Brave New World
Review by Luka on May 25, 2001.
They fell into utter disgrace 5 years ago! Just stop making fucking albums and disgracing the once proud and mighty name Iron Maiden even more! What the hell was Steve Harris thinking? And what was Atomic Jedi thinking on the other review??
There was a huge celebration all over the world when they told us Bruce Dickinson and Adrian Smith were finally coming back to Iron Maiden. I was hoping for an album no weaker than "Piece Of Mind" or the mighty "Powerslave" but this waste of plastic even outsucks the likes of "Virtual X" or "No Prayer..."! Did the six (!) members write any – music - when they got back together for this or just drink beer and dream of the money they’d get when all the old Maiden fans rejoiced at the reunion? Let’s just go over a few songs, there’s one or two that are actually pretty good by 90% is repetitive, Maiden-predictable crap.
"The Wicker Man" they always pick the most annoying song for the single don’t they? Stole the intro riff from an old Judas Priest song ("Running Wild") and then repeated the chorus a few hundred times...
"Ghost of the Navigator" - The best track on the album, actually. The first song I heard from the album before it came out. Imagine my disappointment when I found out they weren’t -all - like this!
"Brave New World" - Booooorrrriiiiiiiinggg!
Well I won’t review every song but you get the idea. There are a few fast tracks here like "The Mercenary" and "The Fallen Angel" that try to awaken "The Trooper" fans, but they’re so repetitive and annoying that I can’t stand them. Speaking of repetitive and excruciatingly boring, you just have to hear "Dream of Mirrors" to believe it.
This band is has done so much for metal and I still have respect for them that I can’t bear to write a review that gives less than 5/10 beside the name Iron Maiden.
Bottom Line: Sometimes musicians -don’t- get better with age! Don’t waste your money on this garbage, go to your local pawnshop, I’m sure they’ll have plenty of copies!
Rating: 5 out of 10
Review by Tobias on February 23, 2001.
This band is so thoroughly badass that I lose control of my bodily functions when listening to them. I’m serious, I have to go to the bathroom before I put on any Dickinson or Di’Anno Iron Maiden album. To make matters more intense, Brave New World is easily the best Iron Maiden album since Seventh Son of a Seventh Son.
Returning to a less hyper-produced sound reminiscent of Powerslave, this band has come back with a commanding nature that speaks a reminder to metal fans everywhere of who truly holds god-emperor of metal scepter.
Brave New World is yet another phenomenal chapter in the potency of Maiden. The song composition is as inventive as always particularly in their saga-esque tracks like Dream of Mirrors or Thin Line Between Love & Hate. BNW also has tracks that may be more affable to an audience with anthematic-tendencies such as Wicker Man. Showing a flavor for versatility Maiden also came up with some all-around speedier stuff like Out of the Silent Planet, which secures their sci-fi alternate world imagery that seems to be the focus of these concept geniuses for BNW.
This stuff will never get old!
Bottom Line: AIR GUITARS GALORE. This band is bold enough to fuck a bull in the ass and walk away grinning.
Rating: 9 of 10