This series is about metal band’s that have somekind of Truth in their lyrics or investigation about Truth. And because sometimes investigations get too heavy and you just have to cool down and relax music is a good tool for that. Music is also a powerful tool to manipulate people in good or in bad. I’m not saying that heavy metal music is good or bad, but I can say that in metal music there are good lyrics, which consider the situation on this planet or history.
This series is about metal bands, because I have listened mostly metal all my life and I think I know something about it. World is full of metal bands, but just few of them write about history or world events seriously. First band, that I want to introduce is Iron Maiden, because I have listen it since 1989. Their music is full of philosophy, historical events, religion (investigation sense) and current World status. In this series I’m not going to tell you which are the best mainstreme songs of these bands, what I’m going to do, is that I choose a song which have some philosophical, historical or that kind of significance.
First I post my favorite songs just because this is my blog and the first one is Hallowed Be Thy Name. Why I choose this version is because it just kind of wraps up the vibe that Maiden have today after 30 years:
Second favorite song is Phantom Of The Opera and this is from their early days. No particular history value, but tells you about everything Maiden was and is today:
Then I post couple of songs that have some truth value. First one is a song called Brave New World. It’s based on a book of same name:
Brave New World is a novel written in 1931 by Aldous Huxley and published in 1932. Set in London of AD 2540 (632 A.F. – “After Ford” – in the book), the novel anticipates developments in reproductive technology, sleep-learning, psychological manipulation and operant conditioning that combine to profoundly change society. Huxley answered this book with a reassessment in an essay, Brave New World Revisited (1958) and with his final work, a novel titled Island (1962).
And here is the live version from year 2000 in Rock In Rio, which is just awesome:
Second son which have some significant philosophical value is Childhood’s End and here is the book behind this song:
Childhood’s End is a 1953 science fiction novel by the British author Arthur C. Clarke. The story follows the peaceful alien invasionof Earth by the mysterious Overlords, whose arrival ends all war, helps form a world government, and turns the planet into a near-utopia. Many questions are asked about the origins and mission of the aliens, but they avoid answering, preferring to remain in their spacecraft, governing through indirect rule. Decades later, the Overlords show themselves, and their impact on human culture leads to a Golden Age.
And here is the studio version, because there is no good live version:
I could talk about Maiden forever, but this is it for now. Listen all the albums and you are a lot wiser person considering heavy metal, history, philosophy and World situation.
Up The Irons!