Last update: 2022-06-10 18:03:10
 # of Visitors: 5138542
 Go Back 
 Top of List 
KP says: Iron Maiden : The Book of Souls   Rating: Rating: 3/6   
Updated: 2015-09-11 20:04:06    Type:  cd/vinyl review     English  View Comment Details   
The good news is that the new album sounds exactly like Iron Maiden has sounded more or less since their come-back with "Brave New World" in 2000. The bad news is that it's pretty impossible to tell the songs apart. It's a massive 1 hour and a half of only 11 very long songs that more or less sounds like the same song. There is not a single hit or a song you can remember afterwards or even a memorable chorus. That's quite an achievement! Or is it?

I've listened to the 2CD on repeat for some time now, and I must say that this is the weakest of the five Y2K+ albums. After his successful cancer treatment Bruce's voice is still in a fairly good shape and the band plays as well as they always do. But what good does it all do, when it's being used as it is here? I wouldn't exactly call it boring, because they are simply too awesome musicians to ever become that, but it's clearly much too much of much too little.

It's an album like this, that makes you long back to the first two Maiden albums with Paul Di'Anno, where it was all much more to the point and it was all pure punk-metal.

Next time, please shorten it down and try to make something I'll be able to sing-a-long to. I refuse to believe that especially Steve Harris has totally forgotten how to do that. The limited edition 2CD is designed as a little book with great artwork and all lyrics in it. At least that part is done right.

[2015, Parlophone]
Iron Maiden : The Book of Souls (cd/vinyl review)
Cd/vinyl reviews:
Iron Maiden - The Final Frontier  ♦  Demonaz - March Of The Norse  ♦  Accept - Blind Rage (cd) / Live in Chile 2013 (blu-ray)  ♦  Slægt : "Domus Mysterium"  ♦  Slægt : "The Wheel"  ♦  Iron Maiden - A Matter of Life and Death
Concert reviews:
Alice Cooper - Ballerup Super Arena - Denmark - 2007-11-29 - Live  ♦  Paul Dianno - The Rock, Copenhagen, Denmark - 2008-02-16 - Live  ♦  Iron Maiden - Valby Hallen - Copenhagen - 2006-11-10 (...and why Valby-Hallen should be demolished)  ♦  Wacken Open Air 2010 - W:O:A 2010  ♦  Roskilde Festival 2011 is over and here's a few afterthoughts  ♦  Slægt @ Pumpehuset, Byhaven - Copenhagen, Live, 2017-09-09
Music comments:
30 albums I would take with me to a galaxy far far way  ♦  25 albums I would take with me to a galaxy far far way  ♦  Albums - Top 1000 - Year 2021
Music photos:
Copenhell 2014 - Wednesday, Thursday, Friday  ♦  Paul DiAnno - Live @ The Rock, Copenhagen - Photos