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Brave New World

Brave New World

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by Iron Maiden

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When Bruce Dickinson quit Iron Maiden to go solo eight years ago, many thought the band would break up. Bassist, songwriter, and founding member Steve Harris soldiered on with replacement vocalist Blayze Bayley for two albums and several tours, but much of the magic was gone. Then, in 1999, metal dreams came true when Dickinson


When Bruce Dickinson quit Iron Maiden to go solo eight years ago, many thought the band would break up. Bassist, songwriter, and founding member Steve Harris soldiered on with replacement vocalist Blayze Bayley for two albums and several tours, but much of the magic was gone. Then, in 1999, metal dreams came true when Dickinson rejoined the band for a greatest-hits tour. Guitarist Adrian Smith also returned, swelling the Maiden guitar army to three axe grinders. BRAVE NEW WORLD hearkens back to such classic semi-concept albums as POWERSLAVE and SOMEWHERE IN TIME. The long songs (most over six minutes) tell tales of swords, sorcery, and future worlds in chaos. The patented Iron Maiden harmony guitar leads soar atop the galloping rhythm section of Harris and drummer Nicko McBrain. There are even some (uh-oh) keyboards and symphonic sections, but they are, thankfully, not overbearing. Bruce's air-raid siren pipes have lost none of their power, and he delivers every word with conviction. Some might turn their pierced noses up at Iron Maiden, but the fans who have patiently waited for this return will love it. Up the Irons!

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All Music Guide - Eduardo Rivadavia
The return of Iron Maiden's "classic" Dickinson/Harris/Murray/Smith/McBrain lineup (plus third guitarist Janick Gers) in 1999 led to an incredibly successful world tour that saw the New Wave of British Heavy Metal legends commanding stages with the same unmitigated power and authority as they had during their mid-'80s heyday. But the question remained as to whether the reconstituted group would be able to carry this momentum into a studio setting and recapture the songwriting chops of its glory years. This question made Brave New World one of the most highly anticipated metal releases of 2000, and thankfully, the eventual answer to that question was a resounding "YES!" In fact, the album pretty much picked up right where the "classic" lineup had left off on 1988's Seventh Son of a Seventh Son: with a faithful rediscovery of Iron Maiden's best-loved sonic aesthetic and compositional quirks, updated only insofar as was necessary to measure up to new-millennium recording standards. In every other respect (and much like Seventh Son of a Seventh Son), Brave New World's meticulously orchestrated three-guitar attack still allowed for a greater sense of space than early Maiden albums (as well as the use of subtle keyboard textures in a supporting role), while boasting a beefier, in-your-face mix à la Piece of Mind or Powerslave. The remarkable pipes of singer Bruce Dickinson actually seemed to have benefited from a less grueling touring schedule over the previous decade, and his renewed songwriting partnership with bassist Steve Harris (and other assorted bandmembers) yielded several new Maiden live standards such as punchy first single, "The Wicker Man," and the positively anthemic title track. Also worthy of special mention were Harris' emotional solo copyright, "Blood Brothers," Adrian Smith's distinctive solo licks throughout "The Fallen Angel," and six-string stalwart Dave Murray's Arabian-flavored contributions to "The Nomad." These highlights notwithstanding, a more lucid appraisal revealed that Brave New World was no Number of the Beast, once the initial euphoria died down. But as comeback albums go, its excellence was undeniable, and announced not only Iron Maiden's triumphant return, but an important turning point in heavy metal's long, arduous climb back to respectability after years of critical abuse.

