Let's clear this one up, ok? Don't laugh at me because I chose to review the Iron Maiden single. Maiden are fucking brilliant, even if it is in that post-rock ironic way and it's a great pity I didn't discover them earlier.
This isn't a new single I hear you cry, well heres the run down. A former Maiden member, Clive Burr, has developed MS, and the band have re-issued this single in honour of the Clive Burr Trust.
Starting with an epic chorus, 'Run For The Hills', concerning the plight of Native Americans during colonisation, was recorded live at the Rock In Rio festival. It draws in the listener with it's shameless eighties rock posturing, and guitar solo background. The magnitude of energy exuded by the band in their live shows is propelling, more so inspiring when you realise many of them are heading to the other side of the aga hill. The B-sides include the darker, more organic 'Children of the Damned', which showcases the immense passion and emotional capacity of Bruce Dickinson's voice and 'Total Eclipse' which comes across like Maiden's (h)air guitarists Vs. Cradle of Filth during a cantankerous studio jamming session (again, an interesting hypothesis, considering CoF do have impressive guitarists).
Most charity singles have a reputation for being soulless tosh, with the listener often praying to be paid to listen to them, for compensating their over-saturated ears for undergoing aural suicide. Unfortunately, for the schadenfraude crew out there, this isn't.
10Sajini Wijetilleka's Score