Iron Maiden – The Final Frontier (Sony Legacy) – CD review –
Let me start out by saying that I have been an Iron Maiden fan since the beginning. The band has had many lineups over the years but none more successful than the current one. The new album, The Final Frontier, is the bands most successful chart topper to date reaching number one in 39 countries.
The 2011 tour will surely be one for the record books and a tour not to be missed. Check Iconfetch for tour information near you. The band has even given us a free Final Frontiers Flash Game to play while we listen to the new album. Check it out… http://www.thefinalfrontiergame.com/ . While I fly my space ship around and shoot stuff, let me talk about the the new release. First track- ‘The Satellite 15’ is an epic intro that will play out great for live shows, different almost tribal drum beats and electronic sounding bass play for four and a half minutes before Adrian Smith’s guitar explodes into the new albums title track, ‘The Final Frontier’. The familiar voice of Bruce Dickinson rings out.
During the title track you hear Bruce singing “Done more in my life than some do in ten, I’d go back and do it all over again.” and that Iron Maiden has. The Final Frontier leads smoothly into the single ‘El Dorado’ which has the classic Maiden secret formula we have grown to love, special herbs and spices and even some evil laughing. The track “Coming Home” seems to talk about all the time these guys have spent in the air together.
The band can surely compare themselves to satellites, they have probably spent more time in the air than hubble over the last 30 years. There are some more mellow cuts like ‘When The Wind Blows’ and a few heavier such as ‘The Talisman’ that sound like they could have come off of the ‘Somewhere In Time’ (1986) album. It is great to hear the guys back together again it will be even better to see them at the show… Up The Irons – James McCann