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One of the most influential bands to have ever graced the heavy metal genre, IRON MAIDEN have always been proud of their prog influences, which include Jethro Tull and Genesis. Their sound, at the same time heavy and intricate, is characterised by Steve Harris's thick, propulsive bass lines, and by fast, furious yet elegant guitar riffing. The band can also boast of some of the genre's most intelligent, articulate lyrics, which range way beyond the usual topics covered by the average heavy metal band.

Formed at the end of the Seventies in London's East End area by bassist and mastermind Steve Harris and guitarist Dave Murray, the band (whose name comes from a medieval torture device) released their first, self-titled album in 1980, at the height of the musical phenomenon known as New Wave of British Heavy Metal (NWOBHM for short), which IRON MAIDEN spearheaded together with the likes of Saxon and Diamond Head. At the time, their sound was still somewhat influenced by punk, especially due to lead singer Paul Di'Anno's raw, aggressive vocal style. Soon after their debut's release, second guitarist Dennis Stratton left, and was replaced by Adrian Smith, who was soon to become one of the foremost contributors to the band's musical output.

Di'Anno left the band after the release of their second album, "Killers": his replacement was one of the genre's most distinctive, influential voices, Samson's former singer Bruce Dickinson, nicknamed the "Air Raid Siren". The band's first album with Dickinson on board, 1982's "The Number of the Beast", still ranks among heavy metal's undisputed masterpieces. Drummer Clive Burr left after that album, to be replaced by seasoned drummer Nicko McBrain, who has been a member of the band ever since. It was the start of a very favourable period for IRON MAIDEN, which saw them become one of the hottest live acts around, as well as release a string of extremely successful albums, such as "Powerslave" (featuring a 13-minutes-plus take on ST Coleridge's "The Rhyme of the Ancient Mariner"), and the concept "Seventh Son of a Seventh Son", considered by many one of the seminal works of the Prog-Metal subgenre.

The release of "Seventh Son. " - which, incidentally, was their seventh studio album - coincided with the start of a difficult stage in the band's career. In fact, guitarist Adrian Smith left to pursue a solo career before the release of Maiden's eighth studio album, "No Prayer for the Dying". He was replaced...
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Killers [LP]Killers [LP]
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IRON MAIDEN discography


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IRON MAIDEN top albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.85 | 554 ratings
Iron Maiden
1980
3.59 | 502 ratings
Killers
1981
3.82 | 630 ratings
The Number Of The Beast
1982
3.75 | 544 ratings
Piece Of Mind
1983
4.13 | 679 ratings
Powerslave
1984
3.96 | 578 ratings
Somewhere In Time
1986
4.21 | 719 ratings
Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son
1988
2.54 | 363 ratings
No Prayer For The Dying
1990
2.99 | 414 ratings
Fear Of The Dark
1992
3.23 | 317 ratings
The X Factor
1995
2.30 | 297 ratings
Virtual XI
1998
3.97 | 514 ratings
Brave New World
2000
3.59 | 355 ratings
Dance Of Death
2003
3.64 | 406 ratings
A Matter Of Life And Death
2006
3.62 | 386 ratings
The Final Frontier
2010
3.90 | 204 ratings
The Book Of Souls
2015

IRON MAIDEN Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

4.15 | 228 ratings
Live After Death
1985
2.93 | 80 ratings
A Real Live One
1993
2.70 | 77 ratings
A Real Dead One
1993
3.21 | 64 ratings
Live at Donington
1993
4.02 | 45 ratings
Maiden England
1994
3.00 | 59 ratings
A Real Live Dead One
1998
4.09 | 108 ratings
Rock in Rio
2002
4.06 | 33 ratings
BBC Archives
2002
3.59 | 40 ratings
Beast Over Hammersmith
2002
3.62 | 66 ratings
Death On The Road
2005
3.70 | 70 ratings
Flight 666 (The Original Soundtrack)
2009
3.36 | 46 ratings
En Vivo!
2012
4.00 | 4 ratings
Maiden England'88
2013
0.00 | 0 ratings
The Book of Souls: Live Chapter
2017

