- Jun 9, 2004
Samurai Eddie, let's fucking go.
1. "Senjutsu" (Smith/Harris) 8:20
2. "Stratego" (Gers/Harris) 4:59
(I NEED THIS RED EDDIE FLAG)
3. "The Writing on the Wall" (Smith/Dickinson) 6:13
4. "Lost in a Lost World" (Harris) 9:31
5. "Days of Future Past" (Smith/Dickinson) 4:03
6. "The Time Machine" (Gers/Harris) 7:09
7. "Darkest Hour" (Smith/Dickinson) 7:20
8. "Death of the Celts" (Harris) 10:20
9. "The Parchment" (Harris) 12:39
10. "Hell on Earth" (Harris) 11:19
It's Maiden's first album since 2015's The Book of Souls, which definitely had some bangers like The Red and the Black, but a few duds I like to skip. Well, since I saw the opportunity to listen to this one a day early and I'll have it through my Apple Music tomorrow, I decided to listen to it all today.
-This is a mix of some classic Maiden (Stratego, Days of Future Past, The Time Machine), some fresh sounding Maiden (Smith's bluesy Writing on the Wall), and Steve Harris epics. Oh my god Steve Harris epics. I didn't take notes or anything while listening, some were blasting in my truck on my drive to work, some on my headphones in my office, I'm going to re-listen to some more on my home theater after I post this but...if you're a Maiden fan, there's fuckton to love here. And keep going because the final two tracks are absolute gems. The second half of The Parchment in particular gave me goosebumps, which nothing has done since Fear Inoculum, there's just so much good shit in here. I honestly don't think there was a single track I wasn't tapping my foot too.
-I really like the Seventh Son-sounding synths they got going on in almost all of the songs, the bass and bass drums are punchy as hell...only complaint about the production is I can definitely hear clipping when I thought that shit was put behind the industry, but oh well.
-Bruce motherfucking Dickenson. This guy just doesn't quit and sounds as good as he did 35 years ago. I saw them live in September of 2019 and he sounded amazing then too. He seriously puts on a clinic here, it's amazing he's still got the chops
Basically, if you're a Maiden fan I think you're going to love it. It feels like a journey through their various styles over the years, the main guys (Harris/Smith/Gers/Dickenson) all have their trademark signatures on their particular songs, the production is very good overall.
Sometimes it's hard to believe these guys still got it after all this time.