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Chemical Wedding [VINYL] Import

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  • Vinyl
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • ASIN: B00004ZOX7
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. King in Crimson
  2. Chemical Wedding
  3. Tower
  4. Killing Floor
  5. Book of Thel
  6. Gates of Urizen
  7. Jerusalem
  8. Trumpets of Jericho
  9. Machine Men
  10. Alchemist

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Format: Audio CD
The twin brother of the 'Accident of Birth' album, 'Chemical Wedding' is AoB with a concept album feel. Welcome to the world of William Blake, the 18th century poet. Bruce was obviously really into Blake around the time of this album, with many song titles containing Blake references (Book of Thel, Gates of Urizen). Don't let that put you off, take this album for what it is - a bloody good collection of tunes that once again showed Maiden what they used to sound like and is one of the reasons i believe Bruce got THAT gig back. There are some great songs on here, in Killing Floor, Book of Thel, Trumpets of Jericho and a great version of that old hymn 'Jerusalem' but i think the stand out track is 'The Tower'. Just listen to 'The Tower' and close your eyes - you could just see Maiden playing that track in their set even now (ohhh - what i would pay to see THAT). AoB is slightly the better album i feel but this is a close second. Buy it, it's a corker.
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By A Customer on 22 April 2004
Format: Audio CD
Have to admit, I didn't even know Bruce Dickinson had a solo career going until I was a fully fledged Iron Maiden fan.. But I have to say, this issuperior to Iron Maiden in their Blaze (Wolfsbane, BLAZE) Bayley era. Working with Roy Z and Adrian Smith makes a killer combination. People say is sounds like Maiden but i disagree, this is much more of a personal revelation about Bruce Dickinson and his dark, mystical influences. Hard to choose between this album and Accident of Birth, I would say buy both! But it definitely fills the void between Bruce's departure from Maiden and his return for the Brave New World album.
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Format: Audio CD
I am very surprised to find that there is no review of this album?!
I bought all of Iron Maiden's albums, mainly because of "that voice", I have also bought all of Bruce's solo albums for the same reason.
From his first, Tatooed Millionaire, which I was disappointed with, because there didn't seem to be much of "that Voice" being used. Disappointed with the "rugby songs" type lyrics too.
However the albums did get better and better.
Accident Of Birth was a good'un with good lyrics strong music and him belting it out!!
But, Chemical Wedding? WOW!
I bought it when it came out in '98 and it's never of my player for very long. I can't find a duff track on the album. The title track being (for me) the best track, because of the voice thing! If you want to a heavy rock album that has good lyrics, (some influenced by the writing/poems of William Blake), and powerful vocals you don't need to look any farther than this one.
One of the artist's websites is named after this album, so fans must rating it as the best album.
If you were put off by the early album(s) try this, it's worth every penny, and 6 stars!
Rumour has it he's making an album with Geoff Tate (Queensryche), this year. Another brilliant voice!
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Format: Audio CD
This work is a masterpiece by anyone's standards, but to say it of a Bruce Dickinson album means that Chemical Wedding is simply sublime! I love Bruce's solo stuff, much of it being so wonderfully removed from comparison with Iron Maiden's music, which is great in itself. Despite there now being the follow up Tyranny of Souls, this album remains the peak so far of Bruce's writing in my opinion. There is just sooo much depth to the arrangements and lyrics here, that I discover more meaning in them every time I listen!
Despite others comparing Chemical Wedding to its forerunner, Accident of Birth, the latter sounds a little lighter and frivolous when listened to alongside this delicious slab of dark philosophy and inchoate mysticism. Bruce's voice is on peak form here also, never wavering for a moment from its full glorious potential, and Adrian Smith and Roy Z deliver some truly beautiful guitar work throughout. On the whole, in Chemical Wedding the entire band have produced a marvellous collection of interconnected pieces of music, which it simply remains an utter joy to experience again and again!
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Format: Audio CD
I just want to say that this is an overall great album, not one bad track.
It has heavy, thick sounding guitars, and great riffs and melodies.
It is quite intense all the way through - a bit like Slayer, so you may not be in the mood for this at all times.
It is a bit on the heavy side compared to Accident Of Birth, and even goes into thrash metal terrotory at times - but for me this only makes it better :-)
The musicians are great, Bruce and Adrian Smith off course we know are gods, but Roy Z on guitar and Casillas on bass are great too. And Dave Ingham on drums is awesome - a great metal drummer.
I dont think this - as mentioned in another review - is just an album for collectors. It is one of the best metal albums in my collection.
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Format: Audio CD
His last solo album before re-joining Iron Maiden I consider to be the best of his solo efforts. It is full of brilliant vocals and guitar playing throughout; best heard on metal tunes such as The Alchemist. Book Of Thel. Killing Floor. Gates Of Urizen; and the title track of this fine record. I must give special mention to his re-working of the hymn Jerusalem, as it has been turned into a heavy metal masterpiece, and what a good job he made of it. Makes me want to love England's green & pleasant land even more after hearing that song!
The Chemical Wedding may not have stood the test of time as much as Maidens music has, but I think fans of their material with Bruce on lead vocals will enjoy this album as it could so easily pass for an Iron Maiden record.
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