British Lion

Metascore
56

Mixed or average reviews - based on 5 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 5
  2. Negative: 1 out of 5
  1. Kerrang!
    Oct 23, 2012
    80
    British Lion is a brilliant album. [8 Sep 2012, p.52]
  2. Oct 23, 2012
    60
    British Lion might surprise longtime Ed Heads in that it's more redolent of the sort of '80s hard-rock bands who dominated the radio waves when Maiden couldn't, like Dokken and even Whitesnake.
  3. Oct 23, 2012
    50
    A serviceable slab of unpretentious yet utterly forgettable '80s retro-metal that adheres to every cliché in the book.
  4. Q Magazine
    Oct 23, 2012
    40
    The lyrics on British Lion are at best workmanlike, tackling vague concepts with a deadening succession of cliches. [Nov 2012, p.98]
  5. Oct 23, 2012
    30
    Sadly, the quality of song writing and accompanying musicianship--i.e., everyone except 'arry--is mediocre at best.
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  1. Mar 27, 2016
    5
    Expectations for this album were always going to be sky high; Steve Harris is only the founder of the greatest heavy metal band, no big deal.Expectations for this album were always going to be sky high; Steve Harris is only the founder of the greatest heavy metal band, no big deal. Sadly, to say his fellow performers are not the accomplished musicians he plays with in Iron Maiden is a massive understatement. It sounds like a demo belonging to some newly formed band that was forced to be released on a major record label and passed off as an album. Most of the songs are immediately forgettable. The singer has very little vocal presence and even Harris' writing/performing contributions are not really enough to salvage it. Would not recommend to anyone who doesn't consider themselves an Iron Maiden fan either. Full Review »