1. Satellite 15… the Final Frontier
2. El Dorado
3. Mother of Mercy
4. Coming Home
5. The Alchemist
6. Isle of Avalon
8. The Talisman
9. The Man Who Would Be King
10. When the Wild Wind Blows
Release Date: 16 August 2010 – EMI Records
Iron Maiden are one of the best band in heavy metal music and if they go on playing for another 20 years, then I know that many people with me will keep listening to them. Every time they announce the recording of a new album we just count the days till the right one when we are able to hear it.
When we heard the title, The Final Frontier, there were many who said that this album may be the last one, but as Steve Harris said ”we don’t want this album to be our last one”. Well we hope that those words be true, but even if this album is the last, we know that we will listen to all the albums with great pleasure every day.
The Final Frontier is a typical Maiden album, much better than the previous albums, A Matter of Life and Death, and Dance of Death. May the most songs are big in last, but what make them unique are the clues of progressive metal and so we can say that the album is seperated in heavy Maiden and progressive Maiden songs. ”Satellite 15…The Final Frontier” is a surprised song that nobody could foresse it, its INTroduction which is too aggressive and the rest part of the song. ”El Dorado” is the track which we heard it from the single and although Bruce said that this song wasn’t good enough, I disagree with him because this song is great and has a galloped rhythm that graps you at once! ”Mother of mercy”, ”The alcemist”, ”Isle of Avalon” and ”Starblind” are so great songs that nobody will be able to forget them and as a result they will listen to them again and again. These songs are so easily remembered because of their refrens, melodies and all the progressive clues they contain. ”Coming Home” is different from the others because of its riff which takes you to another period of time and when you leave from a place you will sing that song so as not to forget all the good times you had and the things that you are going to face during your return to home. Incredible song!! Now I would like to make a reference to ”The Talisman” especially to its acoustic INTrduction. Before the recording of Somewhere Back In Time Bruce Dickinson wanted to create an album which would be heard like some Zeppelin albums with acoustic guitars, but nobody of the others followed his thoughts. Now 24 years later, Bruce’s thought and wish became reallity. Just listen to the song and you will see what I mean. In the conclusion of the album there are two songs that are big in last ”The man who would be a king” and ”When the wild wind blows”. The first one is something like a farewell but so true to be unreal and the second one, for me, is the best song for the ending of an album like this! Both of the songs have a superior development either in guitars or in lyrics!!
The sound of The Final Frontier is neither like The Trooper nor like The Number of the Beast, is totally different and as Dave Murray said ”we wanted for The Final Frontier the sound of 2010 and not the sound of the ’80s”. All the guys did their best, Adrian, Bruce, Steve, Dave, Nicko and Janick gave everything the had!
This album is a real diamond, a creation of heavy progressive metal and if you want to realize how good it is, then you have to listen to it not only one time, but two, three and why not six or seven!! It’s a treasure!!
Review by Dr. Feelgood
BUY THIS ALBUM: Iron Maiden – The Final Frontier