released in 2000 iron maidens brave new world is the 12th maiden album and marked the return of brucey dickinson on vocals and guitarist adrian smith to the band,which also resulted in three main guitars to the maiden sound.
The album has a certain progressive feel to it which was a classic maiden formula and with the band united again the songs are filled with passion and venom and the quality is relentless at times.Opening strongly with the wicker man which is punchy and certainly heavy its clear that the good times are back with maiden again and regardless of how you felt about the two albums that blaze sang on you have to admit its good to have bruce back on vocals,it just seemed to give the band back their collective bite.
The quality continues with key tracks like blood brothers,out of the silent planet,the fallen angel and brave new world,there isnt alot wrong with this except that some songs are so epic that they lose a bit of shine towards the end but thats a small gripe so in summary brave new world is yet again another excellent maiden release.
on 16 November 2000
This is the best Maiden Album for a long time and I think it has more to do with the return of Adrian Smith than Bruce Dickinson (although his return is more than welcome and I for one was well chuffed). Adrian Smith brings a certain melodic tone to Maiden that was sadly lacking since his departure. I am not knocking the Maiden's Blaze years, they just did not do it for me.
This album is a real breath of fresh air and a great move for Maiden sticking with the formula of great music but breaking the mould with some of the tracks containing vocal and synth effects... nice (some of the lyrics are a bit pants thought but that has always been part of the fun with Maiden). Steve never fails to deliver on the bass and Niko is fast becoming one of the best metal drummers around! The three guitar combo works surprisingly well (even live, what a feat!!) too.
With modern Metal seeming to be more concerned with masks and contact lenses than decent music, it's a welcome relief to have Maiden back on top form, nice one boys, up the Irons!!
on 15 August 2000
'Brave New World' is the rebirth of Iron Maiden and possibly of good old fashioned Heavy Metal. Without Bruce Dickinson, the band were not the same but now with Bruce back and new guy Janick, things couldn't be better. Some of the tracks like 'The Wicker Man' and 'Fallen Angel' could easily fit in with earlier albums such as 'Powerslave' or 'Piece of Mind', but others such as 'Blood Brothers' and 'Dream of Mirrors' definitely break new ground for Iron Maiden. 'Blood Brothers' is one of the finest tracks Maiden have ever made. It's lyrics and central guitar piece are really powerful - not headbanging stuff - more like metallic art, if that makes sense. I think you'll find that most of the tracks start off slow, but don't be impatient - they're worth the wait! Like 'Dream of Mirrors' - the 4 or 5 minute slow intro is followed by a speed metal middle which is really breathtaking. Also, the title track's pretty good too. With the 'Brave New World' album, the band have tried to go for a Led Zeppelin style progression (kind of where Metallica are now - although Bruce says he had the idea for that back in the '80s). So a lot of the tracks are even more lyrically based that usual. But there's still loads of old fashioned Maiden speed guitars and Bruce Dickinson's unmistakable operatic style singing to connect it with their earlier work. Definitely one of the best albums they've ever recorded. I bought it in the first week it was released and it hasn't left my CD player for more than 20 minutes since. Maiden fans owe it to themselves to buy it.
on 23 June 2000
If ever there was a time for Steve and the boys to prove that Maiden had any worthwhile existence in the modern day world, then the Y2K seemed as good a time as any. Brave New World has turned out to be the album that Maiden fans have waited for. In my opinion this is one of the great metal albums of modern times, definately on a par with their finest work of the Mid eighties. Gone have the dodgy 'fillers' that cluttered (and ruined) most of their recent albums and what we are left with is an album that reeks quality. The return of Bruce was seen as many cynics as a last throw of the dice by the band that had been falling away from prominence since his departure, and if that is the case then he certainly is giving his all. Back is the 'air raid siren' of old and you have to wonder where it really went to after 'Seventh Son'. But BNW is more than just Dickinson's return to form. The musical quality on offer from the three axe men is breathtaking at its best.Be it heavy metal riffing on 'Ghost of the Navigator' or trading melodies on 'Thin line....' all i can say is that I can't get them out of my head! Another factor which has proved to be benficial is the introduction of Kevin Shirley as producer. He has found the perfect balance for the band and my speakers where jumping around more than I was playing the Album! My favourite song on the album (like everyone elses it seems) is the awsome 'Dream of Mirrors' Quite simply, the best song that they have recorded since 'Hallowed be thy Name' and a contender for best Maiden song ever, only time will tell. So go on, buy the album now. Be Brave.
