Dance of Death

Dance of Death

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by Iron Maiden
     
 

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Drummer Nicko McBrain kicks off Iron Maiden's 13th studio record with an uncharacteristic one-two-three-four before launching into the rousing opener, "Wildest Dreams." This bar-band sensibility permeates Dance of Death's first three refreshing yet unremarkable tracks before shifting into the more…  See more details below

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Drummer Nicko McBrain kicks off Iron Maiden's 13th studio record with an uncharacteristic one-two-three-four before launching into the rousing opener, "Wildest Dreams." This bar-band sensibility permeates Dance of Death's first three refreshing yet unremarkable tracks before shifting into the more familiar fantasy rock of previous releases. That shift begins with the remarkable "Montsegur," a brutal, melodic assault that recalls the group's glory days and showcases lead singer Bruce Dickinson at his venom-spitting best. The anthemic "New Frontier" is a musical sibling to the band's 1982 classic "Number of the Beast" and eclipses any doubt about the band's ability to keep up with the phantom specter of age. Despite the dark imagery and the ferocity of the performances, there's a looseness to the record that conveys a surreal sense of fun. They enjoy playing together, and that more than anything shines through on old-fashioned rockers like "No More Lies" and "Gates of Tomorrow." No Iron Maiden album would be complete without a Dungeons and Dragons-style epic, and they deliver on the hammy title track and the lush closer, "Journeyman." The group's innate ability to consistently cater to its fans' stubborn tastes, while maintaining a level of integrity that other veteran bands displace with unintentional Spinal Tap zeal, is a testament to its talent and experience. While the keyboard-heavy sound of their previous release, the excellent Brave New World, creeps into some of the more indulgent tracks, Dance of Death is a triumphant return to form for these heavy metal legends.

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Release Date:
09/09/2003
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0696998906129
catalogNumber:
89061

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Dance of Death 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
2003 Iron Maiden came back with a record named Dance of Death. I'm bought it , and believe me , 11 strong songs that capture the essence of Iron Maiden. Adding more classic Maiden stuff with the epic-folk oriented of the last album Brave New World should give one of the albums of 2003 easily the followup of 1988's Seventh Son of a Seventh Son. Old and New Maiden fans should get it. You won't be dissapointed.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album just plain ROCKS! It's like a breath of fresh air in between all the nu metal s*it and today's dispossable music. I can't really compare it to any other Maiden album because as all Maiden albums they are all different...this one's got a very fresh sound with elements of the old Maiden we know and love. Worth your money...and worth running out RIGHT NOW to get it, you WILL NOT be dissapointed.Killer lyrics and musical arrangements :)
Guest More than 1 year ago
Dance of Death is just non stop Iron Maiden from start to finish. This is every maiden album rolled into one. Steve Harris and co. did a fine,outstanding job with this number.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Iron maiden has once again proved that they are the best metal band ever on the face of the earth.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Don't listen to people who say this is their best since Seventh Son--in fact it's better. I'd put it up there with Powerslave and Piece of Mind. Almost every song has a kicka$$ solo (especially Dance of Death and Paschendale, two INCREDIBLE tracks--google "paschendale" to learn more about the bloody WWI battle that inspired the song). Bruce has never sounded better--he absolutely tears through "Montsegnur," another standout that can also be googled to learn more. So you end up getting some great songs AND a history lesson.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Leave it to these guys to put out an album the way heavy metal should be played. By that I mean with "GUITAR SOLOS"..........
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm sorry but this may be the best Maiden album to date. Every song, besides the lackluster Gates of tomorrow is amazing, ecpecially New Frontier, Montsegur and Wildest Dreams. For any Maiden Fan, new or old, this is the CD to buy!
Guest More than 1 year ago
How these guys keep cranking out such excellent tunes is a mystery...they seem unstoppable. Being one of their newest, Dance of Death shows no signs of Iron Maiden mellowing with edge. It's heavy all the way, less the final song which wraps up the album quite nicely in my opinion. I especially like the blazing guitar riffs...Iron Maiden was never notable in the early days for strong lead guitars, but DOD makes up for that. There seems to be one shortcoming, however: Bruce's voice sounds a bit ragged, like it's giving out on him. I found this to be the case on Matter of Life and Death as well.
marty8 More than 1 year ago
WOW these guys never miss.GREAT BOOK !!!! Agent Pendergast is the BEST. I turned my siter Beth on to him and she is HOOKED too
Anonymous More than 1 year ago