The Final Frontier - Iron Maiden
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  • Summary: The heavy metal legends return with their 15th studio release, still reinventing rock 35 years into their careers.
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  1. Positive: 9 out of 15
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  1. There are more ideas here than many bands manage in their entire career, but in inimitable Maiden style, it's woven together beautifully.
  2. The Final Frontier might sound alien at first, but Iron Maiden's DNA is splashed all over it.
  3. Now they've reinforced their position as the credible elder statesmen of metal, with a tightly focused, self-referential effort.
  4. The Final Frontier is the kind of record that takes several listens to truly appreciate, but it's definitely worth it.
  5. Nearly 77 minutes, The Final Frontier calls for a harsher edit and, of course, Maiden's early punk tenacity.
  6. The Final Frontier becomes less an exercise in experimentation than old-fashioned endurance, and the hushed-intro-bombastic-chorus dynamic begins to grate a little.
  7. While sometimes The Final Frontier seems to mine the Maiden groove until the canary chirps its last, the better songs are an indication that they aren't yet trading solely on their reputation.

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  1. Positive: 20 out of 21
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  1. Aug 18, 2010
    10
    A Review in a few sentences:

    Iron Maiden has another winner on their hands. Iron Maiden has proven time and time again why they are one of
    the best heavy metal bands ever. Every track on "The Final Frontier" is worth listening to. Buy it.

    P.S. Rolling Stone sold its soul years ago.
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  2. Aug 22, 2010
    10
    Brilliant comes to mind.
    Listen to it a few times in its entirety, its honestly too big to digest in one listen, you may ask yourself along
    the way if they can do this or that the way they did and then you will come back to it again latter and say yes, yes they can and then you smile as it just keeps getting better and better. Expand
  3. Aug 18, 2010
    10
    Well done guys. This album is absolutely brilliant. Delicate, powerful, dark and beautiful. Like any album worth listening too its got a tiny "slow burner" element to it, meaning it took me 2 or 3 listens before I fell for it head over heels. Personally, I think it is better than anything they have release since Seventh Son... and that is saying something. Expand
  4. Mar 25, 2012
    10
    Can't stop listening to this album! Its something a little different from most maiden albums, but still great, i especially like "when the wild wind blows" and "mother of mercy". Expand
  5. Aug 18, 2010
    10
    EXCELLENT !!!

    Iron Maiden has done it again,it is a powerful and a melodic album,full of good guitar riffs.Bruce and Nicko are the stars of
    the album.
    Don't listen to critics,it is a great album.
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  6. May 7, 2012
    9
    Iron Maiden's The Final Frontier is once again a triumph, as the band proves that it can still play perfectly fine. It does take a few listenings to, but it seems now that this is one of their better albums. The only song I don't like as much is Mother of Mercy. Otherwise, every song is pretty strong. The Final Frontier (The second half of it at least) along with When the Wild Wind ?Blows stand out to me as the best songs. Just fantastic. Expand
  7. Aug 19, 2010
    4
    I'm one of those old timey Maiden fans who thinks their absolute creative peak was "The Number of the Beast" and their last really good album was "Seventh Son". Since then they were producing auto-cloned and sub-par versions of their own music, progressively less interesting as the years went by. Listenable in a pinch, but why would you want to listen to weak Maiden when you have the first seven strong albums? This time, they don't even sound like themselves and you might feel that's a good thing, but it isn't. Instead of the uninspired and tired music you kind of like, you get uninspired and tired music you might not necessarily like as much.

    Still, even here, with the "new sound" we get the obligatory syncopated "Alexander the Great" clone and the assortment of adolescent, movie and history channel inspired themes understandable when the musicians are barely legal, but kind of sad when coming from the 45+ lot. This is their third consecutive album which I have listened to once and never had the need to listen to again. Even the album cover is among the worst in their discography. I love Maiden and they will always have a special place in my heart but this is just not good. As ever: Up the Irons!
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