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01. Satellite 15... The Final Frontier
02. El Dorado
03. Mother Of Mercy
04. Coming Home
05. The Alchemist
06. Isle Of Avalon
07. Starblind
08. The Talisman
09. The Man Who Would Be King
10. When The Wild Wind Blows

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Lyrics (10)


Additional info
Produced by Kevin Shirley.
Co-produced by Steve Harris.
Mixed by Kevin 'Caveman' Shirley.
Recorded at Compass Point Studios, Nassau, Bahamas.
Engineer: Jared Kvitka.
Studio Technician: Terry Manning.
Additional recording and mix at The Cave, Malibu, CA.
Studio Technician: Brent Spear.
Assistant: James McCullagh.
SSL Duality Technician: Philip Scholes.
Mastered by Bob Ludwig at Gateway Mastering, Portland, ME.

Art Direction & Design by Peacock (Stuart Crouch, Andrew Yap, Anthony Dry, Rob Wallis).
Cover Illustration, working drawings and sketches by Melvyn Grant.
Photograph by John McMurtrie.
Background images pages 4/5 and 8/9 by Darkside Animations, background image pages 10/11 by Hangman.

Staff review by
Daniell

Rating:
7.2
Iron Maiden have had ups and downs, but they consistently stuck to their unique style. 2006's A Matter of Life and Death saw a serious departure from that style towards a darker, more progressive sound - it was only a partial success. Unfortunately, Steve Harris and Co. felt encouraged, and decided to go further in their departures. The first 4 songs on The Final Frontier rank among the worst this band has ever committed and most of the time sound nothing like the Iron Maiden everyone knows. Departure from style my ass. If they wanted to depart again, the previous album was the way to do it.

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Guest review by
Death To Posers

Rating:
9.5
It seems like it's become trendy to dislike any music that becomes even somewhat mainstream. I am by no means bitter; I'm guilty of this prejudice quite often. So, when I saw the album votes go the way they did for The Final Frontier I wasn't shocked. But, in all honesty, I thought this album was pretty hard! This is one of Maiden's most successful albums to date and for a damn good reason. While it does sound different from anything they've done before, that doesn't make it worse. Do you really want three albums that sound exactly like Brave New World?

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published 18.01.2011 | Comments (46)

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LordMaiden - 14.08.2010 at 03:00  
Rating: 10
Written by Necronus on 14.08.2010 at 02:59

Quote:
I also like how you edit quotes by taking all the funny stuff out. That's king of cruel, really.


Were you referring to me? Because if you are: yes, I am the king of cruel. Worship me.


Oh, look who's trolling.
Necronus - 14.08.2010 at 03:02  
 
Quote:
Oh, look who's trolling.


What else am I supposed to do, actively participate in the discussion?
LordMaiden - 14.08.2010 at 03:02  
Rating: 10 Hey, I think I asked you to tell me what sucks about TFF. I think I asked you to explain your complex songwriting claim too.
LordMaiden - 14.08.2010 at 03:03  
Rating: 10 Let me quote because you have ADHD...
HallowedBeMyName - 14.08.2010 at 03:03  
  Yes, actually explain why you think the album sucks.
LordMaiden - 14.08.2010 at 03:03  
Rating: 10
Written by LordMaiden on 14.08.2010 at 02:55

I like how you make an issue of songwriting not being complex enough on their most complex album. You're not very smart.
Papa_Ray - 14.08.2010 at 03:04  
Rating: 10 The Final Frontier is insanely complex and very well played. As for energy, Bruce's vocal performance in The Talisman could light several large cities.
LordMaiden - 14.08.2010 at 03:04  
Rating: 10 Something tells me you popped in TFF and hit eject not even an hour into it.
LordMaiden - 14.08.2010 at 03:06  
Rating: 10 See, the fake Lord is a little pissant who probably ripped down his Maiden posters when they decided not to play classics anymore.

Because they made more complex songs, even though the fake Lord wants them to.
LordMaiden - 14.08.2010 at 03:08  
Rating: 10 Otherwise, fake Lord would say something, rather than sticking to my older posts which ironically, means something considering his yearning for the past.
HallowedBeMyName - 14.08.2010 at 03:09  
  The 2000 albums not complex?? to whoever said that.
LordMaiden - 14.08.2010 at 03:09  
Rating: 10 Where did you go, nippleface? I thought you wanted an "intelligent" discussion?
HallowedBeMyName - 14.08.2010 at 03:12  
  He ran away, he couldn't put up a strong enough argument.
Poto - 14.08.2010 at 03:13  
  Is this the place to be if I want a good discussion about life, love and Maiden?
Necronus - 14.08.2010 at 03:13  
  So, LordMaiden, where did you get the idea that I'm a Maiden fan? I never gave my opinion on the band, or any of their material. I never said anything about the complexity of Maiden's recent output, either. And I'm not here for an "intelligent" discussion.

