Released as a double LP on black vinyl (180 g).
‘The Final Frontier’ is the British heavy metal band Iron Maiden’s fifteenth studio album. It was released on 13th August 2010 in Europe and on 17th August 2010 in North America. ‘The Final Frontier’ was produced once again by Kevin Shirley with the support of co-producer Steve Harris. The lyrics are mostly centred on themes from science fiction. The average song length of almost eight minutes is the longest so far in the history of the band. The cover artwork for the album was created by Melvyn Grant, who created the artwork for ‘Fear Of The Dark’, ‘Virtual XI’ and ‘Death On The Road’.
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Tracklist - The final frontier
- 1.Satellite 15... The Final Frontier
- 2.El Dorado
- 3.Mother of Mercy
- 4.Coming Home
- 5.The Alchemist
- 6.Isle of Avalon
- 8.The Talisman
- 9.The Man Who Would Be King
- 10.When the Wild Wind Blows
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After 15 albums and being one of the most recognisable bands in heavy metal, Iron Maiden need no introduction. Iron Maiden is a band that takes its themes, concepts, and lyrical content very seriously, and on this album there is no exception. This album runs a gauntlet of songs about space, whether it's exploring it or being stranded in it. And there are also a lot of themes about going home and missing loved ones; kind of about being away from where you're used to being.
The two best tracks are without a doubt "When the Wild Wind Blows" and "The Talisman". The former is an 11 minute epic that reminds you of Maiden's classic epics that you'd listen to all day. Plenty of style changes, gripping and unsettling lyrics, and Bruce's voice is just unbelievably amazing on it. The middle of the song reminds one of "The End" by The Beatles, where everyone gets a chance to solo, and the slightly Celtic sounding riff that sounds a bit like the intro to "No More Lies". The latter is on the same level as Hallowed- yes you heard me right. Beginning with a soft sea shanty about leaving a less fortunate land for a better future, the song kicks into high gear heavy metal and some stunning vocal deliveries from Bruce prove the man is nowhere near done yet. Galloping bass, guitar riffs that display true musicianship and Nicko's galloping drums only complement the amazing voice work from Bruce, and the lyrics that tell of a ship lost in a hurricane create an intense and horrifying film in your head, and how the story goes on, you hope this boat of misfits survives.
Maiden really haven't done anything radical in terms of sound changes throughout their career. And why should they? They've gotten this far without receiving any mainstream help. They are in their middle age and they just want to have fun and sing about coming home from far off places. Why shouldn't they? I mean, they sell out arenas and stadiums all over the world. They have fans as young as six years old. You go to a concert and see people ages 8 to 80. Obviously Maiden still have lots left in their tank, which is far from empty. Aerosmith or Judas Priest couldn't release an album this consistent if they wanted to. And it shows how relevant they've managed to stay through the years. This is Maiden showing to us that they still matter, and that they can rock if they want to. It's full of class and skill only Maiden could show.
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The metal classics have returned to recall what a real British heavy is, and how to play it. Iron Maiden ... magic words for a connoisseur of heavy music. The group, which became a cultural phenomenon, gained world success and actually established itself in the mainstream, simply creating amazing music, while never changing its style. They did not play punk when he dominated the British scene, did not flirt with glam when he was in fashion, did not "cut" grunge and nu-metal when it was so relevant. In this case, some compositions created by the genius of Steve Harris and Co., in the musical plan simply plug all the directions listed above (with all due respect to glam!). The only thing that divided the IM fans is the group's experiments with the program and the overall complexity of the music after Brave New World (or even after The X Factor, if you like). On "AMOLAD" these experiments reached their climax and I was personally forced to doubt their expediency. Too overwhelmed and difficult to perceive, the music turned out. And there was no reason to believe that "The Final Frontier" will be written in a different way. Fortunately, the fears were not confirmed.
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