Iron Maiden’s “Fear of the Dark” as Performed by an 160-Piece Orchestra Is %@$&*! Amazing
Sweden has once more staked its claim to being the most metal country in the world: Ulf Wadenbrandt, conductor for the Sweden Symphony Orchestra and dude who looks like he could be in pretty much any European power metal band, has released a video of a 160-piece orchestra performing Iron Maiden’s “Fear of the Dark.”
What’s more, it fucking rules. If Iron Maiden don’t see this and immediately contact Wadenbrandt to collaborate on their own S&M-type deal, they’re fools. Fools, I say!!
You can feel classier than you’ve ever felt by checking out the orchestral “Fear of the Dark” below. At one point Wadenbrandt turns around mid-conduction and throws up an invisible orange, which makes us love him all the more.
Wadenbrandt tells Metal Hammer of the performance:
“This song has everything from nice melodic lines with lots of energy and a thumping tempo. It’s a magical arrangement that releases the orchestra’s energy and fantastic sound. Iron Maiden have quite simply written a great song that works perfectly for symphony orchestras and their wonderful timbre.”
“Music makes you feel good and helps to develop people. “We need to show the world that we are needed and must get to play. I have gathered everyone from absolutely world class musicians and excellent music teachers to talented amateurs and students from music and cultural schools from all over the world. I want to show the value of diversity and emphasize how everyone is important in the ecosystem of music.”
Go put on your finest tuxedo or gown, then hit “play”: