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Another classic album from the greatest rock band around.,
By A Customer
This review is from: Dance Of Death (Audio CD)
After a 2 year hiatus Iron Maiden returned in September 2003 to retain their rightful crown as the greatest Rock band of the day
The album opens with the catchy 70's style rocker Wildest Dreams' and is of course unmistakably Iron Maiden. This leads straight into track 2, which has one foot firmly in the Euro Metal sound which they themselves along with Manowar influenced heavily. Track 3 is the first of the three seven plus minuet epics and the only to be penned singel handedly by bassist and lead song writer Steve Harris. Tracks 4 to 7 are all classic Maiden tracks which all have leanings to the prog metal sound first used by Maiden on 2000's Brave New World. The title track Dance Of Death based on Edgar Allan Poe's novel The Masque Of The Red Death, is another stunning epic made even better by Bruce Dickinson's voice that seems to improve with every album. Track 8 is the 8 minuet long Paschendale which blows away ever other war song Iron Maiden have ever produced (and they've done a few)
The album ends with the song that has been the most anticipated of all. The first all (gasp) acoustic Iron Maiden song, which somehow doesn't sound out of place on the album and manages to complement the rest of the tracks on the album. It's not the typical album finisher but at least it stop anyone complaining that Iron Maiden always sound the same.
So, After all the hype does DoD live up to it? Well in a sort answer yes. It's without a doubt Maiden finest album since 1988's Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son, and heavily improves on 2000 Brave new World. The newly placed 3rd guitar does not sound as wasted, Adrian
Smith once again is pulling out the same quality of solos that made him such a guitar god back in the 80's. Janick Gers has also found a style of playing that now compliment rather than copies Dave Murry's style of soloing. Which of course still sound like a pure explosion of energy. Steve Harris (bass) and Niko McBrain (drums) show once again why Maiden have the best rhythm section of all metal bands, while Bruce Dickinson(vocals) adds the 'Spinal Tap' to the songs which make what they are, pure classic Iron Maiden heavy metal, which is still as relevant today as it was 20 years ago.