The Chemical Wedding [Bonus Tracks]

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All Music Guide - Eduardo Rivadavia
Like its consistently excellent and slightly superior predecessor, Accident of Birth, Bruce Dickinson's fifth solo effort, The Chemical Wedding, continued to provide a welcome sanctuary blatant reference intended for disgruntled Iron Maiden fans, suffering through the all-too-long mediocrity of the Blaze Bayley era. By avoiding the experimental pitfalls of prior solo outings to fully embrace his metallic origins, Dickinson -- the solo artist -- is at his creative peak on these two records. The importance of co-songwriter, producer, and guitarist Roy Z's guidance in this revival cannot be overstated, and reuniting with fellow Maiden alum Adrian Smith wasn't a bad idea ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Eduardo Rivadavia
Like its consistently excellent and slightly superior predecessor, Accident of Birth, Bruce Dickinson's fifth solo effort, The Chemical Wedding, continued to provide a welcome sanctuary blatant reference intended for disgruntled Iron Maiden fans, suffering through the all-too-long mediocrity of the Blaze Bayley era. By avoiding the experimental pitfalls of prior solo outings to fully embrace his metallic origins, Dickinson -- the solo artist -- is at his creative peak on these two records. The importance of co-songwriter, producer, and guitarist Roy Z's guidance in this revival cannot be overstated, and reuniting with fellow Maiden alum Adrian Smith wasn't a bad idea either. Muscular anthems such as "King in Crimson," "Killing Floor," and the title track manage to deliver with aggression, confidence, and, most importantly, a modern metal aesthetic sorely missing in Iron Maiden's efforts of the time. The album's second half does dip in quality somewhat, but a storming parting shot of "Machine Men" a classic Dickinson-Smith collaboration if there ever was one and "The Alchemist" which revisits the title track's main theme in Seventh Son fashion offer a worthy finale to this very impressive album. [The album was reissued in 2005 with three bonus tracks.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/21/2005
  • Label: Sanctuary Records
  • UPC: 060768639126
  • Catalog Number: 86391
  • Sales rank: 29,987

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 King in Crimson (4:43)
  2. 2 Chemical Wedding (4:06)
  3. 3 The Tower (4:45)
  4. 4 Killing Floor (4:29)
  5. 5 Book of Thel (8:14)
  6. 6 Gates of Urizen (4:25)
  7. 7 Jerusalem (6:42)
  8. 8 Trumpets of Jericho (5:58)
  9. 9 Machine Men (5:41)
  10. 10 The Alchemist (6:04)
  11. 11 Return of the King (5:06)
  12. 12 Real World (3:59)
  13. 13 Confeos (7:35)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Bruce Dickinson Primary Artist, Vocals
Arthur Brown Spoken Word
Adrian Smith Guitar, Keyboards, Soloist
Roy Z Guitar, Keyboards, Soloist
Eddie Cassillas Bass
Dave Ingraham Drums
Eddie Casillas Bass Guitar
Greg Schultz Keyboards
Technical Credits
William Blake Poetry, Cover Art
Joe Floyd Engineer
Stan Katayama Engineer
Roy Z Composer, Producer, Engineer
Hugh Gilmour Art Direction, Reissue Art
Nick Watson Mastering
Dave Ling Liner Notes
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    One of the best metal albums ever!

    Bruce Dickinson finally delivers the album any fan of 80's Iron Maiden would've hoped for on this one. It's heavy, fast, intelligent metal full of the mixture of philosophical/occult themes and excellent lyrics that put Dickinson above other metal vocalists (his vocals are also in excellent form here, unlike his post-80's work with Maiden). Roy Z's production and songwriting, combined with some heavily down-tuned guitars, give the album a more modern feel than Maiden's contemporaneos work, and this has all the energy musical excitement that seems lacking in their post-Adrian Smith work - - possibly because Smith is here and giving his excellent touch to the songs and playing.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Excellent album

    This expanded edition has three great bonus songs. As if Chemical Wedding really needed an expansion but the three extrra songs are worth listening to.

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