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Brave New World 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
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More than twenty years in the business is a lot for a band or any musician for that matter. The trend these days is to produce gimmick artists that are here now and gone tomorrow. These artists should be as voltile as the audience that listens to them. How do you explain it then that a band of more than 20 years still has the ability to turn heads and receive much appraise in a music medium considered these days as good as dead. This is Iron Maiden, perhaps, the greatest metal band to ever grace the industry since their inception in basssist Steve Harris's mind. Their new album comes fresh off their last somwhat brooding two albums. It seems with their classic vocalist of more than 10 years, Bruce Dickinson, IM tried to break new ground with a different singer, that can be considered the opposite coin of Bruce's, Blaze Bayley. While Bruce was optimistic, Blaze was down right brroding. When Bruce was operatic, Blaze was churning through as if menacing in catacombs with the dead. This change received great downright reviews for the band, whch the band answered back in their song Virus. Harris knew that things were not going too well with his little band of misfits. Harris loves what he does and loves what his band has achieved throughout and just did not want to see everything wasted through that. He somehow tries top cajole Bruce back and it works. I don't know why Bruce left Maiden to continue as a solo artist, but bringing him back sure brought the magic. Bruce has matured in his own stance and was ready to bring on the needed, 'fresher' blood into the band that made him famous to this day. The ace under Bruce's sleeve was to bring in old bandmate Adrian Smith, who has been touring with him during his last couple of albums into the foray of IM once again. The band already had Janik Gers as a member and kicking him out just because Adrian was coming showed a sign of disrespect to an artist that has witnessed IM's up and down and been with them in their hour of need. This brought a tally of three guitars in the band. Their new album, Brave New World, is vintage Maiden. It has the right amount of melody, the right amount of riffs and the right amount dedication by all band memebers. All of them, with the exception of Nicko, played a role in devising the songs and though Harris is credited more than anyone in that album, it was great the amount of time and dedication the old new members were dishing out. This produced an album that takes off slow and progresses into a jamming 67 minutes that just can't be topped. There are people who say that Maiden's album is not classic as their old ones. It may seem true at the beginning, but these songs' lyrics have a much more mature tone to them. The band had the creative control of bringing out the best sound of metal at a time when the once old speed metal bands were experimenting with hard rock/pop. The highlight of the album can very well be the song NOMAD, which hold a very strong connection to POWERSLAVE. The middle piece of guitar is beautiful sounding that it can pump you up or relax you according to whatever you are feeling at the time. It sends you on a feeling that you're on a horse and ready to kick some gluteus maximus and take names later. All in all the album is great, music wise and lyric wise. The downside of everything is the fact that people tend to compare all the guitarist and hold a negative look upon Gers. All the guitarists have their own styles and though Dave and Adrian go well together with their solos, Gers just is the most spontaneous and willing to break new grounds with his music. He is very underrated in the eyes of many IM fans and have him as the reason for the band's downfall, where he truly did not. Most of the albums songs were written by him when compared to those written by the other guitarists. The boys still have a lot more in their heads that can insure us that there will be many great albums to come. These guys love their job and
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It was to be the great comeback: Iron Maiden, the fallen champions of heavy metal, reunited with lead singer Bruce Dickinson and guitarist Adrian Smith, just like the good old days. Fans around the world spent months on the edge of their seats, their flames of anticipation carefully fed by the band's well-lubricated PR apparatus turned internet website. Millions of headbangers, earthdogs, rivet heads and metal maniacs everywhere just aching to behold their heroes explosively emerging out of a decade of decadence, with an album that would do the twofold job of recapturing the glory of the past and blazing a new trail for the future. And now it's here: 'Brave New World'. My GOD what a disappointment! Behind the incredible artwork (Derek Riggs is back too¿) is an album full of Maiden's debilitated formulas and cliches, with nothing to testify that any change has taken place with the band's return to its most eminent line-up. All we are presented with are the same expectable chord movements worn out by endless repetition, the same rhythm changes which were once groundbreaking but are now just another regularity, and the same pseudo-dramatic lyrics which contain ever more words but carry ever less meaning. Since 1987's 'Seventh Son of a Seventh Son', Iron Maiden has gradually lost its creative forces and sunk into the doldrums. To the frustration of many of its devout fans, the band abdicated the very thing that made it so good for many years: the ability to do something different and original with each album. Many a seasoned aficionado will remember taking a new release home with his heart beating, playing it for the first time (preferably in full volume) and being left gaping and stunned by another amazing tour-de-force. In their days of grandeur Maiden were always sure to get you where you least expected it, whether with an entirely new sound, potent and melodic guitar solos, or lyrics that sent your imagination soaring. But since then they have found their formula, settled down and produced a series of mediocre albums that leave you with very little to take away with you. The uniqueness is gone: one could shuffle all the tracks of the past few albums and never know the difference. The return of Dickinson and Smith, along with their impeccable musicianship, was supposed to change all that. And the new triple lead guitar line-up even promised new opportunities for stretching the limits of harmony and virtuosity. But Iron Maiden fails to deliver in either sphere. Not that the album is entirely displeasing: Dickinson's voice is still made of steel; Smith, Dave Murray and Janick Gers can still grind their axes like few others; Steve Harris is still an incredible bassist and Nicko McBrain can even show off some newly acquired double bass-drum technique. Some of the tracks carry a mean beat while others, especially the longer ones, are even reasonably interesting. But overall there is no new gospel for the initiated: Maiden proves once again that it has found its fatuous place on the musical map, and is sticking to it with the bullheadedness of an old grenadier. Since its origins, heavy metal was meaningless without innovation. From Led Zeppelin and Deep Purple's rendering of anything from blues to bluegrass in the 70's; through Iron Maiden and Metallica's use of euphony and guitar solos in the 80's; and up to Marlyn Manson's indictment of decadence or Limp Bizkit's Rap-metal today - the marked feature of a good band has always been the drive to test new waters, to remain ever fresh and on the cutting edge. Those who couldn't either went commercial, spawning an entire genre of fake-metal which was no more than pop tunes with guitar distortion, or went standard - and lost ground to those who still had the fire. It is my sad judgement that Iron Maiden have taken the latter road. Perhaps it is time for them to honourably step down, having bequeathed an immense contribution to the revolution of rock, and leave the future to th
