latest metal news on our main pagecd reviewslive reviewsinterviewsspecials± 850 links!contact us!chatour message board on Ultimate Metal /mp/\.jpgm/
  INTERVIEWS
recent:
DARK TRANQUILLITY
CIPHER SYSTEM
GOD DETHRONED
AFTER FOREVER
VOMITORY
STAMPIN' GROUND
AYREON
CHAOSBREED
CATTLE DECAPITATION
ANCIENT
» INTIES ARCHIVE
  SPECIALS
recent:
NAGLFAR
studio report

(last update: Feb 9th)

SYMPHORCE tourreport - Cede Dupont telling about life on the road

» SPEC. ARCHIVE

  NICO'S PHOTOPIT

  ULTIMATE METAL
Have your official forum at the most awesome online metal community!

  MUSICIANS ADS
Looking for other musicians to jam with? Send us your ad! More info:
» MUSICIANS ADS

  METAL RADIO
Seismic Radio
Snakenet Radio
Apocalypse Radio
Dementia Radio

  NEWSLETTER
Sign up if you want us to keep you posted about our updates!

WEBCounter by GOWEB    

  » CD REVIEWS ARCHIVE

   IRON MAIDEN
Dance Of Death
2003
EMI
http://www.ironmaiden.com


rating: 5/5

1. Wildest Dreams
2. Rainmaker
3. No More Lies
4. Montségur
5. Dance Of Death
6. Gates Of Tomorrow
7. New Frontier
8. Paschendale
9. Face In The Sand
10. Age Of Innocence
11. Journeyman

Finally the legends are back with a new album. What does one expect from a new Iron Maiden album, them being one of the greatest bands (for me) since I can remember? I'll tell you, the expectations are unfairly huge whenever Iron Maiden releases a new album. I believe this is the 13th studio album by these Englishmen. Iron Maiden's style hasn't changed much over the years and why should it? There's no reason to change anything when it's working like a charm. Probably the only thing there's something to complain about is the cover art. But who cares, now on to the things that matter the most. The album surely takes a few listens until one can fully appreciate it. There are a lot of those Iron Maiden trademarks on the album, but also a few new nuances that make the album sound fresh and not just a rerun of older material. There aren't actually too many surprises on the album. For some weird reason I'm always expecting some, but am never disappointed after having found none or very few. Probably because the songs still simply kick so much ass. All the members are credited as songwriters but Steve Harris, Bruce Dickinson and Adrian Smith are in the main roles. Dickinson is still the man. His voice is still the amazing same it has ever been. The band still has 3 guitarists in their ranks and I still don't manage to find a spot where the guitars would actually sound like 3 of them. The solos on the other hand are like study books for other bands. Instead of pointless finger-binding wankery Smith, Murray and Gers offer a lot of emotion and solos that actually add something to the song itself. In general the production is pretty much what one might expect from Iron Maiden: somehow the usual, somehow very unique, definitely not over the top but also rather pompous at times, which is probably because of the string orchestrations.

"Wildest Dreams" is a rather odd opener, since I think it's one of the weakest tracks on the album, but don't let that confuse you because the songs to come are a lot more enjoyable. The following "Rainmaker" starts to sound more like what Iron Maiden has always been about, quite a traditional Maiden tune. "No More Lies" is already one of the strongest tracks on the album, except for the unfortunately imaginationfree chorus. "Montségur" starts off with crunchy riffing and soon turns out to be a traditional Maiden tune. "Dance Of Death" starts off with calm guitars with Bruce telling a ghost story and the atmosphere is quite creepy. The strings soon join in and the song builds up to be an absolutely amazing epic. What a song! A classic right away! In all it's simplicity "Gates Of Tomorrow" is rather enjoyable and accessible as it really flows on forward so easily. "New Frontier" is also rather simple, but it works! The chorus is really nice on this one. "Pasachendale" is again a huge epic with string orchestrations and sounds of artillery fire in the background. Definitely one of the strongest tracks on the album. "Face In The Sand" is also a calmer one (although this one features doublebass drumming by McBrain), still possessing that haunting atmosphere. "Age Of Innocence" is simply put very good melodic heavy metal, but somehow untypical for Iron Maiden and in a way reminds me of the 1986 "Reach Out". "Journeyman" is a slower ballad-like one and is a great ending to a great album which is an excellent display of combining traditional elements with some new spices here and there and therefore making it sound refreshing and interesting.

submitted by Aleksi 07.09.2003

  » CD REVIEWS ARCHIVE

rating 1 - 5 Morrigans
5 = awesome, 4 = good, 3 = average, 2 = keep practising, 1 = sell your gear!
  CD REVIEWS
recent:
IMAGIKA
INTERNAL SUFFERING
RAISING FEAR
ASTRAL DOORS
SCAR SYMMETRY
HEAVILS, THE
UNCHAINED
MERCENARY
STATETROOPER
HIBRIA
» CDS ARCHIVE
  LIVE REVIEWS
recent:
DEICIDE - ARKHON INFAUSTUS - DARKDAYRISING, Haarlem

THE GATHERING - PAATOS, Frankfurt

DYNAMO OPEN AIR, Nijmegen

KATAKLYSM - GRAVEWORM - MYSTIC CIRCLE - INTO ETERNITY , Essen

EVERGREY - MERCENARY, Vosselaar/Weert

INTO ETERNITY - DIRTBRED - SPARKY, Saskatoon

» LIVE ARCHIVE

  TOURDATES
Check or add tour-dates on our forum!
» TOURDATES

  FESTIVALS

© copyright
2002-2005
Morrigan's Pit

DISCLAIMER