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Album Review: Iron Maiden – “Senjutsu”

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Friday, September 3, 2021 at 9:03 AM (PST)

And now the question must be asked…Is Eddie the biggest cultural appropriator in metal or a galaxy-wide undead magic ambassador? Seriously, we have had Egyptian Eddie, Book Of Souls Eddie, Yautja look-a-like space alien Eddie, Indian headdress Eddie and now Samurai Eddie? Relax, dude. You’re like the Lana Del Rey of metal mascots at this point. It is feeling slightly cringe.

Anyway, here comes the real review…in a time of horrible compressed five second attention span Spotify-advert ready “music” being shoved commercially into our minds and reprogramming us to forget what any non soda commercial production sounds like, it feels counterintuitive to critique an institution of heavy metal intergrity like the legendary Iron Maiden. But being a rock writer and respecting the genre history also means you have to get your hands dirty sometimes.

Senjutsu, the 17th studio album, will give you a general Iron Maiden feel and elicit a certain nostalgia. It also certainly has highlights and if you love the band you can’t help but root for them and feel a huge sense of gratitude and warmth that lends a more charitable view to the records shortcomings. But let’s get down to brass tacks. If you play the new Iron Maiden album back to back with Blaze Bayley’s “War Within Me” or “The Dream of Alan Turing” there is no question that the Blaze solo album blows it out of the water for passionate performances and a much higher energy level. Blaze also simply sounds WAY stronger than Dickinson vocally now, who has sounded winded often on the last few Maiden releases. Blaze also did a Samurai thing first, so I hear.

As much as I love Bruce and he is iconic, and as much as he hasn’t gotten as bad as some of Axl’s worst having an off night on stage reed thin dry falsetto parrot sounds or  the outright gerbil swallowing, marbles and beer foam gargling internet melting trainwrecks in the case of Vince Neil, there are times even on studio tracks when Bruce sounds like he is struggling. He actually sounds better live sometimes than on the albums, IMO.

“The Writing On The Wall” was a great choice for a single, an exciting even if slower track that sounds like more classic era Maiden met with some spaghetti western adventure. It was a thrill to hear the single and gave me a lot of hope for the record. Unfortunately the album doesn’t curtail the bloat that hurt The Book Of Souls and The Final Frontier. Maiden have always been their own worst editors. I guess it is hard when you are used to huge and epic songs and have a very enabling fandom. And I love Maiden and this review already sounds way harsher than intended, so let me clarify.

As latter day metal elder Statesman, I understand that Dickinson and company might be holding it down and emphasizing long form poetic lyrical stories that stretch over vast track times. The problem is this makes for great read along with the booklet story time moments more than an invitation for repeat listening  unless the music is also as in synch with the story such as on the pretty decent “When The Wild Wind Blows” from The Final Frontier. When it works as a formula, it is still epic. When it doesn’t, shit gets super meandering. And it doesn’t help that Bruce these days needs more multi-tracking to beef up the vocals and the delivery lacks as much energy often and is more anemic.

They just can’t deliver the same punch as their younger and higher energy days as often, which is not their fault. The problem is they don’t trim fat or play to their current strengths enough.  “Lost In A Lost World” literally sounds like a bunch of cool yet wholly random and vaguely cheery at times Maiden riffs sort of glued together (though it does have an outro section after a pretty rockin’ solo that mixes the dynamics up and is one of the most thrilling moments on the album). It is a shame the song feels kind of disjointed because the intro of the song is an introspective, weary traveler type section that has some of the most powerful appeals to the bittersweet nature of our human condition on an album of juggled themes. But all in all it aint “Stranger In A Strange Land” (which the Brave New World album title already set a precedent for referencing, it seems) and this new song shares titles with a Moody Blues song that is pretty well loved.

4:31 of “The Time Machine” almost is a Rage Against The Machine riff, so there are some twists and turns. Ultimately the record suffers though from too much mid tempo similarity that doesn’t really crest. Track two, “Stratego” feels like it just sort of ends because it doesn’t know what else to do. While guitar solos are a highlight and the keyboards as well, the solos vary between lighting an emotional spark and feeling like a space filler, it hurts to say.

“Days Of Future Past” kicks off with some punch and swagger that reminded me of “The Eye” by King Diamond before the best riff of the album precedes Bruce’s arguably strongest performance and fullest voiced takes on the record. I kept being distracted though as an X-Men nerd comparing the lyrics to the story or movie version and also wondering why Bruce didn’t just write a song about the Silver Samurai fighting Eddie, lol. “Death Of The Celts” feels the most “important” as far as the lyrics and music having the most resonant connective tissue and the slow and moody intro is absolutely fantastic, one of the band’s best arrangements in years and a song which will absolutely entrance audiences if they play it live to a packed house.

All in all, while I am happy it is here and some of the themes and musical passages are quite cool (including a hard rock section of “The Parchment” that musically reminded me of a less interesting than “Zombie Eaters” by Faith No More), it doesn’t wind me up half as much as I hoped it would.

