Mixed, Not Stirred is a weekly column in which artists curate special, themed playlists via Spotify or other mediums.
In this week’s Mixed, Not Stirred, Navid Rashid of Iris Divine and Eyes of the Nile stopped by to curate a playlist of seven of his favorite Iron Maiden jams. We’ll let him explain in his own words:
I avoided the ‘usual suspects’ here, so I could shine a little light on a few of my favorites that are often overlooked! In no particular order…
– This killer Dance of Death track kicks in with a surprisingly heavy riff, and stays uptempo with an epic chorus. A gem off of this album that no one ever seems to mention 😦
Sea of Madness
– Somewhere in Time is an amazing album, one of their best really, and I can’t believe how many fans fussed over a few guitar synths and keys or whatever. It’s the kind of chorus that makes you want to sing along, and another really cool opening riff.
The Thin Line Between Love and Hate
– Love this one! It’s got almost an alternative kind of feel, if that can be said about a Maiden song, with a quirky and understated verse melody that somehow works. They took a chance on this one, and it almost doesn’t feel like Maiden until Bruce just kills it with the whole soaring ‘I will hope…” bit. Goosebumps.
The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner
– More Somewhere in Time love. Possibly the best guitar harmonies of any Maiden song!
The Clansman (Rock In Rio version)
– I’ll admit to not being much of a fan of Blaze, or Di’anno for that matter, but both eras have some great songs. Bruce just elevates this one, with a sense of triumphant drama. I saw it live, and he gave a great speech during the intro about how Maiden achieved what they did with virtually no help from radio or TV…very inspirational!
The Evil That Men Do (Rock In Rio version)
– I love live Maiden tracks, because they push the tempos a lot, and get this great loose vibe with tons of energy. It’s what makes Live After Death so great; in fact, LAD was my first Maiden album, and after it, the Piece of Mind studio tracks all felt way too slow because the live versions got burned into my brain. I sing for a Maiden tribute called Eyes of the Nile, and doing the material at live tempos is half the fun! This version of Evil is a great example, and makes the studio version feel positively tame by comparison.
The Number Of The Beast
– I threw one classic onto this list, because hearing this song was a pivotal moment in my life, and basically pushed me from fan of commercial hard rock to card-carrying metalhead. I was around 11 when NOTB came out, and I heard this song in a dark room, with moonlight shining in through the trees. The intro narration scared the hell out of me, and the song just blew me away. A piece of music I am totally emotionally connected to.