This ain't Maiden! Not even close. This is a whole different animal.
This CD is a creeper. At first the vocals can be a little... off-putting? Is that a word? They take some getting used to, as they're quite unusual. But after a couple listens, I found a few weird refrains stuck in my head. Some more listens and it sinks in -- this CD is Mind Blowingly Good. Quite possibly the best thing I've heard in a LONG time (since I discovered Ween). It's complex - all kinds of stuff going on if you listen, different, and oh so very heavy! Mikee Goodman's voice WORKS. It may sound screamy (and I am SO not a fan of screamy vocals) but it's actually quite melodic, in combination with Adrian's incredible playing, and song writing (c'mon - most of the best Maiden songs were written by Adrian!). I am now a big Mikee Goodman fan. Also, Adrian's backing vocals are awesome. I love every song on the CD but the favorites are No Friendly Neighbour, No Place Like Home, I See Lights, Bright As Fire, Tortured Tone, Search For Bliss and Snake Ladders. OK - the whole CD, really. The guitar playing is *amazing* - the solo in BaF will knock you on your butt. Wild! (GO H!) And the best song on the cd is... Tortured Tone. Again and again and again.
The production, and the sound/tone of H's guitar is better than I've heard in ages.
Listen to it with an open mind. Give it a few listens.
Adrian said about it in a recent interview,"It might be a bit hard to take for some people, but if you give it a chance, there's actually quite a lot of interesting stuff in there."