Iron Maiden
No More Lies


3.0
good

Review

by Matthijs van der Lee USER (219 Reviews)
March 21st, 2009 | 33 replies | 9,903 views


Release Date: 2004 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Not a necessary release for Maiden, but a fine EP nonetheless.

4 of 4 thought this review was well written

The No More Lies EP was a ‘thank you’ to fans, and came in a limited edition gift box. It was released March 29, 2004, about half a year after Iron Maiden’s thirteenth studio album, Dance of Death was released. The EP contains 4 songs off Dance of Death, of which 3 are alternative versions. No More Lies is the only original studio track.

The title track starts off with a melodic riff that is reminiscent of Maiden’s later style, and is comparable of the intro’s to tracks such as Ghost of the Navigator and Blood Brothers from Brave New World. No More Lies continues to build up in the same fashion as the aforementioned tracks, starting off with softer vocals and guitar, before moving on to the larger, harder-hitting part of the track, which in this case begins with Bruce yelling out the chorus. His ageing is clearly noticeable from this moment onwards, but his vocal delivery is still fresh and powerful, and does fortunately not disappoint. The instrumental contributions are excellent, featuring the superb guitar harmonisations that Maiden have become known for, as well as some classic soloing. The track fades out in the same soft way it started. Overall, No More Lies is representative of and a perfect introduction to the Dance of Death record, or depending how well you know Maiden, to their newer style. While it may be nothing groundbreaking, it is an excellent track nonetheless.

Arguably Dance of Death’s finest track, Paschendale has been give an extra twist by turning it into an orchestral version, and this might be just what the track needed. When you think about it, an epic-structured song like Paschendale naturally screams orchestra. The band possibly regretted not making the studio version orchestral, and thus we are now pleasantly surprised. While the brought-in section does not dominate the song, it powers up the feel and gives an extra edge to it. Another striking point about Paschendale is, orchestral version or not, that Bruce’s older voice works tremendously well with it, more than his younger voice would have. He sounds more mature, and puts down a performance that proves we need not regret too much that he has aged. The orchestral version is the better of the two, but it might be difficult to get your hands on it physically, since there are a limited amount of copies of this EP.

Where Paschendale’s orchestral version is slightly better off, the new version of Journeyman is not as good as it’s Dance of Death counterpart. Journeyman was the first all-acoustic song Iron Maiden had ever written, so it seems logical to make the alternative electric. Unfortunately this doesn’t do the song that much good, as the acoustic gave the song a distinctive feel, which was somewhat Eastern and suited the lyrics greatly. This does not mean that the altered track is bad or uninteresting by any means, but an improvement hasn’t really been made either. What version you like better is a matter of personal taste.

Age of Innocence… How Old? is hilarious. Drummer Nicko McBrain was fooling around while the band was recording Age of Innocence for Dance of Death, and decided to do the singing for once. The result is brilliant and will invoke many laughs on the listener’s part. It would be useless to describe the track, just go experience the fun yourself. I’m sure you can also find the song online. Of course, this gets a top mark for entertainment but has no musical value.

So, how does this all add up? The No More Lies EP is a great introduction for those who haven’t given Dance of Death a listen, but good luck getting your hands on it. People who already have Maiden’s thirteenth should definitely pass on this, but I highly recommend downloading or listening the orchestral Paschendale and Age of Innocence… How Old? if you haven’t already.

+ Paschendale [Orchestral]
+ Nicko McBrain’s brilliant performance on the final track.

- Journeyman [Electric]

As an introduction to (new) Maiden: 3.5/5
As a stand-alone album: 2.5/5

Up the Irons!



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Nagrarok
March 21st 2009



8169 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

10th review! Hurray!

I was just moving away from the track-by-track structure, but since this is a 4-song EP, I thought it would work better. Couldn't resist doing a Maiden review, so took one that hadn't been done yet.

Constructive comments are always welcome.

Erratic
March 21st 2009



1120 Comments


That version of Paschendale sounds amazing.

CompanionCube
March 21st 2009



977 Comments


4 song EP? track listing only has 3

Nagrarok
March 21st 2009



8169 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Saw that too, but don't know how I can edit an album. It really does have 4 tracks.

EDIT: The fourth one is a hidden track, so that's why it says 3 here.This Message Edited On 03.21.09

south_of_heaven 11
March 21st 2009



5433 Comments


ep is awesome due to the orchestra version of paschendale. its the only version of the song I listen to now.

Nagrarok
March 21st 2009



8169 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Any comments regarding the review would be much appreciated.

Bfhurricane
March 21st 2009



6194 Comments


No problems with the review. I mean, unless you want me to get picky...

a orchestral version


Should be "an." But this was a very good read, nice work. I should really give this a listen considering how much I love DOD.

This Message Edited On 03.21.09

AliW1993
Contributing Reviewer
March 21st 2009



7313 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Good review. I'm just getting into Maiden, in fact I just bought Powerslave today. I'm pretty sure I've got this somewhere actually, I got it free, but I've never opened it.

Douchebag
March 21st 2009



3624 Comments


Gonna look up these songs now!
I know we have different taste, but at least we both worship maiden!

Dance of death the album rocks my socks off.

Bfhurricane
March 21st 2009



6194 Comments


I'm just getting into Maiden, in fact I just bought Powerslave today.


Very good buy. That may be their best album.

Douchebag
March 21st 2009



3624 Comments


Yup Number of the beast was my first one though.
And yeah, get ready to be blown away by possibly your new favourite band...

Nagrarok
March 22nd 2009



8169 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Good review. I'm just getting into Maiden, in fact I just bought Powerslave today. I'm pretty sure I've got this somewhere actually, I got it free, but I've never opened it.
Thou blasphemous fool!

Yup Number of the beast was my first one though.
I bought NOTB and Powerslave together =)


Douchebag
March 22nd 2009



3624 Comments


"I bought NOTB and Powerslave together"

haha I bet that blew your mind on first listen!
I remember just randomly picking the one with the coolest artwork at the time. I think it was between NOTB, Edward the great, and possibly powerslave? can't remember. but I still remember that first listen of NOTB whoa!

Fugue
March 22nd 2009



7351 Comments


hmm sounds interesting, is it worth listening too? I'm not a huge Maiden fan but SSOASS and Powerslave kick enormous amounts of butt.

Douchebag
March 22nd 2009



3624 Comments


Which one? Number of the beast or the EP?
If you mean the EP, just hear dance of death.

Fugue
March 22nd 2009



7351 Comments


The EP. I really wasn't too fond of number of the beast, run to the hills saved it from being *shock horror* mediocre.

Douchebag
March 22nd 2009



3624 Comments


*alligator is sad

anyways, yeah as I said just listen to the Dance of death album. It has all these songs on it, just a tiny bit different. plus it's a suprisingly creative and versitile album.


Fugue
March 22nd 2009



7351 Comments


Ok cool stuff

Nagrarok
March 24th 2009



8169 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I really wasn't too fond of number of the beast, run to the hills saved it from being *shock horror* mediocre.
Thou dareth defy the greatness of Hallowed Be Thy Name? Thou shalt be punished severely.

Douchebag
March 24th 2009



3624 Comments


Hallowed Be Thy Name, is one of my favourite songs ever. everything about it is perfect.



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