Sunday, August 29, 2010

Iron Maiden's "The Final Frontier" Review

Iron Maiden - The Final Frontier
Iron Maiden
The Final Frontier
Rating: *** 1/2

Iron Maiden's fifteenth studio album The Final Frontier is quite an ambitious album for the band. The heavy metal veterans, in their mid-50's, have been releasing albums on a somewhat regular basis since the new millennium. For me, I haven't heard the last Maiden album. I do, however, have 2003's Dance of Death which I rarely listen to. There are some negatives for this album, including the mixing. This seems to be a problem with almost every album released today. I'm not sure if I'm the only one who has this problem but the mix sounds as if someone is increasing and decreasing the volume constantly. Also, this album is just too damn long. The album clocks in at 76 minutes, the longest album by Maiden to date. Despite these negatives, the album actually has some really good music on it. The self titled track is a bit long but sounds good after a while. "El Dorado" is a really nice heavy track while "Coming Home" has this very cool melodic feel to it. "Starblind" is also pretty good but the highlight of the album has to be the album's epic 11 minutes closer, "When the Wild Wind Blows". The song is just musically excellent and the lyrics are good too. All together, Iron Maiden have given us a good album. While it is very lengthy, it's still worth a listen. If you're new to the band, don't get this. Go check out the band's older albums such as The Number of the Beast and Powerslave. UP THE IRONS!

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