Maiden Heaven

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Consistency is often the most sought after aspect of a new album and something that is very hard to achieve. Following on from the holy trinity of metal, The Number of the Beast, Piece of Mind and Powerslave, Somewhere in Time proves that inconsistency was not one of Iron Maiden?s faults and further catapulted them to stardom. The album is Maiden?s first foray into synth use and whilst not perfect, its successor Seventh Son of a Seventh Son achieved this, fans are treated to a futuristic tour-de-force. The opening track first exposes this future world and it becomes all too evident that this album emerged simultaneously with Ridley Scott?s cult-film Blade Runner, as the two go hand in hand. The track then begins its onslaught and gallops and roars with a thunderous bassline, whilst singer Bruce Dickinson tortures his pipes with successive wails of ?caught somewhere in time?. Excluding Run to the Hills, Iron Maiden songs show a lack of radio-friendliness but the second track Wasted Years is a sure-fire radio anthem. The exquisite opening riff leads into a monumental chorus that will undoubtedly have even the most conservative of listeners fist pumping. Of particular note here is guitarist Adrian Smith?s breathtaking solo, and although his contributions remain small they are nevertheless poignant. Sea of Madness proves to be the least-inspiring track on the album despite having a raucous bassline that will reward those who persist. Heaven Can Wait still remains an enigma whose popularity still mystifies despite its relatively flat chorus and uninteresting riffing. Whilst many will label such blandness as heretical, the final four songs prove to be inspired and lack any sort of ?filler?. The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner whilst displaying an unusual lyrical theme, contains an opening riff that mesmerizes and will prompt excessive replays despite the track being a more ?avant-garde? Maiden epic. Stranger in a Strange Land continues this trend, it received little airtime, and Deja Vu blasts ferociously. The final track is a Maiden epic in all senses and is a metallic history of Alexander the Great that exudes power, a particular highlight being Dickinson?s wailing of ?marching on?. Whilst not perfect, Somewhere in Time sees Iron Maiden at their freshest and most progressive and will undoubtedly take its place in the annals of metal, and is a perfect addition to any collection, fans and newcomers alike.

Wasted Years Music Video  youtu.be/cOVzXYEU3Bk

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