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Review: Iron Maiden – Book of Souls

Posted in Album Review, Music, News with tags , , , on August 31, 2015 by Tickets There

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Book_of_Souls_Iron_MaidenIt’s been a long wait, but Iron Maiden are finally ready to unleash their Sixteenth studio album on the world. Book of Souls is the first Maiden record since 2010’s The Final Frontier and fans are chomping at the bit to get a taste of this double disc behemoth. Like Judas Priest with Redeemer of Souls, it’s expected that this album is Maiden back on form and ready to enthral fans with a resurging comeback. We know Maiden have the 747 jumbo jet ready for a tour that’ll visit 35 countries – but does the music stand up to all the fanfare and hype?

Yes, yes it does. Opening with ‘Eternity Should Fall’, there’s a real sense Maiden have gone back to their golden age to pull out their core sound and lather it up with some modernisations. It’s a safe opening and it only gets better from here. ‘Speed of Light’ and ‘The Great Unknown’ follow and both increase the nostalgia, as well as faith in this new record. Fast, fun and full of catchy guitar hooks. ‘The Red and Black’ is a culmination of the best parts from the openers as it delivers the full frontal Maiden sing along we’ve (me) been waiting for. This track is solely written by Steve Harris and it’s a bit of a marathon at thirteen minutes, but who am I to question it? No-one, that’s who! Good work Steve, we’ll share a Trooper.

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Ballad time? Not on your life as ‘Death or Glory’ opens with everything you could ever want, expect or ask from a Maiden tune. It’s almost like every song sees them get stronger and stronger on Book of Souls and the excitement of Speed of Light’s classic era sound becomes slightly faded as better and better tunes are propelled forward, Death or Glory has everything for everyone. Love it – no more reviewing, time to re-listen. “Like a monkey climbing out of hell”? Ok, Maiden \,,/.

iron-maidenShadows of the Valley’, and I apologise for doing this tune by tune – but how often do you get a new Maiden album to praise? Every five years or so? Yeah, exactly – keep reading.  Shadows is probably the first dip in quality, but that’s due to the repetitive style and it lacks the bite of the previous few tunes. I wonder if Maiden thought the same because the next song, ‘Tears of a Clown’ changes things completely and offers more of a nineties-era rock anthem. Thoughtful, hooky, fun and a re-affirmance that Book of Souls is probably the most exciting Maiden album in a very long time.

It all culminates  with the reflective ‘The Man of Sorrows’ and the much talked about, eighteen minute ‘Empire of the Clouds’. Both display a mesh of classic Maiden styles and deliveries, but continuing the unique themes that have steadily built up over this record. Maiden are taking stock. Lyrically, they’re looking around them at what’s come before and what the future could hold and musically is no different. Songs about everything from the dawn of creation to historical incidents are baked by a collage of previous Maiden styles all collected under an umbrella that makes Book of Souls distinctive and full.

This is an Iron Maiden album in every way, not merely a carrier for a few treats. Double albums are not easy to pull off and even when they’re done well, they can struggle to keep the listener engaged right to the end. That is fortunately not the case on Book of Souls. While some songs, like this review, could have benefited from some trimming – everything works and as the final notes of Empire of the Clouds come to a close, you sit back and truly recognize the colossal achievement this record is. This is an album Iron Maiden fans and band alike can forever be proud of.

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Iron Maiden release first single from ‘Book of Souls’

Posted in Music, Music Video, New Music, News with tags , , , , , on August 14, 2015 by Tickets There

Book_of_Souls_Iron_MaidenIt’s been five long years since Iron Maiden release new material but the wait is finally over. Today, the mighty Maiden have unleashed the first single from their new album, Book of Souls.

‘Speed of Light’ is a welcome return to their 80’s form with the entire band sounding great. Bruce had to overcome a lot of personal troubles to get this release and he’s sounding mighty. But how will it go down with the Maiden faithful? Have a listen below. Book of Souls will follow on September 4th.

