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Bruce Dickinson - Tyrany of Souls - Sanctuary - 2005

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
After an early run of sub-par releases from Maiden's ubervocalist Bruce Dickinson, it's very pleasing to note that his last triple set has been wonderful. There's really no need to compare the mighty Maiden to Bruce's solo output in style; the former being more melodically complex with guitar leads often to the point of overabundance and the latter's with Roy Z. working more with foundation riffs that don't significantly stand out, yet provide the anchorweight to hold down the dramatics of Bruce. Despite the occult vision on the cover, ToS is more of a cosmic space-trip than a walk through Hell's landscape. If an outward journey is really an inward journey, then Bruce is probably pretty satisfied with his lot in life. I liked more of the songs on Tyranny than on Chemical Wedding and Accident of Birth, but the majority blend together in sound and structure without any grand ones standing out like they did on the others. A little more of the wild man would kick this one up a bit, but it's an overall winner and another notch in the famed bullet belt of a heavy metal icon.

Score: 8.5 of 10


--Nailer 05.09.05

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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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2005
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