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.
About this Writer: Frank Hill // Frank Hill has been at this site since its slimy, crying birth in '03. He was born on National Metal Day--11/11 and will turn his hearing aids up to 11 when he's 111. He secretly listens to a lot of old Country and Doo-Wop tunes and wants to start a cyberband with lead vocals by Robot Plant. He is still trying to figure out what Judas Priest meant by "paratamize you". If you read this, then he salutes you.
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