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Some fans critisize the length of the songs, but I think that metal is not meant to be a fast food music. For me Different World (4 minutes, the only short song on the album) is the weakest. It's an OK opener, but it's poppy refrain doesn't fit with the dark and heavy mood of the rest of the album. All the rest of the tracks deserve 10 stars, but probably Brighter than a Thousand Suns, The Longest Day , For the Greater Good of God, These Colours Don't Run, The Reincarnation of Benjamin Breeg and the Legacy stand slightly higher above the rest with their intensity. This album ranks among the best albums of the group (for me they are at least six, I count the bad ones which are three) and it will become a classic in the history of Iron Maiden and heavy metal. And after six great reunion years, Maiden are rejuvenated and definitely back to stay.
Anybody who thought Dance of Death sounded tired had better get ready to be blown away by a revitalized band. Maybe doing that "Early Years" tour got Maiden hungry to write something new and epic. Who knows what happened? Either way, this is the best album of the reunion era, and a shining moment in the Maiden canon. While "Different World" starts the show in a fast and furious way, similar to "Wildest Dreams" from Dance of Death, this is no re-tread. This time, melody is at the forefront.
The triple guitars have never sounded better, the songwriting has never been stronger, and Bruce is still wailing the whole way through. I can't pick a favourite song, every one is excellent, but here are some highlights:
"Wildest Dreams", a killer fast opener.
"These Colours Don't Run", a war epic, the three guitars meshing into one ferocious whole.
"The Longest Day", another war epic, with mournful melodic chorus.
"Bejamin Breeg", riffiness emphasized.
"For The Greater Good of God", which is perhaps the most epic of all the epics, absolutely stunning, every second of it is dramatic.
The sound of this album is the perfect mix of heavy and raw with just enough polish.Read more ›
Certainly this album can easily fit into IM's golden era albums (1984 -1989) with 7th son and PowerSlave and somewhere in time.
For some of you, it might take a few listening before you can start liking the album, but if you are a true fan of Maiden's style, this album will certainly exceed all your expectations.
I will give it a 9.1 out of 10
Best tracks: The legacy, For the greater good of God, These colours don't Run, Out of the shadows.
PS: The legacy is probably one of their best tracks ever !!
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I purchased this Cd for two reasons, I grew-up listening to Iron Maiden and I Love Tanks-Armoured Fighting Vehicles..So the cd cover was a prompt also for me to purchase.. Read morePublished on May 27 2014 by William Sedor
this is an amazing CD every song awsome it shiped fast worth every cent i love this CD and if your a maiden fan you have to buy this it not the same as the 80's stuff but diferent... Read morePublished on June 9 2012 by samuelynch
wow..as a serious maiden fan, i really,REALLY wanted to love this and was thinking that it would be a fresh start for the band,but no. Read morePublished on Dec 31 2006 by David R. Robert
Yet another good album released by Bruce and the band. Thank heavens Bruce came back because I hadn't purchased an Irom Maiden Album in the 90's after Bruce left. Read morePublished on Nov. 9 2006 by FreeFall
I have spent last 33 years of my life as a hard rock/metal fan.
In my opinion this is the best album by Iron Maiden predominantly due
to the fact that, unlike... Read more
This album was a treat for most if not all maiden fans. With tracks showing reflections from their work in the early ninties, and the brooding slow intros from the reunion era... Read morePublished on Sept. 18 2006 by Maiden21
This is easily the best and most focussed IM album since SSOASS. I'm happy to hear that they have returned to the more progressive concept album format. Read morePublished on Sept. 16 2006 by VanMusicMan