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Charlie Steffens of KNAC.COM recently conducted an interview with IRON MAIDEN drummer Nicko McBrain. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.

KNAC.COM: On this tour you’re playing the quintessential IRON MAIDEN songs, right?

McBrain: Yeah, we dusted off the cobwebs off of a few that haven’t had a showing for a while. Well, it’s been twenty five years since we’ve played “Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son”, so you could say there’s that one song and that’s it. We pulled out “Trooper”. The last airing of that, I think, was eight, nine years ago. “Phantom Of The Opera”. Classic. We did “Can I Play with Madness” not so long ago. Yeah, those classics right there. We’ve got “Afraid To Shoot Strangers”, that’s always a great crowd pleaser. “The Prisoner”. I love that track. It’s just a wild song to play. It’s got a great groove to it. It’s the third song in the set. It’s so lovely to be revisiting some of the older stuff as well as that mid-’80s period. People think, “Yeah, you’re doing the ‘Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son’ tour,” if you like. But it’s a retrospective look at MAIDEN. You still get the classics: “Number Of The Beast” and “Iron Maiden” always closes the show. We’ve left out “Hallowed Be Thy Name” just because we’ve always played “Hallowed” every tour, although, it’s one of my favorite songs, ever, to play with MAIDEN. So we’re doing a fair chunk of “Seventh Son”, but we’ve got before and after. “Fear Of The Dark”, for instance. “Afraid To Shoot Strangers”. Yeah, we’re really having a good time, mate. It went well for last year in Europe. It most definitely was received so very well in Raleigh the other night. People loved it, and we all came offstage with a smile on our face. You can’t not come off with a smile when you see how many people enjoyed themselves, you know.

KNAC.COM: Are you cruising around in the jet for this tour?

McBrain: No. In a way it would have been nice, but because this leg is just a couple months, or, actually, it’s only four weeks really — it was too cost-prohibitive to a 757 just to do a month out on the tour. That’s kind of the world jet, when we do around the world in a couple of months. You’re self-contained on it. You’ve got all the gear. You’ve got 12 tons of gear and all the crew. Mind you, we got a lot of beer now. [laughs]

KNAC.COM: Well, let’s talk about the most important thing. Beer. Trooper.

McBrain: Exactly. It’s funny, you know. When we were in rehearsals last week, we got to “The Trooper” in the set and before I kicked it off I started out, “All right lads, I think it’s time for a beer.” And they all looked at me and went, “What?” And I said, “It’s Trooper time, isn’t it?” We don’t drink while we play and we don’t drink before. At the very end of a night, we’ve been known to take a pint of Guinness, if we’re in Ireland, and toast the audience with it. But that’s at the end of the night. But yes, this Trooper beer, my lord, it’s so, so delicious. It’s wonderful. For any ale drinkers out there that love to drink a drop of beer. It’s not a lager. It’s like a bitter, extra special bitter, like an ESB. It was designed with Robinsons Brewery and Bruce [Dickinson] actually had a big hand in the design of the beer. When I first joined MAIDEN in 1982, I went out on tour with the band before Bruce. I was supporting the band when I was in TRUST, I went out on the “Killers” tour. All of us then drank ale across the British tour and we all loved our real ale beer in England. So Bruce knew what we wanted to taste in a beer, basically. So with that in the back of his mind, he went in and designed this beer. If you took IRON MAIDEN‘s logo and Eddie off the bottle and had a blindfold test — if you like beer — it’s really, really good. It’s not just IRON MAIDEN selling this beer with our names on it, although a lot of our fans are going to want to buy it because it’s a fantastic bottle. It’s a good souvenir, isn’t it? But it’s a great drop of beer, mate. My preference, by the way, Charlie, is I like it warm. When I say warm, I mean room temperature, not Florida room temperature because that would be 90-odd degrees. [laughs] But it’s funny, because Bruce and Steve [Harris, bass] — out of the bottle — they like it cold. But when you have it out of the cask, you know, the way it’s really brewed to be drank, it should be at room temperature or cellar temperature, which can be anywhere from 57 to 62, 65 degrees. When it’s warmer it has a more firmer taste. It really opens up. There’s a plus and a minus. Some people say, “I prefer it cold and not warm,” and vice versa… I’ve got to be honest with you — I live in Florida — I like ice cold Corona beers, you know. When you go from the hot — outdoors hot — you say, “Oh, I could murder a cold beer.” You do. You’ll have some and you’ll kind of chug it. Trooper beer — you can’t really chug it, even when it’s cold. But the thing is, if you sit down and you kind of take a minute, and you go, “I really want a really tasty beer. I don’t want something to quench me thirst. I’ll take it warm.” And I love my customers in me restaurant in Florida. I actually introduced it there two weeks ago. I was fortunate to actually open the first commercial bottle of beer in America on the Monday. I forget the date of it now. I figure it was the 10th or 12th, oh, anyway. On the next day we had this big launch for the beer and all these folks who came in were having it cold, first of all. Then I passed bottles around and gave them tastes of the room temperature or warm beer. And a lot of the folks said to me, “You know what? We’re American. We don’t like warm beer.” I said, “Just try this. Just for me. Try it and let me know what you think.” Ninety-six percent of the people turned around and said, “The next bottle of beer I’m going to buy in this place is going to be the one that is room temperature. It’s got much more of a fuller taste and I never would have thought I would have liked a warm beer.” So you know, horses for courses, Charlie, end of the day, mate.

