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Day three of #MarchoftheWriters

Writing Muzak

You all know that I dabble in lots of different fiction genres, one would think every genre would come with a different genre of music. Well, you couldn’t be more wrong!

No matter, if I was writing my YA fantasy duology, Illusional Reality, or one of the OUTLAW dark romances series, or even some poetry ( rarely ) I would always have music on in the background, or coming through headphones, as it helps me get lost in the world I’ve created.

And the genre of music? Those that know me well. \m/

I’ve never done a playlist in my books. I probably never will. I doubt my readers would care what I listen to when I write. But here’s a few, so you get the idea. Each song tells its own story, Epic shit!

This last one is very special to me. It’s the song that I used to sing when I sang lead in a rock band… back in the day. Yep, I could hit those F-ing notes!

International Day of Metal




I had a chat with Iron Mathew founder of the International Day of Metal.

Why did you want to do this and what made you decide on that date?

There are many recognized international days of this and that, but none for heavy metal music, and as an avid fan of this genre I decided to create one. As for the date, well it had to be something memorable and as 6/6 is International Slayer Day, I doubled the numbers and chose 12/12, which then makes the inaugural day 12/12/12

What are you trying to accomplish?

I want to get everyone talking about this day and maybe get it recognised as a yearly international day. Heavy metal is one of the most popular genres ever and it should be recognised and celebrated.

How many members have you gathered so far?

As at 21/4/12 the Facebook group has over 2,930 members, and there are 11 official supporters for this day. Official supporters are those organisations, people, bands or anyone who posts a link on their website for International Day Of Heavy Metal, in return, a reciprocal link is placed on our home page.  47 countries have signed up (so far)

Will you be organizing any get together or festivals?

Personally no, but my hope is that others will. I plan on taking the day off work and spend it with my windows open, playing  as many classic heavy metal songs as I can.  I hope clubs, and bars will organize get together. I know a few bands are planning on organizing some gigs.

So now you know the date 12/12/12

celebrate loud and proud the International day of Metal.



As most of you know my favorite heavy metal band is Iron Maiden. If you want to know what going to a Maiden concert is like then you need to read In Times of Violence, YA urban thriller.   https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/130101

Heavy Metal Road Sign!
Heavy Metal Road Sign! (Photo credit: Deanmetal)


Iron Maiden in Paris (Bercy Arena) on July 1st...
Iron Maiden in Paris (Bercy Arena) on July 1st 2008 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Iron Maiden is notably the best rock band in the world. The band consists of six of the most talented musicians and song writers in rock!

What separates them from other great rock bands is sheer determination to give 100% to their fans. It’s never been about trying to make as much money as they can, or making records for air play; these guys love to play, sing, and entertain.

Steve Harris, who plays bass and writes the lyrics to many of the Maiden songs, founded Iron Maiden back in 1975. Even when band members dropped, and at one point there didn’t seem to be a band, fans stayed loyal. Steve never became disillusioned. Determined to keep the band going, he saw the magic even before we did.

As well as being one of the best bass guitarists around, if it wasn’t for him, Iron Maiden wouldn’t be here.

I salute him for his stubbornness.

Bruce Dickinson is lead vocalist and in my opinion IS Iron Maiden. He’s the front man for the band and his stage presence and vocal talent is awesome.

I confess I lost interest in Maiden when Bruce went off on his solo career, and Blaze took over vocals. Nevertheless, my love for the band returned when Bruce came back. It wasn’t that I was a fan of Bruce Dickinson, I was a fan of Iron Maiden with Bruce as lead vocals. I think many fans feel that way.

Nicko Mcbrain is the drummer and brings a comical presence to the band. He’s one of the best drummers I have ever heard. Have a listen to Where Eagles Dare.

Dave MurreyAdrian Smith and Yannis Gers, play lead guitars. Acoustic, rhythmic, there is nothing these guys cannot play. What surprise me about this band is after all the numerous albums, they continue to create unique songs. Each guitarist comes up with their own riffs and lyrics, which gives new songs a fresh edge.

With any other rock band it might have been a mistake to have three lead guitarists. However, the songs as so epic, there’s plenty of melodies and riffs, and each gets a chance at their own solo. These guys work together like a well oiled machine.

Classics such as Hallowed Be Thy Name, Run to the Hills, Fear of the Dark, Can I Play with Madness, are rock classics that will never go out of style. Maiden still continue to play these songs in their concerts. The fans demand it.

Iron Maiden concerts are electric. After years of world-wide tours, the band hasn’t lost any of their energy or enthusiasm to play live. The stage productions are amazing, with lighting and theatricals that are second to none. Iron Maiden concerts are not to be missed.

The albums continue to get better. The songs are epic stories that take you on a journey through long, intricate riffs and great melodies. The bands talent continues to grow, as do their fans.
Fans are loyal to Iron Maiden because the band has never let them down. Continuing to release great albums and bringing their music to as many fans as they can with exciting, energetic live performances.

My favourite track at the moment, which I play repeatedly, is Journeyman. A haunting rock ballad with catchy lyrics I can relate to.

When I sit down to write, Iron Maiden is always playing in the background. The lyrics and melodies of their songs inspire me.

Many of the short stories in my new collection, Heads & Tales, are inspired from the Best of the Beast album.

When I’m asked in interviews about what inspires me to write; Iron Maiden always comes up.

Iron Maiden continue to travel the world via ED Force One, and playing sold-out concerts. The Final Frontier album reached number one in a record of 28 countries and sold 800,000 copies in the first week.

Check the website for future tour dates.


Up the Irons

Long may they reign!

Cover of "Best of the Beast"
Cover of Best of the Beast