Monday, July 3, 2017

The Iron Maiden - "Maiden Voyage" 1969

I don't even feel the need to say "not to be confused with the band of the same title" because I think it's pretty safe to assume, it is most definitely not.
However, all is not lost, do not touch that dial. In fact, what we do have here is a pretty decent specimen of early forms of Metal/heavy psych/and yes, even folk, which went hand in hand with most hard bands of this time period.
The band's beginning, takes us to Basildon, U.K. where in 1966, Cream High School Hall which inspired the band to get busy real quick on a band of their own (I can believe that.)   Their earlier days, the group went under the names/Aliases: Growth, Stevensons Blues Department, & Burn. The band began playing regular support for Fleetwood Mac, and Jethro Tull.
The difference however, with this "Iron Maiden," in place of the "Metal as Fuck" Murray & Smith twin leads, is a "Metal as Fuck" guitar/bass pairing that could suck yer face off, add some quirky, off key, off beet, straight up riffing that never knocks itself back, the vocals of Robert Plant singing Zappa, and it's this: The "Original Iron Maiden."
Truth is, of the many flavors that runs through this album, The biggest being blues-driven hard rock with even some "boogie woogie" to it are all pretty standard
Until
The songs can generally end up anywhere but it usually lands in what I believe is the pure and simple sound of Heavy Metal forming. Amazingly in different ways, the root system for hook/pauses, just little musical subtleties are being chiseled away within the construct of the soon to be the new-standard heavy metal formula.

There is a great bio of the band at Rise Above Records








NOTE: It took a unnecessarily long time for me to play this record for the first time just a few years ago. I admit I was completely and improperly shit-headed to deny myself an album that could have brought me as much, if not more pleasure than it, or the "other" band do now.
I was wrong. I was dumb.
Kids are dumb.
Not all kids, but a good hunk of them, and it's not their fault. Most of them even today are being weened by the likes of Garth Brooks, and that other piece of shit, who am I thinking of? The "Sad "Bastard-anti-gun hippi" douche..?

Look, kids, the point is, never EVER NEVER disregard any band based on their hometown, or lack thereof, or because they got stuck with a shitty album cover that was put into place without a stitch of artist input, or, simply because it shares a name with a different band.
Combine that, and your whole "Because They did it first" bullshit, and YOU are part of the problem, man!
Fuck you. .

Dismissed.

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