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Tribute to the Beast

3.9 out of 5 stars 9 customer reviews

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The Beast is, of course, Iron Maiden, whose 1982 Number of the Beast is one of heavy music's paramount releases--as any metal fan worth their mettle knows. This 16-song tribute, dominated by European underground metal bands, is often akin to death-metal karaoke. With songs from both the Paul DiAnno and Bruce Dickinson eras of Maiden, most of the true-to-original versions are decent, highlighted by Grave Digger's "Running Free," Sonata Arctica's "Die with Your Boots On," and Iced Earth's "Transylvania." Interpreting Maiden is the maiden of Singery, Kimberly Goss. Her higher, more delicate vocals on "Number of the Beast" are surprising but interesting. Tierra Santa's version of "Flight of Icarus" is initially slow, but then sped up to an even faster tempo than the original, which is also unexpected. Cradle of Filth appropriately tackle "Hallowed Be Thy Name," the ominous graveyard vocals certainly bearing no resemblance to Dickinson's. The tuned-down death-metal attack of Disbelief's "Stranger in a Strange Land" is another fresh take on a classic cut. Still, this tribute, while a treat for devotees, ultimately proves there ain't nothing like the real thing. --Katherine Turman
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 30, 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Nuclear Blast Americ
  • ASIN: B00005Y2KF
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #575,575 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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This album proves why Iron Maiden is the Beast - because of best songs. But, after hearing around 200 of their songs a thousand times, it starts to get boring to hear the same style over and over again. Now we have some huge hits in a new, more modern and powerful interpretations. It's good for Iron Maiden to keep the spirit alive, and good for the small bands to get their names heard.
In my opinion, Cradle Of Filth did an awesome cover of Hallowed Be Thy Name - adding more power and horror to the song. The second riff is so powerful now that it's beyond comprehension. Dani Filth's best performance, I guess his vocal chords surgery had a meaning afterall.
Children Of Bodom added clarity, power, and speed to Aces High, a good cover.
Sonata Arctica did the same with Die With Your Boots On, but they made a song that was almost a B-side an excellent, fast and powerful song. That heavy metal song just needed to be covered by a power metal band.
Therion did a huge job with Children Of The Damned, made a completely new song, dark and scary. Much better than the sad attempt by Skid Row, which basically only played the song, never covered it to make it something different.
Burden Of Grief's Prowler is great for my ear, powerful grunts with melodical riff in the background. Who would say that such an old song can sound so new? And different than similar attempts from new bands.
Disbelief did a great job with Stranger In A Strange Land, Maiden's riffs are powered up, and vocals show despair that the original song was meant to show. However, it gets boring before the end of the song.
Grave Digger's cover of Running Free is very interesting. They captured the spirit of the song.
Tierra Santa's Flight Of Icarus shows good potential in the beginning, but later gets boring and shows the limited abilities of the singer.
Other songs are just bad (Steel Prophet, Sinergy) or bring nothing new (Rage, Iced Earth, Six Feet Under).
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How many so called tribute albums are there for Iron Maiden? 10, 22, 666...it doesn't matter. This one, along with Vol. 2 are all you need if you are a fan of Maiden. As to all those of you who are downplaying the female vocals, I would like to point out that there exists and ALL female band known as the Iron Maidens that can destroy any cover of any Iron Maiden song with perfection. Check them out if you don't believe me [...] Unfortunately, unless you are on the left coast, you may never see them because they are based out of so-cal. That being said, this album does an excellent job of recreating many of the classic Maiden tunes that we all know and love. Some of the highlights I think include Darkane's version of "Powerslave", Opeth doing "Remember Tomorrow", fairly close copies of "Number of the Beast" by Sinergy and "Die w/Your Boots On" by Sonata Arctica, a fantastic cover of "Hallowed By Thy Name" by Cradle of Filth which also appears on their Cruelty and the Beast Bonus CD, and an awesome cover of Transylvania (done instrumentally) by Iced Earth. Their are many other covers that will knock you out of your mullet too including "Children of the Damned", "The Trooper", "The Flight of Icarus", and "22 Acacia Avenue" just to name a few. Many casual metal fans may be reading this and not recognize some of these bands. This is because most are Death Metal/Black Metal outfits that play music that is influenced by many British and Scandinavian Metal bands of the past. What better way to pay homage to them than to honor the kings. These bands do an excellent job. In my opinion, and you are entitled to disagree, this and its' partner CD (VOL. 2) are the best tribute albums that exist for Iron Maiden.
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This is NOT a good album.

To start with, half of the band lack the emotion of real 'Maiden.

* The Steel Prophet cover isn't too shabby, something I can't say about some of the other covers.

* As much as I love Children of Bodom, I don't like their covers: Alex doesn't have the voice.

* The vocalist of Rage sings like a japanese woman with a sore throat which is strange because last time I checked, Rage's singer was a man. I don't mean that women can't sing 'Maiden, on the countrary, the After Forever cover of "The Evil That Men Do" is magnificent, but Rage's cover is terrible.

* Then the good, old Cradle of Filth. Never a band with a more fitting name walked the face of earth. Except that, in case of this one, "Filth" isn't strong enough to describe what I think of them. No, I like the instrumental part of *SOME* songs, but the singer seems like he is dying from a lung disease.

* Grave Digger's cover is unremarkable.

* The Burden of Grief cover is just what to expect from a Death Metal band. I like it.

* Being a big Sonata Arctica fanboy, my opinion is biased: I love Sonata's cover of "Die With Your Boots On" but then I love everything Sonata Arctica has done before.

* Therion's attempt at "Children of the Damned" would've passed if the singer didn't sound to be bored to death singing this song. I admit I never liked that particular Maiden song, though. I can understand this chap.

* Iced Earth's instrumental-only piece is a joy and I never was fond of IE in particular (there are better bands than them).

* I always had a great interest in Opeth as the band has plays in two completely different styles. This cover has a typical Opeth sound.
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