Hallowed Be Thy Name

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"Hallowed Be Thy Name"
Single by Iron Maiden
from the album The Number of the Beast and A Real Dead One
B-side "The Trooper (live)"
"Wasted Years (live)"
"Wrathchild (live)"
Released 4 October 1993
Format Picture Disc
Recorded 1993
Genre Heavy metal
Length 7:51 (live single version)
7:12 (album version)
Label EMI
Writer(s) Steve Harris
Iron Maiden singles chronology
"Fear of the Dark (live)"
(1993)
"Hallowed Be Thy Name (live)"
(1993)
"Man on the Edge"
(1995)

"Hallowed Be Thy Name" is a song written by Steve Harris for the 1982 Iron Maiden album The Number of The Beast. It has been acclaimed as one of the greatest heavy metal songs of all time.

This single is from the 1993 album "A Real Dead One". The live recordings of this single are from the "Fear of the Dark"[1] tour & "A Real Live Tour"[2] of 1992 & 1993 respectively. These tours are the source for "A Real Live One" & "A Real Dead One" live albums released in 1993, though since the 1998 catalog re-master they are a 2-disc CD as "A Real Live Dead One".[3] It is the band's last single to feature vocalist Bruce Dickinson until 2000's "The Wicker Man".

Synopsis[edit]

The song includes 2 guitar solos: the first is played by Dave Murray, and the second was played by Adrian Smith between 1982 and 1988 and by Janick Gers from 1990.

"Hallowed Be Thy Name" has remained in almost all of the band's set-lists since the album's recording, which Allmusic describes it as "perhaps the most celebrated of the band's extended epics; it's the tale of a prisoner about to be hanged, featuring some of Harris' most philosophical lyrics." Several band-members have since stated that it is one of their favourite tracks, with Bruce Dickinson describing it as "fantastic" and that performing it live is like "narrating a movie to the audience."

It is the most covered song by the band with fourteen different versions by artists like Dream Theater, Machine Head, Cradle of Filth, and Iced Earth. Iron Maiden also recorded this song as part of EMI's television series 'Live from Abbey Road'. The band recorded a newer version of this track in 2006 and it was used as a B-side on the "Different World" single. In the lyrics of the song, the motif of Gallows Pole explicitly appears, which may allow a link to many works of art involving this motif and also may allow the song to be analyzed in a wider context.

The song has frequently been cited as one of the greatest heavy metal songs of all time. It was named the seventh greatest metal song in Rolling Stone magazine's list of greatest heavy metal songs, #1 on the magazine's readers' poll, as well as ranking seventh in Martin Popoff's list of greatest metal songs. The song was also voted best Iron Maiden song in their official website based poll vote. Guitarist Janick Gers has stated in interviews that it is his favourite Iron Maiden song to play. The 2012 Maiden England World Tour marks the first time the song has not been included in the band's set list since its creation.

In popular culture[edit]

Jamie Thomas skated to the song in Toy Machine's Welcome to Hell video. A live version of the song was also released as downloadable content in the video game Rock Band 2 on 9 June 2009.

Track listing[edit]

UK 7" red vinyl[edit]

  1. "Hallowed Be Thy Name" (live - Olympic Arena, Moscow 4 June '93) (Harris) – 7:26 [4]
  2. "Wrathchild" (live - Laugadallshollin, Reykjavik 5 June '92) (Harris) – 2:57 [4][5]

UK 12" picture disc[edit]

  1. "Hallowed Be Thy Name" (live - Olympic Arena, Moscow 4 June '93) (Harris) – 7:26 [4]
  2. "The Trooper" (live - Helsinki Ice Hall, Finland 27 August '92) (Harris) – 3:53 [4]
  3. "Wasted Years" (live - Stadthalle, Bremem, Germany 16 April '93) (Smith) – 4:42 [4][6]

CD Maxi single[edit]

  1. "Hallowed Be Thy Name" (live - Olympic Arena, Moscow 4 June '93) (Harris) – 7:26 [4]
  2. "The Trooper" (live - Helsinki Ice Hall, Finland 27 August '92) (Harris) – 3:53 [4]
  3. "Wasted Years" (live - Stadthalle, Bremem, Germany 16 April '93) (Smith) – 4:42 [4]
  4. "Wrathchild" (live - Helsinki Ice Hall, Finland 27 August '92) (Harris) – 2:57 [4][7]

Notes[edit]

There is a bootleg recording of what is thought to be 4 June 1993, Moscow show, which has created conflict as to which night of the three is represented on this single.

Personnel[edit]

1982 studio version
1993 live single
  • Bruce Dickinson – vocals
  • Dave Murray – guitar
  • Janick Gers – guitar
  • Steve Harris – bass guitar
  • Nicko McBrain – drums

Covers[edit]

The song was covered in the following years:

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1993) Peak
position
Irish Singles Chart 16[8]
UK Singles Chart 9[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Tours | Fear Of The Dark Tour 1992 | Commentary |". The Iron Maiden Commentary. Retrieved 2013-07-23. 
  2. ^ "Tours | A Real Live Tour 1993 | Commentary |". The Iron Maiden Commentary. Retrieved 2013-07-23. 
  3. ^ "Iron Maiden - A Real Live Dead One at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2013-07-23. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Hallowed Be Thy Name – Commentary". Ironmaidencommentary.com. 1993-10-04. Retrieved 2013-07-23. 
  5. ^ "Iron Maiden - Hallowed Be Thy Name (Live) (Vinyl) at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2013-07-23. 
  6. ^ "Iron Maiden - Hallowed Be Thy Name (Live) (Vinyl) at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2013-07-23. 
  7. ^ "Iron Maiden - Hallowed Be Thy Name (CD) at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2013-07-23. 
  8. ^ "Irish singles archive". IRMA. irishcharts.ie. Retrieved 14 October 2011. 
  9. ^ "Top 40 Official Singles Chart UK Archive 16 October 1993". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 12 October 2011. 

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