Stereo Nasty announce album release

Posted in Music, New Music, News with tags , , , , , , , , , on July 22, 2015 by Tickets There

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Fans of hair metal, it’s time to get the spray out! Kildare boys, Stereo Nasty have announced their debut album, Nasty By Nature, is set for release next month. If it’s first preview tune, ‘Interstellar’ is anything to go by the lads have a pretty epic record for us. It’s being released by American label, Stormspell Records, so hopefully the lads will get a nod into the tried, tested and livn’ it US market.

StereoNasty2Tickets There hasn’t had the chance to hear the album in full or see the guys live yet, but all reports from our inadequate – secret Spice Girl fan boy rivals are glowing so we’re going to trust there’s something pretty excellent on this album. Expect a review once we have a copy. In the meantime, check out Interstellar below (further, that’s the release info you’re reading).

Nasty By Nature will be available on August 8th and it’s being release on cassette, CD and digitally. You can also pre-order the record now from the Stereo Nasty official bandcamp page.

JUDAS PRIEST: Redeemer of Souls Artwork & Release Date

Posted in Music, News with tags , , , on May 16, 2014 by Tickets There

July 14th (UK) and 15th (US) 2014 is confirmed for Redeemer of Souls’ release. Can I hear a FUCK YES?

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Pyskosis Announce Album Title

Posted in Music, News with tags , , , , , , , on April 22, 2014 by Tickets There

10270769_10152859221929762_6396454584800178621_nIt’s been promised, it’s been recorded and now we’re on the home stretch in the build up to one of the most exciting releases you could ask for – the debut album from Psykosis. Those who read Tickets There might have picked up a certain affection we hold for the band. It’s not a warm, embracing, loving affecting you understand – it’s more a hostile, cannibalistic, whiskey fuelled sense of ridiculous manslaughter mayhem sort of affection. Today that affection is growing as the album name and possible art work hint have been unveiled by the band.

‘Welcome to the Psykoward’ is the title suggested for the Dublin band’s first full length release. The date is sketchy, but it’s being promised to appear this summer and the band are continuing on with live shows in the mean time. You can catch this in Fibber MaGee’s this Friday when they compete in Quarter Semi-section Alpha Final ABB 123z of the Bloodstock completion. After that they’re supporting M.O.D. on June 24th before the highly anticipated and long time coming Evile, eventually take the stage of the Voodoo lounge on September 26th.

This promises to be one of the most exciting releases of the year so you can almost maybe bet money Tickets There will have regular updates*

*Don’t bet money – you know what we’re like.

DARKEST ERA Announce New Album Release Date

Posted in Music, News with tags , , , , , , , on February 18, 2014 by Tickets There

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Enniskillen Celtic metal five piece …three of which have dark hair, one blonde and another two seemingly between brown and reddish, DARKEST ERA have announced plans to release their second studio album. Sorry, sick of typing out the usual where they’re from and a quick genre label.

Severance is the follow up to 2011’s The Last Caress of Light and will hit shelves on June 13th in Europe and July 3rd in the US. Darkest Era have teamed up with Cruz Del Sur Music for the release and the album will come in CD, Online and Vinyl formats. Let the mouths start to water…..

Reckless Love Release ‘So Happy I Could Die’

Posted in Music, Music Video, New Music, News with tags , , , , , , , , on August 23, 2013 by Tickets There

20130823-111825.jpgThe second single from their forthcoming album, Spirit, is here! Fans have been waiting with pained faces and bated breath for the follow-up to ‘Night On Fire’ and our favourite Finnish lads have delivered. ‘So Happy I Could Die’ is an excellent harder rock swagger than anything we’ve heard from the lads in a while. You can almost hear their Guns N’Roses era sound stream through as the song harks back to bad ass tunes like ‘Garden of Eden’, before propelling into one of their classic anthemic pop rock masterpieces.

Reckless Love are a band normally filed under guilty pleasures, but that’s not where they belong. We need more Reckless Love in our daily lives. Nightclubs, bars, bands, trains, planes and automobiles – everyone should be playing Reckless Love everywhere all the time. A phenomenal portal to fun, frolics and awesomeness. We need more Reckless Love and less everything else.

Spirit will see its official; release on August 30th. It’s the bands third album and currently shaping up to be their best! Dearest RL and DME, please find a way to return to Ireland this year. We need ye!