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Slave To The Power

Meteor City Records

SLAVE TO THE POWER

21st March 2000

 

CD 1
1. Another Life [Solace]
2. Children Of The Damned [Sebastian Bach]
3. Remember Tomorrow [Crowbar]
4. Wrathchild [Archie Bunker with John Perez]
5. Powerslave [Dofka]
6. Moonchild [Shallow]
7. Total Eclipse [WarHorse & Friends]
8. Flight Of Icarus [Ian Parry and Kamelot]
9. The Trooper [Holy Mother]
10. Aces High [Electric Frankenstein]
11. Purgatory [Wardog]
12. The Evil That Men Do [Conquest]
13. Alexander The Great [Eleventh Hour]
 
CD 2
1. Running Free [Iron Savior]
2. The Number Of The Beast [Tchort]
3. Stranger In A Strange Land [Error 7]
4. Invaders [Rotors To Rust]
5. Murders In The Rue Morgue [Cosmosquad feat. Ray Alder]
6. The Trooper [Höyry-Kone]
7. Wasted Years [Fates Prophecy]
8. Innocent Exile [Eternal Elysium]
9. Revelations [Pharaoh]
10. The Prisoner [Las Cruces]
11. Where Eagles Dare [The Quill]
12. The Prophecy [Solstice]
13. Run To The Hills [ John West with Chris Caffery]


Most cover versions on this album are pretty close to the original songs, which makes the whole thing pretty bland to listen to. If you want to listen to Iron Maiden, get Iron Maiden albums. However, it has to be stressed that the musicians do their best and that they are successful in this respect. Some covers are really different from what we are used to, and this originality has to be praised – you'll recognise which ones I'm referring to! All in all, this is a very decent tribute album that has its place in any Maiden collection.

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  SOLACE – Another Life (Harris) Another Life – Commentary Another Life – Lyrics

This version of "Another Life" is much heavier than the original and the singer's voice is reminiscent of that of Ozzy Osbourne. The whole feel of this version is pretty Sabbath-like anyway, although the rhythm changes are still typical of Maiden.

The origins of Solace trace back to another Jersey metal band called Godspeed, that band recording a major label album in 1994 entitled Ride before breaking up. The Godspeed pair of guitarist Tommy Southard and bassist Rob Hultz ressurected the band a few years later, eventually changing the name to Solace. The band also has ties to another Jersey stoner band, The Atomic Bitchwax, as TAB's Chris Kosnik played in Godspeed and Keith Ackerman (also of TAB) appeared in an early version of Solace. Debuting with a split EP in 1998, the group eventually released their debut, Further in 2001 followed by 13 in 2003. 13, is a thick slab of doomy, grungy, stoner metal, with Southard's meaty, groovy riffs providing the foundation for the songs. Solace deserves to be mentioned along with the best of the stoner/doom bands currently on the circuit. 

Solace – Official Website

 


 

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  SEBASTIAN BACH – Children Of The Damned (Harris) Children Of The Damned – Commentary Children Of The Damned – Lyrics

Former Skid Row singer Sebastian Bach delivers here an excellent rendition of "Children Of The Damned", albeit a bit too close to the original to make it really interesting.

Sebastian Bach – Official Website

 


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  CROWBAR – Remember Tomorrow (Harris, Di'Anno) Remember Tomorrow – Commentary Remember Tomorrow – Lyrics

This extremely slowed down version of "Remember Tomorrow" is as depressing as music can be, but makes a pretty good and dark cover of the song.

Crowbar emerged from the Louisana scene in the early nineties, and they are a perfect representative of the style of music that has frequently emanated from that area – depressively slow, downtuned riffing, and vocals that verge on hardcore. Indeed, the roster of current and former Crowbar members practically encompasses the entire NOLA scene of the past decade, with representatives from Down, Acid Bath, Eyehategod, and others. The band has returned with its first album in four years, Lifesblood For The Downtrodden.

Crowbar – Official Website

 


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  ARCHIE BUNKER with JOHN PEREZ – Wrathchild (Harris) Wrathchild – Commentary Wrathchild – Lyrics

Close to the original song, this cover of "Wrathchild" is quite good, although not outstanding by any means.

Though not from New Orleans, Archie Bunker's style fits perfectly with the so-called NOLA sound, with the emphasis here on aggressive downtuned riffing and intense vocals (sometimes verging on hardcore). Occasionally the pace slows to near doom speed (where comparisons to Crowbar can be made), but most of the time the pace is more mid-tempo. As of October 2001 they were reported as broken up, though it's not clear exactly when the split became official.