The Iron Maiden machine has gifted us with another future classic, the massive new song (and accompanying epic animated video) “The Writing On The Wall”. While I liked the band’s last few efforts, this single struck me as the most classic feeling number in awhile. No shade on The Book Of Souls or The Final Frontier intended, as both have plenty of rad moments like the galloping “Speed of Light” and larger than life, cinematic “Starblind”, to name two jams. But something about this new song just hit me like OLD Maiden. It is super easy to sing along with and has such an adventurous 80’s feel and a larger than life, grandiose video steeped in Maiden lore of (cough) Biblical proportions. I would kill for a whole record like this if the band has one more in them before the writing is, indeed, on the wall.

Bruce Dickinson conceived the video in conjunction with former Pixar executives Mark Andrews and Andrew Gordon. It was eventually produced with the London-based animation studio BlinkInk and does not fall short.

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RIP Martin Birch

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Monday, August 10, 2020 at 1:24 PM (PST)

Famed British producer Martin Birch has passed away. Birch is known for his iconic work with Whitesnake, Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden, Fleetwood Mac, Deep Purple and more. His legacy is simply unfuckwithable.

Rising, Stormbringer, Mob Rules, the bulk of Maiden’s most important work, Birch had his hands in more classic albums than most people ever get to be a part of.

Pour one out for Martin today and thank him for all he did for us! Read some tributes HERE.

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Valentine’s Day jams for your broken little metal hearts

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Wednesday, February 14, 2018 at 1:12 PM (PST)

It is Valentine’s Day so many metal heads are currently crying alone in mom’s basement. Or maybe the power of metal has infused your life with romance. Maybe you even are ok with loving yourself. That is fine.

Regardless of your needs, we have a wacky little soundtrack for you today to celebrate.

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The new Iron Maiden comic seems pretty darn legit

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Thursday, August 17, 2017 at 1:17 PM (PST)

Metalsucks ran a piece on the new Iron Maiden comic expanding on their recent video game. Read it HERE. Not much to add except this seems like a pretty fun idea and we will take any excise to post about Iron Maiden around here . My favorite variant cover is above.

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Nice recap of Book Of Souls Tour at Metal Insider

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Saturday, July 29, 2017 at 10:28 AM (PST)

Metal Insider published a nice recap of the importance of Maiden‘s recent The Book Of Souls Tour in the long and short run a few days ago. Check it out below.

The chapter ends on Iron Maiden’s ‘Book Of Souls’ tour

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Six Feet Under stream “Invader” (Judas Priest cover)

Posted by longhairedpoet on Wednesday, April 13, 2016 at 6:12 PM (PST)

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Florida Death metallers Six Feet Under are preparing to release their fourth installment in their series of cover albums Graveyard Classics.

This album will be called Graveyard Classics: The Number of the Priest and will feature covers of, you guest it, Iron Maiden and Judas Priest songs.

Graveyard Classics: The Number of the Priest will be released on May 27 via Metal Blade Records.

Stream “Invader”, check out the tracklist for Graveyard Classics: The Number of the Priest and Six Feet Under tour dates here.

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From the opening Dickinsonian aged but truly  emphatic power yell to great riffs , tones and the dead lock rhythm section of Steve and Nicko, the new Iron Maiden song blazes by in a flash of nostalgia yet with the ever more present future doom  scaling sci fi visions on the edge of reality somewhere that Bruce provides (think last album’s epic title track).

Still, you feel the forward momentum as “Speed Of Light” bears down on you. It’s much more direct and packs a major punch. When I went to bed last night it had about 12,000 plays and now is over 600,000 not even 24 hours later. That is what I call heavy metal.

At the end of the day though, this is Nicko’s song. He pounds the living shit out of this number.

And did I mention I love the arcade games? Limited Santi Casas print for the song can be found HERE and will surely go as fast as the song title.

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Iron Maiden announce “The Book Of Souls”

Posted by Metal Riot on Thursday, June 18, 2015 at 11:14 AM (PST)

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IRON MAIDEN’s eagerly awaited new studio album The Book Of Souls will be released globally on 4th September through Parlophone Records (Sanctuary Copyrights/BMG in the U.S.A.). It was recorded in Paris with their longstanding producer Kevin “Caveman” Shirley in late 2014, with the finishing touches added earlier this year.  However, the band decided to delay its release so that vocalist Bruce Dickinson, who was recently given the all-clear from a tumour, would have time to recuperate sufficiently to join in the preparations for the album’s launch.

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Deep Cuts: Blaze Bayley

Posted by Andrew Johann Datoush on Sunday, April 26, 2015 at 1:26 PM (PST)

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Known as the lead singer of WOLFSBANE in the 80s, IRON MAIDEN in the 90s, and his own solo band since 2000, BLAZE BAYLEY is truly what he said he was with his 2008 album, titled The Man Who Would Not Die. Having just passed the 30 year mark in the metal world, Blaze is showing absolutely no signs of slowing down, and in fact, his voice seems to get stronger with each album.

