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on 12 March 2016
I’m writing this review having had a break from Maiden since Fear of the Dark, I saw flight 666 and I realised they are still great so decided to catch up on their more recent albums and started at Brave New World, as it’s where the classic line-up were reunited. I’m not one of those Maiden fans who gives every album a 5 star rating regardless as that’s just not helpful to people who genuinely want to know if the album is any good. Right – onto the review. Brave new world opens with Wicker Man, a fast-paced, kick-ass rock song with a really catchy guitar riff. Some Maiden songs are slow burners but Wicker Man is instantly likeable. It’s a great start to an album. Next comes Ghost of the Navigator. Oh my word! One of my fave three songs on the album. The intro is superb, a slow build-up that gathers pace until it breaks into a killer buzzsaw guitar riff. Ghost has several parts to it, all of which I like and it’s very much in the classic mould of the great storytelling Maiden songs, the story is great and musically it’s superb. Song 3 is Brave New World. Slow intro which unsurprisingly turns into another quality rock track. I love the music of Brave New World but it wasn’t my favourite song on first few listens, mainly because Bruce sings ‘a Brave New World’ what seems like a thousand times. It’s grown on me though and it’s still a great song. Blood Brothers (song 4) is probably the slowest song on the album, a catchy melodic song that has a chorus that you’ll find yourself singing along to ‘We’re blood brothers’– I bet this is a great live song as it’s a perfect singalong song. The Mercenary (song 5) is a shorter song, straight into a fast rock song and again another killer chorus ‘show them no fear, show them no pain’, a kind of standard Maiden track this one which I mean as a compliment, perfectly decent song. Dream of Mirrors (song 6) is over 9 minutes long but is still not long enough, it’s that good! On first listening this was my favourite song, and it still is. It’s just bloody awesome. Really emotive song, a slower song for a lot of it, Bruce’s singing is perfect as the song builds and builds. Another in a long line of the great ‘storytelling’ Maiden songs, the types of Maiden songs I love. When the guitars kick in it’s perfect and the chorus ‘I only dream in black and white’ is just so goddam catchy, it really gets under your skin this song and shows why Maiden are not just another metal band, they are superb musicians – dream of mirrors isn’t just a great Maiden song or a great metal song, it’s just a great song full stop. It’s some 6 minutes in before dream of mirrors speeds up to a more standard Maiden pace and when the chorus is sung at this faster pace it’s even better! The Fallen Angel (song 7) is the shortest track at just 4 minutes long. Heavy intro which leads to yet another catchy as hell chorus ‘could it be it’s the end of our world’ with a fabulous riff, one of the heavier songs on the album and really good song. The Nomad (song 8) – the only song I’m not that crazy about. It’s another 9 minute song but I just don’t like the weird circus-like guitar riff in this song. That said the intro features a few seconds of harmonies which come later as well – I love bits of this song but not the song as a whole. The next two songs are about the best end to an album you can get. Out of the Silent Planet (song 9) is a brilliant song. A melodic intro which gives us something rare for Maiden – harmonies, and boy does that make this song. A great story, the harmonies on Silent Planet are just plain special, this is Maiden showing off, showing how good they are. Silent Planet is pure class, brilliant vocals, catchy as hell guitar riff, and just for good measure a little bit of funk in the instrumental in the middle of the song. If you don’t like Silent Planet then there really is no hope for you. Thin Line Between Love and Hate finishes the album. Another epic at over 8 minutes long. I love Bruce’s vocals on this song, it’s understated but better for it, show’s that he doesn’t have to hit the high notes to sound great. It’s quite a funky guitar on this song which is right up my street, also love the drums on this song. Thin Line is heavy but slow and funky. The song is great but at the end it slows right down unexpectantly and becomes incredibly poignant and to be honest, quite beautiful, not something you normally say about Maiden but there you are. It’s an amazing end to an amazing album, and it leaves you wanting more. In case you haven’t guessed, I highly recommend Brave New World, it’s right up there with Maiden’s very best albums. Enjoy.
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on 21 April 2017
Very good condition and plays brilliantly. A quality item.
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on 1 April 2017
A great album
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on 2 April 2017
great cd
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on 8 June 2017
Great cd
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on 16 June 2017
Fast delivery brilliant!
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on 12 June 2017
I love it. This is the one of the best Iron I've ever heard.
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on 17 April 2017
10 fantastic hard rock songs - Maiden back to their very best in 2000.
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on 21 June 2017
one of the best maiden albums
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on 2 June 2016
After the 90's provided a questionable time for Maiden, a comeback was needed, with the classic line up reassembled with the inclusion of Janick Gers, Brave New World was released in 2000 and set to right the wrongs of Virtual XI

