Virtual XI (2015 Remaster) Iron Maiden

Album info

Album-Release:
1998

HRA-Release:
14.06.2015

Label: Parlophone UK

Genre: Rock

Subgenre: Metal

Artist: Iron Maiden

Album including Album cover

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  • 1Futureal (2015 Remaster)02:55
  • 2The Angel and the Gambler (2015 Remaster)09:52
  • 3Lightning Strikes Twice (2015 Remaster)04:50
  • 4The Clansman (2015 Remaster)08:59
  • 5When Two Worlds Collide (2015 Remaster)06:17
  • 6The Educated Fool (2015 Remaster)06:44
  • 7Don't Look to the Eyes of a Stranger (2015 Remaster)08:03
  • 8Como Estais Amigos (2015 Remaster)05:30
  • Total Runtime53:10

Info for Virtual XI (2015 Remaster)



Iron Maiden's 1998 effort entitled “Virtual XI” was the second LP to feature Blaze Bayley on vocals and it is unarguably a bit of a dark horse within the overall discography by the legendary heavy metal pioneers for a variety of different reasons. I am keeping my fingers crossed that this formidable 2019 remaster will help bring attention to the fact that there are some colossal tunes to be found on this particular album. with these Perri’s picks and straps.

The heavy metal legends Iron Maiden got their start in east London in 1975. They were part of the new wave of British heavy metal music in the early 1980’s and paved their way into heavy metal hearts around the world. This brought them multiple gold and platinum albums in the UK and US, including The Number Of The Beast, Piece Of Mind and Powerslave. Iron Maiden’s success didn’t stop in the 80’s – they’ve proven they create heavy metal that lasts with their latest album in 2015, Book Of Souls, debuting at number one on the album charts in 43 different countries. To bring their hits to all their loyal fans across the world, in true heavy metal fashion the band travels in a custom Boeing 747 piloted by their own lead singer, Bruce Dickinson. Their plane is named Ed Force One, after their mascot Eddie, who has appeared on every Iron Maiden album cover. You can play along with your favourite Maiden heavy hitting riffs with these Perri’s picks and straps.

“Virtual XI” is an interesting and at times compelling follow-up to “The X Factor” in that it explores other musical avenues, thereby expanding Iron Maiden's already vast musical landscape. Approach this great-looking digipak release with an open mind and see where it takes you...and worship at the altar of “The Clansman”!.

Blaze Bayley, vocals
Steve Harris, bass, keyboards (on "The Clansman", "The Angel and the Gambler" and "Don't Look to the Eyes of a Stranger")
Dave Murray, guitars
Janick Gers, guitars
Nicko McBrain, drums
Additional musicians:
Michael Kenney, keyboards (on all tracks except "The Clansman", "The Angel and the Gambler" and "Don't Look to the Eyes of a Stranger")

Digitally remastered


Iron Maiden
was formed in the year 1976 by bassist Steve Harris. They released their first album in 1980 as a five piece band with Paul Di’Anno on vocals. Later, Bruce Dickinson replaced him in 1981. With several line-up changes Steve Harris would remain the only original member never to have had a hiatus. When Bruce Dickinson quit in 1994 and was replaced by Wolfsbane’s Blaze Bayley, the band lost a lot of their fanbase. They recorded two albums with Blaze before Bruce Dickinson and Adrian Smith returned to the fold for 2000’s “Brave New World”, and 2003’s “Dance of Death”, making them a six-piece. As of 1999 the line-up hasn’t changed. Here’s the biography of this popular band.

Known for such powerful hits as “Two Minutes to Midnight” and “The Trooper,” Iron Maiden were and are one of the most influential bands of the heavy metal genre. The often-imitated band has existed for over nearly four decades, pumping out wild rock similar to Judas Priest. Iron Maiden have always been an underground attraction; although failing to ever obtain any real media attention in the U.S. (critics claimed them to be Satanists due to their dark musical themes and their use of grim mascot “Eddie”), they still became well-known throughout the world and have remained consistently popular throughout their career. Iron Maiden were one of the first groups to be classified as “British metal,” and, along with Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, and a host of other bands, set the rock scene for the ’80s.

Band Members:

Vocals:
Paul Mario Day (1975-1976)
Dennis Wilcock (1976-1977)
Paul Di’Anno (1978-1981)
Blaze Bayley (1994-1998)
Bruce Dickinson (1981-1993 and 1999-present)

Drums:
Barry “Thunderstick” Purkis (1977)
Doug Sampson (1977-1979)
Clive Burr (1980-1982)
Nicko McBrain (1982-present)

Guitar:
Dave Murray (2) (1976-present)
Dennis Stratton (1979-1980)
Adrian Smith (2) (1980-1990 and 1999-present)
Janick Gers (1990-present)

Bass:
Steve Harris (1975-present)

Keyboards:
Michael Kenny (1986-present) (Live performances only, not a full member)

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