Solitude Æturnus – Official Website

 


 

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  DOFKA – Powerslave (Dickinson) Powerslave –Commentary Powerslave –Lyrics

Yet another cover of an Iron Maiden song on this album that's brilliantly performed, but that's too close to the original to be really interesting.

Dofka – Official Website

 


 

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  SHALLOW – Moonchild (Smith, Dickinson) Moonchild – Commentary Moonchild – Lyrics

Instrumentally close to the original, this cover features some interesting vocals, with aggressive verses and a clear – quite bland too! – chorus. This is one of the weakest songs on this album.

Shallow – Official Website

 


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  WARHORSE & FRIENDS – Total Eclipse (Harris, Murray, Burr) Total Eclipse – Commentary Total Eclipse – Lyrics

Extremely slowed down as compared to the original, this version of "Total Eclipse" is good in the way that its mood fits the lyrics very well. A doomsday song in Doom Metal style – perfect!

File Warhorse alongside Cathedral, Electric Wizard, and Sleep as leading purveyors of slow, grinding, crushingly heavy doom. Really nothing more to say here – As Heaven Turns To Ash is as good as anything released by the aforementioned groups, and therefore doomsters should really take to this band. 

Warhorse – Official Website

 


 

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  IAN PARRY and KAMELOT – Flight Of Icarus (Smith, Dickinson) Flight Of Icarus – Commentary Flight Of Icarus – Lyrics

This is a very good slow and heavy version of "Flight Of Icarus". One of the best songs on the album.

Florida's Kamelot have been releasing quality melodic, slightly progressive-tinged metal albums for a number of years now. The early albums drew several comparisons to Crimson Glory, due mostly to then-vocalist Mark Vanderbilt's uncanny vocal resemblance to former CG vocalist Midnight. As good as Vanderbilt was, though, the band turned up a notch with the arrival of heralded vocalist Roy Khan, late of Conception. Since then, Kamelot has been virtually faultless, releasing quality album after quality album, and with 2005's The Black Halo, the band shows no sign of slowing down.

Ian Parry – Official Website

Kamelot – Official Website

 


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  HOLY MOTHER – The Trooper (Harris) The Trooper – Commentary The Trooper – Lyrics

Too close to the original to be really outstanding, this perfect rendition of "The Trooper" simply highlights the musical abilities of the performers, not their originality.

Holy Mother is another of those American 90's bands who relive the glory of 80's metal. They were formed back in 1993 by vocalist Mike Tirelli, who had previously worked with former Virgin Steele guitarist Jack Starr in his Burning Starr band, and eventually a lineup stabilized that featured another Burning Starr alumnus in drummer Jim Harris, as well as noted bassist Randy Coven. A self-titled debut was released in 1995, but their second album, featuring a decidedly industrial direction, warranted a name change, and so Tabloid Crush was released under the band name N.O.W. (Not Our World). By 1998 the band reverted back to Holy Mother and back to their more comfortable classic metal sound. Of their later material, 1999's Criminal Afterlife, featuring a very faithful rendition of the Dio classic 'Holy Diver', might be their most consistent album. 

Holy Mother – Official Website

 


 

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  ELECTRIC FRANKENSTEIN – Aces High (Harris) Aces High – Commentary Aces High – Lyrics

Pretty good punk-ish version of a great Maiden classic. This is probably what it would have sounded like if Paul Di'Anno had stayed in the band.

Electric Frankenstein – Official Website

 


 

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  WARDOG – Purgatory (Harris) Purgatory – Commentary Purgatory – Lyrics

Close to the Maiden version, this cover of "Purgatory" remains excellent, even if not exactly original.

Featuring Tom Gattis (ex-Tension), Wardog played accessible, energetic speed metal, highlighted by Gattis' excellent guitar work. Scorched Earth has a definite 80's flavor but still managed to come across as fresh and not dated. Amidst lineup changes and some internal turmoil, the band eventually disintegrated, with Gattis forming Ballistic and the other three members from the last lineup forming Razer.

Wardog

 


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  CONQUEST – The Evil That Men Do (Smith, Dickinson, Harris) The Evil That Men Do – Commentary The Evil That Men Do – Lyrics

Did you say "cheesy"? Well yes, that seems to be the right word to qualify this cover of "The Evil That Men Do". Not really bad though, and sufficiently remote from the original to be interesting.

