Dance of Death

~ Release group by Iron Maiden

Album

Release Format Tracks Date Country Label Catalog# Barcode
Official
Dance of Death CD 11 Capitol Records (International) (Japan imports only. For releases which are not related to Capitol Records USA and also not related to Capitol Music Company (Japan)) TOCP-66212 4988006813571
Dance of Death CD 11 EMI (EMI Records, since 1972) 592 3402 724359234021
Dance of Death Copy Control CD 11 EMI (EMI Records, since 1972) 593 0102 724359301020
Dance of Death CD 11 Columbia (imprint owned by CBS between 1938–1990 within US/CA/MX; owned worldwide by Sony Music Entertainment since 1991 except in JP), BMG Direct Marketing, Inc. CK 89061, D 150938 [none]
Dance of Death CD 11 Columbia (imprint owned by CBS between 1938–1990 within US/CA/MX; owned worldwide by Sony Music Entertainment since 1991 except in JP) CK 89061 696998906129
Dance of Death CD 11 EMI Music Canada 72435 93010 2 0 724359301020
Dance of Death (limited edition, picture disc) 2×12" Vinyl 6 + 5 EMI (EMI Records, since 1972) 07243-592340-1-4, 592 3401 724359234014
Dance of Death CD 11 EMI (EMI Records, since 1972) 592 3402 724359234021
Dance of Death DVD-Audio 24 EMI (EMI Records, since 1972) 592 3409 724359234090
Dance of Death CD 11 EMI (EMI Records, since 1972) TOCP-53779 4988006846739
Dance of Death Digital Media 11 Sanctuary Records (UK 1996-present) [none]
Dance of Death 2×12" Vinyl 6 + 5 Parlophone 0190295851965 0190295851965
Dance of Death Copy Control CD 11 Capitol Records (imprint of Capitol Records, Inc.) 7243 5 93010 2 0, TOCP-66212 4988006813571
Bootleg
Dance of Death CD 12

Relationships

associated singles/EPs: Rainmaker
Wildest Dreams
Allmusic: http://www.allmusic.com/album/mw0000598895 [info]
Discogs: https://www.discogs.com/master/21512 [info]
Wikidata: Q721945 [info]
Wikipedia: en: Dance of Death (album) [info]
other databases: https://rateyourmusic.com/release/album/iron_maiden/dance_of_death/ [info]
reviews: http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/reviews/34f9 [info]

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There's a very good case to be argued that a review of the latest Maiden album is a redundant exercise. Fans of the band (and they number in the millions) will adore it. The rest of us will just shrug our shoulders and make the odd Spinal Tap joke. Yet, while there's no denying the oft-comical aspects of all things heavy and metallic only the most hard-hearted of critics could deny the quality of their latest offering.

Dance Of Death is, appropriately enough, the band's thirteenth (woah...spooky) studio album and more than justifies their longevity. Always a band with a fearsome live reputation, this outing finds them playing at the top of their game and bringing a fair amount of that live prowess into the studio. Producer Kevin Shirley has spoken of them as being 'the last of the naturally moving rock bands', and DOD seems to bear this out. The whole thing has an almost organic feel to it with the rhythm section of drummer Niko McBrain (crazy name, dude) and bass player (and main writer) Steve Harris providing a rock solid backing for the three (count 'em) guitarist's fretboard fury, and Bruce Dickinsons operatic yowls.

Lest it be forgotten, this band have now been around, in one form or another, since 1976. Once considered the young pups of NWOBHM, Maiden now show youngsters how it's done. Dickinson has never sounded better (maybe his day job as a BBC DJ is good for the vocal chords?) and relative new boy Janick Gers (only with the band for thirteen years!) seems intent on cramming in as many wild solos as he can muster. From McBrain's count in on ''Wildest Dreams'' to the last poignant chords of ''Journeyman'', DOD displays a rude energy that would shame the Darkness.

Song lyrics reflect the overall epic feel. War (''Paschendale''), religious martyrdom (''Montsegur'') and, of course, death and horror (''Dance Of Death'') all get the Maiden treatment. The only real lowpoint comes with ''Age Of Innocence'' whose lyrics seem ripped directly from the letters page of the Daily Express.

No matter. Maiden have always survived by ignoring fickle fashion and giving their loyal minions exactly what they want; all wrapped in the obligatory cover featuring deaths head mascot, Eddie. With Dance Of Death they won't have one dissatisfied customer.