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Encyclopedia > The Reincarnation of Benjamin Breeg
"The Reincarnation of Benjamin Breeg"
"The Reincarnation of Benjamin Breeg" cover
Single by Iron Maiden
from the album A Matter of Life and Death
B-side(s) Hallowed Be Thy Name (CD)
Released 14 August 2006
Format CD, 10" clear vinyl disc
Recorded Sarm West Studios, London in 2006
Genre Heavy metal
Length 7:21
Label Columbia Records, EMI Europe
Writer(s) Dave Murray, Steve Harris
Producer(s) Kevin Shirley
Chart positions
  • 3 (UK charts)
Iron Maiden singles chronology
"The Trooper (live)"
(2005)
"The Reincarnation of Benjamin Breeg"
(2006)
"Different World"
(2006)

"The Reincarnation of Benjamin Breeg" is a song by Iron Maiden on their 14th studio album, A Matter of Life and Death. The song is the leading single from the album, released on 14 August 2006. Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (1884x1571, 3030 KB) Licensing This image is of a music album or single cover, and the copyright for it is most likely owned by either the publisher of the album or the artist(s) which produced the music or artwork in... A collection of various CD singles In music, a single is a short recording of one or more separate tracks. ... Iron Maiden is an English heavy metal band from East London. ... A Matter of Life and Death is the 14th studio album by English heavy metal band Iron Maiden. ... In recorded music, the terms A-side and B-side refer to the two sides of 7 inch vinyl records on which singles were released beginning in the 1950s. ... Hallowed Be Thy Name is a song written by Steve Harris for the 1982 Iron Maiden album The Number of The Beast. ... A music genre is a category (or genre) of pieces of music that share a certain style or basic musical language (van der Merwe 1989, p. ... Heavy metals, in chemistry, are chemical elements of a particular range of atomic weights. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Columbia Records is the oldest continually used brand name in recorded sound, dating back to 1888. ... A songwriter is someone who writes the lyrics to songs, the musical composition or melody to songs, or both. ... Dave Murray of Iron Maiden David Michael Murray (born December 23, 1958 in England) is a founding guitarist in the legendary heavy metal band Iron Maiden. ... Iron Maiden founder and bassist Steve Harris Stephen Percy Harris or Arry to his fans (born March 12, 1956 in Leytonstone, London, England) is the bassist and primary composer of the heavy metal band Iron Maiden. ... In the music industry, a record producer (or music producer) has many roles, among them controlling the recording sessions, coaching and guiding the performers, and supervising the recording, mixing and mastering processes . ... A record chart, also known as a music chart, is a method of ranking music according to popularity during a given period of time. ... Iron Maiden is an English heavy metal band from East London. ... The Trooper is one of the most popular Iron Maiden songs of all time, and was re-released as a single in 2005 to help promote The Early Days DVD retrospective which covers the bands first eight years together. ... Different World is a song by Iron Maiden on their 14th studio album, A Matter of Life and Death. ... Iron Maiden is an English heavy metal band from East London. ... A Matter of Life and Death is the 14th studio album by English heavy metal band Iron Maiden. ...


The CD single comes with a B-side of "Hallowed Be Thy Name" from the BBC Radio 1 Legends Session. Due to the overall length of the two songs, the single was not eligible for chart inclusion in the UK. The single was also released on 10" clear vinyl single, which includes BBC Sessions versions of "The Trooper" and "Run to the Hills" on the B-side.[1] CD may stand for: Compact Disc Canadian Forces Decoration Cash Dispenser (at least used in Japan) CD LPMud Driver Centrum-Demokraterne (Centre Democrats of Denmark) Certificate of Deposit České Dráhy (Czech Railways) Chad (NATO country code) Chalmers Datorförening (computer club of the Chalmers University of Technology) a 1960s... Hallowed Be Thy Name is a song written by Steve Harris for the 1982 Iron Maiden album The Number of The Beast. ... The British Broadcasting Corporation, invariably known as the BBC (and also informally known as the Beeb or Auntie) is the largest broadcasting corporation in the world, employing 26,000 staff in the UK alone and with a budget of £4 billion. ... A collection of various CD singles In music, a single is a short recording of one or more separate tracks. ... The Trooper is a song by Iron Maiden from their 1983 album Piece of Mind. ... Run to the Hills is a song from Iron Maidens 1982 album The Number of the Beast. ...