For basically the whole of the nineties Iron Maiden had released junk and had become a relic who only gave greatest hits tours. Towards the end of the decade many new metal bands (without mentioning nu) had brought the genre towards its second golden age. Many young upstarts had the likes of Maiden and Metallica as heroes and wished to emulate, equal, and better the great albums of the eighties. In short Maiden barely existed, but when the news came that old vocalist and guitarist Dickinson and Smith would be rejoining for a new album, fans had reason to be cautiously excited. I don't think many fans, even the most die-hard loyal Maiden fans expected this album to be the return to form that it was. Not only was crowd pleaser but critics took notice too, the album sold well, the following tour was huge, and most importantly it was their best album in over 10 years. Many would feel that it was even their best album to date. The beast was back.
`The Wicker Man' kick starts the album in the best possible way with Maiden's best song in 10 years. This is fast, angry, features a big chorus, catchy melodies, storming guitars, and the return of Brucie. The band, out of nowhere, suddenly seem rejuvenated and full of energy and this opener sets a standard which is continued throughout the entire record, unlike the previous few albums which had strong openers but soon fell apart. The song was a fairly big hit, Grammy nominated, and has been played recently on the Final Frontier tour.
`Ghost Of The Navigator' in classic Maiden style opens with a big, moody, tone setting riff before some crashing guitars and drums follow through like a bulldozer coming into your living room. The song shifts between sections quickly, each one as melodic and entertaining as the one before- they have clearly learned from the criticism they garnered on previous releases. Every note is urgent and considered.
`Brave New World' starts with another quiet riff which Bruce follows with the vocals. It doesn't take long before this title track really gets into top gear with Bruce letting rip (never sounding better) and the guitars crunching in. The chorus is simple and repetitive but once again there is a flawless ear for a tune. The first part of this album already has more merit than the last 2 put together.
`Blood Brothers' is packed with strings, good bass, and any number of memorable riffs and melodies. This can be seen as another dedication to Maiden fans, or even as a dedication to each band member. Dickinson belts out the chorus, the lyrics are good enough, and there are plenty of shifts in the music which stop anything becoming repetitive.
`The Mercenary' starts at a million miles an hour slowing itself only for a vicious, contemplative chorus. The band seem to have suddenly become much sharper in the criticism of modern life, more angry, and more keen to make a change. We get a furious solo, more terrific riffage, and of course classic metal vocals soaring to the heavens.
`Dream Of Mirrors' echoes some of the ideas and sounds of past albums with a character unsure of his reality. After a loud introduction we are taken down a few steps with yet another classic riff and melody. This builds up to a light chorus (one which the crowd loves to participate in) before circling round again and gradually growing in power and decibels before ripping you a new one a few minutes in. The main chorus blasts around the sound system before we get another 5 and a half minutes of breathless joy and a few surprises.
`The Fallen Angel' is one of the forgotten songs from the album. There isn't anything bad here, another good chorus, good pace, nice vocals and guitars. Nothing particular stands out, this is another solid album track.
`The Nomad' is Maiden at their most thrash, angry, and raw. This is another epic, reaching nine minutes and blends Eastern styles with monstrous guitars, riffs, and lyrics reminiscent of Powerslave. The first phase of the song is fairly basic verse chorus stuff with decent melodies before Dickinson reaches for the high notes. We then get an extended middle section with solos intertwining before returning to the chorus and a softer section. This is all as atmospheric as the epics of their 80s concept albums, growing with further instruments and depth of backing chords until we return to an altered version of the chorus.
