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Final Frontier - Iron Maiden

1 CD(s) - Heavy Metal - Label: EMI Music Distribution - Distributor: Discovery; EMI Operations/CEVA Logistics, EMI Operations/CEVA Logistics - Release...

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Review of "Final Frontier - Iron Maiden"

published 04/09/2010 | Semtex07
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Pro A somewhat fresh sound while not forgetting their roots, good variety of style
Cons Sometimes Bruce Dickinson seems to struggle on some high notes
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Iron Maiden's 15th studio album The Final Frontier should satisfy most Iron Maiden fans. If you liked everything post Brave New World you should like The Final Frontier, which I think sounds like a mixture of the last 3 albums, but more melodic and progressive at times.

There is definitely more variation here, with The Alchemist sounding like a classic 80's Maiden song and Coming Home sounding similar to Bruce Dickinson's solo work. The album opener Satellite 15...The Final Frontier starts off with an interesting atmospheric intro, but later goes on to the main song which is rather generic, but enjoyable. The 2nd song El Dorado, while I think it goes on for a little too long, has a great lively guitar riff with a brilliant instrumental passage into the middle of the song, which reminds me of the Powerslave album. Mother Of Mercy sounds similar to the previous album A Matter of Life and Death, which features themes of war. A relatively slow but heavy song and more straightforward than the second half of the album.

From The Isle Of Avalon the album turns to a more progressive sound, with long intro's and there's some interesting note selection, lots of variation and innovative guitar work. Starblind starts off with a soft layered guitar melody which soon changes to a heavy riff. Throughout the song there is some interesting lead guitar in the background that sounds improvised, which gives a dynamic feel to the track. The Talisman starts of with acoustic guitar similar to that on The Legacy, however I feel on this song the intro could have been shorter. But once the song kicks in you find headbang worthy riffs, and while Bruce Dickinson seems to sound worn out at times, he still produces the great trademark operatic vocals.

The Man Who Would Be King, one of the strongest songs on the album, continues the trend of the long intro and features a great uplifting chorus. The album ends with When The Wild Wind Blows which is based on the novel When The Wind Blows, with themes of nuclear war. A very melodic song and quite up-beat at times despite the dark theme. The song is filled with variation with typical Maiden harmonies throughout, which all comes together naturally. A perfect closure for The Final Frontier and one of their best songs.

Overall its a great album but like a lot of other Iron Maiden albums you definitely need to give it a few listens to fully appreciate it. Especially on The Final Frontier with its complex layers and abundance of progressive songs. I highly recommend it to fans of Iron Maiden and heavy/progressive metal.

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  • Staffenburg published 05/09/2010
    These are a bit too heavy for me! Nicely written
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1 CD(s) - Heavy Metal - Label: EMI Music Distribution - Distributor: Discovery; EMI Operations/CEVA Logistics, EMI Operations/CEVA Logistics - Released: 16/08/2010 - 5099964777221

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