Reviews & Ratings - Big Bands & Labels

GR logoSo… here we are again saying “goodbye” to Summer and hailing Autumn. In truth to be told, September is a “hot” month not only due to its “high temperatures” but also due to the “hot new releases” by some of the biggest Metal bands this month. I guess the lion’s share on the rock & metal magazines, ezines, webzines, communities, forums etc. has been taken by Iron Maiden. Yeah, one of the top & most influential metal bands of all time are finally back after 5 years of absence and more basically after the health issues their singer Bruce faced, which are thankfully over now.

You can read the review of the new Iron Maiden album here. We’re not biased to put “high ratings” on the albums of the big metal & rock bands, so before you start complaining or bitchin’ about the rating, do note that this rating refers only to the “Iron Maiden climax/rating system” and not on the usual one, as no band can compete those bands which have influenced them and put the foundations for what’s rock & metal music is all about. The same goes for all the big metal bands – the ones that took metal/rock music one step further and made their own innovative path. Given the chance, I think that “The Book of Souls” is the best album Iron Maiden have released in the last 20 years… but that doesn’t mean that it should be rated with a 9 or 10. The Iron Maiden music clichés are there as usual, but the guys seem fresh enough and the album does exhale a very positive & renewed feeling. Certainly, those very long tracks are not their common practice and they could have been a little more careful on that thing, but whatever… they did as they felt right this specific time. Nonetheless, “The Book of Souls” is a very gratifying album that has already pleased the die-hard fans of the band and has gained very positive reactions so far.
 
The main reason why I’m referring to Iron Maiden’s new album is the comment, that one of GR’s regular visitors/readers made, saying that he likes Grande Rock for the “honest, generally un-opinionated” reviews we do on albums whether they have been released by a big band/label or not. Honestly, this is the main reason why we started Grande Rock back in late 2001. We couldn’t tolerate any of those magazines & the small number of webzines (globally, the ezines, webzines were very few back in the day) that were “licking” the big labels & bands due to the advertisements and the money they got each month. The same thing is happening today too, but in a much smaller climax due to the numerous webzines, ezines, blogspots etc. that are out there. Still, they have chosen to “play the good guys”, say nice things and put high ratings to the releases of the major music labels and the big bands so as to attract more traffic to their sites or get a piece of the big pie.
 
We have done our best to retain the honest, un-opinionated & objective point of view, we have on releases all these years, even though they have destroyed co-operations with music labels, PRs, bands etc. We’d like to keep it up straight too! I guess wiring down your honest opinion about a release doesn’t please anyone these days. Thx to all those visitors/readers who keep following Grande Rock all these years and give us the courage to carry on…
 
PS: Let’s all hope that this stupid austerity measures that have led to a big “economic crisis”, which is totally manipulated by the “big ones”, will end soon, or else the consequences will be tragic for all people… and that day ain’t far away any more…
 
PS2: The sexy & alternative Blanchette is our Model Spotlight of this month. Enjoy her pictures & read her interview here. In case you missed our Model Spotlight of August, the sexy Tia Méndez, do check her out here.
 
PS3: This month’s editorial is dedicated to the legendary bassist and storyteller Chris Squire (Yes, XYZ, The Selfs, The Syn), who passed away a little time ago. We’re grateful for all the great prog moments he offered us… May He Rest In Peace…