The Final Frontier

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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. There are more ideas here than many bands manage in their entire career, but in inimitable Maiden style, it's woven together beautifully.
  2. Now they've reinforced their position as the credible elder statesmen of metal, with a tightly focused, self-referential effort.
  3. Kerrang!
    80
    Only Iron Maiden know if this is their last hurrah. But if it is, they're going out the same way they came in: fearless, adventurous, and with a record that'll still bowl you over in a decade's time. [7 Aug 2010, p.50]
  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. Q Magazine
    60
    Steel-plated national treasures hit the epic button. [Sept. 2010, p. 117]
  7. Maiden have long had a knack for the lung-busting chorus, but what impresses here are the complicated arrangements.

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  1. 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
    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.
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  2. Nov 5, 2011
    10
    Excellent piece of metal work!!! Where is Judas Priest in this time? long Life IronExcellent piece of metal work!!! Where is Judas Priest in this time? long Life Iron Maiden!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Expand
  3. 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
    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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  4. 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
    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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  5. Dec 10, 2010
    9
    Like 'A Matter of Life and Death' this album is a bit of a grower for sure, but sticking to their classic vibe while striving to push theirLike 'A Matter of Life and Death' this album is a bit of a grower for sure, but sticking to their classic vibe while striving to push their creative boundries makes 'The Final Frontier' one of Iron Maiden's most solid albums to date. Expand
  6. Aug 24, 2015
    9
    In my opinion, only two albums by Iron maiden are better than this one: Seventh Son of a Seventh Son and Brave New World.

    Among the songs,
    In my opinion, only two albums by Iron maiden are better than this one: Seventh Son of a Seventh Son and Brave New World.

    Among the songs, "the alchemist" stands out. That could be the best song ever made by Iron Maiden. Only a few songs that they made are as good as "the alchemist": Brave new World, Moonchild, Aces High, The Clairvoyant, Can I play with Madness, be quick or be dead, Infinite Dreams, and a few others. They are just as good, but none is _better_ than the alchemist.

    Two other songs, "coming home" and "starblind", are almost at the same level. These are two masterpieces. To give you an idea, they are at the same level as "ghost of thee navigator" from Brave New World.

    Another song, the Talisman, is good but not great.

    The other songs are all fair and reach good levels at times, but they not inspired.
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  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 albumI'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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