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Aphro’s Asskicking Anthems – November 2015

What it is, what it is, what it is... shed no tears! Your boy Aphro has returned yet again to spin those crazy sounds for all your beatdowns. This month's Anthem is heading for international waters. After the jump, find out what track is getting some spin...

Allow me a quick second to gush, folks, but I love this song like you cannot imagine. For any of the uninitiated out there, this column follows one strict rule: Every song you hear is a song from my own Active Playlist (as of this writing: 4,189 songs). That being said, Iron Maiden just holds a special place in my heart. Their 2000 album, Brave New World, was a big deal because it marked the return of Bruce Dickinson on lead vocals. More to the point, this very song was featured in one of my all-time favorite YouTube combo videos. I just can't help myself from getting swept up in this song. Everything about it just comes together perfectly: vocals, lyrics, instrumentals, imagery... a beautifully savage tapestry for the ears.

I owe these guys a little extra because they pretty much did my job for me this month. Seriously, listen to that song again & the image of the (painfully obvious) character choice should start to take shape. If not, listen to it a third time... and again... and yet again! Sorry, got a little carried away there...

And you thought Davey Jones was creepy...

And you thought Davy Jones was creepy...

To be perfectly honest, I can't prove that the members of Iron Maiden didn't play any of the Soul games. If I could, then I would be slightly more convinced that this song wasn't their interpretation of a day in the life of Cervantes de León. Remember what I said before about the imagery of this song? All of it applies to Cervantes. This is a guy who was the son of Spanish privateer who, sadly, perished at sea. He used that memory to become a pirate & carve a legend into the Seven Seas as the "Dread Pirate Cervantes". Over the course of his life, he came to father a daughter... who would ultimately grow to despise him.

His quest for the sword led to his spiritual corruption. It's the metaphorical standard for nearly all legendary captains in famous literature. The concept of getting lost in ambition... in the desire to lay claim to something that drives otherwise sensible men to do irrational things. Cervantes had succumb to that desire in his longing for the sword's power, which seemingly brought him back from the dead & animated his corpse for a few years. I could only imagine the trials & tribulations he faced on the treacherous waters that led him to the blade. I bet some of those stories would make a pretty badass song...

Until next time... keep fighting the good fight, my friends.

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