Album Review: Iron Maiden – “The Book of Souls”

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Reviewing a new Iron Maiden album is always a bit of a balancing act. On one side, there’s the unbridled excitement over THE MAIN EVENT® that is, simply, new material from these legends of the metal genre. On the other, there’s the need to temper that excitement and judge that material fairly, with the understanding that, in most cases, the band’s best days are behind them. And while that may have made digging into the band’s latest effort, The Book of Souls, a bit of a process, the album’s got enough meat on its bones to pass the test.
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CANTO: More Lemmy trouble, a Slipknot theme park, and more!


I am absolutely obsessed with the new Mgla album. Holy crap is it impressive.

So many gems, so little time.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
– Corey

CANTO: Acoustic Ghost footage is awesome, The Sword’s massive fall tour, and more!


All told, it really does feel like this week is going by quickly. I’m not complaining. Here’s some stuff for ya!

Not to mention Papa Emeritus III seems super charismatic. I approve.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
– Corey

CANTO: Abbath announces a tour with Behemoth and Bruce Dickinson is still a badass


Hey everybody, this week is already full of crap, so let’s not waste any more time.

Nothing to not appreciate there. I don’t think.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
– Corey

CANTO: Great news for Bruce Dickinson, “meh” news from Lamb of God, and more!

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Hey, guys, remember Quickies? Gosh, those were fun, weren’t they? Well, good news: we’re still doing them, only now they’re called “Canto.” (Gotta keep up with the whole Dante / Nine Circles of Hell theme!)

For all intents and purposes, though, it’s the same idea—so let’s not waste any more time on an intro. Here’s what we missed in the metal world today:

  • Leading off with easily the best news of the day: Iron Maiden vocalist Bruce Dickinson is officially cancer-free! As you might expect, the band’s holding off on touring until 2016 to allow him time to fully recover. Up the damn Irons!
  • After what’s felt like months’ worth of rumblings about their progress on a new album, Lamb of God are streaming a new song, “Still Echoes,” on their website. My thoughts? “Meh.” The new album, VII: Sturm und Drang, is due in July.
  • Blues guitar legend B.B. King passed away yesterday at 89, and while he was wasn’t remotely metal, a number of folks from the heavier side of the spectrum took to the internet to pay their respects. Nice to see. (And, of course, R.I.P.)
  • Good news if you like power metal: Kamelot debuted in the top 40 with their new album, Haven! I haven’t even listened to this band since Roy Khan left—are they still any good?
  • And finally, Primitive Man released ridiculously NSFW video for “Loathe.” It’s all kind of messed up. If you’re a brave soul, check it out:

These guys at MDF next week will certainly be something. Anyway, that’ll do it for now. Enjoy the weekend!

Keep it heavy,