Although both the sleeve, and labels, of the 10" vinyl state that it should be played at 33.3 RPM, this is actually incorrect. The correct playing speed is 45 RPM.


On 17 July 2006, a music video for the song was put up on the band's official website for public viewing. The video was first released only for paid fan club members but it instantly leaked within minutes and was viewed by many fans who posted the link on various Iron Maiden discussion forums. The video displays them currently performing in the studio along with classic photos and clips of the band over their lengthy career. It also contains a still frame shot of an exposed female chest at 5:06 into the video that goes by almost unseen.


The character

The single's promotional image shows Eddie (the band's mascot) digging out the grave of Benjamin Breeg, whose tombstone states "Aici zace un om despre care nu se ştie prea mult". This is a sentence in Romanian, which roughly translates into "here lies a man about whom little is known." The identity of the character is being held secret by band members. Steve Harris, in an interview given to Kerrang was quoted as saying: "Who is Benjamin Breeg? Ha ha. I'm not telling you." Eddie, whose full name is Eddie the Head or Edward the Head (see below), is the British heavy metal band Iron Maidens mascot. ...


The fictional character has become a great marketing tool for the band. This is because of the band's use of the viral marketing technique. A website was also made that tells a fictional story about a man of mystery. It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with Word of mouth marketing. ...


Theories

One theory is that Eddie is or was Benjamin Breeg. The clues for this are that he was born in London (where the band was formed) and was born on the date of Britain and France's declaration of war on Germany in World War II. This hints at a reference to the overall war thematic of "A Matter Of Life And Death". Breeg is said to have painted a picture of what he sees in his head (a picture of an Eddie-like figure emerging). Combatants Major Allied powers: United Kingdom Soviet Union United States Republic of China and others Major Axis powers: Nazi Germany Italy Japan and others Commanders Winston Churchill Joseph Stalin Franklin Roosevelt Harry Truman Chiang Kai-Shek Adolf Hitler Benito Mussolini Hideki Tojo Casualties Military dead: 17,000,000 Civilian dead...


You can also find information about a man who is seeking his cousin Benjamin Breeg on a British web site. A lot of coincidences can be found with the character from the Iron Maiden song, such as the dates given, or the Romanian sentence Aici zace un om despre care nu se ştie prea mult which you can find on both the website and the tombstone.


It should also be noted that Breeg's birth date (September 3rd, 1939) is the exact date that France and Britain declared war on Germany (sometimes considered the beginning of WWII). This would seem to lend credence to the military focus in the CD cover. Benjamin Breeg might be a metaphor for world war and the "reincarnation" is the possible onset of World War III. This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...


Suggestions as to who Benjamin Breeg actually is include Steve Harris, the founding member of the band and bassist, Iron Maiden itself or most probably Eddie, the band's mascot. However, if Eddie was Benjamin Breeg, why would he be digging up Breeg's grave in the artwork for the single? Another criticism of this theory is that Eddie is seen in the artwork for the album Live After Death as climbing out of a grave marked "Edward T. H–", with the rest of the last name obscured by dirt. The "T. H.-" stands for "The Head", as in "Eddie The Head". Iron Maiden founder and bassist Steve Harris Stephen Percy Harris or Arry to his fans (born March 12, 1956 in Leytonstone, London, England) is the bassist and primary composer of the heavy metal band Iron Maiden. ... Live After Death is the first live album by the British heavy metal band Iron Maiden, released on October 14, 1985. ...


The Benjamin Breeg website provides evidence for the existence of Breeg, such as a painting depicting a figure who looks identical to Eddie, supposedly painted by Benjamin Breeg. This painting however appears as the inside cover artwork to the single "The Reincarnation Of Benjamin Breeg" and also in the video to the same song around the 5.14 minute mark, heightening suspicions of a marketing ploy even further. The website also claims "The man is due to arrive in this country on 18th August" when referring to a man with information about Benjamin Breeg. The new Iron Maiden album was released in the UK on the 28th August, some ten days after this mysterious arrival which might imply that the new album would reveal more information about Benjamin Breeg. As of yet, no further information has been divulged.


