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THE FINAL FRONTIER

Iron Maiden

 

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4 stars IRON MAIDEN: A BAND THAT IS STILL PROGRESSING GRACEFULLY. 

A lot can be said about Iron Maiden's extensive discography, but ever since 2000's BRAVE NEW WORLD Iron Maiden has taken their incredible heavy/power metal sound to a new level by adding a stronger progressive metal element to their overall sound where a lot of their songs exceed the 8min mark. THE FINAL FRONTIER is no exception to this movement where by Iron Maiden have taken the progressive metal movement into a deeper, more mature sound than some of their previous efforts like say NO PRAYER FOR THE DYING, PIECE OF MIND and FEAR OF THE DARK. I will say, and make no mistake, when I say Iron Maiden have always been prog related, but not to this extent. Overall, it's suits Maiden just fine and THE FINAL FRONTIER is a great success in my opinion. For instance, having the incredibly dynamic guitar sound with the holy triune MURRAY, SMITH and GERS in full force once again is very pleasing to the ear. Tracks like THE MAN WHO WOULD BE KING, STARBLIND, ISLE OF AVALON , Satellite 15: THE FINAL FRONTIER and of course the beautiful dense ballad WHERE THE WILD WIND BLOWS are key highlights on THE FINAL FRONTIER  album that exhibit the strong bewildering guitar combinations, which are fast and furious like a shot gun to the face while the drumming by NICO McBRIAN is still nothing short of superb. Age has definitely not slowed this monster of a drummer down. He can still slam on a few high hats and Tom toms if you will. Then of course, their is BRUCE DICKINSON who still sings like the operatic banshee with power and vigor. BRUCE simply blows the mind by how he is sings so charismatic-ally on the Chorus for THE TALISMAN 🎶 WESWAAAAARD THE TIIIIIDE!!!🎶 simply beautiful and full of spirit and that is what this album conjures up all together. It's a another great effort and Iron Maiden have proven that they are not slowing down in any way at all. So blast COMING HOME on your way home from work one evening and appreciate the strong spirited work by Maiden. You'll love it and it's a band tags has three lead/rhythm guitarists!! Come on, what's not to love. Not to mention Maiden have still to this day one of the best bassist in the business in Steve Harris, who really shines on every track with his loud and chunky sound. All in all, this album gets a well deserved 4/5. 

Happy listening in the name of prog 👍

progbethyname | 4/5 |

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