Read the entire interview at KNAC.COM.

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IRON MAIDEN drummer Nicko McBrain spoke to The Press-Enterprise ahead of the band’s September 13 concert in San Bernardino, California. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.

On playing in California again:

McBrain: “We love San Bernardino. Mainly, [we] just [remember playing] fantastic gigs [there in front of] fantastic crowds. I think 2005 was a little bit rough for us, but that was something that’s been very well documented and we shan’t talk about now.” [Referring to the band’s final gig on the 2005 Ozzfest in which they ended up with power cut off during the set and eggs thrown at them.]

“It’s always nice playing in California. We always used to stay uptown around the Sunset Strip area … we’ve calmed down from the party days. It’s a nicer pace of life in Santa Monica. It’s lovely being next to the ocean and the pier.”

On the “Maiden England” tour, which went worldwide in 2012 and brought back some of the band’s classics that haven’t been performed live in a while:

McBrain: “We dusted the cobwebs off of ‘Phantom Of The Opera’; we hadn’t played that in about five or six years. The one that really gets me is ‘Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son’. It’s a very tricky song to play. It’s got a lot of different moves and moods in it. That one I find really hard but challenging, and it’s really great to play because it’s a stunning piece of music.”

On support act MEGADETH:

McBrain: “They’ve got a great show. They’ve got these wonderful Jumbotron tellies and screens and they’re sounding really, really good.”

On the possibility of IRON MAIDEN staging its own festival:

McBrain: “You never know, you just never know in this game. I think it would be great to do a Maiden Fest.”

Read the entire interview at The Press-Enterprise.

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Still Remains: Still around

Reunited Michigan metallers Still Remains have announced that they will release a brand new album later this year, with a new single available to download right now!

“We can’t wait to get on a stage and blow both the cobwebs and the roof off!” says singer TJ Miller, who is joined by fellow original members, guitarist Jordan Whelan, guitarist/singer Mike Church, keyboardist Zach Roth, and drummer AJ Barrette . “Our first priority right now though is to get in the studio and get the new album recorded!”

That album (currently untitled) will drop this summer, with the band having set up a Kickstarter page to help raise funds for the opus. http://is.gd/stillremains. All pledges received will enable access to a brand new single, Checkmate! Welcome back, guys!

 

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Paradise Lost has issued the following announcement about drummer Adrian Erlandsson missing upcoming summer shows:

“Due to diary clashes we are sorry to say Adrian Erlandsson won’t be playing with the band when they appear at Costa De Fuego on the 20th July, and also Wacken on the 4th August. However we didn’t want to let anyone down, so we are pleased to welcome back the lovely Jeff Singer as special guest drummer for both these shows!”

Jeff had this to say: “Really looking forward to getting back in the driving seat with my PL pals for a couple of shows. I was really pleased to be asked and am currently removing the cobwebs before winding the shit out of Holmes for a couple of weeks. Bring on the inconvenient flights and expensive airport food. I can’t wait. The ‘Moanometer’ is being charged. See you on the road!”

Paradise Lost is performing in support of new album “Tragic Idol” (reviewed here) and will also be touring alongside Katatonia and The Devin Townsend Project this coming September.

