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BRUCE DICKINSON - "Tyranny Of Souls" - 2005 - Sanctuary Records

Track Listing
1. Mars Within (Intro.)
2. Abduction
3. Soul Intruders
4. Kill Devil Hill
5. Navigate The Seas Of The Sun
6. River Of No Return
7. Power Of The Sun
8. Devil On A Hog
9. Believil
10. A Tyranny Of Souls
This is Bruce Dickinson's first solo-album in 7 years, that is since the critically acclaimed "Chemical Wedding". And like "Chemical Wedding", the production is again entrusted to Roy Z, who also plays guitar in the album.

Leaving all rhetoric aside, Bruce has here done what Iron Maiden haven't managed to do in about a decade: namely sounding fresh and proposing something different both lyrically and especially musically. In fact, Iron Maiden's records have continuously been giving that "I've heard that before" feeling which is a pity since they remain great musicians and their songs have nothing particularly 'wrong' in themselves. But it's Bruce Dickinson were talking about here, and we've got a very good reason to do so.

"Tyranny..." is definitely one of the heaviest records Bruce has ever done and also the darkest (check out 'Believil'). It's also quite diverse, containing heavy riffs as well as great solos. 'Abduction' and 'Devil On A Hog' are 2 prime examples. Roy Z has done a top job both in the production as well as guitar departments. The few 'quieter' moments, such as 'Navigate The Seas Of The Sun' or the album's instrumental intro, actually help give the album a sinister feel. As regards Bruce, well I was taken aback at how much he's improved, while still being instantly recognisable.

Lyrically, "Tyranny Of Souls" was inspired by a William Blake poem, Blake being one of the greats in English literature. One might draw parallels with other infernal visions in literature, such as Milton's "Paradise Lost" or Dante's "La Divina Commedia". Yep, the fiery bowels of Hell have been a continuous source of inspiration for Metal! This is also reflected in the artwork of "Tyranny...", a fascinating depiction of Hell by Hans Hemling.

Reviewing a CD by a metal icon, one has to be aware not to be influenced by the artist's status. Considering this, although I won't define "Tyranny..." as a masterpiece, its definitely a great album. Bruce and Maiden fans will be delighted.


My rating: 8.5/10


--MetalKnight



Maximum Metal Rating Legend - Click for Full Details
5 Excellent - Buy it and say a prayer to the metal gods that you were tuned on to this masterpiece. A classic.
4-4.5 Great - Almost perfect records but there's probably a clunker or a lacking somewhere to keep it from perfection. You won't feel bad about dropping some bones on these.
3.5 Good - Most of the record is good, but there may be some filler. This is the OK range where you'd search for the record on sale or used.
3 Average - Some good songs, some bad ones at about a half/half ratio. Could show skills but be dull overall. Redeeming qualities for indy bands are effort and passion. Majors that don't try or suck outright end up here.
2-2.5 Fair - Worth a listen, but best obtained by collectors. There is much better metal out there.
1-1.5 Bad - Major problems with music, lyrics, production, etc.
0 Terrible or an otherwise waste of your life and time.

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Tyranny Of SoulsBruce Dickinson
2005
Ken Pierce11/1/2005
Tyranny Of SoulsBruce Dickinson
2005
Frank Hill6/9/2005
Tyranny Of SoulsBruce Dickinson
2005
MetalKnight5/17/2005


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