Iron Maiden - Brave New World
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  • Unfortunately, I'd have to sort of say that the record starts out very strong but then it seems to get progressively worse, for me at least
  • Overall the record is pretty solid for the most part, could've been shortened in some parts, but isn't amazing work
  • Also, if you haven’t read that novel I’d highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys futuristic and dystopian novels, but this is beside the point
  • Excellent lyrics on this track once again and I always enjoyed how the structure and arrangement of this song went
  • At eight minutes, twenty-seven seconds long I can’t honestly say there’s enough in this track to keep it interesting the whole way through, but it isn’t terrible


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      Overview - Brave New World, Iron Maiden’s twelfth effort, is the first album with Maiden back with both Bruce Dickinson and Adrian Smith after being replaced by Blaze Bailey and Janick Gers for the previous two records. I have to say that it’s a nice change from the material with Blaze Bailey which I personally didn’t care for too much, but it doesn’t touch classic Maiden. Unfortunately, I’d have to sort of say that the record starts out very strong but then it seems to get progressively worse, for me at least. I personally really like the first five tracks, but the last five tracks I’m not as big a fan of. Overall the record is pretty solid for the most part, could’ve been shortened in some parts, but isn’t amazing work. It’s a step up from the two records with Blaze but not really one of my favorite Maiden records. Despite this, there’s still some very good songs on here for listening.

      The Tracks -

      1. The Wicker Man - The Wicker Man is an excellent way to open this record up. Usually I generally find that if a band places a very energetic track at the start of the record then that’ll get my attention for the rest of the record if it’s good, and that’s certainly the case here. Right from the opening riff The Wicker Man really drew my attention and the band just continues to hold it throughout. Dickinson shows a lot of vocal talents on this track going from the more aggressive verse to the slightly more melodic chorus, all of this done with a pretty operatic approach. The chorus of this song is extremely catchy and the song just gets better as it progresses with excellent solos, as always, and a great outro where Dickinson sings over an excellent guitar line. Great way to start the record.

      2. Ghost Of The Navigator - After The Wicker Man which was full of nothing but energy, the opening riff of Ghost Of The


      Navigator is very nice to hear since it’s an excellent clean melodic riff which just builds and builds until the song gets to a heavier mood. The song isn’t quite as energetic as The Wicker Man but Dickinson sounds great on this track as well singing along with Maiden’s excellent riffs. The verses aren’t that great, they’re slightly slow, but the choruses pick up the song nicely and obviously once the solos kick in it only gets better and better from there. Not quite as good as the opening track but still a very nice song with some great parts.

      3. Brave New World - First off, excellent lyrical theme for this song. For those of you who have read the actual novel Brave New World by Huxley then the words will make a lot more sense to you. Also, if you haven’t read that novel I’d highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys futuristic and dystopian novels, but this is beside the point. Brave New World basically starts out as a very melodic track which progressively gets heavier and faster as it moves along. Despite all the musical changes, Dickinson is able to sound great in any setting, whether he’s singing over the acoustic riffs of Maiden’s three guitarists or more of the heavier galloping rhythms which happen later on. Excellent lyrics on this track once again and I always enjoyed how the structure and arrangement of this song went. So far this album has been great as far as being varied in arrangement, The Wicker Man was fast and heavy throughout, The Ghost Of The Navigator started up with an acoustic intro and then went into a heavier song, and this song starts slow and just progressively builds, it’s a nice variety to have.

      4. Blood Brothers - I’d have to say that Blood Brothers is probably the closet track so far to an actual ballad. While the other songs started off more melodically, they each got heavier somewhat quickly. Blood Brothers does have that same type

      of build up, but it actually returns to the more melodic feel that it had during the start of the song. This song also has some of the best harmony parts I’ve heard on this album so far, the other songs actually basically lacked those guitar harmonies I associate with Maiden. The guitar tone for some of these leads are also just amazing and it sounds as if there are some strings in the background of this song which just fits perfectly with Dickinson’s operatic style of singing. Out of the first four songs I’d have to say this is the song with the best lead guitar lines, just an excellent song overall.