Picking out the traditional 3 songs for this article was a very tough task. Being the BLAZE BAYLEY fanboy that I admittedly am, I had 3 bands with incredible song writing to choose from, all with a decade worth of material.

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Bruce Dickinson undergoes cancer treatment

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Thursday, February 19, 2015 at 8:20 AM (PST)

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It will always be debated whether Iron Maiden or Sabbath is the best heavy metal band of all time. Their legacy is secure and even more than that, the band still thrives. My father just died of cancer a few weeks ago and I found the song “The Final Frontier” to be inspiring lyrically and was just listening to it to cheer myself up the other day. Now we get the news Bruce himself is undergoing treatment, yet another reason to say #fuckcancer

posted by Maiden camp:

BRUCE DICKINSON UNDERGOES CANCER TREATMENT

Just before Christmas, Maiden vocalist Bruce Dickinson visited his doctor for a routine check-up. This led to tests and biopsies which revealed a small cancerous tumour at the back of his tongue. A seven week course of chemotherapy and radiology treatment was completed yesterday. As the tumour was caught in the early stages, the prognosis thankfully is extremely good. Bruce’s medical team fully expect him to make a complete recovery with the all clear envisaged by late May. It will then take a further few months for Bruce to get back to full fitness. In the meantime we would ask for your patience, understanding and respect for Bruce and his family’s privacy until we update everyone by the end of May. Bruce is doing very well considering the circumstances and the whole team are very positive.

Up the irons, Bruce. Here’s hoping you’ll be flying the plane again and singing for us all soon.

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Iron Maiden show in London sells out in 12 minutes, second show added

Posted by GageT on Friday, June 28, 2013 at 8:54 AM (PST)

Iron MaidenIron Maiden’s show at the O2 Arena in London on August 3 sold out in 12 minutes a while back, resulting in ticket scalpers reselling those tickets anywhere from $500-$1000. Since Maiden is made of cool dudes, the band decided to just do another show the night after.

Vocalist Bruce Dickinson had this to say:

We’ve all been having such a fantastic time on this tour. From the very first show in North America last year to the European dates we are doing now, it’s just been tremendous fun. Our fans have been brilliant as usual, and seem to be loving the setlist and the stage production! So we thought that because this tour has been such an amazing experience for band and fans alike, it somehow seems right to finish up back home in England and have the final show celebration on home turf. And now instead of one night’s celebration back home, we get to have two!!

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Only five more years to see Iron Maiden live as many times as humanly possible

Posted by SeanB on Tuesday, October 16, 2012 at 8:27 AM (PST)

Iron MaidenThey say all good things must come to an end, but why this???  It looks like Iron Maiden bass player Steve Harris has been quoted as saying that the band probably only has another five good years until they hang it up.  While it’s understandable what he’s saying about getting older and not wanting to sell the fans short, I think everyone is missing the important question that this whole thing is raising.  AREN’T THE MEMBERS OF IRON MAIDEN IMMORTAL?!?!  What’s next, Manowar are mere flesh and blood?  The world is coming apart at the seams people.

If you think you can do it without crying and would like to read the entire quote from Harris you can do so by clicking here.

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Just when you thought he couldn’t get any cooler, Iron Maiden frontman Bruce Dickinson goes and creates 1,000 or so jobs in the next 18 months.  We reported a while back how Bruce had recently started his own aviation maintenance company called Cardiff Aviation Ltd. in Wales.  Well, in this video he takes us on a full tour of the facility, and it seems like he really has his shit together. (was there ever any doubt?)

Just to warn you, Bruce is in a suit the whole time so it’s a little weird.  To watch the video tour and read some quotes from the man himself click here.

Bruce is leasing the Twin Peaks Hangar at St Athan, Vale of Glamorgan in Wales, United Kingdom from the Welsch government (radioactive isotopes and all) and will help maintain airliners and other large aircraft for major and independent airlines. It will also have facilities to complete the full range of ancillary aircraft maintenance and training activities and has the expertise and approvals to certify aircraft from many jurisdictions, including the USA.

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Is there anything that Bruce Dickinson doesn’t do??? We all know that he flies planes, is an awesome fencer, and is a huge submarine enthusiast, and oh yeah, and he sings for Iron Maiden dammit!  But who saw him opening his own aviation maintenance business?  I guess it makes sense since he is a pilot, so Bruce has decided to start up Cardiff Aviation ltd.

Bruce is leasing the Twin Peaks Hangar at St Athan, Vale of Glamorgan in Wales, United Kingdom from the Welsch government and will help maintain airliners and other large aircraft for major and independent airlines. It will also have facilities to complete the full range of ancillary aircraft maintenance and training activities and has the expertise and approvals to certify aircraft from many jurisdictions, including the USA.

Wow Bruce, wow.

To read the official quotes about the project from the man himself click here.

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