IRON MAIDEN Videos (DVD, Blu-ray, VHS etc)

4.50 | 2 ratings
Live at the Rainbow
1981
3.00 | 1 ratings
Video Pieces
1983
5.00 | 1 ratings
Behind the Iron Curtain
1985
3.50 | 2 ratings
12 Wasted Years
1987
4.07 | 28 ratings
Maiden England
1989
4.00 | 1 ratings
The First Ten Years - The Videos
1990
4.00 | 1 ratings
Live at Donington
1993
4.00 | 1 ratings
Raising Hell
1994
4.00 | 1 ratings
Classic Albums: The Number of the Beast
2001
4.05 | 81 ratings
Rock In Rio
2002
3.33 | 3 ratings
Visions of the Beast
2003
4.43 | 55 ratings
The History of Iron Maiden Part 1: The Early Days
2004
4.00 | 1 ratings
Death on the Road
2006
4.71 | 93 ratings
Live After Death
2008
4.32 | 84 ratings
Flight 666: The Film
2009
3.88 | 30 ratings
En Vivo!
2012

IRON MAIDEN Boxset & Compilations (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

5.00 | 1 ratings
The First Ten Years
1990
3.78 | 51 ratings
Best of the Beast
1996
2.98 | 24 ratings
Ed Hunter
1999
2.20 | 33 ratings
Edward the Great
2002
3.32 | 31 ratings
Best of the B'Sides
2002
3.60 | 20 ratings
Eddie's Archive
2002
2.83 | 27 ratings
The Essential Iron Maiden
2005
2.67 | 42 ratings
Somewhere Back in Time: The Best of 1980 - 1989
2008
3.34 | 35 ratings
From Fear to Eternity: The Best of 1990 - 2010
2011
5.00 | 1 ratings
The Beast Collection
2014

IRON MAIDEN Official Singles, EPs, Fan Club & Promo (CD, EP/LP, MC, Digital Media Download)

3.32 | 37 ratings
The Soundhouse Tapes
1979
2.88 | 35 ratings
Women in Uniform
1980
2.94 | 24 ratings
Live!! +one
1980
2.78 | 32 ratings
Running Free
1980
2.85 | 33 ratings
Sanctuary
1980
2.82 | 25 ratings
Twilight Zone
1981
3.00 | 29 ratings
Purgatory
1981
3.29 | 49 ratings
Maiden Japan
1981
3.67 | 18 ratings
Wrathchild promo
1981
3.64 | 33 ratings
Run to the Hills
1982
3.93 | 35 ratings
The Number of the Beast
1982
3.05 | 35 ratings
Flight of Icarus
1983
3.52 | 37 ratings
The Trooper
1983
3.91 | 33 ratings
2 Minutes to Midnight
1984
4.32 | 37 ratings
Aces High
1984
3.62 | 13 ratings
Where Eagles Dare promo
1984
3.43 | 21 ratings
Running Free 1985 live
1985
3.83 | 21 ratings
Run to the Hills 1985 live
1985
4.29 | 35 ratings
Wasted Years
1986
4.04 | 31 ratings
Stranger in a Strange Land
1986
3.72 | 29 ratings
Can I Play with Madness
1988
4.13 | 30 ratings
The Evil That Men Do
1988
3.94 | 31 ratings
The Clairvoyant
1988
2.00 | 6 ratings
An Interview With Iron Maiden
1988
3.95 | 22 ratings
Infinite Dreams
1989
2.67 | 24 ratings
Holy Smoke
1990
2.92 | 26 ratings
Bring Your Daughter... to the Slaughter
1990
4.00 | 1 ratings
No Prayer for the Dying
1990
4.00 | 1 ratings
Tailgunner
1990
4.00 | 1 ratings
Bring Your Daughter... to the Slaughter
1990
2.00 | 6 ratings
Talking To Iron Maiden
1990
3.33 | 24 ratings
Be Quick or Be Dead
1992
2.89 | 19 ratings
From Here to Eternity
1992
3.05 | 21 ratings
Wasting Love
1992
3.17 | 23 ratings
Fear of the Dark
1993
3.62 | 21 ratings
Hallowed Be Thy Name
1993
3.36 | 25 ratings
Man on the Edge
1995
3.43 | 23 ratings
Lord of the Flies
1996
4.00 | 1 ratings
Virus
1996
4.00 | 1 ratings
Virus CD1
1996
4.00 | 1 ratings
Virus CD2
1996
4.00 | 1 ratings
Futureal
1998
4.00 | 1 ratings
Maiden Hell
1998
3.00 | 1 ratings
In Profile
1998
4.00 | 1 ratings
An Introduction to... Virtual XI
1998
2.33 | 21 ratings
The Angel and the Gambler
1998
3.55 | 22 ratings
Futureal
1998
5.00 | 1 ratings
Wrathchild
1999
4.00 | 1 ratings
Out of the Silent Planet
2000
4.00 | 1 ratings
The Wicker Man
2000
3.88 | 25 ratings
The Wicker Man
2000
3.48 | 23 ratings
Out of the Silent Planet
2000
4.00 | 1 ratings
Run to the Hills (Live)
2002
2.54 | 20 ratings
Rainmaker
2003
2.80 | 20 ratings
Wildest Dreams
2003
3.36 | 11 ratings
No More Lies
2004
3.26 | 26 ratings
The Reincarnation of Benjamin Breeg
2006
3.39 | 23 ratings
Different World
2006
5.00 | 1 ratings
The Pilgrim
2007
3.00 | 30 ratings
El Dorado
2010
4.00 | 1 ratings
The Final Frontier
2010
4.00 | 1 ratings
Coming Home
2010
3.50 | 2 ratings
Speed of Light
2015
3.00 | 2 ratings
Empire of the Clouds
2016

