||IRON MAIDEN's official web site has been updated with the official cover artwork by Melvin Grant for the single "The Reincarnation of Benjamin Breeg". Check it out at this location.
The illustration features on both the CD and 10-inch clear vinyl and is confirmed for release on August 14.
Both formats can be ordered through WhatRecords.co.uk.
In other news, North American residents can pre-order the new IRON MAIDEN album, "A Matter of Life Or Death", as a CD or iPod-friendly digital download for only $9.99 or $14.99 with a limited-edition t-shirt and be able to buy tickets to MAIDEN's upcoming October U.S. tour run starting tomorrow, August 3, more than a week in advance of the general public on-sale date (August 12).
As previously reported, IRON MAIDEN's video for "The Reincarnation of Benjamin Breeg" has been made available for streaming at YouTube.com.
Kerrang! magazine has previously described "The Reincarnation of Benjamin Breeg" as "an intricate seven-minute epic that starts with a creepy, ominous intro before erupting into a crushing, almost LED ZEPPELIN-esque riff and a powerful, emotive chorus. More obtuse lyrically than most of the album, it's a curious, challenging choice for a single."
"It's very different for us," admitted the band's bassist, Steve Harris. "It's very riffy. The intro has an almost nursery rhyme eeriness. Sometimes you try to create a mood and sometimes it's just there. Everyone's going to ask who Benjamin Breeg is, but you'll just have to find out for yourself!"
IRON MAIDEN's new studio album, entitled "A Matter of Life and Death", is scheduled for release on September 5. The CD was recorded at Sarm West Studios in London with producer Kevin Shirley, who also worked on the last two MAIDEN albums, 2000's "Brave New World" and 2003's "Dance of Death".
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Benjamin Breeg (Born September 3rd, 1939, London) was a writer and a painter that dissapeared on 1978 and hasn't been found since then. In the last couple of years, his cousin, A. Breeg (Name can't be found elsewhere) has been tracking him down, still with no results more than the founding of one of his paintings and a copy of his books.
His name was used by the heavy metal group from East London, Iron Maiden, for the first single of their upcoming album, Matters of Life and Death. "The Reincarnation of Benjamin Breeg" has given a lot of attention to A. Breeg's online project to find his lost cousin, because of the curiosity of Iron Maiden's fans of who was Benjamin Breeg.
* 1 Biography
* 2 Bibliography
* 3 See Also
* 4 External links
After the deaths of his parents in a house fire in September, 1947, Breeg was sent to an orphanage in the East End. The cause of the fatal fire, to this day, remains unexplained. Breeg himself was present in the house at the time but escaped unharmed.
He was a bright child but very solitary, prompting one of his carers at the orphanage to state: "He has the demeanour of a child who seems to bear more weight upon his shoulders than any person should. What goes on behind his eyes makes one wonder what's troubling him." As well as his academic interests, Breeg also became interested in The Bible and expressed a desire to join the clergy.
Breeg was fostered by three families between 1947 and 1950 but each time, he was returned to the orphanage, unable to settle in any of the new homes that had offered to raise him.It was on his tenth birthday in 1949, that he began to experience nightmares that he himself later described as "the most vile and tortuous I have ever endured." Despite this, he went on to develop incredible talent as an artist and produced a large number of drawings, sketches and paintings. However, none of these survive and are believed to have been destroyed by Breeg himself. To this day, no one knows why. The subjects of these paintings, however, supposedly caused great consternation and distress among those who Breeg allowed to view them.
The verdict of one close friend who saw some of Breeg's work is as follows: "He says he paints what he sees. If this is true, I can only thank God I have no window into his mind."
Breeg's first job on leaving the orphanage, in 1954, was at a local Undertakers, where he was given the task of engraving headstones. His interest in the Bible had by now turned into what a colleague deemed to be "obsessive". He lived alone and little is known about his life between 1955 and 1959 other than that his interest in joining the clergy diminished. His obsession with the Bible, however, did not.
Breeg travelled widely between 1960 and 1970, visiting many different countries. Living for two years in Haiti before travelling to Eastern Europe where he lived between 1966 and 1969. He was forced to flee from Romania in 1969 following local Police investigations. He returned to England in March 1971. Upon his return, he was offered a position with the International Institute of Paranormal Investigation which he accepted.
Breeg wrote four books between 1971 and 1977. None of these, as far as can be ascertained, remain in print. All, however, concern the sights and cultures Breeg experienced while travelling. The emphasis in all four volumes is on the Occult practices of the countries visited.
Benjamin Breeg disappeared from his home on June 18th, 1978. All efforts to locate him proved unsuccessful.
Many believe that this information is fake
||I'm not a Maiden fan, but Breeg sounds really interesting!
||Yes. Very interesting. In a fake way.
Some one buy this cd for me. I'm broke.