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5.0 out of 5 stars
WOW!! BRAVE NEW WHAT??, 12 Sep 2003
Firstly brave new world was a massively improved progression from the 90's material and the epicness was undoubted, but where was the maiden hallmarks? The harmonies, the trading solos between smith and murray. I must say that the whole album seemed (dare i say it, a little too epic). Not to mention the repetitive choruses.
Dance of death is a different matter altogether. This is rawer, more fundamentally maiden. There are harmonies gallops better solos and the synthed ambience on some tracks is mind blowing.
1) WILDEST DREAMS - You can tell they wanted a touring anthem here its all about being back together and on the road. It starts with a blistering rhythm part and continues at a good speed. The air raid siren vocals return. Stunning.
2) RAINMAKER - Starts with a twin guitar harmony and has a chorus thats catchy as hell. A good continuation, and it contains more harmonies later and some BNW esque soloing.
3) NO MORE LIES - Starts off a cross between The Clansman and Sign of The Cross. this doesnt last as sustained barrage of guitars soon kicks in. The first epic of the album.
4) MONTSEGUR - Aggressive with another catchy chorus. All guitar parts work well with bruce dickinson's vocals here. More harmonies...Lovely
5) DANCE OF DEATH - Musically it starts off where blaze bayley left off, although lyrically its very descriptive, a very vivid tale of consequence. It sounds like the x factor, although i liked that album so im biased and it is better cause blaze didnt sing it. A good title track.
6) GATES OF TOMORROW - Again, starts off very blaze era but with more guitar oomph. Vocally, the album starts to get interesting. A nod back to no prayer for the dying, mr Dickinson? I think so me hearties.
7) NEW FRONTIER - A solid and fast rocker penned by songwriting virgin Nicko Mcbrain, And it's a damn good track. Another one of those really catchy choruses, a middle with a chugging, almost thrashy riff played without drums. And also the solos, AHHHH one of the best on the cd.
8) Paschendale Another epic questioning the justification and morality of war (sound familiar). Even though this song describes a battle past, it keeps a relevance. Theres a definate heaviness to the guitars here too. Very melancholy.
9) FACE IN THE SAND - Another epic, with almost a swing to it's rhythm, nothing special to write home about. Solid at best.
10) AGE OF INNOCENCE - A brooding, heavy little number. This is the sound of Iron Maiden acknowleging that time is getting on, and they are no longer young and naive. This instills a felling within me that it has crossed the bands mind that this may well be the very last Maiden album. Another catchy chorus and come good tight rhythm her. A good song.
11) JOURNEYMAN - Purely acoustic this one, with a chorus, that'll get ya singin! Ive not heard maiden try something this radical before but it works well.
Overall its the best maiden album since seventh son... And a worthy addition to the record collections of fans and newcomers alike. BLINDING MY SON!!