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Dance of Death

Iron MaidenAudio CD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (543 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (September 9, 2003)
  • Original Release Date: 2003
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B0000BYM3K
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (543 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,769 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Wildest Dreams
2. Rainmaker
3. No More Lies
4. Montsigur
5. Dance of Death
6. Gates of Tomorrow
7. New Frontier
8. Paschendale
9. Face in the Sand
10. Age of Innocence
11. Journeyman

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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic October 6, 2003
Format:Audio CD
I've been holding off on reviewing this for a while, because I wanted to soak it in, get a feel for it, make sure I didn't miss anything. And I'm glad I did. The first couple of times I listened to this, it didn't really grab me. There were a couple of songs that stood out, but for the most part, I found it to be a bit boring. Some songs just didn't seem to have that special something that the Maiden classics of yore had. But I listened to it more. And then I realized...
This album is just fantastic. No, really. Expanding upon the more elaborate arrangements of "Brave New World", adding in a bit of the harder feel of the oldschool stuff, and throwing a few surprises our way, "Dance of Death" proves to be a very strong release. It's one of their most diverse and musically ambitious albums to date. Why didn't it register with me before? Well, I really have no idea. I suppose the album is one you've just got to become acquainted with. You're not going to just pop it in, and form an opinion right away. It's gotta sink in a bit, and sink in it did.
The great songs abound. "Rainmaker" and "Wildest Dreams" are fast-paced and melodic, with the kind of vigor that the band hasn't exhibited in years. "Montsegur" has a killer riff, and a performance from Bruce that proves he's still got it. "New Frontier" has a sort of "Somewhere in Time" feel, with a great chorus. There are also a wealth of great epics here, such as "No More Lies", "Pashendale", "Face in the Sand", and the title track. Some of these songs were the ones that took a few listens to get into, but when they finally hit me, they hit hard. My favorite from the album is probably "Age of Innocence".
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The new album makes me proud to be a Maiden fan! September 20, 2003
Format:Audio CD
Okay, from what I've seen over 160+ people have commented on Iron Maiden's new album Dance of Death analysing the new release from the band's songwriting to the lyrics to the guys' performance on their instruments to Bruce's vocals to the mix to the artwork to the production to this to that... etc. All that's necessary to say has already been said. So I'll keep it simple: This is IRON MAIDEN, one of the most important Heavy Metal bands on the planet. One of the handful of bands that has never forgotten where they're coming from, never abandoned their roots and musical vision in hopes of reaching to bigger audiences. They're still what they were back in 1988. Most complaints seem to be about the band's repetitious songwriting. About Harris' overuse of his galloping bass lines. Is there any truth to this? Maybe. I'm not a blinded fan, but at least I know what to expect from my Maiden when they put out a new record. At least it doesn't turn out to be a terrible pop-disco-rap thing that totally bombs and then every band member defends it giving out cliche statements such as "Well we're a band that always progresses. We wanted to try something different on our last album and somehow it didn't work out. We're gonna go back to our roots on the next release, don't worry, keep supporting us blah blah blah" kind of thing. Come to think about it, when was the last time you bought a Maiden album and were so very disappointed with it because Harris & co. had gone disco or had tried to incorporate rap vocals to the music going for a 'modern approach'? But people are still whining out there. This is Maiden. They're doing what they do the best and let me tell you something they're still one of a kind. If you don't like this type of music, well fine. But there's no need to complain. Read more ›
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49 of 59 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
I've seen Maiden in concert a half dozen times. I own everything they've released in about three or four different formats/versions. Remastered and non-remastered. Vinyl and CD.
Not to mention DVD.
So I bought Dance of Death with great expectations -- especially I had just seen Maiden blow away a sold-out audience in Detroit a month prior to its release.
Sadly, Dance of Death is only marginally better than Brave New World. And maybe not even better. Maybe just about as good.
What disappointed me about Dance of Death was its dearth of originality. Many of the songs reminded me of songs from Brave New World. (I dare any fan to deny that.) Or, worse, Virtual XI and X Factor. There's still a lot of repetition of verses going on, bad habits from the Blaze Bayley days, I'm afraid.
What saves this album, in my opinion (surely not its cheesy cover art -- where's Derek Riggs when you need him?), is the fact that it is, after all, Iron Maiden. And the classic line-up (plus one!) of Iron Maiden at that.
Nobody writes music like Iron Maiden. Nobody sounds like Bruce Dickinson. Nobody plays bass like Steve Harris. Nobody showboats like Janick Gers. Nobody has the speed and melody of Dave Murray or Adrian Smith. Even when they seem to parody themselves, Iron Maiden is still light years beyond most bands today.
And maybe that's why I've been harder on Dance of Death than I probably should have been. This is Iron Maiden, for Pete's sake! I've heard what they're capable of. They blow the roof off concert venues when they tour. And their back catalog of music still electrifies me some 15-20 years on.
That said, I must confess that "Wildest Dreams" was a blast to see performed live. And "Paschendale" is a fascinating epic of a song.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Living up to their standards of complexity and artistic excellence...
As along-time Iron Maiden fan, I simply had to get this album. Many people, fans or not, would automatically make the naïve assumption that a band who are known strictly as “an... Read more
Published 12 days ago by Hammerhead Music Man
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
I must have ordered the wrong thing!
Published 17 days ago by Lana Norris
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Maiden! Maiden! Maiden!
Published 27 days ago by Shawn Gwozdz
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
pretty good for being one of their later albums
Published 1 month ago by michael
5.0 out of 5 stars ... a fan of iron maiden since the 80's never disappointed with there...
listened to most of it have been a fan of iron maiden since the 80's never disappointed with there music a very good buy
Published 1 month ago by kenny cadarett
4.0 out of 5 stars Great to find online
I bought this for my boyfriend and he loves Iron Maiden. We've had a hard time find this CD for a reasonable price and so I scoped it up for him. Definitely a good buy!
Published 5 months ago by rockstarlover469
5.0 out of 5 stars An essential Maiden release.
This album and the following one are two of my favorites. You can tell they enjoyed making it and the tour for this album was spectacular. Read more
Published 9 months ago by CP
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Metal Band Ever
I bought my first Iron Maiden album when I was a teenager. When I got to college I moved away from metal into other genres but I have always been a metal head at heart. Read more
Published 11 months ago by LIONMAN
5.0 out of 5 stars Dance of Death
As with my other reviews of iron maiden and bruce, this a decent CD and it blends really good with my eddie box set.
Published 14 months ago by DS
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Happy
Just one scratch on the cover but, I don't mind. Not sealed but CD is in great condition. Played the whole thing the minute I opened the package. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Remi
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