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5 stars After reading many reviews on I decided to buy SOMEWHERE IN TIME, POWERSLAVE, 7TH SON OF A 7TH SON and BRAVE NEW WORLD all at once.

Why the heck didn't I discover IRON MAIDEN in the eighty's already? Maybe it was because I was rejecting the guys (and girls) who were rejecting everything that society had to offer. Usually those guys, dressed in their torn jeans, MAIDEN shirts, leather metal pin bracelets and sometimes even wearing dog belts weren't really the guys I was identifying myself with. Hence: I wasn't listening to "their music" either. Now I must admit: "what a shame!"

Maybe I still don't really like IRON MAIDEN's earliest albums (I wouldn't know cuz I haven't checked them out yet.), but I find the previously mentioned albums all very good and BRAVE NEW WORLD even excellent! Most songs are long compositions with a very "proggy feel" to them.

In this album you will certainly hear MAIDEN's "Prog roots". I think BRAVE NEW WORLD is the album MAIDEN always wanted to make, but in their early years they couldn't pull it off yet. THE WICKER MAN is a good up-tempo rock song and I really love the proggy keyboard intro of GHOST OF THE NAVIGATOR after which the song is transforming into another great rock track with massive guitars and once again the operatic voice of BRUCE DICKINSON. The title track BRAVE NEW WORLD is possibly the best track of the album: very catchy chorus which will make you sing along in no time flat. I certainly also love BLOOD BROTHERS. This song kind of takes you back to the time of the knights of the round table and minstrel boys. Great fun!

Also funny to know is the reason why BRUCE DICKINSON wasn't present on THE X- FACTOR and VIRTUAL XI. Around this time BRUCE started out a second career as an airline pilot and he's happily flying around in a Boeing 737 for a UK based charter company right now combining his piloting with singing for MAIDEN. The fellow airline pilots (like myself) are probably his biggest fans!

I could go on reviewing this album track by track, but what's the point as no track is bad, maybe there's just one track a bit weaker than the other. Over all an astonishing album! I didn't get to know MAIDEN as a rebellious teenager, but I'm glad I got to know maiden at the age of 35.

evenless | 5/5 |


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