Iron Maiden - Dance Of Death


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Release date: 8 September 2003
Style: Heavy metal

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01. Wildest Dreams
02. Rainmaker
03. No More Lies
04. Montségur
05. Dance Of Death
06. Gates Of Tomorrow
07. New Frontier
08. Paschendale
09. Face In The Sand
10. Age Of Innocence
11. Journeyman

Line-up
Bruce Dickinson - vocals
Dave Murray - guitars
Adrian Smith - guitars
Janick Gers - guitars
Nicko McBrain - drums
Steve Harris - bass, keyboards

Additional info
Produced by Kevin "Caveman" Shirley & Steve Harris.
Mixing & recording by Kevin "Caveman" Shirley.
Engineering by Kevin "Caveman" Shirley, Drew Griffiths & Brad "The Brew" Spence.
Mastering by Tim Young.
Cover art & photography by Dave Patchett & Simon Fowler.

"Journeyman" is Iron Maiden's first ever fully acoustic track. "Face In The Sand" is their first song to feature double bass drumming.

The computer-generated cover art for the album was provided by David Patchett, but he asked to be removed from the credits because he was not satisfied with the result. The version used was actually a prototype provided by Patchett, but the band decided to use it in its incomplete form.

Guest review by
The Silent Man
Rating:
8.5
Dance Of Death. What a bad title. What a bad cover. What strange titles. Push play: what a banal opening! The single Wildest Dreams is one of the worst songs of this album. Why such a bad choice? Skip track and listen to the others. This album is great. I loved Brave New World but this one seems to be innovative and even better than his predecessor.

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published 18.09.2003 | Comments (8)

Staff review by
Pierre Tombale
Rating:
9.0
Iron Maiden's 2003 release was something that by the first listen didn't convince me much. I even went this far thinking to myself Bruce Dickinson should have rather continued with his solo career, but luckily I've waited long enough to change my mind.

Concluding there must be something entirely different to previous releases (which was also true for the Brave New World album) to make a die hard Iron Maiden (incl. Bruce Dickinson) fan shake his had (and I don't mean bang of course). The first thing that disturbed me was the first single ... It sounded rather poor and still does in comparison to the rest of the album. I mean it evokes the right feeling, continuing on paths of Brave New World, but on a much lower level and yes it took me some time to get into B. N. W., too... Anyway the second song' Rainmaker', that is still my favourite on the album, takes the opposite direction, entirely satisfying from the start, somehow something that I expected to be and it came out just right (thinking of nothing in particular though) the result is Rainmaker, an awesome song. Then at first I found other tracks to be rather lame and unsatisfying (for sure, I wouldn't have to state that I changed my mind, would I?). This category was filled by 'Dance Of Death' and the tracks from 'Paschendale' to the last song 'Journeyman'. I simply couldn't find the relation to older what I've heard before, indeed I rather thought, this is not really Maiden, this is some band of old dudes that will retire in the very near future.

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published 14.09.2004 | Comments (5)

Guest review by
Hyvaarin
Rating:
6.0
Singer Bruce Dickinson's return to Iron Maiden in 1999 was unsurprisingly met with a great deal of anticipation. Could his return bring the Irons out of the arguable rut into which they had fallen during the Blaze Bailey years? The energy and conviction of 2000's 'Brave New World' suggested that Iron Maiden were very much headed for the top once again. Unfortunately, this momentum was not to be sustained by the 2003 follow-up 'Dance Of Death'.

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published 19.02.2007 | Comments (16)

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22.12.2010 - 01:32
Rating: 7
JÄY
Metal slave

Posts: 1463
From: USA

Like it better than Brave New World .... im surprised at the rating gap
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20.04.2011 - 13:28
Rating: 10
Ajay Singh

Posts: 49
From: India

My all-time favorite album. And my first metal exposure. I listened to Dance of Death when i was 13, while all my friends were appreciating Indian romantic titles. When i checked this track, I felt like I was dancing in hell. From that day on, I've almost sunk deep into metal....
wooooo...

Hail Satan!!!!
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20.04.2011 - 13:58
*MetalSlave*

Posts: 37
From: India

Written by Ajay Singh on 20.04.2011 at 13:28
When i checked this track, I felt like I was dancing in hell.
Hail Satan!!!!

LOL..!
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11.02.2012 - 20:52
Rating: 8
Poirot

Posts: 27
From: France
The cover is terrible, but it has awesome songs in it ! Dance of Death, No More Lies and Rainmaker are the best here IMO.
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11.02.2012 - 22:04
JohnDoe
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This album has become one of my least favourite IM albums with Bruce; it got old so fast. Only great song is Paschendale. Most of the songs are repetitive and drag on for too long.
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12.02.2012 - 03:38
RavenKing

Posts: 1941
From: Canada

Written by Guest on 11.02.2012 at 22:04

Most of the songs are repetitive and drag on for too long.


That's the case with lots of songs since "The X Factor".
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They shake your hand and they smile and they buy you a drink
They say we'll be your friends we'll stick with you till the end
But everybody's only looking out for themselves
And you say who can you trust I'll tell you nobody
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26.03.2012 - 01:21
Cuca Beludo
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The first three tracks are awful, especially "Wildest Dreams."
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26.03.2012 - 02:31
Troy Killjoy
perfunctionist

Posts: 18929
From: Canada

Written by Guest on 26.03.2012 at 01:21
The entire album is awful.

Fix'd.
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Prettier than BloodTears.
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14.10.2012 - 00:01
Rating: 7
Dead Eternity

Posts: 407
From: Brazil

This is when Maiden became unoriginal...
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14.10.2012 - 23:04
Rating: 7
JÄY
Metal slave

Posts: 1463
From: USA

Written by Dead Eternity on 14.10.2012 at 00:01

This is when Maiden became unoriginal...

