This is the best Maiden Album for a long time and I think it has more to do with the return of Adrian Smith than Bruce Dickinson (although his return is more than welcome and I for one was well chuffed). Adrian Smith brings a certain melodic tone to Maiden that was sadly lacking since his departure. I am not knocking the Maiden's Blaze years, they just did not do it for me. This album is a real breath of fresh air and a great move for Maiden sticking with the formula of great music but breaking the mould with some of the tracks containing vocal and synth effects... nice (some of the lyrics are a bit pants thought but that has always been part of the fun with Maiden). Steve never fails to deliver on the bass and Niko is fast becoming one of the best metal drummers around! The three guitar combo works surprisingly well (even live, what a feat!!) too. With modern Metal seeming to be more concerned with masks and contact lenses than decent music, it's a welcome relief to have Maiden back on top form, nice one boys, up the Irons!!