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 Best of the Beast by IRON MAIDEN album cover Boxset/Compilation, 1996
3.78 | 51 ratings

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Review by martindavey87

4 stars Iron Maiden's first major compilation album, released in 1996, may seem dated today, but it contains some of the bands strongest and most memorable material up until that point, and seeing as this was released after Bruce Dickinson initially left the band (he'd rejoin them in 2000), this perfectly summarizes what many consider to be the groups "golden era".

As is always the case with compilations, there's the argument for which songs should have been included and excluded, and in this regard 'The Best of the Beast' pretty much covers all the essentials. There's maybe one or two things I'd have preferred, perhaps at least one Paul Di'Anno-era song to be featured (there is one, but it's a live version sang by Dickinson), but that isn't too much of a detriment to the overall product.

Featuring all the classics such as 'Aces High', 'Run to the Hills', 'Can I Play With Madness', 'Be Quick or Be Dead', 'Fear of the Dark', 'The Number of the Beast' and 'The Trooper', this is a great starting point for newcomers to the band (and I say this from experience, as this was my first Maiden album).

There's some fantastic artwork used for the covers and inlays, with plenty of photos, lyrics and liner notes in the booklet, and seeing as it featured most of Maiden's early hits, this makes for a nice overall package for fans of the band. However dated it may seem today, it's still a worthy addition to the collections of die-hard fans.

 Edward the Great by IRON MAIDEN album cover Boxset/Compilation, 2002
2.20 | 33 ratings

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3 stars Released in 2002, 'Edward the Great' is a compilation album by Iron Maiden that focuses mainly on the bands singles and "hits", as opposed to songs that are generally favored by fans. As a result, while it's a decent enough selection, it's also very predictable.

Of course, the music itself is still great! I mean, come on, it's Iron freaking Maiden! 'Run to the Hills', 'The Trooper', 'Can I Play With Madness', '2 Minutes to Midnight' and 'The Number of the Beast'... these are all iconic metal classics! However, there's a lot of songs missing, even by 2002, there was an absolute wealth of material that should have been included on a release such as this, but wasn't due to time limitations.

Overall, you're better off going for 'Best of the Beast', especially if you're new to the band. Despite being released six years earlier, it has a more well-rounded track listing, and the packaging as a whole is a lot nicer, with more pictures and detailed information on the band. Leave 'Edward the Great' to collectors like me.

