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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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Coming Home
When I stand before you shining In the early morning Sun When I feel the engines roar And I think of what we've done Oh the bittersweet... See the rest of the song lyrics
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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. 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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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 27
  2. Negative: 1 out of 27
  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
    Don't listen to the critics, especially Rolling Stone, who lost touch with music years ago. this album is absolutely excellent in every way.Don't listen to the critics, especially Rolling Stone, who lost touch with music years ago. this album is absolutely excellent in every way. Maiden has once again proven that they are the kings of the metal genre. Space, Death, Arthurian Legend, love, hate and nuclear devastation all brought under one umbrella, this album proves that Iron Maiden is still relevant to the metal world.

    Standout Tracks: Mother of Mercy, Isle of Avalon, The Talisman, When the Wild Wind Blows.
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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. Mar 22, 2015
    9
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  6. Sep 10, 2021
    8
    Good album, plenty of epic songs (isle of Avalon, When the wild wind blows, the man who would be king, Talisman) and when their not doing bigGood album, plenty of epic songs (isle of Avalon, When the wild wind blows, the man who would be king, Talisman) and when their not doing big epic they're doing medium epic! (coming Home, Starblind, Mother of Mercy) Not an easy album to get into so will probably require a few listens but this is more great Maiden. Expand
  7. Jan 9, 2020
    3
    Finally listening to this album in its entirety. Some thoughts. Satellite 15 is an excellent opening track. The segue into Final Frontier andFinally listening to this album in its entirety. Some thoughts. Satellite 15 is an excellent opening track. The segue into Final Frontier and the following 4 tracks are all garbage. Has Maiden forgotten how to write memorable short songs? I don't see a need to listen to that kind of mediocrity from Maiden again. The album finally starts to click with the Isle of Avalon and maintains that pace through The Man Who Would Be King. The last song, WTWWB gets a thumbs down. Bruce's uninspired vocals really grate on my nerves for most of the song. Hearing him phone it in and lazily sing along with the guitar melody is hardly the "Wild" I was expecting. When he finally does can it, the instrumental pieces are decent. Overall, it's the weakest of all of Maiden's epic songs. Taken as a whole album there are only 4 songs I would consider revisiting but are they good because the rest of the album is terrible? Hard to say. Isle of Avalon is the stand out but not really at the same time. Expand

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