Do you have a special gift for recognising metal songs within seconds of them starting? Is your brain an encyclopedia of niche metal knowledge that seems destined to go forever unappreciated by the masses? Well do we have good news for you. No, it's not that the world will finally appreciate you for your genius, but a niche online game might! Some legend named Jack Pudwell has taken the concept of popular online music trivia game Heardle (itself a spin-off of Wordle) and created Metal Heardle. Which is exactly what it sounds like, it's Heardle but instead of popular music all the musical snippets are lifted form the world of metal. Cue happiness for metal nerds like us.
Metal Heardle is very easy to play but very surprisingly difficult to master. Not all metal production jobs were made equal after all, so for every easily identified Metallica song, there's some pretty badly recorded proto black and death metal tracks that aren't so easy to pick on first play.
Where the original game requires the player to guess a hidden word in no more than six tries, the Metal Heardle user must name the song that's being played on the game within six 1.5 second segmented snippets. If you're unable to name the song straight away, the player can continue on to the next go, where they'll be able to hear more of the track until they recognise it.
That's it. Happy metal nerding everyone! Oh and for what it is worth, we got today's one in one shot! Over to you now, Maniacs. May the gods of metal be with you always.
Speaking of metal gods...here's Iron Maiden's video for Stranger In A Strange Land one of the songs in the Metal Heardle database.
Watch the video for the Stratego below
Iron Maiden recently honoured the 40th birthday of their game-changing third studio album The Number Of The Beast.
Released on the 22nd of March 1982, The Number Of The Beast is home to some of Iron Maiden's most celebrated works including undeniable metal classics Run To The Hills, The Number Of The Beast and Hallowed Be Thy Name. A landmark metal album that is held dear by metalheads worldwide, The Number Of The Beast holds a special place in the hearts of the band as well, speaking to Maniacs last year, guitarist Dave Murray named the album closer Hallowed Be Thy Name one of his two favourite contributions to Iron Maiden's legacy.
We've had a bit of a debate on our socials recently about what is the best Iron Maiden guitar riff or guitar part. I'm curious, what's your favourite?
“Oh, well there’s two actually. I love the intro from Hallowed Be Thy Name, it’s always really nice to play that. The second one takes us back to the early ‘80s, and it’s the solo from the song Killers. I remember that we used to play that one live a lot before we actually recorded it and I always really enjoyed playing it back in 1981, and it’s funny but it still stands out to me for some reason now, all these years later. There’s something about that song.”
Watch Iron Maiden play Hallowed Be Thy Name live in 1985 below.
A commemorative 40th Anniversary cassette is available to order right now from Maniacs!
This seminal recording and the first to feature Bruce Dickinson as a vocalist – catapulted Iron Maiden to international stardom and set them on course for the spectacular trajectory of success that the band continues to enjoy and develop to this day, selling over 20 million records to date and counting.
Watch the video for The Number Of The Beast below.
The cassette is comprised of the 2015 remastered recordings of the original eight songs on the album as listed below, with front cover colour art based on the 1982 C-60 cassette release plus a re-designed & updated inlay. Ultimately it’s a tribute to a watershed album that sold in its millions in record stores all around the world; a celebration of those bygone times and a fitting souvenir for the fans who have loyally followed the band ever since.
The Number Of The Beast (40th Anniversary Cassette)
2. Children Of The Damned
3. The Prisoner
4. 22 Acacia Avenue
1. The Number Of The Beast
2. Run To The Hills
4. Hallowed Be Thy Name
Watch the video for Run To The Hills below.
Listen to The Number Of The Beast now