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Iron Maiden


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3 stars This album is such an improvement on the metal-lite of the MAIDEN's early career. The songs have variety and even subtlety (gasp!), providing this listener with a much more satisfying experience.

It's all here. A concept, widespread progginess in complex rhythms, time changes, solos that actually matter, keyboards and vocal harmonies. The boys have worked hard, and it shows. The first three songs are all worthwhile exercises, particularly 'Infinite Dreams', though 'The Evil that Men Do' is rather pointless. The title track redeems the album, though, and encourages me to seek out the album previous to this one. Even DICKINSON's laboured delivery can't ruin a splendid track, reminiscent of RAINBOW's mighty 'Stargazer', especially in one of DICKINSON's descending vocal figures. Like his soundalike RONNIE JAMES DIO he just keeps singing: there's barely a moment in the first four minutes of the song where he takes a breath. The album concludes with three reasonable tracks.

Still not a band I'd care to listen to regularly, but this album sits comfortably in my collection. And the title track is really a good piece of prog-metal.

russellk | 3/5 |


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