Guest More than 1 year ago
Iron Maiden's Brave New World is an amazing album. It definitely is their best album since Fear of the Dark. Bruce Dickinson's voice is in top form, the drums are really good, the guitars have a classic sound, and the keyboards add a lot to the classic sound that we Maiden fans know and love. I urge all Maiden fans to get this cd.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Although I liked Maiden's albums in the 90's, I felt they weren't up to par with their earlier masterpieces (although Bruce's solo albums with Adrian Smith were - especially the Chemical Wedding). This CD finally reaches their standards - I think as much due to guitarist Adrian Smith returning as Bruce, I must say! I bought this CD when it came out in 2000 and loved it, and it sounds as good now (maybe better). There's a lot of good melodies, both vocal and instrumental, as well as great riffs and rockin' metal. Maiden drift towards the prog-rock influenced stuff like "Seventh Son" a lot here, and it makes for interesting and enjoyable listening.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you are like me (a Maiden fan who has been wondering where the great metal band went after 'Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son'), then RUN out to get this disc. Bruce and Adrian are back, giving the band a THREE guitar attack (Blaze is gone, thank goodness). It is Maiden in classic form. The songs have that Maiden stamp, yet they are evolved enough to not consider this a rehash of past albums. And it is the best sounding album they've done, very clean yet very heavy. AWESOME !!!!!
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Like most people, I was turned off by Blaze-era Maiden, and I was very disapointed with their last four studio efforts. But Brave New World is just that, an incredible journey through both classic Maiden nostalgia and modern sound. The album's 1st single, the Wicker Man, is energetic with the classic Maiden sound, but the marathon songs Blood Brothers and Out of the Silent Planet both have a new, modern feeling to them. But then The Nomad could easily have fit into Piece of Mind or Powerslave era without anyone blinking an eye. Maiden has both matured and improved their musical ability. The three guitars works nicely, and the only song that sounds cluttered is The Mercenary. But even that song is good. Unlike their last 4 albums, there isn't a SINGLE throw-away or filler song. I'm utterly amazed. If you're a lapsed Maiden fan, then it's time to check them out again. I definitly recommend this. If I could, I'd give it 6 stars. This is their best album to date.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Wicker Man has risen up again!!! Although I liked The X-Factor and Future XI, I'm bowing to Horace like a powerslave with many thanks that Bruce and Adrian are back. Can you imagine Iron Maiden having 3 guitars exploding on stage with such great songs as The Trooper and Aces High? Brave New World, although not their best in a line up of excellent albums, was still a very good CD. Maiden fans will love The Ghost of the Navigator and The Wicker Man. Blood Brothers was another good song, full of hot guitar playing. This album's lyrics are like the past Maiden works with Steve Harris at his best. I'm just hoping that, now the greatest Metal band is back together, they'll stay together. Maiden was suffering with Blaze at the microphone and will only flourish with Bruce. ''You'll take my life but I'll take yours too ... you'll fire your musket but I'll run you through...'' They are simply the best. Up the irons!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of the few CD's I have where I can pop it in and play it all the way through without needing to filter through bad filler-songs. Every song has its own great feel, and the emotion is something you won't find in all the cookie-cutter bands going around today. This is definitely a MUST HAVE for anyone who ever liked a Maiden song... Heck, anyone who ever liked a ROCK song should have this album; you won't regret it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Brave New World marks the return of Maiden, and its their best yet! If you liked 'Powerslave', you'll love 'Brave New World!'
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you like Iron Maiden, then you should get this album. Because it has such good tracks such as The Wicker Man, Dream of Mirrors, Brave New World and The Nomad. At least those are my favourites from the album, but each person have their tastes in which are the best. But still, this is definitely one for the collecion.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I listen to death/black metal but iron maiden rules! When I bought this I loved it and I ended up buying just about all of them!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have been a 'Maiden fan for 16 years... this album is a TREMENDOUS effort. All of the songs, really flow, and have the *classic* Maiden sound. I was impressed with Bruces solo work, with Chemical Wedding, and Accident of Birth; Brave New World shows yet more progression, by the band as a whole. GET this CD... it is worth every penny, and then some!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Yes, you got it right; this is a landmark album for Iron Maiden just as much as Powerslave, Somewhere In Time and 7:th son were at the time. Infact, as noted in other rewiews world wide, Brave New World sounds like a natural development - the direction the band could've taken after 1988's 7'th son. The songs on Brave New World are very dynamic, powerful and sooo Iron Maiden'ish. The Mega-hype this album has received is not without cause: it is a very solid and well produced album with great mucisianship, but also a brilliant display of masterful songwriting. Singer Bruce Dickinson has never (in my opinion) sounded better and each of the three guitarists shine with playfulness and artistery in their solos. Perhaps one of the most noticeable things for us old fans is the songwriting-contribution of guitarist Dave Murray, who no longer takes the backseat in that department. The rythm-section, with bassist Steve Harris and drummer Nicko McBrain, is solid as a rock, as usual. But we must not forget to congratulate producer and engineer Kevin 'Caveman' Shirley for a job well done. Managing three guitarplayers and making it fit with everything else is not an easy task, but like magic, everything is crystal clear in the mix. This is easily one of the best metal albums of this year. Up The Irons!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago