New Iron Maiden Album

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  1. RabidYak

    RabidYak Go Ninja Go Ninja Go

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    So have any of the other metal folks here picked up A Matter of Life and Death? I got my copy at the start of the week and i'm having difficulty getting into it, something which hasent happened with a Dickenson led album since NPFTD.

    Not that its actually bad or anything, it just seems like a remarkably autopilotish album by Maiden standards. The songs don't really have anything that makes them stand out from eachother and it isn't helped by the fact that they've gone even further down the route of making an album full of longer songs, depriving the listner of much needed fast pace material and a big epic that stands out from everything else.

    I'll reserve final judgemnt until i've had another week with it, but at this point i'd say that its the weakest of the 3 releases from the current line up by a considerable margin.
     
  2. Hook

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    It's out in the UK already, but won't come out in North America until September 5. From what I've heard so far (well, 2 songs) it sounds generic. Not bad, but nothing really stands out.

    Brave new World remains my fave Dickinson-comeback Maiden album.
     
  3. KA

    KA PENIS GOES WHERE?!!

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    i didnt listen to iron maiden but i did wear and eddie shirt, so yeah, i'm a poser.
     
  4. Blunticon

    Blunticon The Oddjob

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    Its getting good reviews and doing well on the charts. The new Deicide album has now ranked no.11 on the billboard charts. Quite impressive..
     
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    Iron Maiden's albums are about as consistent as episodes of the G1 cartoon.
     
  6. Dusty

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    I'm a huge Maiden/Dickinson fan, so I've been listening to it pretty much constantly all week.

    I disagree that it's autopilot/generic, personally....but that's just me. It's not an instant grab you kind of album. Definitely a grower. After listening to it as much as I have, I can definitely say it's one of their best albums in years.

    While it doesn't have a song that just nails you the first time you hear it (although I do really like the radio edit of Breeg without the slow intro) like some of the older albums, it also doesn't have any songs that are skippable (imo), unlike Dance of Death which definitely had some fillers. I won't say it's as good as Brave New World (one of my all time favorite albums) quite yet, because it's too early, but I think it's way better than Dance of Death. I don't really compare it to their old stuff, btw, because it's just a different sound and I don't think it's fair to do that. You can wish for a Powerslave or a SSoaSS all you want, but that just isn't going to happen. So I rate them based off of what the album is and I enjoy it quite a bit.

    Plus, I will admit I like pretty much anything Dickinson sings so I am fairly biased. As for favorites on the album? Well Breeg is pretty much classic to me at this point. I also really like "These Colours Don't Run", "Brighter than a 1000 suns", "The Longest Day" and "For the Greater Good of God".

    Now gimme the new Priest and Halford albums and I should be good to go for the next couple years...

    -Dusty
     
  7. Brave Magnus

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    Excellent news!!!!
     
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    Blunticon The Oddjob

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    Whoa there buddy!! Maiden is one of the most infulential metal bands ever. Opinions are opinions but cmon. All maiden albums rule.. Number of the beast, Piece of mind, Somewhere in time..etc..
     
  9. Darth Fitch

    Darth Fitch Herald of Golobulus

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    I like it a LOT. The Pilgrim is okay, not my favorite, but the album as a whole has a lot of nice riffs. More heavy riff driven than previous albums.
    "Benjamin Breeg" totally surprised me with it's Metallica like rythyms.

    I LOVE the intro/outro riffs to "These Colours Don't Run".
     
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    I might pick it up in a few weeks, are the sample tracks on their website?
     
  11. Blunticon

    Blunticon The Oddjob

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    If you like Maiden, you will like this one.
     
  12. Dusty

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    Yeah, I mean you can like an album less than other albums or something, but it's still Maiden and it's still better than most of the other shit out there right now.

    -Dusty
     
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    Dusty with the quote of the year!
     
  14. Blunticon

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    Bands evolve through time. They will always have a certain sound but its good to have changes in the music. There is alot of good music out there these days, being it be underground or mainstream.
     
  15. Chaos Muffin

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    Maybe Dickenson has been spending too much time in that fencing outfit poking people.
    I pretty much bailed right after the album with Tailgunner on it.

    I still think Steve Harris is one of the best bassist on the planet though.
     
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    I like the album, but its all.... apologetic, and biblical... i dunno thats just the impression i get from it. All in all though it has a classic maiden sound so i still like it.
     
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    Truer words have not been spoken since the Charmin Ultra "less is more" ad.
     
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    I've heard the entire album and I dig it. The last song "The Legacy" is trying REALLY hard to be an epic, but fails.
     
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