Aptly Named album!!,
This review is from: Dance of Death (Audio CD)Yup, Janick's "dancing" was the "death" of Iron Maiden. No doubt about that.
The best place to start an album review is the first thing you see: the cover.
But first, why is it that if someone has a gripe about an album then they aren't a "true" fan? By that logic, a "true" fan will accept whatever they are fed, no questions asked, regardless of the junk being laid before them. If that's the case, then I'm not a "true" fan. I have that annoying tendency to actually "think for myself" and make my own decisions. Which I believe actually gives me a bit of an edge, since I do have the ability to be a bit more objective in my views. I like how all of the "true" fans vote no on all of the unflattering reviews of the album, while you rarely see a nay-sayer strike back similarly. I'm glad I'm not a "true" fan...Anyway, as far as a review goes, one must first be willing to listen to the songs, which brings us back to the "cover".
Mannequins? Stupid, computer generated MANNEQUINS?!?!?!
If Steve is going to start taking over everything, why can't he give doing the the cover art a stab. maybe he can do better than whomever is the johnny-come-lately they've hired for the cover art. I'm sorry, but the cover is where I stopped and, if you can't stomach the ill-conceived cover to the point where you won't even buy the product, what's the point anymore? Well, I did manage to check the band roster and, yup, Janick is still there. That's all I needed to see. I walked on.
Only 2 changes need to be made to bring back an enormous portion of past "fans"--who were not "true" fans, mind you, since they had better things to do than listen to sub-par replacement members--these 2 things: First, drop the ballerina posing as a 3rd guitarist (it's like a bike with 3 wheels, which is a tricycle and that's for children so bugger off!) because Adrian has returned and frankly Gers is not helping anything with his goofy spinning and leg-kicking--it's plain silly and not very metal; and secondly, Steve needs to lighten up with the "i AM Iron Maiden" attitude he's developed over the past 10 years. I don't care if he's the founder of the group, now he's directing and editting videos (his greatest achievement being the pathetic "Holy Smoke"), producing and co-producing albums and, if he had learned anything at all from the universal scathing his production "talents" got for 'A Real Live Dead One', he'd shell out the cash to end Martin Birch's retirement.