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Dance of Death Import

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  • Audio CD (Sept. 9 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Columbia / Sony
  • ASIN: B0000BYM3K
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  DVD Audio  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 447 customer reviews
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1. Wildest Dreams
2. Rainmaker
3. No More Lies
4. Montsigur
5. Dance of Death
6. Gates of Tomorrow
7. New Frontier
8. Paschendale
9. Face in the Sand
10. Age of Innocence
11. Journeyman

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The release of Dance of Death, Iron Maiden's 13th studio album, comes at a most fortuitous time. Fortuitous for them, because in 2003--after years of struggle--rock has fought its way back to the top of the UK charts (thanks, in large part, to the success of The Darkness). Fortuitous for us, because Dance of Death ably demonstrates why, amongst the Monsters of Rock pantheon, Iron Maiden are the Godzilla.

With singer Bruce Dickenson and guitarist Adrian Smith now firmly re-entrenched after returning for their previous album, Brave New World, Iron Maiden seem newly reinvigorated. Dance of Death sounds like classic Maiden--in particular Seventh Son of a Seventh Son--right down to the over-the-top production. It kicks off at breakneck speed with first single "Wildest Dreams", builds to a crescendo by track three (the anthemic "No More Lies"), and for the most part, maintains this pace throughout the album, pausing only briefly for the slow build of the title track or the orchestra-laden, battlefield epic "Paschendale". Dickinson's overwrought vocals add gravity to apocalyptic lyrics that would descend into irony or outright silliness at the hands of a lesser band (who else could get away with the sound effect of a hawk's cry in the middle of a song?). These are serious men playing serious music, and after more than two decades, Iron Maiden can still teach the big-shorted yoof a thing or two about rock. With Dance of Death, Iron Maiden aren't just back, they're back on top. --Robert Burrow


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By LeBrain HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on Feb. 16 2010
Format: Audio CD
Dance of Death, Iron Maiden's 13th studio album and 2nd since the triumphant return of Bruce and Adrian, is yet another monster filled with dramatic metal. Yes, it is inferior to the previous album, Brave New World, which was near-perfect for its time. However, Dance of Death should not be dismissed. There are Iron Maiden classics here to rival material from the glory days, deep album tracks worth listening to.

First I want to mention the album cover -- for the second time, Iron Maiden have done what I consider to be a terrible cover. (I consider the original No Prayer cover to be almost as bad.) I'd never wear this on a T-shirt. This is awful, awful, awful. This is by far the worst album cover Maiden have ever used. If you look carefully there are mistakes all over the place, such as the baby's foot going through the wolf! Fortunately, the inner booklet is much better. Like a ghostly version of the orgy scene in Kubrick's Eyes Wide Shut, the band are surround by masked, topless, ghostly women. I'm not doing it justice with that description but it's very cool.

Onto the music.

I found Bruce Dickinson's voice on this album to be weaker than Brave New World. My personal feeling at the time (and this is just my opinion) was that the band rushed into recording too soon after touring. As such, Bruce's voice sounds more worn out, similar to the way it did on No Prayer. The rest of the band is as strong as ever, and all six members write. Even Nicko McBrain, who gets his first-ever writing credit..."Mission From 'Arry" notwithstanding.

The album starts with the first single, and unfortunately one of the weakest songs. It is the brief Smith/Harris rocker, "Wildest Dreams". This ain't a "Wicker Man" nor a "Different World".
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By LeBrain HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on Feb. 12 2010
Format: Audio CD
Dance of Death, Iron Maiden's 13th studio album and 2nd since the triumphant return of Bruce and Adrian, is yet another monster filled with dramatic metal. Yes, it is inferior to the previous album, Brave New World, which was near-perfect for its time. However, Dance of Death should not be dismissed. There are Iron Maiden classics here to rival material from the glory days, deep album tracks worth listening to.

First I want to mention the album cover -- for the second time, Iron Maiden have done what I consider to be a terrible cover. (I consider the original No Prayer cover to be almost as bad.) I'd never wear this on a T-shirt. This is awful, awful, awful. This is by far the worst album cover Maiden have ever used. If you look carefully there are mistakes all over the place, such as the baby's foot going through the wolf! Fortunately, the inner booklet is much better. Like a ghostly version of the orgy scene in Kubrick's Eyes Wide Shut, the band are surround by masked, topless, ghostly women. I'm not doing it justice with that description but it's very cool.

Onto the music.

I found Bruce Dickinson's voice on this album to be weaker than Brave New World. My personal feeling at the time (and this is just my opinion) was that the band rushed into recording too soon after touring. As such, Bruce's voice sounds more worn out, similar to the way it did on No Prayer. The rest of the band is as strong as ever, and all six members write. Even Nicko McBrain, who gets his first-ever writing credit..."Mission From 'Arry" notwithstanding.

The album starts with the first single, and unfortunately one of the weakest songs. It is the brief Smith/Harris rocker, "Wildest Dreams". This ain't a "Wicker Man" nor a "Different World".
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Format: Audio CD
I like all 4 of the post-2000 Iron Maiden albums...
Brave New World
Dance Of Death
A Matter Of Life And Death
Final Frontier

...but I like this one (Dance Of Death) the best. I'm not going to try and analyze why, but I find that there are more songs on this album that are more enjoyable and more memorable. One exception to this is the first song "Wildest Dreams", which I feel is one of the weakest Maiden songs ever. I would suggest skipping this song and starting the album on track #2 ("Rainmaker"). From here on out, you probably won't skip any. It's a shame that they chose to start such a great album with such a weak song.
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Like many Iron Maiden fans I only knew the stuff I heard in the 80's and didn't pay much attention to anything released past 1990.
Then last year Iron Maiden came to my town and I took my 16 year old son expecting a greatest hits tour. Instead they played songs from Brave New World, The Final Frontier and Dance of Death among others that I was not familiar with but still had that trademark Maiden sound.
And Dance of Death is a very good album that holds up to their earlier work.
Standout tracks for me include No More Lies, Rainmaker, Montsegur and above all Paschendale,possibly their best song in over 20 years.
What other band can sing about a pivotal moment in WW1 for over eight minutes, feature three guitar solos, orchestration, even the cry of an eagle for gods sake, and not fall into a Spinal Tap parody?
Only Iron Maiden can pull this off and it's a song you'll want to hear again and again.
True Bruce Dickinson's voice isn't as powerful as it was in the 1980's, but he still lays waste to many vocalists past and present. Have you heard Ozzy or Vince Neil sing (or croak)lately?
So don't pay attention to the reviewers who complain it's not as good as The Number of the Beast, Piece of Mind,or still wish it was 1984. I like the old stuff too but lets have an open mind here. Dance of Death still has what one expects from an Iron Maiden album, melodic as hell, lots of key and tempo changes and powerful lyrics.
Come to think of it is Iron Maiden in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame yet? And if not, why not?
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