 Powerslave by IRON MAIDEN album cover Studio Album, 1984
4.13 | 679 ratings

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Review by martindavey87

4 stars Despite a number of albums prior to this that have gained legendary status, 'Powerslave', Iron Maiden's fifth studio recording, is where I feel the band really hit their stride as one of metals most iconic bands.

With a previous four releases over which to bond and mature as a band, 'Powerslave' is a complete bombardment of Iron Maiden having perfected their sound. The dual-guitar harmonies are spot-on and utilized to their fullest, and vocalist Bruce Dickinson's singing hits its peak here, with every line complimenting the music perfectly.

While I didn't dislike any of the bands previous releases, I never held them in such high regard as the rest of the metal community does, feeling that each album was just a steady improvement upon the one that came before it. However, here is where the songwriting really takes a solid step up, as every song is well executed and well played. The riffs and harmonies are very catchy and easy-to-listen to, and the guitar solos all seem to suit their respective songs much better.

Tracks like 'Aces High', '2 Minutes to Midnight', 'Rime of the Ancient Mariner' and even instrumental 'Losfer Words (Big 'Orra)' are more than just Iron Maiden staples, they're essential listening for all metal fans. On top of all that, the artwork is pretty damn awesome as well!

A key album in any rock or metal collection, THIS is Iron Maiden.

 Piece Of Mind by IRON MAIDEN album cover Studio Album, 1983
3.75 | 544 ratings

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Review by martindavey87

3 stars After 1982's 'The Number of the Beast' cemented Iron Maiden's prominence in the metal world, the band were quickly back in the studio to build upon their momentum with 'Piece of Mind', an album that many fans hold in high regard, but one that I merely consider the final step in the transitional period that would see Iron Maiden truly reach their prime years.

Continuing Iron Maiden's run of what many consider their "golden era" of albums (the inclusion of new drummer Nicko McBrain would cement what would be viewed as the classic lineup), 'Piece of Mind' is revered by fans as one of the bands finest releases. Though, much like its predecessor, I feel there's too much filler material for me to share that opinion.

As with previous outings, there are a few instantly recognizable classics, such as 'Where Eagles Dare', 'Flight of Icarus', 'To Tame a Land', and one of the groups most memorable hits 'The Trooper' (which I often find to be fairly overrated, to be honest), but other than these songs, I feel the rest are fairly bland and uninspiring. Not that they're terrible, but tracks like 'Quest for Fire' and 'Sun and Steel' just don't really do anything for me.

The verdict has long been out that this is a classic Maiden album however, and in fairness, if you're a fan of the band then it's got enough "classic" material and status going for it that it warrants being in your collection, but overall I just find this to be the final album before the band really hit their stride and go through a string of excellent releases.

It's decent enough, but from here on out is where things really start to get good.

 The Number Of The Beast by IRON MAIDEN album cover Studio Album, 1982
3.82 | 630 ratings

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Review by martindavey87

3 stars 'The Number of the Beast' is the album that gave birth to the Iron Maiden we all know and love today. Besides a number of memorable hits that have remained a staple in live sets, it's most notable for featuring the debut of Bruce Dickinson, a man who would go on to become one of the most beloved and recognizable singers in metal.

Musically and sonically, this isn't much different than Iron Maiden's previous two albums. Rough and gritty 80's new wave of British heavy metal, the only remarkable differences, besides the addition of a superior vocalist, is the slightly stronger compositions. Most notable being two of their biggest hits (which still hold that title to this day), 'The Number of the Beast' and 'Run to the Hills'.

Of course, there's also other Maiden classics such as 'Hallowed Be Thy Name', 'The Prisoner' and 'Children of the Damned', which have all stood the test of time and are still as refreshing today as they were in 1982.

The playing is good for its time. Steve Harris is an absolute beast on the bass. Dave Murray and Adrian Smith are both competent guitarists, who've yet to utilize their full potential, especially when it comes to the duel harmonies they'd use on future releases, but they play more than enough to give all the songs the small embellishments required.

