CMJ (1/08/01, p.26) - Included in CMJ's "Best Loud Rock Albums" of 2000.
CMJ (6/12/00, p.34) - "...Loyal to the vintage '80s sound, [the album] is a step forward for classic heavy metal....full of soon-to-be classics..."
Iron Maiden: Bruce Dickinson (vocals); Adrian Smith (guitar, background vocals); Dave Murray, Janick Gers (guitar); Steve Harris (keyboards, bass); Nicko McBrain (drums).
Recorded at Guillaume Tell Studios, Paris, France.
"The Wicker Man" was nominated for the 2001 Grammy Award for Best Metal Performance.
Personnel: Bruce Dickinson (vocals); Steve Harris (keyboards); Nicko McBrain (drums).
Audio Mixer: Kevin Shirley.
After playing to packed houses in 1999, the reformed and revamped Iron Maiden now satisfies their fans' hunger with a new collection of material. Vocalist Bruce Dickinson and guitarist Adrian Smith rejoin the fold, which is now a six member, three guitar sonic assault. Produced by Kevin Shirley (Aerosmith, The Black Crowes), BRAVE NEW WORLD is Maiden's finest album in 12 years.
"The Wicker Man" is a heavy, yet accessible tune with a memorable chorus propelled by Nicko McBrain's double bass drum thunder. "Blood Brothers" is a melancholy song featuring strings and lush arrangement, while the title track shows that Dickinson's pipes are in fine form; the man can belt out a song like no one else. "Dream of Mirrors" begins acoustically and builds to a mammoth, grandiose blockbuster. Master bassist Steve Harris also lends his keyboard prowess to the nine-minute epic, "The Nomad." Iron Maiden is proudly still waving the metal flag; there's no group more fitting to lead a heavy rock revival. An album of conviction, BRAVE NEW WORLD shows a band still at the top of its game.
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