Dance of Death is simply the best Iron Maiden album since Seventh Son of a Seventh Son.
Excellent song writting (with very few exceptions), unbelievable guitars, Dickinson sings like a maniac and the production is superb.
The album is very diverse. It has everything from the very first completely accoustic Maiden song (Journeyman) to the most aggressive one (Montsegur), from the outstanding absolutely magnificent epic (Paschendale) to the pure rocker (Wildest Dreams), from the classic Harris arrangement of No More Lies to the also classic Maiden uptempo songs like RainMaker and New Frontier.
Inspired bridges, memorable melodic choruses (Gates of Tomorrow, New Frontier), sensitive dreamstate intros (Age of Innocense) and almost theatrical vocal performances that send chills to the bones (Dance of Death). Let's not forget Adrian Smith's song writting at his very best in Face in the Sand.
This album has a lot of guitar! I mean a lot! Harmonies, solos, riffs, it's a triple guitar assault. After Seventh Son, Number of the Beast, Piece of Mind, Powerslave and Somewhere in time, Dance of Death climbed in #6 position of my personal Iron Maiden ranking list. It's a must have. It has a certain quality, this "SOMETHING" that lifts it to another level. It's Metal for the 21st century. Nobody does it better!
Up the IRONS!