Friday, 27 June 2014

Iron Maiden - Hallowed Be Thy Name

2013 was the premiere year for Bråvalla Festival and what a success! The festival had 50.000 attendants and broke Swedish festival history by receiving the title as the largest festival throughout Sweden ever to be recorded and this year might even be bigger than last year....coming back to that some other day.

This year, from June 26th to June 28th 2014 we invite you to be a part of that grand festivity. The festival will take place at Bråvalla Flygfält, on the outskirts of Norrköping and walking distance from the tram station.

Same thing as last year the line up is pretty spread up in all the styles. Here are some of the bands that plays here:

Iron Maiden among Kings Of Leon, Kanye West, Anthrax, Alesso, Belle & Sebastian, Bad Religion, Bring Me The Horizon, Bombus, Laleh, Clutch, Dropkick Murphys, The Afghan Whigs, The Offspring, The Hives, Lana Del Rey, We Came As Romans, Trivium plus many more.

Todays tune "Hallowed Be Thy Name" is a tune taken from the third studio album "The Number of the Beast", released in March 1982 by British heavy metal band Iron Maiden.

The song describes a man's thoughts just before being sent to the gallows. He begins to feel terror and realizes he really is afraid of dying, despite claims that he's not ("tears flow, but why am I crying?/after all, I'm not afraid of dying/don't I believe that there never is an end?"). At the end of the vocal section, the man gets executed; this is followed by a long instrumental section, culminating in his ambiguous final words, "Hallowed be thy name".

The is a song written by Steve Harris and it has been acclaimed as one of the greatest heavy metal songs of all time. The song includes 2 guitar solos: the first is played by Dave Murray, and the second was played by Adrian Smith between 1982 and 1988 and by Janick Gers from 1990.

"Hallowed Be Thy Name" has remained in almost all of the band's set-lists since the album's recording, which Allmusic describes it as "perhaps the most celebrated of the band's extended epics; it's the tale of a prisoner about to be hanged, featuring some of Harris' most philosophical lyrics." Several band-members have since stated that it is one of their favourite tracks, with Bruce Dickinson describing it as "fantastic" and that performing it live is like "narrating a movie to the audience."

It is the most covered song by the band with fourteen different versions by artists like Dream Theater, Machine Head, Cradle of Filth, and Iced Earth. Iron Maiden also recorded this song as part of EMI's television series 'Live from Abbey Road'. The band recorded a newer version of this track in 2006 and it was used as a B-side on the "Different World" single. In the lyrics of the song, the motif of Gallows Pole explicitly appears, which may allow a link to many works of art involving this motif and also may allow the song to be analyzed in a wider context.

Guitarist Janick Gers has stated in interviews that it is his favourite Iron Maiden song to play. The 2012 Maiden England World Tour marks the first time the song has not been included in the band's set list since its creation.

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