Maiden UniteD are
Vocals: Damian Wilson (Threshold/Ayreon)
Guitar: Ruud Jolie (Within Temptation)
Bass: Joey Bruers (Up The Irons)
Piano: Marco Kuypers (Silkstone)
Drums: Mike Coolen (Cloudmachine)
Guest singer on the album: Anneke van Giersbergen (Agua de Annique)
Review 1st in Bazaar Malay and then in Broken English. As usual the contents are not exactly the same.
Sejarah kumpulan Maiden United ni mula dari tahun 2000, ngan band tribute Up The Irons dan dari situ berkembang sampai line-up skarang dengan visi dorang sendiri.
CD ni paling best ialah bila dengar kat mp3 player waktu jalan kaki malam2 sorang2, kul 12 malam gitu balik kerja jalan sorang2, ngan earphone cocok dalam telinga bukak volume besar2...
ternaik bulu roma.. tangkap.
Now in English.
- To Tame A Land is the most dramatic version here, a lovely song with Arabic flavour, with all the sandriders,Muad'Dibs,Kwizatz Haderachs,Caladans and the part I really like when Bruce sang "Gorn Jabbar" gets a make-over with the soaring female voice and rearrangements.
- Sun And Steel sounds 'cheerful' especially on the Trooper Bside with a woman singing it. I wont visualise the samurai swords when I heard Maiden United version of this song.
- Where Eagles Dare without the Nicko intro and booming drums is interesting and hearing all this piano makes me smile . Anyway, I was just so wishing this song is the final song of the setlist of the Maiden coming tour. It would make a glorious ending.
- Revelations is always a special song for me. Its a song I seek shelter with when I was a kid and Maiden United's version is touching. I really like it.
- The Trooper - A slow suspenseful version.
- Quest For Fire is always one of my favorites even though some people dont like it for its lyrics. Maybe due to my age when I first listen to the original, an adventure song if there ever is one written for school kids. So Maiden United version here is always alright with me - to me it sounds so medieval Robin Hood.
- Still Life - the intro is superb. The whole song is. I like it.
- Flight Of Icarus - Superb intro, a suprising spoken first verse.
In conclusion, maybe I do get a bit bias praising this cd as I have not listen to the complete POM for some time, so its refreshing to hear a different version of the songs and in different track sequence as we are so familiar with.