- Jan 22, 2014
- Reaction score
Sounds to me like Bruce is struggling. Not faulting him for that, he is 63, but I can hear it in his voice.
They've been using that approach for a few albums now. My theory is that the guitarists bring to the studio riffs and melodies they've come up with, and Bruce writes lyrics that will fit over them. It's also a way to bolster his vocal performance; they use synth for the same purpose over almost the entire album. I think between age and overcoming throat cancer he just doesn't have that "air raid siren" anymore, so they've come up with these little tricks. Kevin Shirley also buries him a little deeper in the mix than he used to, which I don't always like but it's understandable.Been listening to the album all weekend.
Its full of great songs.
Many of these have a guitar playing the lyrics while the singer sings. I can't make up my mind about that. Sometimes I like it, sometimes I don't.
Also, the songs all sound very weary and tired. I'm not saying thats bad, but it looks like Maiden are hinting that their time has come, as in the musical world doesn't appreciate them as they once did.
Does the LP set come with a download code?
Mine should be delivered tomorrow and I'd like a digital copy as well
I agree. Gave it 2 more straight listens at work today and its really growing on me. Like you said there is not a bad song each one leaves me wanting more, which is impressive after how Book of Souls had some repetition in its songs (Red and the Black?). I love they went back to their prog sound with it, a nice follow up from Matter of Life and Death. Some songs it feels like the tempo dips and drips but a solid album with some amazing drumming along the way.Love, love, LOVE this album. It's been in near-constant rotation for the last five days, and I've worked out most of the main riffs from the side two epics on my Strat. Not a bad song in the bunch. A lot of the issues others are having with it (production/mix, heavy use of synths, riffs or melodies that sound too similar to those in past songs) aren't bothering me. I love that it's so dark and heavy. The prog complexity and epic sweep is also pretty goddamn fantastic IMO.
Definitely my favorite IM album post-Brave New World, and when the smoke clears I imagine it'll be right up there among their all-time catalog as well. Pretty tough to compare something like the title track, The Parchment or Hell on Earth to Invaders or Gangland.