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PiercingMetal’s “Best Of” 2005: Music – Video – Concerts

Having only launched PiercingMetal.com in April, this list is not a super long one. However, it does feature some of the releases that we found most favorable along with the shows that we enjoyed the most. Maybe you agree with us on some so please take a look.

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The Best CD’s of 2005:
Mercenary “11 Dreams” (Century Media Records): One of the finest mixes of Metal genre to come out of Century Media records this year

Soilwork “Stabbing The Drama” (Nuclear Blast Records): This CD made a fan out of me, and is likely to do the same for you.

H.I.M. “Dark Light” (Sire Records): First official US Release and mixes elements of their previous work to a fine blend. Try this melodic gothic act out and you will not regret it.

Judas Priest “Angel Of Retribution” (Epic Records): Reunion, simple as that, they show why they are Metal Gods to this very day.

Iron Maiden “Death On the Road” (Columbia Records): The 40th live album from Iron Maiden shows up their last try and is quite enjoyable.

Korpiklaani “Voice of Wilderness” (Napalm Records): Ever hear Folk Metal? You will be a changed person when you do.

Leaves Eyes “Vinland Saga” (Napalm Records): Atmospheric Gothic Metal and this CD take you to another world.

Journey “Generations” (Independent): Anyone who stopped supporting Journey because of Steve Perry leaving is an idiot because Steve Augeri rocks. This is one of the best Rock records of the year.
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“Death On The Road” by Iron Maiden

Artist: Iron Maiden
Title: “Death On The Road”
Label: Sanctuary Records
Release Date: 10/4/2005
Genre: Heavy Metal
Rating: 7.5/10

When you look at the releases of Iron Maiden over the last couple of years it seems that while they manage to release a studio piece on a regular basis. They are also releasing a good amount of live recordings and Greatest Hits packages. There have been so many that it would amaze you if you added them up in fact. This one intends to keep your collection growing ever more as what Iron Maiden seems to be doing these days is releasing a live album for each tour they do. This has been the case since the CD “Brave New World” begat the live release “Rock In Rio”. Entitled “Death On The Road” this particular live opus brings us some of the music performed in support of the “Dance Of Death” CD. It was recorded in the Westfalenhalle Arena, Dortmund, Germany during the European leg of the “Dance of Death” World tour. Of the 16 tracks we get from Maiden on this CD, a full 6 of them are from the last studio album. That is a pretty big sampling of new material to absorb and while it might seem excessive it does stand to generate a little more interest in the studio recording. As far as the “expected” tunes this includes all of the standards: “The Trooper”, “Number Of The Beast”, “Hallowed Be Thy Name” etc. and even touches upon some other soon to be classics like “Can I Play With Madness”. Given their mixing the classic material with a fair amount of new tunes any discriminating Iron Maiden fan should be pleased. A fair amount of “classic” material and “new” tracks for any discriminating fan. It is also different enough from “Rock In Rio” which is smart for releasing two live CD’s almost consecutively that are too similar would cause both items to suffer in the sales end.
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“The Essential Iron Maiden” by Iron Maiden

Artist: Iron Maiden
Title: “The Essential Iron Maiden”
Label: Sony Music
Release Date: 7/12/2005
Genre: Heavy Metal
Rating: 8/10

While I felt a certain amount of hesitation at the aspect of yet another Iron Maiden Greatest Hits package (as we have recently seen Edward The Great, Best Of The Beast and Ed Hunter); not too mention the various and numerable live releases (which are almost “Best Of’s as well). This release had some nice moments to it. It has a large amount of the tracks you would expect to find on a hits piece and with Iron Maiden holding about 14 studio albums and at least a half dozen live releases it is somewhat difficult to decide on what material to include and what to leave out. While the selection impressed me, I was disappointed that “Prisoner”, or “Where Eagles Dare” and “Hallowed Be Thy Name” were left off. Clearly they are more acclaimed as far as Maiden tracks go.
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“The History Of Iron Maiden Pt. 1 The Early Days” by Iron Maiden

Artist: Iron Maiden
Title: “Part 1: The Early Days”
Label: Columbia Music Video
Release Date: 11/23/2004
Genre: Heavy Metal
Rating: 9/10

With the release of “Part 1: The Early Days” DVD Iron Maiden has given the fans something very long overdue. The band has continually released live CD after one another and while most were good, it was definitely time for something different. The “Early Days” DVD certainly solves that quest for difference. As I watched, I began to figure how best to make comments on the piece and realized that the footage and features were even more than I could have hoped for. Iron Maiden clearly took the time to deliver the type of product that the fans have been clamoring for across the years. Loaded with not one but four vintage concerts (among them are two featuring Paul DiAnno on vocals) it makes it worthwhile from this alone. It also has some archive footage regarding early band television appearances from the time when the band was newly signed. The “Early Days” documentary piece alone runs 90 minutes and will offer a lot of historical perspective into this time in the bands life. Prior to this release the only place I had ever seen this type of footage were on bootlegs one might find at Metal conventions, and it is so great to see this on a quality and clean copy as opposed to grainy dubs on VHS. I am still electric from watching the “Live At The Rainbow” concert, as my Friend owned a copied copy of a copy. I remembered back about 15 years ago being huddled with the other metal head friends as we watched it on a small TV screen in a basement.
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Iron Maiden @ Madison Square Garden (7/30/2003)

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Artist: Iron Maiden
Venue: Madison Square Garden (New York, NY)
Opener: Dio & Motorhead
Label: EMI Music
Date: 07/30/2003

This past July, the famous Madison Square Garden arena in New York City saw the appearance of three of Heavy Metal’s most senior titans. Iron Maiden came to visit and brought Dio and Motorhead with them.

Starting the night off was Motorhead. Now, I thought they were terrific but for some reason there was not yet a full house for them. People were still milling about and getting beers from the concession stands instead of supporting this classic act. By my recollection, I don’t think Motorhead had ever played the Garden so I was surprised at the lackluster response from fans. To their credit, Lemmy and crew rumbled through tunes like “Killed By Death” and “Iron Fist”. Since they were in NYC, Lemmy made mention to dedicate a song for Dee Dee and Joey Ramone who the punk music scene had lost over the past two years. The song was “R.A.M.O.N.E.S.” which I think can be found on the Ramones Tribute album that was recently released. If I am incorrect, please pardon the flub. There was another highlight for me when drummer Mickey Dee (formerly of King Diamond) did an excellent drum solo. lotsa power behind this guy he is one of the best Metal Drummers we have going. Their set was a little over 30 minutes and before you knew it they were done. Loud and Fast, Solid and Heavy that is one thing I love most about Motorhead music.
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