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Iron Maiden - Senjutsu



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Release date: 3 September 2021
Style: Heavy metal

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Disc I
01. Senjutsu
02. Stratego
03. The Writing On The Wall
04. Lost In A Lost World
05. Days Of Future Past
06. The Time Machine

Disc II
01. Darkest Hour
02. Death Of The Celts
03. The Parchment
04. Hell On Earth

Staff review by
ScreamingSteelUS
Rating:
8.3
For 15 years I have awaited a worthy sequel to A Matter Of Life And Death, and after a couple of suboptimal offerings in a row, I began to despair that Iron Maiden had succumbed to the solipsistic lethargy that eclipses so many titans of their stature and longevity.

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published 11.09.2021 | Comments (12)

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16.09.2021 - 16:56
Rating: 7
JoHn DoE

Written by Redel on 16.09.2021 at 16:45

Written by Tom Muller on 16.09.2021 at 13:44

could be their last one!!!

I tend to say "should be".


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16.09.2021 - 16:58
Rating: 7
Redel

Written by JoHn DoE on 16.09.2021 at 16:56

Written by Redel on 16.09.2021 at 16:45

Written by Tom Muller on 16.09.2021 at 13:44

could be their last one!!!

I tend to say "should be".


But I was serious. And that is rather sad, isnt it?
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17.09.2021 - 13:26
Rating: 9
AIeditor059

Compared with The Book of Souls, I still think this one is better... At least, for example, a 8.3 might be more fair. If the event that someone registered lots of fucking accounts did not happen, the score now might be 8.3 or some scores like that.
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17.09.2021 - 13:49
Rating: 4
Madlax

Very low energy and uninspired album. Bruce doesn't look his age, but he sure sounds like it. His wailings are pathetic and cringe-worthy at this point. Iron Maiden has not offered a good album since the late 1980s and the trend seems to remain the same. Release one album, with the same rehashed material over and over again to keep the brand alive. The AC/DC of heavy metal. Just retire already.
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23.09.2021 - 11:33
Rating: 8
Hooman

I read the comments and I'm wondering the most problem with this album after the production is lack of energy and down tempo songs. I really liked the title track exactly because of low tempo riffs and those jungle grooves and tribal drums. These guys are old and I can respect them for not making a fast pace and solid metal album like they used to. This album is nothing special but it is really enjoyable for me and I am by no means a maiden fan.
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29.09.2021 - 01:10
Cthulu

My only criticism is there's way too much high pitch synth for my liking. Favorite songs are The Time Machine, The Parchment, and Hell on Earth.
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29.09.2021 - 01:27
Cthulu

Written by Madlax on 17.09.2021 at 13:49

Very low energy and uninspired album. Bruce doesn't look his age, but he sure sounds like it. His wailings are pathetic and cringe-worthy at this point. Iron Maiden has not offered a good album since the late 1980s and the trend seems to remain the same. Release one album, with the same rehashed material over and over again to keep the brand alive. The AC/DC of heavy metal. Just retire already.


This sounds nothing like something they would release in the 80s. They've practically changed genre. If anything, they are the opposite of AC/DC
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29.09.2021 - 09:41
Rating: 7
JoHn DoE

Written by Cthulu on 29.09.2021 at 01:27

Written by Madlax on 17.09.2021 at 13:49

Very low energy and uninspired album. Bruce doesn't look his age, but he sure sounds like it. His wailings are pathetic and cringe-worthy at this point. Iron Maiden has not offered a good album since the late 1980s and the trend seems to remain the same. Release one album, with the same rehashed material over and over again to keep the brand alive. The AC/DC of heavy metal. Just retire already.


This sounds nothing like something they would release in the 80s. They've practically changed genre. If anything, they are the opposite of AC/DC


Maybe not the AC/DC of heavy metal, it's an exaggeration, but if you heard one album since their reunion, you've heard them all, and to me, Brave New World is the only album that comes close in songwriting quality to classic IM.
I don't think they've changed genre, I don't think they are progressive metal now, not when long songs have the same pattern, an intro, chorus-verse - long solos verse-chorus - outro. It's tedious at some point. Also songs are often repetitive, some are longer than necessary.

