Of The Beast
Too often too many people scoff at Iron
as over the hill rockers who want to cling onto their youth. On the
contrary, while they are no longer kids, these guys still have so many
great songs left in them and can put many young acts to shame on stage.
With over 50 million albums sold, do you want to argue? As probably
the most successful British Heavy Metal band, the
phenomenon has been both a fun and intriguing one for several decades.
Collecting all the Eddie posters at school still feels like yesterday.
Having gone through three vocalists (the original Paul Diano, the ultimate
Bruce Dickenson and filler Blaize Bailey), they haven't lost momentum,
especially with Bruce back in the saddle and better than ever. This
double DVD offers the fan every single Maiden
promo clip from 1980 through to their headlining Rock In Rio
performance of 2001. Expect the vintage numbers like Women In Uniform
and Wrathchild as well as the essential Run To The Hills
and Number Of The Beast. The Trooper, Aces High, Wasted Years, Stranger
In A Strange Land, The Clairvoyant and Tailgunner include
some of the tracks on disc one. Disc two gives you everything from Be
Quick Or Be Dead and Fear Of the Dark to Man On The Edge,
Virus, The Wicker Man and Brave New World. With varying production
values, live footage and professionally shot promo clips, it doesn't
get more concise than this. Together with the Rock In Rio live
double DVD set, you're pretty much Iron Maidened for a while.
One thing you can't hold against the band is the fact that they really
give the fans their all. This DVD set includes over 30 of their unforgettable
songs (every video ever shot), clocking in at a whopping 180 minutes.
40 minutes of hidden and extra footage won't leave the Maiden
fan dissatisfied. It also features Camp Chaos animated versions
of 6 Iron
Nifty packaging makes it that much more attractive, even though some
grannies might still think that the band's Eddie mascot is the incarnation
of evil. It's only rock & roll, gran!
6 / A