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achilles last stand | Reviewer: ben tits | 6/4/07
one of the best song i have ever heard probably the best rock song ever.
Plant was a funny guy... | Reviewer: Anonymous | 5/27/07
My favorite part is that when all the guys are doing their own thing with the their respective instruments....Plant decides to sing along and make a rythym, "ahh uh ah! ahh uh ah! ahh uh uhh! ahh uh uhh!"
7/10 | Reviewer: fearthepib | 5/28/07
i give this song a 7/10 it's very well played, but i don't see it as being one of the best of all time. for me it never really picked up. maybe its cause im not from the 70's so i wasnt high when i heard it. To make it clear im not saying the songs bad i like it a lot. I just think it might have sounded better if i was stonned. not sure if u know wat i mean.
Just....... | Reviewer: Peter | 4/27/07
Oh this song is just the best thing recorded by them. Nothing else even comes close, by anybody. Ever.
Led Zep | Reviewer: Susan | 4/13/07
I love this song. I love the beautiful way it begins and then just intensifies incredibly. It is a magnificent song. I saw Zep in '77 and this song was fantastic live. They were the greatest band I ever saw, and they are still the greatest.
get your led out!! | Reviewer: Anonymous | 4/3/07
ok, ive been listening to classic rock since i was little, but i never found out the names, til recently when i started to listen to different rock bands, and so far i have not heard any other rock band that can compete with zeppelin, the lyrics are rich, deep thoughts, beautiful guitar, amazing drums, i defientely think that achilles last stand should be the first song that ppl think about when they hear the name zeppelin. it has everything and much more. This song should be among the best rock songs ever.
Feed your Head with Led | Reviewer: zack | 3/16/07
Achilles Last Stand from beginning to end is nothing short of an ultra intense masterpeice. Laid down by the rock gods themselves, this song completely showcases the raw energy of Plant, Page, John Paul, and the greatest drummer to have ever lived Jon Bonham.
Achilles, The Power. | Reviewer: SC | 2/27/07
When I first heard Achilles Last Stand, I was 7. I had just started playing guitar. This song kicked off the love and appreciation I have for their music. This song, in a figuritive way, blasts the listener's in the face. It grabs you right away with the intro melody, then kicks in raw power. I have had the privelidge to know Jimmy Page and Robert Plant, and I asked them about the song. Here is what they said: "When we sat down in the recording studio, we were thinking about the song as we made TSRTS and Kashmir and others. Our whole idea in the song is to catch all the critics off guard, and knock their socks off". Both Page and Plant chuckled a little bit, and then Page added this: "A lot of critics said we were not as good as our earlier years. That is nowhere near true. We believe we progressed over the years. Led Zeppelin I was just a taste into what we wanted to achieve. When we worked on Achilles, the band and I knew we wanted to slam the critics in the face, and not in a smooth way. I personally feel that kicked back in the high demand for us (Zeppelin), and with Prescence, we made "our" Prescence known world-wide".
If you do listen carefully, Robert Plant's vocals do intensify, Jimmy Page's guitar playing intensifies, Bonham's drumming gets louder and faster, and Jone's bass actually becomes the subtle sound. Awesome song. Great words by The legends themselves.
The devil's in his hole.... | Reviewer: cc | 2/16/07
.. or should I say his attic above the kitchen?
Picture this: my first exposure to this song - the greatest rock epic of all time - was during my thirteenth year in my friend Charlie Z's (all his friends called him Devil)room above his family's kitchen. He had converted a fairly large attic into a kick-ass party pad complete with trap door entrance, bean bags, rock posters, black lights and the "inevitable pinhole burns", etc. We all ditched school one afternoon and I was turned on to Presence. You know that Achilles intro like the back of your hand now, but imagine hearing it for the first time in a blackened room with a ear-splitting sound system. And then when it launches into the first verse - my jaw dropped! Robert Plant's voice never sounded so unearthly (even more than on No Quarter). And it's such a long song - 10 minutes of pure adreneline! The way the vocals and guitars play off of each other is simply amazing. And the song's sudden conversion to the guitar at the end is unique in all of the Rock canon. This song set a new standard for hard rock/heavy metal in my book - it stands alone.
Unrelenting Power and Intensity; Zeppelin at Their Greatest | Reviewer: Nathan | 6/13/06
It is a complete shame that "Achilles Last Stand" will forever be overshadowed by other Led Zeppelin works, such as "Stairway to Heaven" and "Kashmir." The raw power and intensity of this song is not only unrivaled by any other Zeppelin song, but by any other rock song out there. This song cements Led Zeppelin's title of "The Rock Gods."
The song fades in with a mellow, yet deceitful guitar riff from Page, catching you off guard from the upcoming all-out barrage of sound created by the addition of Bonham's thundering drums and Jones' pounding bass. Once Plant's signature vocals kick in, there is no turning back. Plant's lyrics are actually relatively peaceful, but work excellently with the intense music from the rest of the band. "Achilles" features another one of Page's signature guitar solos. During the solo, it feels as though Page's guitar is fighting the rhythym of the drums and bass, which adds to the intensity of the song. But it only gets more powerful from there, as power of Plant's vocals escalates significantly, as he sings the line "The mighty arms of Atlas hold the heavens from the Earth" and mellodically squares off with Page's guitar. This musical battle ends suddenly and fades out with a slight variation of Page's opening guitar riff.
Although the version of "Achilles Last Stand" off of Prescence is the most powerful, achieved from the numerous guitar overdubs, the live version off of the Led Zeppelin DVD is absolutely amazing, even without the fancy studio work.
When most people think Led Zeppelin, they think of "Stairway to Heaven." When I think of Zeppelin, I think of "Achilles Last Stand."
Unique in Rock Music | Reviewer: Bryan King | 5/13/06
"Languid" is not an adjective I would apply to "Achille's Last Stand". This song's cartharsis arises from the unrelenting tension.The intensity level demonstrated for the best part of 10 minutes (particularly by legendary drummer John Bonham) borders on the super-human.The sound of the rythm section (Bonham and bassist John Paul Jones on 8- string bass guitar) is just outrageous- and so tight its like listening to a single bizarre- sounding instrument. The songs title combines with Robert Plant's sparse enigmatic lyrics to evoke a mythological atmosphere. Jimmy Page is of course a true pioneer,and his guitar riffs and lines here have no equal or apparent "heritage";where does he get this stuff!? Further(un-needed)proof of the breadth and depth of his incredibly accessible yet abstract genius. Easily one of my favourite pieces of music (of any type) ever.
I can't think of another piece of rock music that evokes such an epic, bleak and mysterious mood. Pop music and "Boy Band" devotee's beware: Strength must be met with strength. For anyone else that loves the sound of loud guitars and drums, turn it up, close your eyes and dream- a musical journey completely unlike any other.
Perhaps the most awesome song ever | Reviewer: Anonymous | 10/20/04
Led Zep's ability to mix beutiful harmony with thunderous rhythm has never been more perfectly shown than in Achilles Last Stand. From an opening run springs the power of the John Paul Jones / John Bonham combination, while Jimmy Page and Robert Plant "Tred the air above the din" showering the rolling seas of power with arrows of purest harmony and grace.
As the song languidly moves between 4/4 and 5/4 time, one achieves a sense of enlightenment, a sort of inner peace; a place where Achilles moves, like a chess piece to cement his place in history.
When the song ends, and the witnessed madness retreats slowly to the deep, dark corner from which it came, one feels refreshed, clensed and eager. For while the battle is over, it always can, and will be revisited.
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