Sound — 10
This is another album that secured the reputation of one of the worls most revered metal bands: Iron Maiden. This is also the last album written until "Brave New World" that has master rhythm player Adrian Smith in the band. Which also explains why he basically runs the shows with some brilliant riffs, galloping rhythms, awesome harmonies and mind blowing solos that bambozle the mind and errode the fingers. But that doesn't mean that the rest of the band is foresaken. There is no Iron Maiden without Dave Murray and Steve Harris and both display thier talents and song writing abilities to the fullest on this recrd as well. Nicko McBrain also diaplys a massive ability with some truly enormous breats. The Synthisiser, which is played by Steve Harris is occasional but awesome.
Lyrics — 10
Bruce Dickinson just seems unable to disapoint anyone, from the screams of "The Evil That Men Do" to the evil scowls and high notes of "Can I Play With Madness" and the simple evil displayed in "Only The Good Die Young" shows a man fully knowing that he is the best singer in the world and willing to show that ability off at every oppotunity. The lyrics he gets to sing are genius, from the questioning "Infinte Dreams" to the epic title track and the helpless sounding "Only The Good Die Young" displaying some of the most creative minds in all of musical history.
Overall Impression — 10
Moonchild starts with the Seven Deadly sins bit and launches into a blistering album opener with a great synth opener and guitar solo. Infinite Dreams is a song with lots of intresting key changes and a couple of short by masterful guitar solos. The Rhythm playing in this song is particularly impressive. Can I Play With Madness would have been better as an acoustic song but nonetheless it is one of Iron Maiden's more popular songs with a massive chorus. The Evil That Men Do is a blistering display of rhythm playing, one of the finest moments of Adrian Smith's carrear. Bruce is also excellent and the chorus is one of the mightyest in the bands catalouge of big choruses. The Title Track is 10 Minutes long and has some truly insane riffs and masterfull lyrics. Steve Harris should be proud of this masterpeice of a song. Prophercy is Dave Murray's song writting contribution to the album and it shows with a beautiful intro followed by a crushing verse with lots of key changes and some excellent acoustic guitaring at the end. The Clarvoyiant is the track that could have been much longer because it could have had a at least anothe verse and a couple more riffs, still awesome anyway. Its not often the album ender is the highlight but that is the case in the mighty Only The Good Die Young. The Riffs are spectacular, the chorus is mind-blowing and the solos are truly show stopping. Overall this is an excellent record that evryone should buy, if you are a casual fan, a fanatic a singer, a guitar or bass player, a drummer or even just a fan of rock music in general. It is so incredibly heavy that it is painful and so technical it hurts the brain. The latest 2 albums and "Powerslave" and "Number Of The Beast" are better but this is very close. A stunning recrd that all should hear.