Wayne Parry Associated Press
Iron Maiden “Tactical” (BMG)
Iron Maiden is not a band for people with little attention.
Since blowing up Britain, which became Britain’s new wave of metal in the late 1970s, Iron Maiden has never offered record companies the three-minute anthem they coveted.
Instead, they wrote and acted (and acted a bit more) until they were happy. The result, often a spectacular track of 8-10 minutes or more, was a full exploration of topics and ideas until there were no more stones.
In particular, the 17th studio album “Tactics” is translated from Japanese as “Strategy and Tactics”. From the title song to Winston Churchill’s ode to patience in WWII, “Darkest War,” it deals with war and Iron Maiden’s obsession with battle.
The 10 tracks on the album are an average of 8 minutes per song, and the last 3 tracks are 34 minutes in total.
Give Bruce Dickinson and Co. singers the props to stick with the musical gun and write a song of the required length. In the mid-80s, they broke those barriers with songs like “Ancient Mariner’s Lime”.
The guitar trio of Dave Murray, Janick Gers and Adrian Smith bring unparalleled levels of firepower to every track, and the duo of bassist Steve Harris and drummer Nicko McBrain have long been the best. It was one of the metals.
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