The influence of Hispanics on the metal scene was on full display that night and will no doubt continue if bands like Elefantkiller, Arka and Introtyl continue to decimate stereotypes.
Both singers would be the first to tell you that they cannot replace Ronnie James Dio, but both provided their own spin on the classic songs. Owens stuck to the traditional metal vocals for great anthems Dio wrote, while Logan’s blues style of singing brought out the emotional depths of Dio’s lyricism.
“Michale Graves defies expectations. He even lacked the skull face makeup he has come to be remembered for. The lack of theatrics underscored the down-to-earth persona that Graves gave off that night.”
Sinful Sounds: The Iron Maidens – Blackthorn 51, 5/8 NYC Review: “Much press has been given on what motivates this popular trend among tribute bands. Is it a subversive attack on patriarchal stereotypes? Is it just a marketing gimmick? Does it just rock and we shouldn’t think too much of it? Whatever their motivation, the Iron Maidens seemed more dedicated to putting on a good show for the legions of Iron Maiden fans that flock to their concerts.”