Top positive review
3 people found this helpful
The best of the best.
on 19 March 2015
This is the best Iron Maiden album of all.
Yes I know that's a huge statement to make given their back catalogue and with Maiden being the best band in the world that makes this one of my favourite albums ever made.
So how, you ask is this better than Number Of The Beast? Because it holds your attention for longer and it has everything you could possibly want in ahard rock record. For someone who loved the band through their heyday of albums 3 to 7 I don't make this statement lightly.
There are short fast songs with stunning melodies such as Rainmaker and Montsegur and there are longer, enthralling songs like the title track and Pascendale which captivate you with haunting lyrics and hooks galore. There's even an acoustic song to close the album down, a first for the band.
The sound on this record really is perfect with all instruments sounding perfect but brought together really does take hard rock to a new level. You can fully understand why Steve Harris wanted three guitarists all those years ago. The production, engineering and artwork are amazing and of course Bruce is in great voice.
The album as a whole really does draw you in and holds your full attention for throughout the near 70 minutes of musical precision and high perfection. For all the doubters, do the playback test. Play DOD immediately after NOTB or Powerslave and see how it holds up. You'll thank me.