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3 stars Die with your boots on...

Iron Maiden weren't going to die, but the most certainly crushed all other metal bands under their powerful, melodic boots. This is their fourth studio album, and fourth classic metal album. The songs are somewhat varied, and quite good over all. More lyrics of war, mythic tales, and high fantasy abound.

Starting of with the high electric flying where Eagles Dare with its tale of a war jet fighter, leading into the crunchy Revelations, with its splendid and diverse riffing. Then you have their classic musical retelling of Icarus in Flight of Icarus. It's soaring chorus and fist pumping atmosphere is amazing. The speedy and and daring (if a bit plodding) Die with your boots on is next, with another biting and catchy chorus. It seems to be hit after hit as one of their most well known songs The Trooper is next. With the gallop riffing Iron Maiden is known for. Can these men do wrong? It seems not, as Still Life is another excellent song.

But, I may have spoken too soon, as the album's next two tracks Quest for Fire and sun and Steel scream filler. Sure, it is solid filler, but their forgettable sound and middle ground approach doesn't belong on an album with so many true highlights. The album ends on a stronger note with To Tame a Land which is nowhere near as strong as the end to Number of the Beast, but still quite good.

Although brilliant metal, as far as prog goes, this one won't impress. 3 stars.

Alitare | 3/5 |


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