The Book of Souls is the sixteenth studio album by English heavy metal band Iron Maiden, released on 4 September It is the band's first studio double. The Book of Souls é o décimo sexto álbum de estúdio da banda de heavy metal britânica Iron Maiden, lançado em 4 de setembro de É o primeiro disco. Discover releases, reviews, credits, songs, and more about Iron Maiden - The Book Of Souls at Discogs. Complete your Iron Maiden collection.
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The Book Of Souls is the band's 16th studio album since their eponymous debut in charted at #4 in the UK, in a career achieving sales of over 90 million. All of the information about Iron Maiden's new album 'The Book Of Souls'. View the track listing and get your copy of the Limited Edition Deluxe CD, CD, Triple. As both CDs are long enough to be considered full-length albums, a case could be made that this is actually The Book of Souls parts one and two, which just so.
Good news, folks, it's fantastic. In the time between albums, the aviation-crazed Dickinson bought a replica Fokker Dr. I triplane, which he exhibits at flight shows and the band introduced its own ale, Trooper, co-formulated by Dickinson with Robinsons Brewery in Stockport, England. Thus the guys hardly sit on their laurels, no matter the duration between albums.
Though Steve Harris maintains "The Book of Souls" is not a concept album per se, the depiction of Eddie as a painted Mayan who were big on the maintenance of souls for the afterlife and the superb effort put into this project indicates a suggestive life after death, if you like.
The opening of "If Eternity Should Fall" is an awkward splash of squelchy synths, but hang through it. Bruce Dickinson is there to hold your hand as the trusted voice of guidance he is and the band plants down soon enough, staking a traditional MAIDEN march through the endeavor.
The payoff comes with a tribal roll ushering a picked-up solo section. Though things don't rocket here, the break-in is solid, setting up for a final round of the chorus and then an awkward demonic narrative introducing the album's figurative harvester of souls.
Frankly, it's a nutty move, but don't be put off. If you will, this album's "El Dorado" or "Bring Your Daughter to the Slaughter" is the debut single "Speed of Light", a lighter fare straight rocker that has a killer piston pop to keep it from being altogether smarmy. It's a hymn, all right, and I'm pretty sure it will slot in nicely on the band's setlist.
It's long, yes; the second longest track on offer, in fact, but even as it is brimming with callbacks to older material, it has grown into a song I really enjoy listening to. I've complained loudly about their long songs on the last four or five albums being too stretched out, with too little variation, but on this album I feel the long tracks are sufficiently varied to maintain interest. The last half of "The Red and the Black" has many different parts, often supported by synthesizers, including one especially memory guitar harmony that is as classic Iron Maiden as it gets without being a direct rip-off of earlier material; it's a part that is reminiscent of a part in Opeth's "In Mist she was Standing" Orchid, , a simple but effective melody that gives me the feels all over, in the same way their guitar harmonies did on the first seven albums the part starts at I do wish they had more of these parts spread across the two discs, but I'm pretty happy with this one.
It reminds me of all those guitar harmony parts from their older days that I cherish, like, for example, the part that begins at in "The Duellists". While a song like "The Red and the Black" can be considered a "safe" song in the sense that it is Iron Maiden through and through, the band does actually sound genuinely fresh elsewhere - something I failed to hear because I was so hanged up on the tempo of the songs.
I wanted some kick-ass flurry of galloping Maiden, and a song like "If Eternity Should Fail", which kicks off the album, is building up rather slowly, turning into a great tune with some solid hooks that you may have missed on the first spin. The energy is kicked up a notch in shorter bursts like "When the River Runs Deep" and "Death or Glory", with hard-rocking riffs.
I prefer Maiden when they lean closer to metal which is why "2 Minutes to Midnight" is my least favorite Powerslave track.
Fortunately the songs do include more 'metallic' parts to keep me interested. Another thing that I at first complained about was Bruce's vocals which I found too strained and grating. Many spins later, that problem too has disappeared, and at times I think he sounds great. Many - not all - vocal lines employed on the album sound fresh as well.
There's no doubt it's Maiden, but I don't find myself remembering other songs as much as I do when listening to other post-Blaze works such as Dance of Death. The Book of Souls, then, is a two-sided affair in more than one way. It is both new and old, it both invents and borrows.
The album is a tad too predictable, perhaps, with no instrument standing out. The Book of Souls ".
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