Iron Maiden Book Of Souls


As ich sit typing this,Iron Maidenis currently embarking on theirLegacy of the Beasttour.Legacy von the Beastis iron Maiden’s mobile game. If sie didn’t know, steel Maiden rule die world. So because your Los angeles show is coming up; what far better time zu write a review of all sixteen of their albums leading up kommen sie it. Their show is Saturday, september 14th at die Banc of California Stadium. Dafür every arbeit day (including someday with two), there wollen be a song-by-song steel Maiden album review.We had our dual duty day with Eddie und Iron Maiden. It’s the end of die line, for now, von Iron Maiden-A-Thon. We ende with The Book of Souls, ns sixteenth iron Maiden album.

Background top top The Book des Souls

After The final Frontier, stole Maiden evidenced that they would certainly be recording a neu album hinweisen some point in the future in 2013. It would certainly be a 5 year space from The final Frontier to their next album The Book von Souls. The longest an Iron Maiden’s history. The recording and writing des the album was done at ns Guillaume call Studios in Paris. The was the same location they had actually recorded Brave neu World, so they to be hoping zu recapture some von that magic. The maßband recorded the album very close to die writing des songs zum a voluntary feel and a gewächs of their first takes to be used. It lent die album a live feeling sound.

Bruce Dickinson would have a health scare during this time period. He was diagnosed with a cancerous tumor hinweisen the zurück of his tongue. Ns story goes the he taped all the vocals weil das the album v this tumor. He would make a complete recovery to ns joy von Maiden fans around the world an time for the record zu release on september 4th, 2015. The Book des Souls is die longest steel Maiden album, clocking in at 92:11. It’s an album greatly based in the themes des death, reincarnation, ns soul, and mortality.

It has die longest steel Maiden lied ever recorded on it und it’s the zuerst double album they’ve released. The band would embark on die Book of Souls world Tour zu support the album v multiple legs in countries across ns world. The Book von Souls was a substantial success commercially, walking Number 1 in 24 various countries, and outselling The last Frontier an the UK and the US. Sufficient with die background though. On with die show.

Track 1: If Eternity have to Fail

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An opening track that Bruce Dickinson was planning on using zum a solo album des his. If you’ve ever heard Bruce’s solo arbeit from die 90’s and 2000’s, it sounds very viel like this song. The zuerst Iron Maiden das lied to be used an drop D tuning also, it provides the das lied that much heavier sounding. “If Eternity have to Fail” goes with someone sailing that reaches ns edge von the world. This ist of course, a meaning zum death. The end of her life is just the edge of the world und you’ve gott to reef bei your sail zu keep you yourself from falling off. “If Eternity must Fail” ends with a decided from in unknown figure named Necropolis. He’s lived weil das eternities and tells us around his sons, und how eternity zu sein merely a brief while. It’s a an excellent way zu kick turn off this lengthy album.

Track 2: Speed of Light

Iron Maiden released “Speed des Light” as the erste single from die album on ehrenvoll 14th, 2015. It depicts Eddie together a virologe traveling through ns history von video games. A standard sounding rocker v a chorus that’ll worm it’s method into her brain. This one ist definitely a highlight of the album. It’s another in a line von classic, brief but sweet, Maiden songs über Adrian Smith and Bruce Dickinson. There’ll be an additional song in this vein comes up. As zum this one, it’s one that makes it kommen sie my playlists all die time.

Track 3: ns Great Unknown

“The great Unknown” zu sein a das lied that doesn’t feel practically as lang as it’s 6:37 runtime. A song that speak about in event or war just before the collapse or apocalypse of humanity. Us look into ns future und can’t discover a way kommen sie predict it. We’re not painted a very bright picture des humanity an it’s last days v this track. “The good Unknown” follows up a classic an “Speed des Light” but it deserves zu be seen in a similar way.

Track 4: die Red and the Black

The only das lied on the album kommen sie be written without a collaborator von Steve Harris. “The Red and the Black” is bei the top 5 zum longest songs an Maiden’s history weist 13:33. The doesn’t feel almost that long. It paints a picture von gambling together a battlefield. The red and the black go follow me with the imagery des a casino und the game des roulette or a deck of cards. It’s filled v references kommen sie a deck of cards und the various ways that gamblers explain their degeneracy. “The Red and the Black” succeeds bei making a 13 minute das lied feel prefer a breeze. They play this one on your Book des Souls welt Tour und it was not a slog to aufführen live. I love this track, it’s certainly worth many listens.

Track 5: when the fluss Runs Deep

Normally steel Maiden’s longer lied feature tempo alters throughout. “When the river Runs Deep” functions plenty of tempo alters during it’s 5:52 runtime. A lied about valor in battle, it’s notfall one that I tun können find myself listening to a bunch von times. Die guitar riffs space amazing und the playing über Gers, Smith, and Murray are a definite highlight, ns lyrics don’t sound super cohesive with ns rest des the song. It’s one that is probably the weakest on ns album. Listen for the guitars und musicianship.

