|WARNING! If you're offended by yet another modern, bland Maiden song, close the fuck out of YouTube.|
After a long battle of attempting to renew The Metal Advisor's domain name, I'm back. Needless to say, Google wasn't particularly nice about it, especially when the username slipped my mind, and there was little way of recovering it. In the end, sifting through old emails was the key, but the important thing is that there's metal to gossip about, so let's get to it.
Today marks Iron Maiden's first new song since 2010's lackluster The Final Frontier. It should come as no surprise that the track--"Speed of Light"--carries the all-too-familiar aesthetic of brick-walled production and cardboard sounding drums. Guided by producer Kevin Shirley, the storied six-piece is more or less doomed for the foreseeable future, and with Harris residing in his comfort zone--as he has for many years now--the sound is unlikely to change before Iron Maiden calls it a day.
All things considered, this isn't surprising. Maiden is Maiden, and they're under no obligation to, as the internet fanboys put it, "give the fans what they want." The fact of the matter is that the six-piece has been stuck in a rut since Bruce made his departure in the early '90s, when Harris transitioned to longer, sprawling songs that adhered to a formula. A few gems have come of it--namely full-lengths Brave New World and Dance of Death--but otherwise, niggling inconstancies plague each release, bringing them down a few notches.
|Your wildest dreams come true: Eddie and Donkey Kong|
Maiden was once a band known for three things: innovation, influence, and inspiration. Their music inspired thousands of imitators and, even today, the number continues to grow, as traditional heavy metal reemerges from the underground. With the most recent albums, however, the innovation is gone because sticking to a formula, instead of letting the music flow naturally, cripples any musician or band. It's a sad state of affairs for a group surrounded by glimmering mysticism, admiration, and legend.
Of course, if I'm wrong, I'll eat my words. Unfortunate as it is to say, the video is the most interesting part of the song, though I did, in fact, associate the track's introduction with a video game before viewing the clip. Frankly, it's much better than the dull, computer generated videos Maiden has released in the past, and it's reassuring to see them step up to the plate in at least one area.
However, I do question if Nintendo or Midway (or the company that absorbed Midway) will appreciate Maiden ripping off classic Donkey Kong and Mortal Kombat concepts. Coming from a licensing background, I see ripoffs of well-known concepts all too often, and if Maiden failed to obtain the proper rights, I'm fearful of the owners taking action. But this may not be an issue--this is purely speculation on my part.
|Eddie in a Mortal Kombat-like setting. Would woulda thunk it?|
Anyway, like always, I'm rambling. What do you think? Is the track worthy of the hype surrounding it? Is it indicative of a strong comeback? Tell me what you think below.