 


 

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  ELEVENTH HOUR – Alexander The Great (Harris) Alexander The Great –Commentary Alexander The Great –Lyrics

Another cover that's a simple copy of the original. The musicians are excellent but lack inspiration. If you want to listen to "Alexander The Great", I suggest that you play Maiden's version.

 


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  IRON SAVIOR – Running Free (Harris, Di'Anno) Running Free – Commentary Running Free – Lyrics

This is a very good powerful version of "Running Free". With quality musicians like those of Iron Savior, this is no real surprise.

Iron Savior is a band/project originally conceived by Piet Sielck, who played in early versions of Helloween and more recently has worked as a sound engineer for Blind Guardian. Sielck drafted friend and fellow ex-Helloweener Kai Hansen and drummer Thomas Stauch of Blind Guardian (along with a couple of guest musicians) to complete the project. Not surprisingly, the band plays speedy, early Helloween-styled melodic power metal, rarely straying outside the confines of the genre but nonetheless proving themselves one of the more popular bands of the German power metal scene. Hansen stepped down after 2001's Dark Assault release, parting on friendly terms as the strain of working in both Iron Savior and his main band (Gamma Ray) proved to be a bit too much.

Iron Savior – Official Website

 


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  TCHORT – The Number Of The Beast (Harris) The Number Of The Beast – Commentary The Number Of The Beast – Lyrics

With a strange spoken intro seemingly inverted (or is it Russian?), this is a pretty original cover of "The Number Of The Beast". Slower than the original and very nicely performed.

Tchort

 


 

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  ERROR 7 – Stranger In A Strange Land (Smith) Stranger In A Strange Land – Commentary Stranger In A Strange Land – Lyrics

This is a quite decent version of "Stranger", heavier and with interesting vocals.

 


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  ROTORS TO RUST – Invaders (Harris) Invaders – Commentary Invaders – Lyrics

Although this version of "Invaders" is instrumentally quite good, the voice simply ruins it. Shame!

 


 

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  COSMOSQUAD featuring RAY ALDER – Murders In The Rue Morgue (Harris) Murders In The Rue Morgue – Commentary Murders In The Rue Morgue – Lyrics

With an unusual intro and generally played in an unusual manner, this is a great version of "Murders...", full of originality and brilliantly performed.

Cosmosquad – Official Website

Jeff Kollman – Official Website

Fates Warning – Official Website

 


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  HÖYRY-KONE – The Trooper (Harris) The Trooper – Commentary The Trooper – Lyrics

This is the wackiest cover on the whole album, and probably one of the weirdest ever made of "The Trooper". The trombones and cellos certainly add an interesting dimension to the song. Excellent!

Höyry-Kone

 


 

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  FATES PROPHECY – Wasted Years (Smith) Wasted Years – Commentary Wasted Years – Lyrics

Another good-but-too-close-to-the-original cover. Not much to say about it.

Fates Prophecy – Official Website

 


 

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  ETERNAL ELYSIUM – Innocent Exile (Harris) Innocent Exile – Commentary Innocent Exile – Lyrics

Completely different from the original, this version of "Innocent Exile" is quite excellent. Featuring reggae-ish and jazzy parts with much heavier stuff, this is one of the highlights of this album.

Eternal Elysium ranks alongside Church Of Misery as the leading Japanese stoner/doom band currently in the scene. Though a healthy Sabbath influence is very evident, they are far less doomy than many of their ilk, and while the stoner vibe is also present, they are more metallic than the Fu Manchus of the world. Best soundalikes might be very early Kyuss or perhaps The Atomic Bitchwax. These guys are a blast to listen to, definitely a thumbs up for 70's-styled metal/rock fans.

Eternal Elysium – Official Website

 


 

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  PHARAOH – Revelations (Dickinson) Revelations – Commentary Revelations – Lyrics

Pharaoh had already covered "Aces High" on the 1999 Maiden America tribute album and deliver here a version of "Revelations" that isn't much more successful.