'The Number of the Beast' kicked off a long run of releases that would usher in the bands "golden era", and while it has its significance in Iron Maiden's history, I don't really consider it anything more than a decent album. It's good, but the best is most definitely yet to come.

 Killers by IRON MAIDEN album cover Studio Album, 1981
3.59 | 502 ratings

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Review by martindavey87

2 stars One year after the release of their self-titled debut, Iron Maiden are back again with 'Killers', an album that pretty much replicates everything from the bands previous release, only the overall product just doesn't quite seem as good.

'Murders in the Rue Morgue', 'Genghis Khan' and the standout track 'Wrathchild' are all notable songs from this record, but to be honest, they're not really anything special. Any of them could easily be replaced with something from Iron Maiden's debut. It's not a bad album, but most of the songs will certainly be forgotten about with subsequent releases.

In the big scheme of things, this album "doesn't really matter" to me. It's just a stepping stone. Vocalist Paul Di'Anno's rather limited range has pretty much run its course, which Maiden will have rectified by their next album, and the addition of Adrian Smith on guitars (replacing Dennis Stratton) is really just setting up the band for the next big step of their career, and securing the line-up that would become the most endeared to fans.

My final verdict; 'Killers' doesn't have the prestige of being Maiden's debut, and it's not the record that really smashed out the hits and made them a global force (like their next release would). It's just that "in between" kind of album. Better things are coming.

 Iron Maiden by IRON MAIDEN album cover Studio Album, 1980
3.85 | 554 ratings

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Review by martindavey87

3 stars Timing in everything when it comes to music. Heavy metal, the genre created by bands like Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin, was already starting to stagnate by the end of the 70's, with a lot of the genres leaders already burning themselves out. Thankfully, in 1980, Iron Maiden unleashed their debut album, taking the flag and running with a new subgenre known as the 'new wave of British heavy metal', or NWOBHM for short, and giving the metal world a kick up its own ass, as it prepared for a whole new level of global domination.

Combining elements of heavy metal with 70's punk, Iron Maiden's self-titled debut is a ball of raw energy, with its gritty production and its unpolished songwriting, this is an album where no punches are pulled. It's rough, it's dirty and there's certainly room for the band to mature, but there's just a charm and importance about the album that makes it stand out. I mean, it's Iron bloody Maiden for Christ's sake!

However, all praise aside, let's get to the nitty gritty of the review. The music is fun, catchy and full of life, but there's nothing truly outstanding jumping out at me. Each track is good, but lacks that extra something that leaves me feeling like I've just listened to a masterpiece.

Musically the band are pretty tight. Guitarists Dave Murray and Dennis Stratton display a chemistry other bands at the time were lacking, and Steve Harris' fast-paced, galloping bass playing instantly sets him apart from other bassists from that era. Vocalist Paul Di'Anno, who would only appear on one other Maiden record before being replaced with the beast that is Bruce Dickinson, may not have the widest vocal range or the most powerful voice, but he makes use of what he has, and it fits the stripped down, almost punk-esque feel of the album.

While the London five-piece would certainly go on to release more ambitious albums (and take over the world, pretty much), 'Iron Maiden' itself can only really be considered a "good" album. 'Prowler', 'Running Free', 'Transylvania' and 'Phantom of the Opera' are all reasons to get this album. But the truth is, realistically, Iron Maiden will go on to release some of the greatest metal albums of all time, and pretty much all the later material makes this album seem a bit dated and obsolete now.

It's good, and it has stood the test of time well, but I'd still only class it as "good". A worthy addition to the collection.

 Somewhere In Time by IRON MAIDEN album cover Studio Album, 1986
3.96 | 578 ratings

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Review by aglasshouse

5 stars Guys, I've got a confession to make.

I don't like Iron Maiden.

I know this statement is akin to dousing a puppy in kerosene and overhand lobbing it into a raging bonfire, but it's true. I've tried my very hardest for almost four years now to enjoy them, to see the awe-inspiring craftsmanship everyone proclaims is prevalent on so many of their classic records...but I just can't. Not only do I think both drummers on Iron Maiden, Clive Burr and Nicko McBrain, plod out some of the most boring and repetitive rhythms of all time, but the songwriting of so much of their work may have worked wonders back in 1980, but like a joke it got extremely old extremely fast with each successive release following their self-titled debut. I think the revolutionary label slapped to Iron Maiden is quite reputable, but at the same time the asserted quality to match that is repudiable.