The song itself (the reincarnation of Benjamin Breeg) suggests an alternate theory (not in the specifics of who it is, but the idea behind the character). The idea is that the character is doomed to be re-incarnated ad infinitum until the point where he has achieved a good enough existence to pass on to some form of afterlife (lyrics such as "my sins are too heavy" and "...till I can break free" would seem to add weight to this).


Benjamin Breeg is purported to be a Romanian artist whose only remaining painting looks remarkably like Iron Maiden's mascot Eddie. Benjamin Breeg's Painting


Another character, Benjamin Bathurst (see The Disappearance of Benjamin Bathurst) was a Napoleonic War soldier who mysteriously disappeared and has been the subject of numerous conspiracy theories regarding time travel and reincarnation. Benjamin Bathurst was a British diplomat serving in Continental Europe during the Napoleonic Wars. ... Combatants Allies: Great Britain (until 1801)/United Kingdom(from 1801) Prussia Austria Sweden Russia Ottoman Empire Portugal Spain and others France Denmark-Norway Kingdom of Bavaria Grand Duchy of Berg Duchy of Hesse-Darmstadt Kingdom of Holland Kingdom of Italy Kingdom of Naples Kingdom of Saxony Grand Duchy of Warsaw... A conspiracy theory attempts to explain the ultimate cause of an event (usually a political, social, or historical event) as a secret, and often deceptive, plot by a covert alliance of powerful people or organizations rather than as an overt activity or as natural occurrence. ... Time travel is a concept that has long fascinated humanity—whether it is Merlin experiencing time backwards, or religious traditions like Mohammeds trip to Jerusalem and ascent to heaven, returning before a glass knocked over had spilt its contents. ... According to Hinduism, every living being is an eternally existing spirit (the soul or the self). ...


It is also a theory that Benjamin Breeg was a Worldwar two soldier, which would go with the album's WWII theam. If this theory is correct then he was probually a British soldier who died in WWII that Iron Maiden found out about, and then used his name as a marketing ploy.


Another possible reference is to Benjamin Briggs, captain of the ship Mary Celeste, who disapperared in 1872 with all his crew and was never found. Also on the internet is a person looking for a man who's name was Benjamin Stove. He was a farmer that apparently vanished in 1988, and all that was left behind by him was a painting of a crop circle. Captain Benjamin Briggs in an undated photo Benjamin Spooner Briggs (24 April 1835-November 1872) was an American sailor and the captain of the Mary Celeste when she was discovered, apparently abandoned, on 4 December 1872. ... A painting of the Amazon (later renamed Mary Celeste) by an unknown artist. ...


Track listing

2 track CD

  1. "The Reincarnation of Benjamin Breeg" (Dave Murray, Steve Harris) – 7:21
  2. "Hallowed Be Thy Name (Radio 1 'Legends' Session)" (Harris) – 7:13

Dave Murray of Iron Maiden David Michael Murray (born December 23, 1958 in England) is a founding guitarist in the legendary heavy metal band Iron Maiden. ... Iron Maiden founder and bassist Steve Harris Stephen Percy Harris or Arry to his fans (born March 12, 1956 in Leytonstone, London, England) is the bassist and primary composer of the heavy metal band Iron Maiden. ... Hallowed Be Thy Name is a song written by Steve Harris for the 1982 Iron Maiden album The Number of The Beast. ...

10" clear vinyl disc

  1. "The Reincarnation of Benjamin Breeg" (Murray, Harris) – 7:21
  2. "The Trooper (Radio 1 'Legends' Session)" (Harris) – 3:59
  3. "Run to the Hills (Radio 1 'Legends' Session)" (Harris) – 3:56

The Trooper is a song by Iron Maiden from their 1983 album Piece of Mind. ... Run to the Hills is a song from Iron Maidens 1982 album The Number of the Beast. ...

