Some of the reviews here have surprised me greatly. This album is about as good as metal gets. The acid test is how it translates on a live platform and, having just seen Maiden play this album in its entirety on their tour, I can confirm that it was awesome. I am also convinced that not many Maiden fans would disagree. Sure there are those who remain rooted in the past wanting only to hear the Maiden classics, but the guys themselves sent a signal about how they regard this album by playing it all. Having myself looked forward to hearing the old favorites I came away firmly of the belief that the new songs are even stronger. A great album - Maiden get better with age.