Iron Maiden - ‘Run To The Hills’ (EMI)

30 Dec 2003

love 'em or hate 'em, they're back...; release - '02.

Iron Maiden

This epic single from, arguably, Britain's no.1 rock-export is a re-release, originally appearing on their 1982 groundbreaking album, 'The Number of the Beast', and has since been established as a vital number in their live-set, hailed as one of the critic's favourites.

The new CD comprises of the original version of 'Run to the Hills', complete with Clive Burr on drums - current Maiden tub-thumper Nicko McBrain taking over from Burr on the following album - and a live version of the same tune.

The first track is simply classic: a slow, beat-filled intro which bursts into raucous and rumbling bass-heavy riffage, a sound which can only be attributed to the Mighty Maiden (or, in more recent cases, Sum 41, with their heavy-metal pastiche, 'Pain for Pleasure'). The track wouldn't be complete without the overtly ebullient screams from frontman Bruce Dickinson, and, of course, the beautiful sing-a-long choruses which only sound truly justified when echoing around the walls of a 200,000-capacity stadium...

Speaking of which, the second track is a live affair taken from their recent jaunts in Brazil, where they played a blinding concert at the Rock In Rio festival, and is conveniently off their forthcoming double album, appropriately titled, 'Rock in Rio'. This number just goes to show how tight the Irons are as a band, and, judging by the audience's reaction, a real crowd pleaser, pulling their weight onstage too.

So there ya have it: a simple yet welcome addition to Iron Maiden's extensive back-catalogue, and a little taster of what's coming up very soon; I, for one, salivate at the thought (I'm pleased you do - Ed.).

Photo Credit: Copyright Iron Maiden/Dean Karr

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