      5. The Mercenary - Similar to The Wicker Man this track wastes no time to start up and starts off fast and heavy right from the start. The verses don’t strike me as anything too special but the pre-chorus and chorus are both extremely catchy and Dickinson sounds great during these parts. The Mercenary also has some great harmony lines by Murray, Smith, and Gers along with their solos. Dickinson may rely on his chorus line a bit too much throughout this song, he sings it quite a bit, but I suppose that it’s strong enough to be used a lot - it can just draw slightly boring. The song is solid, although not amazing, overall.

      6. Dream Of Mirrors - At nine minutes long this song better be long. Well to start off, Steve Harris has a nice bassline during the beginning of this track, unfortunately this is really the first time I’ve taken note of a bassline of his during this album and I have been listening for him. The verse of this song isn’t bad at all but it feels like it just goes on and on without really going anywhere for quite a while which makes it draw boring, and at nine minutes long, this isn’t an encouraging song. However, once the chorus does kick in it gets a lot better and ...


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      although the chorus line is extremely simple and repetitive, it’s a very fitting lyric. The fast riff that comes in after the second chorus has an extremely awkward transition, well there isn’t even a transition, but it just seems completely disjointed from the entire first half of the song. However, if you can ignore this awkward transition then the song starts to get a lot better here. McBrain’s drumming is extremely driving during this faster section, the first time I’ve really noted his drumming on this album. Although musically this section is just great, I’m not really too sure how I feel about Dickinson speeding up the chorus and singing it over this part. It just feels too much to me that this song relies way too much on that chorus line because to be honest, aside from that, the first half of this song has nothing. The song isn’t bad overall but it’s just way too long for my liking since not all of the parts in it are even that good.

      7. The Fallen Angel - The Fallen Angel has a very aggressive feeling and sound to it throughout the whole song along with some great guitar riffs. This isn’t to say that the verses in this song aren’t strong, but the chorus is really the main focus point of this song as far as where vocals are, basically a mix of Dickinson’s delivery but also the vocals, it’s just a great part. This song goes back to the much more straightforward structure and arrangement of previous tracks on this album unlike Dream Of Mirrors and I have to say I’m preferring Maiden’s more simple work on this record.

      8. The Nomad - Although The Nomad is also around nine minutes long, I personally think it’s a bit better than Dream Of Mirrors. The lead guitar riffs of this song during the first few minutes fit the whole theme of a nomad or a desert, basically the East, very well. Unlike Dream Of Mirrors which sort of

      felt as if it was going nowhere, The Nomad has a much better flow throughout and has an excellent section towards the middle of the song where it changes moods and slows down. This section is honestly probably one of the best sections of this entire album and is just a great change. Harris has an excellent bassline during this part and obviously the guitar lines work very well here. If Dream Of Mirrors had just had a section where it changed moods more naturally rather than just an awkward transition it could’ve been a lot better of a song. Although this song is a bit long it has a very epic sound to it, probably the most epic sounding song on this record.

      9. Out Of The Silent Planet - Out Of The Silent Planet is basically a song that unfortunately relies on its chorus a bit too much. The verses aren’t boring by any means, but at the same time they don’t really draw my attention too much, but at least the chorus does. Some of the harmony riffs towards the middle of this song are cool as well and McBrain has some more driving drumming on this track, something that’s nice to hear from him after not really taking much note of his drumming for most of this record. Out Of The Silent Planet is a solid song overall but it’s sort of one of those songs where the chorus is overused a bit.

      10. The Thin Line Between Love And Hate - The thing about this song is that as far as Dickinson sounds in his tone, it’s great, but the actual melody and lyrics aren’t all that great. If the song didn’t slow down towards the middle and go into a more melodic bridge than I’d honestly say that this song really doesn’t have anything very special about it at all. At eight minutes, twenty-seven seconds long I can’t honestly say there’s enough in this track to keep it interesting the whole way through, but it isn’t terrible




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