Iron Maiden
The Final Frontier



by CasualListen USER (13 Reviews)
August 19th, 2010 | 5 replies

Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Iron Maiden's 15th studio effort is an absolute blast that will certainly please both fans and newcomers to the band!

Iron Maiden's 15th studio effort is an excellent record that will please both fans and newcomers to the band! "Frontier's" ten tracks are an ode to Iron Maiden's music, both new and old. I heard elements of "Brave New World," "Number of the Beast," "A Matter of Life and Death" as well a few new things.

The record opens with its two singles: Satellite 15...The Final Frontier and El Dorado - which are good songs, but don't necessarily set the tone for what comes next. Satellite is more suggestive of an overly extended intro to El Dorado. Both of which absolutely reek of their 70s and 80s efforts. However, as El Dorado closes, we are thrust back into the age of 'now' with Mother of Mercy; which breaks the record's pace with a slow and melodic throwback to "A Matter of Life and Death." Coming Home, The Alchemist and Isle of Avalon are strong efforts that set themselves apart from the band's previous work with well paced music, rhythms and impressive guitar solos that mesh perfectly well with the (thankfully) very prominent bass-lines. EVERY instrument can be heard on this record - which provides incentive for multiple listens. I loved picking this music apart. The record's last three songs total 30 minutes and are perfect for fans of both the band's recent and older work. They do a great job of incorporating sound elements of all three decades; not to mention the songs are very well written and imaginative. When the Wild Wind Blows closes the record with an instant hook that is very reminiscent of "Brave New World's" overproduced yet tastefully melodic and emotional vibe.

"The Final Frontier" is not an instant classic. However, it is not a record that deserves to be dismissed. As a fan of ALL Iron Maiden, I was pleased to hear the similarities to the band's past body of work. Enjoy the album for what it is, an excellent metal record well worth your hard earned. It rocks.

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    Irving STAFF (3.5)
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    Starblind (5)
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    RavenRock (4.5)
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    backtothe80s (4.5)
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    necroscope86 (3)
    Overly long and with too much repetition, Maiden prove once again that they know how to ma...

    Eclectic (4)
    Give it time and Final Frontier will grow on you, this is Iron Maiden doing more then rest...

  • loosethefiend (4)
    Though slightly flawed, a solid album for Maiden...

    mike197 (4)
    Hard to listen to in one go, but worth it if you dig in with some truly great tracks....

    Nagrarok (3.5)
    Maiden will be Maiden......

    BathoryHordes (3)
    Solid but a bit of a letdown, but what could he have expected?...

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August 19th 2010


Album Rating: 4.0

Nice review, I'll pos.

Just remove the summary, there's no reason to have it if you're going to repeat the sentence at the beginning of the review.

August 19th 2010


Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

thanks. yeah, i'll get that thing fixed. I'm learning from you guys.

I liked how the band was able to do so much with ten tracks.

August 19th 2010


Album Rating: 2.5

best band ever

need to hear this

August 19th 2010


Probably about the right rating. Pos, good review.

August 20th 2010


Some okay points made but you have a lot of finetuning to do when it comes to the actual writing.

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