`Out Of The Silent Planet' shows some of the repetition of lyrics from the last album and seems now like a strange choice as a single. Thankfully though, the music is good enough that most of the bad points can be glazed over. The guitar and keyboards intro is good, blending into the lyrics which mostly consist of the song title. Naturally we soon get galloping guitars and Dickinson screeching over some nice melodies. Based on Forbidden Planet the lyrics cover some themes from that movie as well as giving us some typically Maiden views of the future- desolate, strange, hostile, and filled with a warped vision of humanity. Once again the mistakes of the present will cause the despair of the future.
`The Thin Line Between Love And Hate' closes the album in suitably storming style after such a great collection of songs. More riffs, more furious playing, decent melodies, and a huge chorus all leave us hoping for the next album. It is another 8 minute plus track but the time flies by just like the rest of the album. The song shifts around 5 minutes in to a calmer, introspective section which stands out from the rest of the song, Dickinson's vocals sound odd here, and it all builds up again with a bit of funk and a few more riffs- why not?
Brave New World showed not only the fans, but all of metal, and perhaps all of music that the band could still pull it off after seemingly being lost forever. Better than most albums of the year by young pretenders the band also succeeded where many of their peers and predecessors failed, showing that you could still make some of your best work with youth long behind you. They give the fans what they want here though with a new, angrier, confident style. In their 3rd decade they produce on of the best albums of their career. Perhaps the greatest feat is that this was not just a one-off, but a return which would continue to be built upon on subsequent albums.
on 6 March 2008
After the dreary Blaze Bailey albums *not saying it was terrible, just not the best* Maiden fans welcomed the return of Bruce and Adrian to the Maiden camp and the boot of Bailey to make "Brave New World". Just to start of with....... What an album.
On par with greats such as "Number of the beast", "Seventh Son of a Seventh Son" and "Powerslave" this album brings Maiden back to what they are good at, writing classic metal tunes to rok out too, something that can be transisted to live performance and songs that not just sound good but also tell interesting and intellectual tales.
The first track with the all important Smith intro "Wicker Man" just gets the album started and tells us to sit back and listen. Its hard, fast and got some serious punch with a catchy chorus, based around the tale from the movie about the coming ceremony when the Wicker Man will be lit.
"Ghost of the Navigator" has a "Rime of the Ancient Mariner" theme to it and becomes another catchy tune and sea shanty. Title song "Brave New World" is the mother of songs and a firm fave and inclusion to a live set has all the hallmarks of a Dickinson classic. "The Mercenary" has all the marks of "The Trooper", "Blood Brothers" is similar to the ballad classics such as "Remember Tomorrow" with a brilliant use of keyboards and harmonies in the background. "Dream of Mirrors" is my only problem being to repetive but still bearable and sounds good but doesn't do damage to this fine album and still sounds good if only was shortened abit and reminds me of "Deja Vu" in its lyrics.
"The Fallen Angel" I believe is the dark horse of this album is somewhat overlooked, it sounds good and has a catchy riff and chorus which just gets my foot tapping and picking up my bass guitar. "The Nomad" is another edition of telling tales by Maiden which has the same qualities as "To Tame a Land", "Quest for Fire" in a lyrical sense and some heavy riffs from ala "Powerslave" era Maiden. "Out of the Silent Planet" is the epitome and to me stands along with greats as "Hallowed be they Name" in its quality of musicianship with a great melody, riff, smashing chorus, bridge and solos to die for, its a shame they haven't done this live. Finally we rest on "Thin Line Between Love and Hate" don't think of "Wasting Love" when you see this, nothing like that. This is another fine and powerfull song similar in lines to a ballad but with some heavy riffs, fine vocals from the briliant Dickinson which brings us to an end on a brilliant return from the Godfathers of Metal. Up the Irons!!!
on 22 March 2003
The Blaze Bailey years were mixed for Maiden.
There where the good times ("Virus", "Futereal", "Sign of the Cross" etc) but all too frequantly these good songs where compromised by some terrible tracks (step forward "The Angel and the Gambler").
The reason for this is clear to me... Maiden where trying to reinvent themselves in the absence of the talismatic Bruce Dickinson.
