With metal being somewhat acceptable again, Iron Maiden picked a great time to come back full force. Never really breaking up, the band existed in a dormant state for the last few years. But now with Bruce Dickinson back at the helm, Iron Maiden is ready to reclaim it's spot as top metal band in the land. This album Brave New World is mellower than some of the older releases, but the music is just as tight and skilled as it was 15 years ago. The 8 year absence of Dickinson from the band may have helped bring back a fresh feel to the new material. Also returning from a disappearance was Adrian Smith, so the best of Maiden are back to push the band into 2000.
The album begins with "The Wicker Man". This song is tight, and the vocals are dead on. The song is just as eeiry as the older songs. Tales of impending doom and fear. The hand of death waiting around every turn. "Ghost Of The Navagator" follows right along with the old track "Rime Of The Ancient Mariner", which was adapted from a poem by Samuel Taylor Coolidge. "Brave New World" is a nice insight into a rebirth of the world. "Dream of Mirrors" is my favorite track on the album. You can feel Dickinson's voice, and the guitar work of Gers, Smith, and Murray is supurb. Steve Harris shows he hasn't lost his ability to make some amazing songs. He's a reaslly brilliant song writter and knows how to utilize his band members' skills. "The Nomad" is the second strongest song in my opinion. It brings you back with a nice sound, and strong lyrics.
The album is 10 tracks, and runs well over an hour which makes this a great buy. The sound of the album is timeless, it meshes so much of the old style metal, classical works, and various other styles of music that you will have no choice but respect the band's ability, and fall in love with the music. Iron Maiden was a pioneer in the late 70's and have been on top of their game for over 30 years. You've got to love the fact that they could stay fresh and continue to progress for that long. UP THE IRONS!
Samuel Barker is Senior Editor and would like to thank John Rovnan for some critical info. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.