What do you mean by unoriginal?
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15.10.2012 - 23:56
Rating: 7
Dead Eternity

Posts: 407
From: Brazil

Written by JÄY on 14.10.2012 at 23:04

Written by Dead Eternity on 14.10.2012 at 00:01

This is when Maiden became unoriginal...

What do you mean by unoriginal?

Throughout this album, some riffs sound the same, it's like they plagiarized themselves over and over... And the same happens in the next album, A Matter Of Life And Death. I didn't listen to Final Frontier yet, but I think it probably sounds the same. I didn't even bother to listen to it...
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16.10.2012 - 07:02
Rating: 7
JÄY
Metal slave

Posts: 1463
From: USA

Written by Dead Eternity on 15.10.2012 at 23:56

I didn't even bother to listen to it...

I would advise you to keep it that way
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19.10.2012 - 15:49
Rating: 7
Dead Eternity

Posts: 407
From: Brazil

Written by JÄY on 16.10.2012 at 07:02

Written by Dead Eternity on 15.10.2012 at 23:56

I didn't even bother to listen to it...

I would advise you to keep it that way

Say, JÄY, is my English good or bad? I want to know... No jokes, please
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19.10.2012 - 18:46
Rating: 7
JÄY
Metal slave

Posts: 1463
From: USA

Written by Dead Eternity on 19.10.2012 at 15:49

Written by JÄY on 16.10.2012 at 07:02

Written by Dead Eternity on 15.10.2012 at 23:56

I didn't even bother to listen to it...

I would advise you to keep it that way

Say, JÄY, is my English good or bad? I want to know... No jokes, please

I assumed it was your first language... so pretty good, dude
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20.10.2012 - 00:05
Rating: 7
Dead Eternity

Posts: 407
From: Brazil

Written by JÄY on 19.10.2012 at 18:46

Written by Dead Eternity on 19.10.2012 at 15:49

Written by JÄY on 16.10.2012 at 07:02

Written by Dead Eternity on 15.10.2012 at 23:56

I didn't even bother to listen to it...

I would advise you to keep it that way

Say, JÄY, is my English good or bad? I want to know... No jokes, please

I assumed it was your first language... so pretty good, dude

Thanks! ^^
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12.11.2012 - 22:22
Rating: 8
Dentura
Shadow King

Posts: 1260
From: USA

Definitely their second weakest 2000s album and the weakest artwork in their entire career (CGI for the lose lol ). However, it's still very solid, with awesome songs like the title track, "Paschendale", "Journeyman", "Gates of Tomorrow", and "Montsegur" heard throughout. It may not be one of Maiden's strongest releases, but when compared to some of the other albums that came out in 2003 (*cough *cough St. Anger *cough *cough), it still stands on it's own as a very good album.

EDIT: "Journeyman" and the title track are two of my all-time fave Iron Maiden songs (with the title track at #1)
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...And so death to the falsity of thy former rulers. Thy kingdom of "heaven" burns in a field of fire, and Dentura is the one true God thou must yield thy hearts and souls to in absolute submission. It is his ultimate decree and will unto thee..
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02.03.2013 - 13:20
Rating: 9
Aristarchos

Posts: 797
From: Sweden
The first 7 tracks are quite boring, but I really love the last 4.
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04.03.2013 - 01:06
Rating: 8
Bad English
Masterchief

Posts: 44945
From: Sweden

Written by JÄY on 14.10.2012 at 23:04

Written by Dead Eternity on 14.10.2012 at 00:01

This is when Maiden became unoriginal...

What do you mean by unoriginal?


when people get old they becaim, but still for age 40 and such time and glory pass buy they still are orginal. Good album, and seems band find a way put best 2 songs in 1 and 2 at album ... well those are strongest there
I like thius better than Brave New World actualy
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Life is to short for LOVE, there is many great things to do online !!!

Stormtroopers of Death - ''Speak English or Die''

I better die, because I never will learn speek english, so I choose dieing
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04.03.2013 - 11:10
Rating: 8
Ellrohir
Heaven Knight

Posts: 8284
From: Czech Republic

This is where i started with Iron Maiden...still remember seeing "Wildest Dreams" video in music tv and thinking its pretty weird (was like 15 or so)
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So behold the flight of the sapphire dragon
soaring through the skies once again


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16.07.2014 - 06:05
Rating: 10
mikeprado30

Posts: 714
From: Costa Rica
This is my favorite XXI century's Maiden album. More epic than ever and every song is majestic and magical. No More Lies, DANCE OF DEATH, Montségur, Paschendale, Face in the Sand and The Journeyman are EXCELLENT!!!
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24.09.2015 - 04:09
Rating: 9
Nicko's Nose

Posts: 251
From: Canada

One of my favorite Maiden albums. So fcking underrated! Paschendale might be the best Maiden song since the reunion!
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08.07.2016 - 20:40
Rating: 7
CakeTrolley

Posts: 175
From: Finland

Overall I like this album, none of the songs are bad and there are some clear highlights (Paschendale, Face in the Sand and those guitar harmonies at 4 minutes into Montségur) but the album is way too long and the production is shit, the guitar tone is weak. Enjoyable but weaker than Brave New World and AMOLAD.
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05.01.2017 - 01:46
Rating: 8
Bad English
Masterchief

Posts: 44945
From: Sweden

After re listen previuse and this oen actually I say this is and last one are powerful albums, not classic maiden but still band delivered powerful peace, a bit diferent musical, slower, band gets older but still all was in style
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Life is to short for LOVE, there is many great things to do online !!!

Stormtroopers of Death - ''Speak English or Die''

I better die, because I never will learn speek english, so I choose dieing
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