But, and I do mean a HUGE but -- Iron Maiden's 1986 work Somewhere In Time is one of my all-time favorite metal albums. Period. Strange, right? A band I dislike making one of my favorite albums? It's true though -- I think that Somewhere In Time is a precision-made, calculated masterpiece that distances itself so far from the band's discography that it might well be from a separate artist.

Somewhere In Time is a dystopian-based, Blade Runner-inspired record that came two years after 1984's Powerslave, an album that showed a lot of promise and had a few great tracks, but didn't nearly harness the same effect as it's successor. The Powerslave supporting tour ate up a whopping 187 concerts and excreted a whole lot of exhaustion onto the band following it, specifically Dickinson, who thus was not able to produce quality songwriting contributions. Dickinson had written some acoustic songs, in fear that if they didn't step up their game to a different level, that the band would "stagnate and drift away" (see even the band recognizes their sameness to a certain degree). Although these acoustic songs were not featured, this attitude continued into the eventual recording process, causing Somewhere In Time to be the first Iron Maiden album to harness synthesizers. While this might seem like a big no-no, considering that often it's the case that once a band starts leaning on the synths it's akin to them just committing creative suicide, but it's quite the contrary; Somewhere In Time's utilization of synthesizers gives a wondrous air of mysticism to the album, as it acts as a supreme background element to the its futuristic setting. It's also a key component in the massive epics that permeate the album. The title track opener, for instance, is a blazing fireball of a gallop that is one of the most prime examples of a perfect setting of the mood on any album, unheeded by the furious scream of synthesizer bursts. 'Wasted Years' is one of three contributions by guitarist Adrian Smith, and is the most lasting relic of this album's legacy. It does have a slightly poppier vibe, which may owe to this fact, but Dickinson's beautiful chorus and the magnificent guitar hook is nothing short of a knockout punch. One more highly recommended track is 'Stranger in a Strange Land', a bass-heavy, groovy romp which acts, in a way, as a better track representative of the theme of being "caught somewhere in time" than, well 'Caught Somewhere In Time'. Perhaps this is because of the lyricism of being in a mysterious world in which the rules are unknown, which I believe the album was trying to tackle. 'Caught' is still the best track, though. Not taking that back.

The band took their biggest step forward with this album, talentwise. McBrain, who I criticized previously for being extremely repetitive and leaning too hard on a a few stagnant drum patterns, is absolutely mindblowing on this release. His constant shifts between the groovy steel heel-click of the slower songs and the fast-paced explosiveness of the faster ones makes for one of his all-time best work. Steve Harris as always is extremely present and upfront, especially for a bassist. The neat thing about him is that, as a part of the percussion section, actually works off of McBrain to create this almost machine-like twang that follows his groove. Twin guitarists Smith and Murray are of course better than ever, offering extremely intricately-woven shredding that did well to pique my interest. Dickinson, although I'll always prefer Di'Anno, is at his zenith on Somewhere In Time, belting out a sort of sophisticated type of melodic yell that few of his peers have been able to accomplish. Absolutely stunning, all of them.

Many critics readily dismiss Somewhere in Time as being "half-baked", or "a hurried coverup of an atrophying creative muscle". These same critics will turn around and praise Seventh Son of a Seventh Son, an album I believe to be leagues below this one, and compliment it for factors they would say that Somewhere in Time wrongfully utilized. I say, pay no attention to them and embrace this one just like you would say Number of the Beast or Powerslave, because it's definitely up there with the best.

 Live After Death by IRON MAIDEN album cover Live, 1985
4.15 | 228 ratings

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Review by Warthur
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3 stars What do you listen to live albums for? Do you just want to hear a very similar rendition of a band's studio songs in a live context, or do you want to hear a different side of the material in its translation from the studio to the stage?