Instead of sticking to what they knew best, they tried out some of the touches associated with more european metal. Disjointed harmonics and overpowering keyboards took all the focus away from the guitar melodies, and this is not what Maiden do best.
Thankfully, the only band iron maiden try to be on "Brave New World" is Iron Maiden themselves. Maybe the re-addition of the ever-handsome Mr.Smith has bourght this about..who knows?
All we do know is that this is heavy metal the way it should be played. Turn up your guitars and wallow in perfect, distorted bliss. Every note and every chord is layered in a way previously unexplored by the heavy metal genre.
From the romps that make up "The Mercenary" and "The Fallen Angel" to the brilliant, swirling, layered masterpieces of the title track and "Dream of Mirrors".
The pre-released track "The Wickerman" has been greeted with open arms by an audiance that has gone all-too-long without a classic Maiden album. The good news is that this is quite possibly the worst track there.
66 minutes of pure bliss that will take you through every high there is in our beloved classic heavy metal sound, and it all ends with a STUNNING track.
"The Thin Line..." This is a track that screams MAIDEN ARE BACK. And they are. oh yes ,oh yes , oh yes!!!
on 12 August 2007
This is a good album from the almighty Iron Maiden and although it is not as great as "Number of the beast" it contains some very good strong songs and an exceptional single in the form of "The Wicker Man" which has to rank as one of Maiden's top 10 songs ever. The songs have the classic Iron Maiden sound which whilst being unique and distinctive is easily recognisable. This sound is based round heavy metal musicianship and Bruce Dickinson's brilliant vocals. Highlights include "The wicker man", "Blood brothers" and "Dream of mirrors" but out of the ten songs there are at least 7 that are very strong and would score 8+ out of 10. In short, this is a good release from Iron Maiden and is a must for their fans. However, if you are new to the band i would recommend their greatest hits album "Edward the Great" or alternatively if you would like a more modern IM album "Dance of Death." Nevertheless, this is a good release from Iron Maiden and the single "The wicker man" will probably live forever. Enjoy!
on 17 November 2000
I patiently read through the first page of reviews from fans of the BNW opus, and was heartened by most of the comments I read.
I was actually managing to hold the belief that there were music fans left. However, after glancing through "music fan from manchester"'s critique of the album, I felt I must pass on my own judgement.
This album is as good as Piece..., Seventh Son..., and Somewhere..., and far superior to Powerslave, Fear of... and No Prayer, three of the musically weakest overall Maiden albums ever, in my opinion, even if they do have their good moments.
But as someone once said, we don't necessarily all need to agree on our favourite Maiden songs or albums.
I am not a head-banger, and never have been.
I enjoy listening to the considerable musical abilities of the, now, six-piece, and enjoy the instrumental sections more than the vocals, most of the time.
The BNW album is abounding with melody, with all six members having the opportunity to take the lead over the piece.
I am not going to scribe a comment about each song, but the highlights, for me, are the title track itself, Ghost of the Navigator, The Thin Line Between Love And Hate, The Mercenary and The Nomad. Steve Harris always seems to write great songs called "The..." something or other.
The weakest moments are Fallen Angel and Out of the Silent Planet, but I know they would stand out on any other band's album.
I purchased the latter as a single, for posterity. And to try and put Maiden up at the top of the charts to show the S Club 7 'music' fan just what good music is all about.(although 4 members of that aforementioned 'band' ARE extremely attractive - and I'm not talking about any of the blokes!)
All in all, Brave New World is a must-buy for any existing or past Maiden fan.
Or, simply the best album someone who has never listened to Maiden can buy.
on 16 July 2008
Well i just can't believe it, they have done it again, Brave new world rocks like a 9.9 on the richter scale....My god, the title track is pure gold and then blood brothers goes beyond....The album is just perfect in ever detail. It rocks like no other and i am an avid fan. A matter of life and death was awesome but i just can't describe this, it is un-describable. Just buy, sit back and rock away....you will not be dissapointed....Long live the Maiden