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on October 14, 2013
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If the album could have been done with Bruce Dickinson on vocals, I would probably have liked it more.
Maiden RIP? God, I hope not.
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on September 2, 2013
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Only if you really know Steve Harris can you really appreciate this record.
Iron Maiden fans will notice a couple of songs sounding like they came out of the Maiden archives.Other tunes on this album are good as well.and The singer is brilliant in his clarity,positive and really shines.There are some great harmonies
.Be warned there are a couple of coming of age 80's metal songs borderlining on the "we are young"-.a smidge.
Anyway a good record for fans of "Records"
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on April 4, 2013
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2.5 stars.

I didn't expect this to sound like Iron Maiden but I did expect it to be good. I think one is justified in expecting a lot more from the creative heart and soul of the world's greatest metal band. This album was weak and uninteresting. It wasn't terrible but there weren't any songs that were "good". Maybe in the 1980s this might have been musically relevant but, today, it just sounds out of place and dated.

Also, I don't like the singer...

Not recommended.
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on March 17, 2013
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I wish there was more Steve here, but in fact it is a mediocre neo-hard band from the UK featuring the legendary bassist and quite poorly recorded. For the lovers of genre or die-hard Maiden fans only.
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on February 11, 2013
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This album although not as heavy/edgy as Maiden shoows the depth of Steve harris's ability to perform more melodic side I thougky it was quite good and would recommend it
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on October 6, 2012
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First off, people seem to like down thumbing my reviews as of recently, because I don't immediately jump on the bandwagon and give everything in near sight a 5 star rating. First off, the purpose of a review is to state your opinion on a product and not just gush about how amazing it is, mind you this is coming from someone who will admit to being totally biased because he loves Iron Maiden and they're his favourite band. I ask you, please state why you're thumbs downing my review in the comments, and don't just down thumb it because I didn't give it 5 stars and I apparently hurt you. Do also be wary of my grammar as English is my second language.

I have listened to this album front to back several times. It was one of my most anticipated releases of the year, if the most anticipated for me. I was excited to hear it since it got announced back in July, with 8 days until the Maiden concert I was going to. I have been a huge fan of the band since 2006 and have seen them three times live, own pretty much everything with their namenon it, and regularly listen to "Seventh Son" and several other of their albums front to back on a regular basis. I even own every Bruce solo effort, every ASAP and Untouchables album, and H's side project "Primal Rock Rebellion"...

...but I just can't get into this album. I really don't know what it is about it. There's very few tracks I'd consider weak, they're almost all pretty good. But, it leaves me feeling cold every time I hear it.

This Is My God: Dull track. Zero energy and super repetitive. Taylor's vocals aren't as bad as everyone says, he is just fine on this album and at times reminds me of Bono. But this track just bores me. The music video isn't much better, but at least Steve shot the music video in parts of my home province, Alberta. 2/10

Lost Worlds: Not bad. In a way, reminds me a bit of latter-day Rush. I like the lyrics and heavy feel of the tune. The chorus in particular is amazing and manages to add the kick this song needed, in a way. 7/10

Karma Killer: here's an interesting track. It reminds me of Gods of War, from Bruce's "Balls to Picasso" album. It has a heavy feel, and the chorus is very Maiden like. "Karma killaaaahhh, cannot get enough..." It's a tad on the repetitive side, but it's fun and catchy. 7/10

Us Against the World: Decent tune, I'll listen. But put it on a Maiden album and I'd hit the skip button. 6/10

The Chosen Ones: This song heavily rips off bands like The Who and Boston, but that's alright, because I just so happen to like both. It carries on for a minute longer than it should and does tend to repeat itself too much. I still like the tune. Very fun and catchy.

A World Without Heaven: this is my favourite track on the album. It wouldn't be out of place on Virtual XI (I like that album a lot, deal with it) and it has an epic feel, the chorus especially still sticks in my head long after the song is done. A great effort, 10/10

Judas: boring 2/10

Eyes of The Young: not a bad tune. Reminds me a bit of a song you'd hear off of The X Factor. It is a bit too repetitive though, 6/10

These Are The Hands: my second favourite tune. It has a nostalgic feel and takes me back to better times, for better or worse. Catchy hook and some epic bass from Steve Harris himself. 7/10

The Lesson: Gothic tinged ballad. A good way to close the album on a subdued note, I must say I really dig the strings and violins in the background. 7/10

First off, I guess we should be glad that Arry didn't do what most did when people go off on different tangents, you know how they make inexplicable dubstep music and what not. And thankfully this album is better than that unholy mess, "Awoken Broken" by a certain side project by H which shall remain unnamed (sorry H, I really do love you and all, but being in a nu-metal band isn't working out for you), but this album, as I stated above, leaves me feeling empty.

Part of it is because the album didn't have any staying power outside of "A World Without Heaven". That's a song I'd willingly put on my iPad and play over and over. After listening to the album, all but the above stated track pretty much went in one ear and out the other. It's not so much the fact that the tracks are bad. Aside from "This is My God" and "Judas", the tracks don't really stand out.

I dont own a copy of the album, but rather I listened to it 5 times during the listening party on the official Iron Maiden site. And since I own all other things with Arry's namesake, I probably will end up buying it, at least when the price comes down.

***worthwhile, but know what you're getting yourself into first***
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The band is good, but I have to say I expected and want more from the lead singer. He doesn't seem to have the power at the higher and longer notes. It is unfair to compare him to Bruce, but even without that I find the album lacking. I can't believe I'm writing a poor review for this, but I have too.
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on September 25, 2012
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I was anxious for this and I must say my expectations were high. The vocalist is weak and does not stand out, the music, flat with little energy. There are some songs you can clearly tell Harris is on the bass. I may be harsh as my expectations were high but I would not even call this experimental. It has a couple of decent songs, but largely it is something forgettable. A shame to.
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on October 13, 2012
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I don't understand what the really bad reviews are all about. This album is actually really good. Its not quite Maiden or metal at all but still is really good. Instrumentation is quality as well as the vocals. THE BASS sounds awesome of course and the singer CAN sing very well. A few people wrote reviews complaining about the vocals which doesn't make since. He can sing better than a plethora of new and old vocalist. Also the album does have a few songs that could be mild maiden tracks like "the choosen ones". Great track and has heavy maiden type of structure. Without knowing Steve was on this I could guess there was heavy maiden influence mainly cause the bass line. THIS IS A GOOD ALBUM, WORTHY OF PURCHASE. In my opinion it has a very high re-listening value.
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on October 11, 2012
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I really want this to be a good album, but it is not. The best thing about this album is the cover. Sorry Steve Harris. Although I don't like this album, you have been with me my whole life and I will buy anything you put out.
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