Also, @ the insults. If you wanted an intelligent discussion at any point, then you're certainly not giving any indications of such.

Quote:
He ran away, he couldn't put up a strong enough argument.


I was never arguing about the quality of Maiden's output. At least, I wasn't trying to; my posts may have come across as such. If they did, I apologise.
LordMaiden - 14.08.2010 at 03:16  
Rating: 10
Written by Necronus on 14.08.2010 at 03:13

So, LordMaiden, where did you get the idea that I'm a Maiden fan? I never gave my opinion on the band, or any of their material. I never said anything about the complexity of Maiden's recent output, either. And I'm not here for an "intelligent" discussion.

Also, @ the insults. If you wanted an intelligent discussion at any point, then you're certainly not giving any indications of such.


How can you promote an intelligent discussion with a Maiden fanboy if you don't like Maiden?
LordMaiden - 14.08.2010 at 03:18  
Rating: 10
Written by Necronus on 14.08.2010 at 03:13

So, LordMaiden, where did you get the idea that I'm a Maiden fan? I never gave my opinion on the band, or any of their material. I never said anything about the complexity of Maiden's recent output, either. And I'm not here for an "intelligent" discussion.

Also, @ the insults. If you wanted an intelligent discussion at any point, then you're certainly not giving any indications of such.

Quote:
He ran away, he couldn't put up a strong enough argument.


I was never arguing about the quality of Maiden's output. At least, I wasn't trying to; my posts may have come across as such. If they did, I apologise.


Good, because you would obviously be smitten by my incomprehensible knowledge of such, which is why you seem silly asking a Maiden fanboy to have an intelligent discussion about something you don't even give a shit about.
LordMaiden - 14.08.2010 at 03:20  
Rating: 10 OK, off with your little head. I need someone who is going to argue Maiden with me. If not, I'll retreat to my hometown where people actually fucking know what they're talking about.
Poto - 14.08.2010 at 03:21  
 
Written by RavenKing on 14.08.2010 at 02:45

Written by HallowedBeMyName on 14.08.2010 at 02:31

I'm just saying that it is stupid to dislike something without providing reason. All I'm asking for is just a simple reason, that's all.



As to why "The Final Frontier" and every Maiden album after SSOASS sucks from my point of view, I told it already: songwriting. If you compare anything post-SSOASS to the 80s stuff, it sounds so simple, basic and uninspired compared to the complexity and originality of the old days that it pales in comparison. Also, there's nothing left of the rawness and intensity of old. No energy at all.


Sounds simple? Dream of Mirrors is simple? Or Sign of the Cross? Paschendale? Brighter Than a Thousand Suns? Isle of Avalon?

It's the silliest thing I have ever heard. Bullshit. I'd rather penetrate a pineapple that's turned inside-out than thinking like you.
RavenKing - 14.08.2010 at 03:21  
Rating: 2 This thread is the most pathetic failure I've seen in a long time.

And to those who think the post-2000 material is complex, there's nothing complex in plodding, dragging songs that have so little to offer they should be only 3-4 minutes long but are stretched to the brink of insanity. It's nothing compared to the complexity Maiden displayed on "Somewhere In Time" and "Seventh Son".
Necronus - 14.08.2010 at 03:22  
 
Quote:
This thread is the most pathetic failure I've seen in a long time.


Despite contributing to a portion of the fail, I have to agree with you.
HallowedBeMyName - 14.08.2010 at 03:23  
 
Written by Poto on 14.08.2010 at 03:21

Written by RavenKing on 14.08.2010 at 02:45

Written by HallowedBeMyName on 14.08.2010 at 02:31

I'm just saying that it is stupid to dislike something without providing reason. All I'm asking for is just a simple reason, that's all.



As to why "The Final Frontier" and every Maiden album after SSOASS sucks from my point of view, I told it already: songwriting. If you compare anything post-SSOASS to the 80s stuff, it sounds so simple, basic and uninspired compared to the complexity and originality of the old days that it pales in comparison. Also, there's nothing left of the rawness and intensity of old. No energy at all.