A promising American traditional metal band, Pharaoh formed in 1997 in Philadelphia and spent their formative years working on material, but by the time they had written enough for a full album, they had still not secured a vocalist. They attracted the interest of Tim Aymar, well known for his work in Control Denied, and he agreed to take part, at first only on a session basis (he later became a permanent member). Due to various record label difficulties, the recording of After The Fire took some time, but was finally completed and released by the new Italian label Cruz Del Sur. Musically, the band has drawn frequent (and justified) comparisons to Iron Maiden, with some nods to 80's American power metal as well. Aymar puts in a fine performance, as does the rest of the band. After The Fire lacks that one something that puts it in the absolutely-must-have category, but it's a fine debut effort, and there's plenty of potential here to be tapped in the future. 

Pharaoh – Official Website

 


 

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  LAS CRUCES – The Prisoner (Smith, Harris) The Prisoner – Commentary The Prisoner – Lyrics

This slowed down and extremely heavy version of "The Prisoner" is actually quite interesting and one of the best songs on this album.

A crushing doom band from Texas, Las Cruces plays an early-Sabbath style reminiscent of bands like St. Vitus or The Obsessed. Both albums are quite well done and recommended to doom fans, with a slight nod toward Ringmaster as perhaps the better of the two. Though they have not recorded since releasing an indie EP in 2001, the band is still together.

 


 

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  THE QUILL – Where Eagles Dare (Harris) Where Eagles Dare – Commentary Where Eagles Dare – Lyrics

Lacking originality for being too close to Maiden's song, this version of "Where Eagles Dare" is nevertheless brilliant and played to perfection.

The interestingly-named The Quill emerged in the early nineties (some members previously played in a similarly-named band, Quil) and with their latest album (also strangely titled) Hooray! It's A Deathtrip, they have made their mark on the Swedish metal scene. Musically, The Quill is often mentioned as a stoner rock band, but this is slightly misleading – they do have some similarities with that genre, but they aren't a Kyuss /Fu Manchu clone like many in that crowd. Vocalist Magnus Ekwall is a dead ringer for Chris Cornell (Soundgarden, Audioslave), and mid-period Soundgarden is possibly the closest musical reference point as well, with perhaps a few Monster Magnet-isms thrown in as well. Hooray! It's a Deathtrip is an excellent heavy rock album, one that can be recommended to metal fans without hesitation.

The Quill – Official Website

 


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  SOLSTICE – The Prophecy (Murray, Harris) The Prophecy – Commentary The Prophecy – Lyrics

Complete with the acoustic ending, this is a very nice rendition of "The Prophecy", although my complaint remains the same: too close to the original.

Solstice was a British band playing classic doom metal – heavy without sounding dreary, with clear NWOBHM-inspired vocals. Of minor trivial interest is the former inclusion of Cradle Of Filth guitarist Gian Pyres, here performing under the similar (real?) name of John Piras. Highlights include their third album New Dark Age and in particular the opening track from that album, 'The Sleeping Tyrant'. Their retirement was announced in April 2002, with founding guitarist Rich Walker indicating that several members were eager to play different forms of metal. He (Walker) is also the founder of the Miskatonic Foundation record label, to which he intends to devote more time.

 


 

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  JOHN WEST with CHRIS CAFFERY – Run To The Hills (Harris) Run To The Hills – Commentary Run To The Hills – Lyrics

Starting with an interesting piece of drumming on the intro, this version of "Run To The Hills" is original and performed admiringly. One of the best on the album and an excellent closer.

John West – Official Website

Chris Caffery – Official Website

 


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Made In Tribute (1997)
A Call To Irons (1998)
A Call To Irons 2 (1999)
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666 – The Number One Beast (1999)
Children Of The Damned (1999)
Anton Maiden (1999)
Transilvania 666 (1999)
Slave To The Power (2000)
666 – The Number One Beast – Volume 2 (2000)
Made In Scandinavia (2000)
A Call To Irons – Volumes I & II (2001)
A Tribute To The Beast (2002)
Somewhere In Hungary (2002)
A Tribute To The Beast – Volume 2 (2003)
The String Quartet Tribute To Iron Maiden (2003)
Piece Of Madness (2003)
Powerslaves – An Electro Tribute To Iron Maiden (2003)
Powerslaves – An Electro Tribute To Iron Maiden (2004)
The Iron Maidens (2005)
Food For Thought (2005)
The Piano Tribute To Iron Maiden  (2005)
Numbers From The Beast (2005)
Our Soundhouse Tapes (2005)
Thingfishy's World Of Maiden (2006)
The Orchestral Tribute To Iron Maiden (2006)
A Strange Illusion (2006)
Hip Hop Tribute To Iron Maiden (2007)
The Golden Beast (2008)
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