Track 1: The Wicker Man - Whereas inferior to the original Radio Version with extra vocal harmonies, The Wicker Man is a perfect blend of classic Maiden harmonies and prog rock, creating an anthem that excels at ramping up energy at the beginning of the album, filled with some excellent vocals from the retuning Dickinson, and a marked improvement in guitar work thanks to Smith

Track 2: Ghost of the Navigator - Really cementing the direction 'New Maiden' was taking, Ghost of the Navigator is a modern classic, the symphonic opening, leads into a song that balances aggression and melody perfectly, Dickinson flourishes in the pre-Chrous demonstrating some of the best key changing abilities in metal, one of the album's best

Track 3: Brave New World - An incredible title track, a mesmerising intro that definitely reminisces prog icons like Dream Theater, based on the book of the same name, the lyricism on display is excellent, with Dickinson showing a wide range of abilities, the guitar trio also show appreciable restraint and slow the bass to flourish when it needs too

Track 4: Blood Brothers - A song originally written with Blaze for his doomed 3rd album with Maiden that never materialised, it shows with Bruce adopting a lowering baritone for the track, one that is a fantastic live anthem, with a Chrous that not only acts as an emotional representation of the bands reunion but one that fans can join in with live and creates a sense of union, another modern classic with Harris shining on the Bass

Track 5: The Mercenary - A track reminiscent of 'The Trooper' fast and aggressive, a fantastic anthem that evokes a Piece of Mind era Maiden, some absolutely stunning bass and drum work from Harris and McBrain respectively elevate the song creating a harsh harmony with Dickinson's punchy vocals

Track 6: Dream of Mirrors - A philosophical Prog masterpiece, Dream of Mirrors wastes no time getting started with a bang, and traverses through multiple time signatures acting as the albums true epic, Dickinson gives his best performance of the album and one of the best in his career, middling in a multitude of ranges, meddling with some of the most resonant lyrics the band has produced, a song where every member of the band shines, Fast triple threat guitars, punchy bass and heart pounding drums and culminate in one hell of an anthem

Track 7: The Fallen Angel - The shortest of the album and of New Maiden in general, a relatively simple track where Dickinson and Harris act as the standouts, a Chrous that is as melodic as it is catchy, short and effective

Track 8: The Nomad - Easily the weakest track of the anthem, it speaks volumes for the overall quality then that The Nomad is still a great anthem, the three guitarists take centre stage here providing some mesmerising prog riffs, however the song simply lacks the lyrical punch of the others

Track 9: Out of the Silent Planet - A slower paced ballad, a introduction that evokes the vast expanse of space leads to some truly wonderful multi-layered vocals that compliment the guitar chords well before the track thunders into the main body of the song where the whole band fire everything they have, some fantastic lyrics are delivered spectacularly, the best moments come from when Harris and Smith join Dickinson and sing smoothly over the guitar and drum work, a great anthem

Track 10: The Thin Line Between Love and Hate - Feeling like an extension of Out of the Silent Planet, it shares many of the same qualities, the greatest moments coming in the form of the three voices creating a unified feel among lyrics that a very nostalgic and hopeful feeling, much like the rest of Brave New World, not one of the greatest closing tracks, also not one of the worst, however the greatest accomplishment of the track comes in the final third where it all slows down and becomes contemplative as much as it is relaxing, Dickinson performs the final lines with a lot of gusto and it comes clear that the band are back on top form as McBrain exclaims 'I F*****g missed this' and solidifies, Maiden are back

Brave New World has some of the greatest tracks of Maiden's career, and acts as one of the greatest come back albums of all time, emotionally resonant and classically metal all while coming into Proggressive styles that define modern maiden, Brave New World is a classic, so following this, what in the world would Maiden do?
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