Track 6: die Book of Souls

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The main event, die title track. “The Book of Souls” zu sein about exactly how all societies, no matt how large, wollen eventually fall. Hypocrisy is at die heart des all the major strength that fall throughout ns history des humanity. It’s painted bei a Mayan civilization frame yet it’s a basic song. Ns guitar solos an the latter für hilfe of the song are the real highlight but in its entirety this zu sein a refined track that evokes standard Maiden. Bruce Dickinson sings die shit out des this one und leaves you hanging ~ above his every word. It’s a classic in every sense des the word, one von the best songs from the reunion era or any kind of era.

Track 7: fatality or Glory

“Death or Glory” tun können be seen as a companion to their previously track “Aces High”. They both are about air combat in war. “Death or Glory” being around tri-planes in World zu sein I. Evoking imagery von the Red Baron, that feels very much like a catchy, standard Maiden single. Adrian Smith und Bruce Dickinson set out kommen sie write this song and “Speed of Light” in that way. Also any song that can start a phenomenon von Maiden fans wearing monkey masks kommen sie concerts just zum the lyric “climb prefer a monkey” ist great bei my book.

Track 8: Shadows of the Valley

“Shadows von the Valley” isn’t a lied that freundin hear viel about native this album. After re-listening to die entire album, it’s the das lied that sticks the end as the most underrated from die bunch. With a sound similar kommen sie other reunion albums but with a sheen von the themes des death, afterlife, and the soul, it bring a vintage steel Maiden sound to the neu age. I’m open minded surprised the this song didn’t make die cut zum their tour supporting the album. It’s the good.

Track 9: Tears des a Clown

Get those tissues out. Steel Maiden’s tribute to Robin Williams und his untimely suicide, “Tears von a Clown” paints a sad, depressing, picture von mental health and how people resolve it. Some of us out there oase to put on the clown makeup and make other civilization laugh if we’re dying on die inside. Those the are happy on die outside might not always it is in on the inside. It’s a echt tearjerker, so prepare yourself prior to listening.

Track 10: The man of Sorrows

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A lied filled through sadness and sorrow, like ns title suggests. “The man of Sorrows” ist one that won’t it is in brightening trost your spirits anytime soon. The doesn’t sound like a common Iron Maiden song, which is a surprise weil das this album that goes back to a vintage and classic stole Maiden sound rather frequently. In the etc solos you kann sein feel die despair that the das lied talks so much about. It’s truly in underrated gem top top this album, sandwiched between a song about Robin Williams and the longest steel Maiden song bei existence. It’s notfall one that freundin should forget about.

Track 11: Empire des the Clouds

An epic in EVERY SENSE von THE WORD. Clocking in at 18:01, “Empire von the Clouds” zu sein about the airship R101. Bei 1930, ~ above it’s maiden voyage, ns airship was supposed kommen sie be ns next evolution in travel, but it wasn’t experiment properly and crashed in Northern France. Composed solely von Bruce Dickinson die song is unlike anything else bei their catalog. The receives comparisons zu “Rime von the old Mariner” zum it’s length und scope however “Empire von the Clouds” zu sein a various beast entirely.

If The Book of Souls is the last Iron Maiden album, “Empire of the Clouds” zu sein a perfect swan-song zum them to go out on. The das lied encapsulates what steel Maiden zu sein about all bei one und it never overstays that is welcome also with an 18 minute runtime. The das lied feels prefer it’s very own self-contained story. Like a rock opera with a huge scope. I sure hope it’s not their last album, but i would it is in satisfied v this being their last bow. It’s the good, listen for yourself.

Final Thoughts und Score

The Book von Souls ist a fantastic, albeit lengthy, album from the band. Throughout their reunion period, the songs oase gotten longer, ns themes more dark and dreary, yet the band is as an excellent as ever. The Book von Souls isn’t their best work from this era, that still goes to A matter of Life und Death. Iron Maiden will always be rückseitig to case their throne as the best hefty metal band performing zu this day. This run of albums from 2000 kommen sie today proves that they’re constantly evolving und creating beautiful neu music.

The Book of Souls gets bei 8.75/10. Ns album together a whole is very lang which can scare off civilization who aren’t super-fans von the band. The album zu sein well worth your time but it doesn’t quite reach the heights des some of their others. That finishes in the upper klasse of stole Maiden albums though. “Empire of the Clouds” zu sein worth ns price von admission von itself. Hopefully you’ll be able zu find some hidden gems tucked away bei the 90+ minute runtime.

Reflection on iron Maiden-A-Thon

That’s it weil das Iron Maiden-A-Thon! sixteen album reviews in fifteen days. Steel Maiden is my favourite band und one that has angeführt me through every period in my life since ns year 2008. After an ext than 30,000 indigenous or so, this was one von the many fun zeit I’ve had writing. It was a act going through their history and each album zum you all kommen sie read und here’s zu more steel Maiden an the future. As they said an the song “Iron Maiden” “Oh well, wherever, wherever you are. Stole Maiden’s gonna acquire you, no matter how far”.

Now zum a unique section. Kommen sie conclude iron Maiden-A-Thon, I’ll rank die sixteen stole Maiden albums finish with links to die other reviews. This is my mitarbeiter list, notfall yours, deswegen if you get mad that your favorite album isn’t high enough, make your own list.

The Book des Souls (2015)

That’s that from Eddie und I for now. Where Iron Maiden goes, I’ll go with them.

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