Sounds simple? Dream of Mirrors is simple? Or Sign of the Cross? Paschendale? Brighter Than a Thousand Suns? Isle of Avalon?

It's the silliest thing I have ever heard. Bullshit. I'd rather penetrate a pineapple that's turned inside-out than thinking like you.


Exactly That guy is just talking out of his ass.
LordMaiden - 14.08.2010 at 03:26  
Rating: 10
Written by RavenKing on 14.08.2010 at 03:21

This thread is the most pathetic failure I've seen in a long time.

And to those who think the post-2000 material is complex, there's nothing complex in plodding, dragging songs that have so little to offer they should be only 3-4 minutes long but are stretched to the brink of insanity. It's nothing compared to the complexity Maiden displayed on "Somewhere In Time" and "Seventh Son".

You people are simply too ignorant to see the difference between complexity and mock-progressive.


It started getting complex on DoD and the albums thereafter became even more complex. This is simple fact.
RavenKing - 14.08.2010 at 03:27  
Rating: 2
Written by LordMaiden on 14.08.2010 at 03:26

It started getting complex on DoD and the albums thereafter became even more complex. This is simple fact.


Bullshit.
Poto - 14.08.2010 at 03:27  
 
Written by RavenKing on 14.08.2010 at 03:21

This thread is the most pathetic failure I've seen in a long time.

And to those who think the post-2000 material is complex, there's nothing complex in plodding, dragging songs that have so little to offer they should be only 3-4 minutes long but are stretched to the brink of insanity. It's nothing compared to the complexity Maiden displayed on "Somewhere In Time" and "Seventh Son".

You people are simply too ignorant to see the difference between complexity and mock-progressive.


Those songs are definitely complex. I mean, just listen to them. They have many rhytmchanges and everything. Being able to pull them off live is astonishing.

You might not like Maidens recent material, but it's plain stupidity to say they are doing simple songs. That's crazy.
LordMaiden - 14.08.2010 at 03:27  
Rating: 10 And when I say DoD, I'm not talking about the entire album, rather the organic structure and sound of it along with a Pachendale.
HallowedBeMyName - 14.08.2010 at 03:28  
  How can you put up a smart argument with someone who actually KNOWS Maiden (LordMaiden) if you think everything post-Seventh Son is simplistic? Paschendale, those lyrics would bring a tear to your eye, and that's saying the least of that song's beauty.
LordMaiden - 14.08.2010 at 03:28  
Rating: 10
Written by RavenKing on 14.08.2010 at 03:27

Written by LordMaiden on 14.08.2010 at 03:26

It started getting complex on DoD and the albums thereafter became even more complex. This is simple fact.


Bullshit.


Oh, yeah? How?

Have you even listened to TFF? Or did you stop two seconds in?
LordMaiden - 14.08.2010 at 03:29  
Rating: 10 What the fuck? Does this guy listen to Twisted Sister every day? Get the fuck off the net and destroy your computer.
Poto - 14.08.2010 at 03:30  
 
Written by RavenKing on 14.08.2010 at 03:27

Written by LordMaiden on 14.08.2010 at 03:26

It started getting complex on DoD and the albums thereafter became even more complex. This is simple fact.


Bullshit.


No. It's not. The problem is that you think music you don't like isn't complex.

There is a good reason why Maiden removed Paschendale from their set this year. It was to difficult to pull off live. Is that clear enough for you?
RavenKing - 14.08.2010 at 03:30  
Rating: 2 OK. I argued enough with foolish fanboys. You obviously don't have the brains to get the point.
Papa_Ray - 14.08.2010 at 03:31  
Rating: 10
Written by RavenKing on 14.08.2010 at 03:21

And to those who think the post-2000 material is complex, there's nothing complex in plodding, dragging songs that have so little to offer they should be only 3-4 minutes long but are stretched to the brink of insanity.




There appears to be a shithead amongst us.
LordMaiden - 14.08.2010 at 03:32  
Rating: 10
Written by RavenKing on 14.08.2010 at 03:30

OK. I argued enough with foolish fanboys. You obviously don't have the brains to get the point.


Nah, you're just running away with your tail between your legs because Hallowed and I know what we are talking about. You're a fucking poser bitch who gave up after Dickinson left and only look at the surface of things now. Go ahead, get out. You're boring.
LordMaiden - 14.08.2010 at 03:33  
Rating: 10 That's two little mice I just stepped on. I thought there were more here.
HallowedBeMyName - 14.08.2010 at 03:34  
 
Written by RavenKing on 14.08.2010 at 03:30

OK. I argued enough with foolish fanboys. You obviously don't have the brains to get the point.


