Tuesday, October 04, 2005

VARIOUS ‘Numbers From The Beast’ Rykodisc (2005)


No, don’t ‘Run To The Hills’ at the thought of yet another Iron Maiden tribute album as this one is rather good and actually features musicians you have heard of rather than ex-members of 80’s hair metal bands you couldn’t quite remember when they were around first time round. Original Maiden vocalist Paul Di’Anno even pops up to sing tribute to himself (eh?) on ‘Wrathchild’ – a much heavier version ensues with members of Testament and Anthrax providing the music. Elsewhere Twisted Sister’s Dee Snider puts in a weak performance on ‘Wasted Years’ – it just doesn’t sound like a classic Dee Snider vocal performance. Robin McAuley teams up again with Mr Schenker on ‘Run To The Hills’ – a rip roaring version and the best cover on the album. ‘Ripper’ Owens goes all sub-Rob Halford on ‘Flight Of Icarus’ – stop aping other singers and do your own thing man! Lemmy is Lemmy on ‘The Trooper' with Phil Campbell also on guitar, whilst Jeff Scott Soto does his Bruce Dickinson impression on ‘Aces High’, that also features ex-Extreme guitarist Nuno Bettencourt, former Dio/Sabbath drummer Vinnie Appice and Billy Sheenan. Mark Slaughter does justice to ‘Can I Play With Madness?’, whilst John Bush rips through ‘The Wicker Man’.

All in all possibly the best Maiden tribute album out there and certainly worth a listen if you’re a fan of the band or indeed any of the artists featured on here.


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