Album Review – Iron Maiden “The Final Frontier” 2010

  If you’re anything like me, this will be exactly what you expected; Standard Reunion Maiden. There are few surprises but certainly some pleasant comforts contained within The Final Frontier. Out of Maiden’s sizeable catalogue it most closely resembles Brave New World, with very lengthy songs redeemed by solid performances and a slight lifting of the seriousness that pervades Dance of Death and AMOLAD. Only “The Alchemist” is under five and a half minutes, although intriguing percussive opener “Satellite 15” and the slightly lazy title track single could be considered separate ideas if they weren’t welded together.

There isn’t much more to be said. It’s a good record. It’s a good Iron Maiden record. If you’re a lifelong IM fan like me you already know exactly how The Final Frontier sounds; you can guess the picked-bass openings before hearing them and you will throw down your fists in completely accurate mimicry the first time the drums arrive in “Isle of Avalon”.  If you’re new to Maiden, be aware that this is their fifteenth studio album and there are at least ten you should hear before this one,  lest you dismiss it as somewhat bloated prog-metal. There are dues to be paid and an evolution to be understood. 7 out of 10

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