What does it sound like?:
What is this found nestling in Bargepole’s inbox the other morning – a download of the self-titled debut album by the previously unknown band Crossfire Dreams. On closer inspection, it is revealed as the new Maiden album in all its pseudonymous glory. And what an album it is – easily their best effort since the mid 80s. As a double album running 90 odd minutes, you might expect there to be a bit of filler on it, but remarkably there is none. The quality is sustained throughout. Steve Harris seems to have been in a fertile writing period as he is on fire on this album, but Bruce Dickinson’s closing epic Empire Of The Clouds matches him every step of the way.
What does it all *mean*?
After a rather patchy run of albums, the band are back with a vengeance. If this should by any chance turn out to be their swansong then they have certainly gone out with a bang and not a whimper.
Goes well with…
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