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Review: Iron Maiden - Brave New World
Iron Maiden
Brave New World

Label: EMI
Year released: 2000
Duration: 66:59
Tracks: 10
Genre: Heavy Metal


Review online: July 18, 2000
Reviewed by: Pierre Bégin
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Rated 4.2/5 (84%) (105 Votes)
Favorite songs : Ghost Of The Navigator, The Mercenary, Dream Of Mirrors, The Nomad

Finally, a new Iron Maiden album with the great Bruce Dickinson at the vocals and Adrian Smith on the guitars. I was eager to hear this album since Bruce had promised it would be a great record. Well, I'm not disappointed! I've been listening to it for a few weeks now and I love it!

The album starts off with " The Wicker Man ", a traditional Iron Maiden song. The chorus is very catchy. This is a good song to start a live show. Ghost Of The Navigator contains a lot of riffs and is excellent.

The title song is also very good, in spite of a lot of repetitions of the chorus. However, unlike Blaze who would often repeat a chorus on the same tone (e.g. The Clansman), Bruce varies a lot so it's not as irritating. I liked Blaze but Bruce is one of the best metal vocalists.

For me, Blood Brothers is one of the weakest songs on the album. The harmonies are there, but the song is way too long and seems to lack some punch.

The Mercenary is very heavy and catchy. Dreams Of Mirrors is typical Iron Maiden with a pretty slow verse and a very heavy chorus. I love those two songs.

The Fallen Angel is the heaviest and also the shortest one. In fact, there are only three songs on the album that are under six minutes in length!

The Nomad is my favorite. It is more than nine minutes long and I enjoy each and every seconds! :)  It is Eastern-sounding and has an excellent progression and a great chorus where Bruce gives his 100%. Some great Bruce on this one! The solos are also excellent.

Out Of The Silent Planet is the weakest song on the album. A lot of people have said they like it, but I just can't get into it. 

The Thin Line Between Love And Hate is a good song but maybe a little too long. A weird thing with this song is that the verses, rather than the chorus, have back vocals

Overall, an excellent return for Iron Maiden and their best album since Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son in 1988. I would have liked that the presence of three guitarists have been made more obvious, but the result is nonetheless excellent. Up the Irons!
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