Iron Maiden
No More Lies


4.0
excellent

Review

by Starblind USER (28 Reviews)
December 2nd, 2012 | 27 replies


Release Date: 2004 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A nice little "thank you" to the fans from the almighty Irons

In 2004, Iron Maiden released a special box set with the No More Lies EP, as a thank you to the fans who attended the 2003 Dance of Death tour. The box set came with the CD, a wristband and plenty of other good extras. The CD contains three tracks, with four songs, all being familiar tunes from the Dance of Death album, and I'm sure most of you are familiar with that album and its songs. And while this EP may not be necessary and it might not be an essential collector's item, it is ultimately worth it for the material featured here.

Most of you are already familiar with "No More Lies". It's a great tune that clocks in at 7 minutes long, and while the chorus may repeat a bit too much to ad nauseum, it does get you rockin' in your seat. It has a very edgy Celtic vibe to it, with great riffs, and a similar feel to "The Clansman" from Virtual XI, and three gorgeous solos to boot. Next up is the orchestral version of "Paschendale". Honestly, I can't say I'm a fan of this "orchestral version". All it does is add more synth to the song and it makes it seem cheesy. It's like a beautiful woman who wears needless amounts of makeup- it just completely mars the beauty of the song and the synth in the previous version was good enough. Last is the electric version of "Journeyman". This is a demo of how the song was originally going to be before they changed it to a last minute acoustic version on the album, and it's interesting. It's a lot more stripped down and the electric guitars are nice, however, it's easy to see why it's not the album version; it lacks the atmosphere that the album version has. That, and Bruce sounds a little weak on it. Nonetheless it's interesting and worth listening to if you've heard the album version.

But it ain't over yet, folks! After a few seconds have passed, Nicko McBrain comes back in for a hilarious treat called "Age of Innocence... How Old?", a nice hidden track. This is 7 minutes of Nicko "singing" "Age of Innocence", and it's just so bloody hilarious. He's been known for being the clown of the band, and it's abundantly clear he can't sing to save his life, but it's just too funny for words. Ultimately the best part is his mimicking of the guitar solo, which will pretty much kill you from laughing so hard! And halfway though the song he just completely gives up and makes jokes for the rest of the song. Move over, Brucey! You may just be replaced by your band's own drummer in the future!

So overall, four fine tracks all worth your time. There's no need to shell out money for a copy on eBay, but if you're a sucker for owning a physical copy like I am, I'd say go right for it!



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Atari
Contributing Reviewer
December 1st 2012


19790 Comments


never heard of it lol

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Atari
Contributing Reviewer
December 1st 2012


19790 Comments


nevermind i've heard the first song

InfamousGrouse
December 1st 2012


3514 Comments


well no shit you'll have heard all 3 before

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Starblind
December 1st 2012


113 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

It would be great if they included "Pass the Jam" and "More Tea Vicar?", all hilarious songs.

menawati
Contributing Reviewer
December 1st 2012


16026 Comments


funniest thing ive heard them do is their cover of communication breakdown, bruce trying to do a robert plant is fucking hilarious

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Starblind
December 1st 2012


113 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Or Nodding Donkey Blues. The band's ode to a morbidly obese groupie.

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
December 1st 2012


19790 Comments


lol dance of death is one of my least favorite maiden albums so i didn't recognize the song names at first

Starblind
December 1st 2012


113 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

DOD is my 4th favourite of theirs.

Starblind
December 1st 2012


113 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Black Bart Blues is hilarious too

menawati
Contributing Reviewer
December 1st 2012


16026 Comments


ye cross eyed mary was a good cover and also that budgie song they did but a lot of em are pretty terrible cos bruce has no versatility

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
December 1st 2012


19790 Comments


they have 9 albums i like more than dance of death lol

InfamousGrouse
December 1st 2012


3514 Comments


DOD is probably somewhere around the middle of the 15 albums for me i dunno, it's been too long since i've jammed maiden

rectifying that right now

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
December 1st 2012


19790 Comments


i liked a matter of life and death better

Starblind
December 1st 2012


113 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Anyone who says Bruce has no versatility clearly hasn't heard Chemical Wedding.

menawati
Contributing Reviewer
December 1st 2012


16026 Comments


bruce singing spoils some maiden songs tho, he sounds really great on some songs but he can't get his larynx around some stuff and its totally awful

menawati
Contributing Reviewer
December 1st 2012


16026 Comments


i dunno, his phrasing just sounds really off sometimes to me

Starblind
December 1st 2012


113 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

The only album I've ever disliked by them was No Prayer. I'll admit if not for Hooks In You and The Assassin I'd consider it an alright album, but even those aside it's still full of filler and weak tracks

menawati
Contributing Reviewer
December 1st 2012


16026 Comments


did you see the duet he did with Ian anderson ?

Starblind
December 1st 2012


113 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah it was fucking beautiful

Starblind
December 1st 2012


113 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

And The X Factor is one of my top albums of all time



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