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SEVENTH SON OF A SEVENTH SON

Iron Maiden

 

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4.16 | 528 ratings

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ZowieZiggy
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3 stars I am a bit disillusioned with this offering compared to "Powerslave" and "Somewhere In Time".

It is a collection of metal songs : some uninspired and some fabulous ones .

"Moonchild" (the opener) start as "Radar Love" (from the great "Golden Earring") but the intro is the best it has to offer. "Infinite Dreams" is an average rock ballad (pleasantly dynamited in its second half) , or the AOR-ish "Can I Play With Madness" which opens as "Carry On..." from "Kansas". Even if it lasts for only three seconds, this intro automatically reminds me of that great "Kansas" song (as Gatot also mentions in his review). Some heavy-pop metal with "The Evil That Men Do".

Several songs will be introduced by some prog related short instrumental parts. But this isn't enough to call this one a prog-related album.

Still, there will be three excellent songs available here. But they are bizarrely located at the end of the album.

The long title track of course. A recent tendency from the band since "Rime of the Ancient Mariner" featured on the album "Powerslave" and "Alexander The Great" (from "Somewhere In Time"). It features a nice "prog-related" break but it is more a prog-metal anthem. "Riverside" and "Dream Theater" (and many others) must have listened to this piece of the Maiden repertoire (but not only to this one of course).

"The Clairvoyant" and "Only the Good Die Young" which are a bit similar in structure. Fast beat, nice and melodic guitar and a catchy chorus. Simple in structure but far much better than most of the tracks.

Three stars for this good album.

ZowieZiggy | 3/5 |

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