Each and every time its time for a new Iron Maiden album, I am sure the
expectations are very high among the whole metal community. The
forefathers of heavy metal have set the standard in metal for years,
and I am pretty sure you won't find many metal fans, who doesn't
have at least one Iron Maiden album in his' or her's collection, if
not all of them!
Maybe with the exception of the second album with Blaze Bayley - 'Virtual
XI' - I have hoped that the new Iron Maiden album would reach the
same heights as genre classics like 'Powerslave', 'Piece of Mind' or
my personal favorite 'Somewhere in Time', and sadly only 'Fear of
the Dark' and 'Brave New World' have been close, and the new album
fails once more...
But Iron Maiden fans don't need to worry, this is still unmistakably Iron
Maiden like we know and love. The sound is still the same -
this time they have worked together with Kevin Shirley, Bruce
Dickinson is delivering the goods in familiar fashion, the three
guitars are for the first time possible to hear with a thick in your
face and powerful attack, Steve Harris is, well Steve Harris... and
I wish I could say the same about Nicko McBrain, but his performance
on this album is below par.
A good Maiden album never the less, one that will please fans all over
the world, and make them go see them just one more time live - where
they really kick ass and show just how great they still are. I only
wish they were able to capture it on a studio album as well...