If you are after the former, the Live After Death is perfect: Iron Maiden not only hadn't released a bad album up to this point, they'd hardly even recorded a bad *song*, and this setlist is absolutely stellar.

If you want the latter, though - and that's the camp I'm in - then this will sound an awful lot like the studio albums you no doubt already on, with some overloud crowd noise on top if it. It's interesting hearing Bruce perform Phantom of the Opera - perhaps the one song from the Paul Di'Anno era which deserves Bruce's operatic treatment the most - but otherwise this is going to offer few surprises.

 Brave New World by IRON MAIDEN album cover Studio Album, 2000
3.97 | 514 ratings

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Review by Modrigue
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2 stars Brave New Maiden?

"The return of Bruce Dickinson", "And Then They Were Six", "And Then They Were Three Guitarists"... All that's fine, but all that's for what? Much ado for nearly nothing...

The reintegration of IRON MAIDEN's historical frontman and guitarist Adrian Smith showed great promises for the band lovers. The entire "golden" line-up is back, furthermore with nineties' guitarist Jannick Gers! What else could any fan dream for? In addition, unlike the past decade, the revival of heavy metal of the 2000's were a favorable context of the genre! Unfortunately, even this is not sufficient to recover the inspiration vanishing since 1990. If you're expecting a return of the grandeur of the 80's, renewal, or just something refreshing and catchy, you may be quite disappointed. To be honest, the compositions even difficultly matches the troubled and uneven MAIDEN waters of the 90's.

Named after the well-known eponymous book by Aldous Huxley, "Brave New World" does not take many risks. Like "Virtual XI", the music is overall insipid and lengthy. It contains even fewer interesting tracks than its predecessor. A continuity, as "The Mercenary", "Dream of Mirrors" and "The Nomad" were initially composed for the 1998 album. A global impression is that IRON MAIDEN's asperities developed in 20 years are progressively disappearing: very few memorable melodies, remarkable bridges, breathtaking soli or galloping bass. The same dish, but without flavor. By the way, in case you're wondering about the three guitars, they are hardly audible and fail to bring something to the songs.

In addition, this will be the last collaboration with historical artist Derek Riggs, and he only illustrated the top half of the cover. Furthermore, Martin Birch, the band's producer since 1981's "Killers" has been replaced. There are signs that do not lie...

Concerning the rare good passages, the rocking "The Wicker Man" clearly does the job as an MAIDEN opener with its powerful theme, but it's just an illusion. The only genuine originality here is "Nomad" with its mystical Middle- Eastern-ish atmosphere. We haven't heard this since 1984's "Powerslave"! Recovered creativity? In fact, the calm beautiful section borrows an extract from 1974's BECKETT's "Life's Shadow". A bit lengthy, but overall quite good. "The Fallen Angel" average but has its moments. The rest of the disc rather flat and boring.

As a fan of IRON MAIDEN's eighties' albums, from their first self-titled opus to "Seventh Son", and of "The X-Factor", I was really disappointed by what was announced as the resurrection of an iconic and influential metal institution. I felt like if I was fooled by the product.

Steve Harris and co. were one of the few to entirely redefine the genre in the 80's. The 90's musical melting pots were a difficult context for traditional metal bands, and MAIDEN didn't make exception, delivering just a few interesting tracks inside average albums. The departure of high-pitched vocalist Bruce Dickinson was an occasion for renewal, seized with the dark and progy "The X-Factor". However, this evolution divided the fan-base, so the musicians decided to return to a secure path by going back to their original recipe, but without the inspiration and the spiciness.

Since the controversial 1995 opus, it seems that the band is on auto-pilot (no pun intended), gave up their creativity and will to try something new. This had to happen, "Brave New World" clearly marks the turning point: IRON MAIDEN has lived and now became a pale copy of itself. For sure, same can be done for other numerous artists of all genres, but here the difference is that the music doesn't match what was proclaimed as a renaissance.

"Brave New World" is an aseptic and overrated album. Too polite, neither raging, nor really epic nor adventurous compared to what modern progressive metal bands were proposing at the same period. A new MAIDEN yes, but not very brave...

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