Bruce Dickinson - Tyranny Of Souls
Bruce Dickinson is a person I share a lot of respect and admiration for. A multitalented genius that has meant a big difference to the Metal world through the mighty Iron Maiden and his solo band.
One of the most important things about this man is his lyrical ability, you all know the Maiden classics he wrote and I'm still left in wonder trying to grasp his last grand and epic effort The Chemical Wedding.
The clever and philosophical writings continue on Tyranny Of Souls, spanning many interesting, life confirming and gloomy themes.

This time around things are kept a bit more down to earth, Tyranny Of Souls can be described as a fine mix of some of the stuff he has done in the past. Classic Metal, Hard Rock, symphonic experimentations, progressive details.well it's all here placed in a rather compact record of nine regular songs ranging from around 3-5 minutes.

After a great mystical intro Abduction sets in with a massive kick coming from a thick wall of heavy guitars and intense drum machinery.
Roy's masterful guitar guidance gives the album that extra level of quality and technicality; his playful guitar lick and shredding solo in this song is just pure magic.

Soul Intruders win points by a wise bass performance and some cool rhythm changes, with that said the chorus never really caught my attention and I would characterise this as a quite good song.

One of the most interesting songs Bruce has done is the varied Kill Devil Hill. The bright and catchy chorus contains a cool elevating force nicely suiting the songs theme. The progressive closure filled with a harmonious piano passage and soft guitar jamming is an excellent addition to a cool track.

Navigate The Seas Of The Sun pushes the boundaries of this band even further, being experimental, epic and possessing a wonderful warm atmosphere.
Ingenious keys and melodic acoustic guitar tunes play an important role supporting Bruce's divine and comforting voice.

River Of No Return took a long time before it slowly began to open up, now it runs fluidly and has ended up as another great song. A groovy and mid-tempo structure added variable twist and cool ideas, the use of soft acoustic guitar harmonies towards the end is a brilliant call.

Taking the album back on the more direct path we find Power Of The Sun, being a fast and uncomplicated track with a heavy foundation, not over excitable but solid.

Interestingly Devil On A Hog is a great Hard Rock song, slowly and firmly rocking tight. The memorable chorus is partly sung in a cool high tone and overall this is really a breath of fresh air.

Some of the dark shrouded mysteria found on The Chemical Wedding presents itself in the very inventive composition called Believel. Distorted guitars and strange programming respectively opens and closes the song. In the middle a nucleus of sombre energies float around: Creative bass lines, raw riffs and vigorous drumming. The evil laughs at the end sound immensely cool and put a suiting final mark on a dark tale.

Tyranny Of Souls features a great tense mid-section accompanied by an insanely and technical solo by Roy, on the other hand the chorus is a bit dull.

At the end I'm missing just a bit more texture and deep innovations, but hey this is still a very good and extremely diverse recording.
Overall the performances are great, Roy really shines and Bruce sings as the master he is. The drumming hides a lot of smart details and the bass now and then steps out of the very groovy role to throw in some inventive passages.

The production is reminiscent of Judas Priest's last effort Angel Of Retribution, logical when considering that Roy produced both albums. Tyranny Of Souls sounds rich and at times sophisticated without losing touch with what could be called raw power.

This is not his best effort but some of these songs are truly fascinating.

Written by Tommy
Saturday, May 7, 2005
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Comment by Maiden Fan (Member) - Saturday, May 7, 2005
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For me, Bruce Dickinson has to be the greatest metal clean vocalist ever!..
i really mean it, just try singing hallowed - "when the priest comes..." at the exact right pitch and the same intensity as he sings.. then u will know what i am talking about.
By the way, i heard from many that this album will be available only late in the month of may.. maybe ur staff might have got the first hand copies.. i must wait for the release here so that i can pick up my copy of the album.
I just hope he sticks with maiden and not again split this great band and go different ways
Roy is a great guitarist... needless to say as he delivered some real great stuff in the album - accident of birth..
I am waiting for the next maiden album.. and more albums to come

Up The Irons

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Comment by Ulrick (Anonymous) - Monday, May 9, 2005
looking forward to hearing the album.
The staff recieves promos from the the record/distribution companies. That's the same with newspapers, music magazines and so on.

It willl be released 23rd May. Be aware of the japanese version that will come with an extra track. Released 16th June.

As for the Maiden album, rumors are saying that a live DVD/CD will be released later this year. Possibly from the DOD tour.

Comment by Storm Hammer (Anonymous) - Wednesday, May 11, 2005
This album rocks!! and Maiden is truely blessed to have him (back)! The energy and the depth of this album will make people think about the themes explored here

Comment by Alchemist (Anonymous) - Sunday, May 15, 2005
Good review, Tommy, although I was perlexed that you only gave it an 7.5/10 after all the complimentary things you wrote. In my book, this album is at least an 8.5 if not bordering on 9. Definitely Bruce's most diverse effort yet - 'Kill Devil Hill', 'Navigate...', 'Point of No Return', 'Believil' and the title track are some of his and Roy's songs ever! If only Maiden could get anywhere near this with their last 6, 7 releases.

Comment by Mads Aanum (Anonymous) - Tuesday, May 24, 2005
killer album, just got it today but I really dig the sound of the album... Brilliant heavy metal...
Mads Aanum 2005

Comment by RudeZ (Anonymous) - Monday, June 6, 2005
Maiden comes pretty close with Dance of Death, a great album all-in-all and almost as complete as this one...

Comment by Alex13 (Anonymous) - Tuesday, June 7, 2005
Good Metal/Rock album.
i give it 8-8.5
Bruce is once again gr8. He just cant be anything bellow that

Comment by Master Of Puppets (Anonymous) - Saturday, June 18, 2005
Spinal Tap is still around huh? What is he doing now? Making songs about the Wright brothers? Oh. 0/10

Comment by ledironfog (Anonymous) - Sunday, June 19, 2005
ToS is a quality work of Metal. I enjoyed it and would give it a 8.5. I still think that The Chemical Wedding is the most haunting and lyrically mysterious Metal Masterpiece of all time. I would like to sit down with Bruce and Roy, have a few beers, and get my 7 year old questions answered.

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1. Mars Within
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. Believel
10. Tyranny Of Souls

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