And yes, they are a brand, but there is nothing wrong with that.

These are my problems with later day IM, and I love this band, I've been listening to them all my life.
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30.09.2021 - 03:28
Neoxx07

Same as Book of souls, weak as fuck.
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30.09.2021 - 15:37
Rating: 5
Written by Neoxx07 on 30.09.2021 at 03:28

Same as Book of souls, weak as fuck.


For me that's an overstatement but I also agree, all three latest albums are in large instances very boring.
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30.09.2021 - 16:00
Rating: 7
musclassia

Written by JoHn DoE on 29.09.2021 at 09:41


I don't think they've changed genre, I don't think they are progressive metal now, not when long songs have the same pattern, an intro, chorus-verse - long solos verse-chorus - outro. It's tedious at some point. Also songs are often repetitive, some are longer than necessary.



Yeah, people like to discuss how Iron Maiden have turned into a progressive band, but the many of the actual songs are pretty conventional in terms of structure and other attributes that would be considered prog (time signatures, etc.), it's just that between the long song intros, the extended instrumental mid-sections and the lower tempos, the songs run on for ages. Some of the reunion songs enter prog territory with their structures, but something like For The Greater Good Of God runs for 10 minutes basically just through hefty repetition and a long-ass instrumental mid-section.
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04.10.2021 - 11:07
Ellrohir
Heaven Knight
Musically it is very good. I think the "problem" is they kinda turned into different band. Blasting energy of their old songs was replaced with long, mid-paced and sometimes also quite repetetive tunes. I have favorites on each of last three albums (e.g. When The Wild Wind Blows, Empire Of The Clouds or Death Of The Celts), but it is different than it used to be. And I bet when they tour again, most of the set list would be good old classics, because that is what fans want to see, not 10+ minutes prog-asms.
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My rest seems now calm and deep
Finally I got my dead man sleep


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05.10.2021 - 12:19
gavdann

I finally found the 60 plus minutes to give this a listen.

Gutted!! That's time I'll never get back.

I should have known better though as this band died for me as a recording artist after 7th Son. If I'm honest I don't even like Somewhere in Time or 7th Son that much.
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11.10.2021 - 23:07
Rating: 2
skelator

I thought they could not get lower than Book Of Souls, but this is just horrendous.
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14.10.2021 - 05:40
Rating: 9
CobiWan1993
Secundum Filium
I've been revisiting every Iron Maiden album up till now and I'm trying to avoid recency bias with this album since it just came out this year but I still think this is an excellent release. In a way it's a bit more consistent in regards to pacing and flow than the last album (it helps that Steve Harris does the bulk of the songwriting on here) and there isn't a song on here that I would regard as poor or mediocre. Every song I would rank from very good to excellent. While there isn't a mindblowingly epic masterpiece like Empire of the Clouds, there are a lot of great songs that I constantly revisit like The Time Machine, Lost in a Lost World (very underrated), The Writing on the Wall, Death of the Celts, Days of Future Past and of course Hell on Earth, which is an amazing way to close an album.

Ironically unlike the last album where I thought the longest song was the strongest, the longest song on here (The Parchment) I would put in the very good category, definitely not a bad song, but I wouldn't put it up there with the other songs that I mentioned previously as it does get pretty repetitive at times. There's a bit more 90s influence on here than on past releases, especially with the last three songs that wouldn't sound out of place on any of the Blaze Bayley era works, Death of the Celts has a strong Clansman vibe, while the intro to Hell on Earth reminds me of the intro to Fortunes of War for example. I don't think of it as self-plagiarism, it just reminds me of that a lot. It's just outside of my top five favorite albums from the band and I know this has been a bit of a running joke for a while, but if this turns out to be their final album, then it's not a bad send off!
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