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3 stars Maiden adopted a new rhythm to release their albums in those new millenium times.

Every three years, they have apparently (?) sufficient material or inspiration to release a new studio album and keep their fans awaken. Still, this album doesn't start as brilliantly as their best ones.

"No More Lies" is interesting in the sense that it mixes slow parts with wild ones (as the band often does with longer pieces). But it is very much predictable. Guitars sound really great and an extreme power is developed. The first song worth of interest is "Montsegur" although it is on the heavy end.

One has to say that there is some kind of routine now in their offering. Of course the impact of the three guitar players is impressive and should please any metal lover. Compositions are still well polished, appealing but if you except some of them like "Dance Of The Dead", the all mighty "Paschendale" there are no so many highlights as one could expect.

Dynamics and power are of course on the list ("Gates Of Tomorrow" or the wild "New Frontier") but this album features too little great songs and it closes as it opened : rather weakly. Maiden produced so many better songs than "Age Of Innocence" and "Journeyman". Just fillers IMO. But for different reasons. While the first one is a dull metal song, the later is a dull rock ballad.

I guess that very few people discovered Maiden thanks to this album. There are probably more than ten better ones before getting interested in "Dance Of Death". I would rate it on the low three stars edge. Don't try to find any progressiveness either here. You would just waste your time. But if you're looking for pure heavy metal, you are well on the good track.

This album also suffers from its length. Of course, the standards are to longer albums now, but almost seventy minutes is a bit too much when creativity is lacking.

ZowieZiggy | 3/5 |


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