Sound — 10
This is what you would expect from these British Metal Legends: Massivly loud and inticate Bass playing from the bands main song writer and founding member Steve Harris, Spectacular drumming from one of the masters of the kit, Mr Nicko McBrain and lastly and most prominantly some of the most ellaberate, over the top, exciting and tight guitar playing in the world. I am of course talking about Adrian Smith, Dave Murray and Janick Gers, the 3 (yes count them 3) guitar players in the band. The sound of this band can be described as Metal of the finest quality by some of it's finest disciples. The entire album, apart from parts of the last song is in E Minor yet every song is distinguishable and individiual for more than one reason. The Artwork is great on this album as well, the picture of Eddie on the back of the case is perhaps the best drawing of Iron Maiden's cartoon friend of many faces.
Lyrics — 10
This could have been a concept album if the songs had been aranged in a different order. The lyrics are all deep, thought provoking and traditional very good. The best songs lyrically are the single (Reincarnation Of Benjamin Breeg), "These Colours Don't Run" and the epic "For The Greater Good Of God". The all represent a lyrical skill that has been honed in nearly 30 Years of writing some of the countries finest Metal. The lyrics perfectly suit the heavy nature of the songs. Bruce Dickinson is the single best singer currently in Metal as well as an aviation expert and novelist and a world class fencer. His Operatic screams and the loud angry growls make sure that if you didn't know that Iron Maiden were at the top of their game in all departments then he would make you sure of that basic and obvious fact.
Overall Impression — 10
Different World is another one of those Iron Maiden album starters that is fast, simple but good lyrically and written by Adrian Smith. The riff is brilliant and it has one of those wonderful choruses that is instantly recongnisable. These Colours Don't Run is inspired by the disgraceful incident at Ozzfest which led themselves and current tour buddies Trivium to be kicked off the tour in 2005 mixed in with the life of soldier fighting in forigen territories. The Intro is wonderful but the true highlight of the song is the brilliant singing by Dickinson. Brighter than a Thousand Suns is Epic, techincally astounding and perhaps the heaviest thing the band has produced. Nicko and Adrian are the stars of this show which a monsterous riff and a special performance on the drums by Mr Mcbrain It is one of the highlights of the album, perhaps the highlight. The Pilgrim is obviously about Jesus. But it is not so much an anti religon as anti the man. It has lots of galloping rhythms and is the first song on the album written by Janick Gers, the first one not written by Adrian Smith. The Longest Day is long, loud and technically sound, Dave Murray's solo (the tone is so easily recongnisable as him) is brilliant. Out of the Shadows is shortish comapred to some of the songs but the acoustic electric bit is very prog rock-ish. It is deep lyrically and one of Bruce Dickinson's best compisitions. Most people know the Lez Zepplin esque riffs and solos of the album's first single and only Dave Murray songwriting contribution The Reincarnation of Benjamin Breeg and it is one of the album highlights. The only nigle I have with this song is quietness of the intro, it is too quiet. For The Greater Good Of Good is epic in every way, the best Guitar solos, some of the mightiest riffs and brilliant lyrics and brilliant bass work by Steve Harris. Lord Of Light is so expansive lyrically and musically it must have taken a very long time to write. The last Track is the first and only song in a different key in the whole album (and that's only part of the song) and it is long, epic and in parts extremly "proggy" and strange. Overall this album is worth the three year wait. It is one of the greatest, if not the single greatest albums in concieved. The accumilation of all of Iron Maiden's member changes and 26 years of Metal have peaked in this one massive record that once again, if ever needed, that the best Metal band in Britian is at it's best and the tour will be awesome if the studio effort has this amount of quality tinged in it. Long live Iron Maiden.