This album is not by any means a concept album, but the central theme of Death is recurrent in one form or another. From the necessity to live life to its full in “Wildest Dreams” or the urge to make things right in “Rainmaker”, to the thoughts of someone who know his time is up in “No More Lies”. The band also proposes a detour into the minds of those who had a close encounter with Death, like this strange surreal meeting with the undead in “Dance Of Death”, or the remisniscence of centuries-old death in “Montsegur”, or, closer again, the head-on crash with the absolute horrors of war in “Paschendale”. There are of course a few off-topic songs, like “New Frontier”, that deals with the manipulations of life, or songs pointing out the sorry state of the world today - a subject dear to Steve Harris - like in “Face In The Sand” and “Age Of Innocence”. There is even what seems to be a criticism of the “Internet Generation” in “Gates Of Tomorrow”, with the allusion to the World Wide Web and the worry that it may represent our only future.
Only “Journeyman” stands out as an uncharacteristic Iron Maiden song. This is the first time that the band records a fully acoustic song, and they did a great job of it. Some will comment that it is an attempt to reach a broader audience, like Metallica did with “Nothing Else Matters”, but I beg to disagree here. “Journeyman” is an acoustic piece like only Iron Maiden could create, and they certainly remained true to themselves. On the other hand, if it can introduce other people - who would otherwise dismiss them - to Maiden's music and act as a gateway to the fantastic sound of this band, I certainly cannot complain. After all, more fans means more great albums to come.
All in all, it can be said that Dance Of Death is a pretty excellent Iron Maiden album, albeit uneven in the quality of the songs it contains, and that it has its place in Maiden's career alongside with some of the albums of the Golden Era. Many older fans will complain that there is nothing really new and ground-breaking here, but the band cannot release a Piece Of Mind or a Powerslave every time they put an album out on the market. With Dance Of Death, they have done a brilliant Metal album that will still please some of the older generations, while introducing the newer fans to the world of Iron Maiden's great music in an even better way than Brave New World had already done.
8 September 2003
Tracklist1. Wildest Dreams 03:52
2. Rainmaker 03:49
3. No More Lies 07:22
4. Montsegur 05:50
5. Dance of Death 08:37
6. Gates of Tomorrow 05:12
7. New Frontier 05:04
8. Paschendale 08:28
9. Face in the Sand 06:31
10. Age of Innocence 06:11
11. Journeyman 07:07
Total time 01:08:03
Bruce Dickinson - vocals
Dave Murray - guitar
Adrian Smith - guitar
Janick Gers - guitar
Steve Harris - bass/keyboards
Nicko McBrain - drums
Track 7, "New Frontier", is the only song thus far co-written by drummer Nicko McBrain to appear on an album
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