Credits

This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Ercole de Roberti: Concert, c. ... Dave Murray of Iron Maiden David Michael Murray (born December 23, 1958 in England) is a founding guitarist in the legendary heavy metal band Iron Maiden. ... Different kinds of guitars The guitar is a fretted and stringed musical instrument, used in a wide variety of musical styles, and is also widely known as a solo classical instrument. ... Janick Gers of Iron Maiden Janick Robert Gers (born January 27, 1957 in Hartlepool, England) is one of three guitarists in the heavy metal band Iron Maiden. ... A backing vocalist is a vocalist who sings in harmony with the lead vocalist, other backup vocalists, or alone but in the background of a song. ... Adrian Frederik H Smith (born February 27, 1957 in Hackney, East London, England) is a songwriter and one of three guitarists in the heavy metal band Iron Maiden. ... A backing vocalist is a vocalist who sings in harmony with the lead vocalist, other backup vocalists, or alone but in the background of a song. ... Iron Maiden founder and bassist Steve Harris Stephen Percy Harris or Arry to his fans (born March 12, 1956 in Leytonstone, London, England) is the bassist and primary composer of the heavy metal band Iron Maiden. ... Martin EB18 Bass Guitar in flight case. ... Michael Henry McBrain (born June 5, 1954 in Hackney, London, England) is the drummer for heavy metal band Iron Maiden. ... A drum kit (or drum set or trap set) is mostly a collection of drums, cymbals and sometimes other percussion instruments arranged for convenient playing by a single drummer. ...

Sources

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    Iron Maiden
    Bruce Dickinson | Dave Murray | Janick Gers | Adrian Smith | Steve Harris | Nicko McBrain
    List of past and present Iron Maiden members
    Discography
    Studio albums: Iron Maiden | Killers | The Number of the Beast | Piece of Mind | Powerslave | Somewhere in Time | Seventh Son of a Seventh Son | No Prayer for the Dying | Fear of the Dark | The X Factor | Virtual XI | Brave New World | Dance of Death | A Matter of Life and Death
    Live albums: Live After Death | A Real Live One | A Real Dead One | Live at Donington | A Real Live Dead One | Rock in Rio | Beast Over Hammersmith | The BBC Archives | Death on the Road
    Compilations and box-sets: The First Ten Years | Best of the Beast | Ed Hunter | Edward the Great | Eddie's Archive | The Essential Iron Maiden
    Videos and DVDs: Live at the Rainbow | Video Pieces | Behind the Iron Curtain | Live After Death | 12 Wasted Years | Maiden England | The First Ten Years: The Videos | From There to Eternity | Donington Live 1992 | Raising Hell | Classic Albums: The Number of the Beast | Rock in Rio | Visions of the Beast | The Early Days | Death on the Road
    EPs: The Soundhouse Tapes | Live!! +one | Maiden Japan | No More Lies
    Singles
    "Running Free" | "Sanctuary" | "Women in Uniform" | "Twilight Zone" | "Purgatory" | "Run to the Hills" | "The Number of the Beast" | "Flight of Icarus" | "The Trooper" | "2 Minutes to Midnight" | "Aces High" | "Running Free (live)" | "Run to the Hills (live)" | "Wasted Years" | "Stranger in a Strange Land" | "Can I Play with Madness" | "The Evil That Men Do" | "The Clairvoyant (live)" | "Infinite Dreams" | "Holy Smoke" | "Bring Your Daughter...To the Slaughter" | "Be Quick or Be Dead" | "From Here to Eternity" | "Wasting Love" | "Fear of the Dark (live)" | "Hallowed Be Thy Name (live)" | "Man on the Edge" | "Lord of the Flies" | "Virus" | "The Angel and the Gambler" | "Futureal" | "The Wicker Man" | "Out of the Silent Planet" | "Run to the Hills (live)" | "Wildest Dreams" | "Rainmaker" | "The Number of the Beast (2005)" | "The Trooper (live)" | "The Reincarnation of Benjamin Breeg" | "Different World" "Brighter than a Thousand Suns"
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