- Audio CD (2 Oct. 1995)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: EMI
- ASIN: B000024JL3
- Other Editions: MP3 Download
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 20,430 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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The 1990's was a dire time for rock music and heavy metal. The music fell out of popular trends and caused endless problems with many bands on the scene at the time. What came out of it however is some of the most underrated music from well known band's at the time. At some point in the '90s Judas Priest released Jugulator, their first album with Tim Owens. An album full of excellent riffs, phenomenal vocal acrobatics and easily the heaviest album the band have ever produced. Def leppard released their fairly unique album, Slang. A huge departure from their happy go lucky sound that features some heavy riffs, fantastic lyrics and some remarkable melodies. Both albums were fairly panned by critics and fans alike. Not being able to appreciate a musicians ability to adapt to the times and so on.
Unfortunately for Iron Maiden, they were thrown into the same situation when lead singer Bruce Dickinson departed from the group after, Fear of the Dark. The changes the band made were not only a huge contrast to their normal sound but one that still causes endless debates with fans to this day. Due to some personal issues, Steve Harris was writing the darkest material that has ever been released on an Iron Maiden record. On top of that the band slowed down their tempo and created a vast array of songs that featured some stunning twin guitar playing, some of Nicko's finest drumming but some thought provoking lyrics. To capitalise on this new dark tone the band recruited Blaze Bayley of Wolfsbane. A singer who had a very mean looking demeanor and a voice that is the complete opposite of his predecessor.Read more ›
Certainly, Steve Harris states that he feels it is one of the best they've ever done.
Sing of the cross is possibly one of the darkest songs I've ever heard, and a long album opener, rather than the shorter sprints they usually do, make it a good opener. Lord of the flies is one of the songs I find it hard to get into, but it's alright. Man on the edge is one of the best maiden songs going.
Its when the album progresses that the true sense of darlness hits you.Judgement of Heaven: "I've felt like death a dozen times or more" is exactly what SH was going through at this stage in life.
My ultimate favourite on the album is Blood on the World's hands. Musically brilliant, and one of the bst bass introductions to any song. It proves Steve's brilliance at what he does best.
Dark, introverted and with terrible production, yet the musicality and depth of content is fantastic. Blaze Bayley unfortunately is flat a lot of the time though.
`Sign Of The Cross' is one of the band's longest songs, perhaps a strange choice to open the album but one which sets things up nicely. We get some strange chanting for the first minute or so, holding back eager fans who want to hear the new vocalist. A dark riff starts, echoed by the earthy vocals and it seems like we could be in for something special. A look at the album cover, with Eddie seemingly being destroyed in some sort of Saw trap hints that the band wish to crush everything they have done in the past. Near the third minute the song finally kicks off with what would become the Bayley-era Maiden trademark, a plodding pace. Here it is effective as the writing is strong and it is something new, but after a while many songs become samey. While the song is overlong and seems empty in places, the guitars and chorus are nevertheless good.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It's not great and its not bad either. Sounds kinda like metallica. What is truly great is that the bass comes to the fore on many tracks like never before.. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Illusive Man
Excellant album songs like sign of the cross and the single man on the edge. i would loved to hear this album re done as limited edition with bruce on vocals blaze done a great job... Read morePublished 9 months ago by PAUL DUNSTAN
With Bruce gone, Harris hired ex-Wolfsbane vocalist Blaze Bayley to fill in the shoes of his legendary predecessor, the inherent issue here is that Bruce was a tenor, he had a... Read morePublished 12 months ago by SJOB
I was a bit disappointed when Bruce dickinson left the band because I wasn't a big fan of Baze Bayley's voice but this Album came out really good even after many years i like to... Read morePublished 15 months ago by AMZreviewMonkey