That's Dictator's attempt at trying to escape our actual knowledge of the band.
Poto - 14.08.2010 at 03:35  
 
Written by RavenKing on 14.08.2010 at 03:30

OK. I argued enough with foolish fanboys. You obviously don't have the brains to get the point.


Do you have porridge between your ears?
LordMaiden - 14.08.2010 at 03:37  
Rating: 10 Cool, now Hallowed and I have Poto. It's like, I spawned two more cities in Civilization and quickly developed nukes so we can mushroom cloud these cuntrags.
RavenKing - 14.08.2010 at 03:38  
Rating: 2 If only you had any idea how I find it laughable to be accused of being a poser by mainstream metal fans like you guys, while I listen almost exclusively to Black Metal nowadays. Unlike you, I listen to real metal and not mock-progressive mainstream metal garbage. But feel free to believe your fancies.
HallowedBeMyName - 14.08.2010 at 03:39  
 
Written by RavenKing on 14.08.2010 at 03:38

If only you had any idea how I find it laughable to be accused of being a poser by mainstream metal fans like you guys, while I listen almost exclusively to Black Metal nowadays. Unlike you, I listen to real metal and not mock-progressive mainstream metal garbage. But feel free to believe your fancies.


MAINSTREAM METAL?? Are you just a full-blown idiot?
LordMaiden - 14.08.2010 at 03:39  
Rating: 10 HA! Black metal? Dude, BM is total horseshit. Well, I did like Mayhem at one point....
LordMaiden - 14.08.2010 at 03:41  
Rating: 10 I always thought of Maiden as the anti-mainstream band. Silly me. I should go back to my hardcore, underground Linkin Park.
Poto - 14.08.2010 at 03:41  
 
Written by RavenKing on 14.08.2010 at 03:38

If only you had any idea how I find it laughable to be accused of being a poser by mainstream metal fans like you guys, while I listen almost exclusively to Black Metal nowadays. Unlike you, I listen to real metal and not mock-progressive mainstream metal garbage. But feel free to believe your fancies.


HAHAHAHAHAHA!

Black Metal isn't real metal. It comes from it, it has it's roots in real metal, but it's not real metal. It's like saying that shit is real food, but it's not, even though it comes from it.
LordMaiden - 14.08.2010 at 03:42  
Rating: 10 No wonder this fucker hates Maiden. He's too busy painting his face and writing abstract, shitty music with a singer who sounds like he's choking on his own jizz.
HallowedBeMyName - 14.08.2010 at 03:43  
  Calling Iron Maiden mainstream metal just shows this guy's idiocy. First of all I've never heard of "mainstream metal", only mainstream rock, pop, indie, etc. Second, how the hell is Where the Wild Wind Blows "mainstream"??
LordMaiden - 14.08.2010 at 03:44  
Rating: 10 Its like the longer we stay, the less they post. Although I'm delighted the nukes worked, I'm kind of sad it was so quick.
Poto - 14.08.2010 at 03:44  
  Looks like the hero's and defenders of real music is winning this discussion easily.
HallowedBeMyName - 14.08.2010 at 03:46  
  I wish he actually attempted to rebuttal. He would sound like an idiot, but it would be fun to knock some sense into him.
RavenKing - 14.08.2010 at 03:52  
Rating: 2 Three fucking retarded douchebags who logged in for the first time only a few minutes ago?

I'm ready to bet whatever you want that you're the same guy. And I would not be surprised to learn that you are in fact Everonn.
HallowedBeMyName - 14.08.2010 at 03:54  
 
Written by RavenKing on 14.08.2010 at 03:52

Three fucking retarded douchebags who logged in for the first time only a few minutes ago?

I'm ready to bet whatever you want that you're the same guy. And I would not be surprised to learn that you are in fact Everonn.


Is someone getting pissed? Sorry to tell you, but we are different people. Maiden fans are everywhere.
Poto - 14.08.2010 at 03:55  
 
Written by RavenKing on 14.08.2010 at 03:52

Three fucking retarded douchebags who logged in for the first time only a few minutes ago?

I'm ready to bet whatever you want that you're the same guy. And I would not be surprised to learn that you are in fact Everonn.


We're not the same guy. Or at least I'm not the same guy as those other two.
However I'm from the same forum as those two.

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