TrainingTunes/Metal – Iron Maiden, Hallowed Be Thy Name

With the news that Velocast Race Radio will not be broadcast this winter, I decided to take things into my own hands.

The podcast, which interspersed songs with brief commentary on pro cycling was one of Scott and John’s many incarnations of the Velocast. The poor guys can’t win:

When the Velocast took its first hiatus, podcast listeners Gary and Graham were so distraught that they started their own show, Veloclub Don Logan, which is now going great guns.

I’m not proposing to start my own podcast, as I’m sh@ on for time and sh!t behind a mic, but I’m looking to plug the void in some way. I had been meaning to publish music-related posts for a while, as I quite often listen* to tunes while training. That’s why I liked Velocast Race Radio- I’ll listen to anything, once, at least. But I haven’t had the time, so decided to post tracks one by one.

*in one ear, at moderate volume, with helmet on and lights shining, while all the time making sure I am aware of my surroundings. If you want to have that debate it’ll have to be in another blog post.

So here’s a tune that gets me going: Iron Maiden’s Hallowed be thy Name. I’m no metalhead, far from it, but I enjoy the way they make it sound like they have 2 rhythm guitars, 2 lead guitars, and one for the really far-out solos. And it reminds me of the time I used to spend in an attic, playing D&D, while my friend smoked cigarettes through a McDonald’s straw with a skiing glove on, so as to avoid getting caught by his parents.

More tunes next week, hopefully.

Artist: Iron Maiden

Buy “Hallowed Be Thy Name” on: iTunes

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