IRON MAIDEN - Dance Of Death
This assiduous sextet is now a British institution. Sticking to their
guns, the music and their fans worldwide. Essentially what you get here
is a collection of fine hard rock sounds, the metal almost falling away
- its retention guaranteed by the trademark Iron
From Harris's bass and the guitars of Murray, Smith & Gers to McBrain's
drums - lest we forget the essential ingredient of the Dickinson vocal
chords. Magic. Produced, recorded and mixed by SA born Kevin Shirley,
his production may be pulling back a little (compared to their previous
Brave New World release), while adding something gritty. That consistent
beat, melodic guitars & vocals with its old school flavour are irresistible,
giving the nu-metal kids something to go think about. This is pure Maiden
with historic, battle and metaphysical subjects in tact. The closest they
get to deviate is an AC/DC
hammer-on sound that can be heard on the opening of Gates Of Tomorrow.
The title track and Paschedale clocks in at over 8-minutes a piece.
Eddie is in Grim Reaper mode for the cover art with ghost-like half-naked
reminiscent masked ladies also included. Gunning since the 70's, the boys
still pack a punch. Where this album does not stand out as an explosively
triumphant classic like Powerslave, it does fit in well with the
band's overall repertoire. Anyone who believes
popularity is on a decline needs to wake up and smell the formaldehyde
- their recent 26 live dates saw them playing to close on million fans.
4 / B