IRON MAIDEN – The Book Of Souls

IRON MAIDEN - The Book Of Souls
  • 7.5/10
    IRON MAIDEN - The Book Of Souls - 7.5/10


Parlophone Records
Release date: September 4, 2015

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6/10 (1 vote)

Iron Maiden faithful have finally had their prayers answered with the band’s double CD release (90+ total minutes of Maiden) entitled The Book Of Souls. With the tri-axe attack, Steve Harris plucking out unimaginable bass leads and rhythms, Nicko McBrain’s signature skin-slamming, and Bruce Dickinson’s immortal ball-busting screams, The Book Of Souls has been thrown to the ravenous appetites of legions of Maiden fans throughout the world. It’s clear the band worked hard on this album … but sometimes “too much work” (and rework) can cause an album to unintentionally become sterile and vanilla, if you will.

Unfortunately, that’s case-in-point what you’ll find within The Book Of Souls. There’s plenty of quality music and extended jams on offer, but at the same time very few catchy lyrical melodies or songs that capture you, get stuck in your head, and become signature, immortal rallying cries (forever and ever amen). As such, The Book Of Souls initially builds excitement, but is bound to take a back seat in your Maiden (and Metal) collection after several spins.


  • Dan Skiba

    Dan is a former partner at Metal Express Radio, and also served as a reviewer, photographer and interviewer on occasions. Based out of Indianapolis, USA he was first turned on to Hard Rock music in the mid-1970s when he purchased Deep Purple's Machine Head as his first album. He was immediately enthralled with the powerful guitar sound and pronounced drumbeat, and had to get more! His collection quickly expanded to include as many of Heavy Rock bands of the time that he could get his hands on, such as Ted Nugent, Judas Priest, and Black Sabbath, to name just a few.

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