Released as a double LP on black vinyl (180 g).
‘Dance Of Death’ is the thirteenth album by the British heavy metal band Iron Maiden. The album was released on 8th September 2003 via EMI and reached top two on the album charts in Great Britain as well as in Germany, where it managed to stay among the top 100 for eight weeks. The album placed at #19 in the charts in the USA and went gold in Germany in 2005.
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Tracklist - Dance of death
- 1. Wildest Dreams
- 3.No More Lies
- 5.Dance of Death
- 6.Gates of Tomorrow
- 1.New Frontier
- 3.Face in the Sand
- 4.Age of Innocence
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Dance Of Death is, appropriately enough, the band's thirteenth (woah...spooky) studio album and more than justifies their longevity. Always a band with a fearsome live reputation, this outing finds them playing at the top of their game and bringing a fair amount of that live prowess into the studio. Producer Kevin Shirley has spoken of them as being 'the last of the naturally moving rock bands', and DOD seems to bear this out. The whole thing has an almost organic feel to it with the rhythm section of drummer Niko McBrain (crazy name, dude) and bass player (and main writer) Steve Harris providing a rock solid backing for the three (count 'em) guitarist's fretboard fury, and Bruce Dickinsons operatic yowls.
Lest it be forgotten, this band have now been around, in one form or another, since 1976. Once considered the young pups of NWOBHM, Maiden now show youngsters how it's done. Dickinson has never sounded better (maybe his day job as a BBC DJ is good for the vocal chords?) and relative new boy Janick Gers (only with the band for thirteen years!) seems intent on cramming in as many wild solos as he can muster. From McBrain's count in on ''Wildest Dreams'' to the last poignant chords of ''Journeyman'', DOD displays a rude energy that would shame the Darkness.
Song lyrics reflect the overall epic feel. War (''Paschendale''), religious martyrdom (''Montsegur'') and, of course, death and horror (''Dance Of Death'') all get the Maiden treatment. The only real lowpoint comes with ''Age Of Innocence'' whose lyrics seem ripped directly from the letters page of the Daily Express.
No matter. Maiden have always survived by ignoring fickle fashion and giving their loyal minions exactly what they want; all wrapped in the obligatory cover featuring deaths head mascot, Eddie. With Dance Of Death they won't have one dissatisfied customer.
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Based on the opinion of previous reviewers, we can safely conclude that the album is very ambiguous. Someone considers it a new milestone in the development of the group's style, someone perceives it as, sorry for the indiscretion, a hybrid of "The X-Factor" and "Brave New World". The problem is not whether the group could, after so many years, bring something new into the musical genre created by their hands and the hands of their colleagues from the distant 80's, and certainly not how skillfully they "rehash" their own ideas, But rather in their ability to maintain a stable, time-tested path of development and presentation of material. The fact remains that stability has always been with them. For 27 years they have been following a number of rules: most of the songs are written in E-minor, harmonic progressions have not changed for a long time, the melody and the general mood of many compositions hint at each other, but ... After all, everyone is listening! Even after so much time, this is perceived as a revelation, as the next chapter in the history of a group of glorious British people who managed to change musical standards in a different direction and at the same time leave a rich heritage for the next generation of young enthusiasts whose minds and hearts continue to seek, Be aware ... Say what, yes - it's just another album from Iron Maiden!
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