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Connecticut-based solo metal band Autumns Eyes has premiered a new song, “The Wooded Road,” off the upcoming “Please Deceive Me” album via Puregrain Audio. “Please Deceive Me” will be released on April 1st, 2012.

The track listing for “Please Deceive Me” is as follows:

1. Ichabod
2. Blood In the Woods
3. Anxiety Spiders
4. Please Deceive Me
5. So Close to Shadow
6. Pangea
7. Cobwebs and Crosses
8. Red Wine and Resin
9. Haunting Your Daughter
10. The Wooded Road

Autumns Eyes recently remastered its entire back catalog, which is available for purchase and download on the band’s official bandcamp page.

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After previously posting the single “Haunting Your Daughter”, Autumns Eyes is now streaming another new song online from the upcoming “Please Deceive Me” album. You can check out the new track “Blood in the Woods” in the player below, and the band also commented:

“In response to curiosity sparked from Dan’s comment saying this track was his favorite song ever written, fans demanded to hear it…and their demand has been answered! The song paints a sad story of strange guy who disappears every night into the woods, and an anxiety ridden girl who won’t leave her house…with an ending that nobody saw coming…”

The album’s track listing is as follows:

1. Ichabod
2. Blood In the Woods
3. Anxiety Spiders
4. Please Deceive Me
5. So Close to Shadow
6. Pangea
7. Cobwebs and Crosses
8. Red Wine and Resin
9. Haunting Your Daughter
10. The Wooded Road

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U.S. solo metal act Autumns Eyes has posted a video recap from the final day at Rock and Shock 2011. You can check out the clip below.

In conjunction with the Rock and Shock appearance, Autumns Eyes is also running a Halloween costume contest sponsored by Metalunderground.com. The current entries and information on entering the contest are available here.

Autumns Eyes will also soon be releasing the new album “Please Deceive Me.” The track listing is as follows:

1. Ichabod
2. Blood In the Woods
3. Anxiety Spiders
4. Please Deceive Me
5. So Close to Shadow
6. Pangea
7. Cobwebs and Crosses
8. Red Wine and Resin
9. Haunting Your Daughter
10. The Wooded Road

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Autumns Eyes will be appearing at the vendors section of this years Rock and Shock Horror Movie and Heavy Metal Convention in Worcester, Massachusetts. The three day event will feature horror movie and music icons such as Robert Englund from the Nightmare on Elm Street series, KISS legend Ace Frehley, the one and only Gary Busey, and many more.

Fans who dress for the occasion can enter Autumns Eyes Halloween Costume Contest for a chance to win a free copy of the upcoming album “Please Deceive Me”. So if you plan on stopping by to see Autumns Eyes, make sure you come in costume. Further details on Rock and Shock can be found this location.

The artwork for the upcoming “Please Deceive Me” album is available here, and the track listing is as follows:

1. Ichabod
2. Blood In the Woods
3. Anxiety Spiders
4. Please Deceive Me
5. So Close to Shadow
6. Pangea
7. Cobwebs and Crosses
8. Red Wine and Resin
9. Haunting Your Daughter
10. The Wooded Road

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The upcoming tenth release from Autumns Eyes, titled “Please Deceive Me,” will officially be released to the public this Halloween, October 31st. Plagued by injury related surgeries, founding member Daniel Mitchell had to postpone the release for quite some time before he could continue work on the project.

A music video for the track “Haunting Your Daughter” is scheduled for release this Halloween, which marks the second official music video from the solo act following 2008′s low budget horror video for “Feast of the Dead.”

Autumns Eyes also recorded a cover of the Type O Negative track “Love You To Death” for Metalunderground.com’s “All For None, None For All: A Tribute To Peter Steele.”

The track listing for “Please Deceive Me” is as follows:

1. Ichabod
2. Blood In the Woods
3. Anxiety Spiders
4. Please Deceive Me
5. So Close to Shadow
6. Pangea
7. Cobwebs and Crosses
8. Red Wine and Resin
9. Haunting Your Daughter
10. The Wooded Road

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Reverend John Hex from Cobwebs of Deception has issued the following update about offering the band’s “Malevolent Spirit” release as a free download:

“Cobwebs of Deception’s Malevolent Spirit CD has been released online for free download. We want to establish our sound and spread our black wings in the underground scene. We want you to burn it and spread it like a disease!”

Head over here to download “Malevolent Spirit,” or you can also check out the new song “The Burden of Flesh” in the player below.

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