Tyranny of Soulsby Bruce Dickinson
Bruce Dickinson has been one of (if not the) leading voice of heavy metal -- possessing one of the genre's most instantly recognizable singing styles (there's a reason why they used to call him 'the Air Raid Siren'). Reuniting with Iron Maiden in the late '90s, Dickinson's solo career took a back seat as a result of non-stop recording and gigging. But with Maiden taking a break after their tour in support of Dance of Death wrapped up, Dickinson was finally left with enough time to work on his first solo recording in seven years. Hooking up once more with co-collaborator, guitarist, and producer Roy Z, Tyranny of Souls signals Dickinson's solo return. Expectedly, Dickinson's Maiden roots run deep, and quite a few songs resemble the style of his full-time band -- especially "Mars Within" and "Power of the Sun." But there are other times where Dickinson injects styles that wouldn't fit on a Maiden record -- a piano breakdown in "Kill Devil Hill" and the acoustic guitar- and voice-driven ditty, "Navigate the Seas of the Sun." Also, it must be said that Dickinson's voice is as strong as ever -- years of road and studio work have not diminished his skills in the slightest. Tyranny of Souls will satisfy the appetites of most Maiden fans until their next album appears.
- Release Date:
- Jvc Japan
Performance CreditsBruce Dickinson Primary Artist,Vocals
Raymond Burke Bass
David Moreno Drums
Juan Perez Bass,Bass Guitar
Roy Z Bass,Guitar
Maestro Mistheria Keyboards
Ray Burke Bass Guitar
Technical CreditsBruce Dickinson Composer
Stan Katayama Engineer
Roy Z Composer,Producer,Engineer
Hugh Gilmour Art Direction
Rod Smallwood Management
Hatsukazu "Hatch" Inagaki Engineer
Jeff Wakolbinger Engineer
Hans Memling Cover Painting
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Well, I got this one before buying The Chemical Wedding. I was hoping it was gonna be good since it is his newest output but it lacks fresh sound and none of the tracks shine. I have all of Bruce's albums except Chemical, and this one is not very good. I like his others better (except for Tattooed Millionaire which was his first solo album and just plain lame... I never thought he would be glam). Anyhow, Tyranny of Souls is basically boring and when I play it it's not like I am telling myself, "Now let me put on this bad-ass Dickinson album". I will still buy Chemical though. At least I know it has a good track on it, 'The Tower', which is also a very cool music video (it has that creepy Accident of Birth Punch marionette in it, hahaha). Maybe after awhile and I play Tyranny enough, I will learn to like it. I believe Skunkworks was a good album... it definately has a very unique sound as compared to Balls to Picasso and Accident, that Dickinson hasn't repeated. Balls and Accident are on par with each other as far as how good an album they are, they both rock out well. And Tattooed has its own unique sound too as it is his only glam album, but who wants to hear Bruce singing glam? He must have been lost when he started his solo career out with it, lol.
I've been waiting for a solo effort from Bruce for too long and this was worth the wait. It's like Chemical Wedding but some of the themes on the songs seem darker. But it's a great album for Bruce and Roy Z.