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Release date: 16 August 2010
Style: Heavy metal


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01. Satellite 15... The Final Frontier
02. El Dorado
03. Mother Of Mercy
04. Coming Home
05. The Alchemist
06. Isle Of Avalon
07. Starblind
08. The Talisman
09. The Man Who Would Be King
10. When The Wild Wind Blows

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Produced by Kevin Shirley.
Co-produced by Steve Harris.
Mixed by Kevin 'Caveman' Shirley.
Recorded at Compass Point Studios, Nassau, Bahamas.
Engineer: Jared Kvitka.
Studio Technician: Terry Manning.
Additional recording and mix at The Cave, Malibu, CA.
Studio Technician: Brent Spear.
Assistant: James McCullagh.
SSL Duality Technician: Philip Scholes.
Mastered by Bob Ludwig at Gateway Mastering, Portland, ME.

Art Direction & Design by Peacock (Stuart Crouch, Andrew Yap, Anthony Dry, Rob Wallis).
Cover Illustration, working drawings and sketches by Melvyn Grant.
Photograph by John McMurtrie.
Background images pages 4/5 and 8/9 by Darkside Animations, background image pages 10/11 by Hangman.

Staff review by

Iron Maiden have had ups and downs, but they consistently stuck to their unique style. 2006's A Matter of Life and Death saw a serious departure from that style towards a darker, more progressive sound - it was only a partial success. Unfortunately, Steve Harris and Co. felt encouraged, and decided to go further in their departures. The first 4 songs on The Final Frontier rank among the worst this band has ever committed and most of the time sound nothing like the Iron Maiden everyone knows. Departure from style my ass. If they wanted to depart again, the previous album was the way to do it.

published 16.08.2010 | Comments (254)

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Death To Posers

It seems like it's become trendy to dislike any music that becomes even somewhat mainstream. I am by no means bitter; I'm guilty of this prejudice quite often. So, when I saw the album votes go the way they did for The Final Frontier I wasn't shocked. But, in all honesty, I thought this album was pretty hard! This is one of Maiden's most successful albums to date and for a damn good reason. While it does sound different from anything they've done before, that doesn't make it worse. Do you really want three albums that sound exactly like Brave New World?

published 18.01.2011 | Comments (46)

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Azarath - 22.02.2015 at 21:00  
Rating: 8 It's been a while since I listened to the whole thing in one sitting, but I often give some of the longer songs a spin.

Just now, I've listened to the second half.
Troutface Killah - 13.04.2015 at 16:40  
Rating: 8 Giving this record another round of plays lately myself and find that I'm really digging it this time...

Although I did not care much for "A Matter of Life and Death", I believe tracks 6 - 10 on this album are some of Maiden's best work. It's a more mature, prog rock oriented version of the band, not the balls out NWOBHM that we all know and with that said, it needs to be listened with a different attitude. As much as I love that old Maiden sound, I hope their next album is more like this, focusing more on that sound and I guess "perfecting" it.

They shouldn't try to make another "Number of the Beast" or even another "Brave New World" for that matter. I believe they are going in a good direction here.

Of course this is all just my opinion.

Get well Bruce! Up the Irons!
TheThunderthief - 29.05.2015 at 11:44  
Rating: 9 Criminally underrated album. "The Talisman", and "When The Wild Wind Blows" are one of the best songs made in this century.
Vikcen - 29.05.2015 at 12:27  
Rating: 9
Written by TheThunderthief on 29.05.2015 at 11:44

Criminally underrated album. "The Talisman", and "When The Wild Wind Blows" are one of the best songs made in this century.

Tú si que sabes jeje =) (yes, you know)

Up the Irons!

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