The next time you wake up in the morning and don’t feel like going to work, remind yourself of this: Iron Maiden air raid siren Bruce Dickinson recorded the vocals on the band’s 16th album “The Book of Souls” with mouth cancer. Now get up and go to work.
Yes, this band is in their twilight, but they continue to put out solid, inspired efforts, and this one is their longest yet at 10 tracks and 92 minutes (the LP version is triple vinyl!). And wouldn’t you know it, the metal legends still got it and more, providing great moments here from riveting opener “If Eternity Should Fail”; through to first single “Speed Light”; on to sure-fire live crowd favorite “The Red and the Black”; to fiery “Tears of a Clown,” inspired by the death of Robin Williams; to massive closer “Empire of the Clouds,” the band’s longest song ever at 18:03.
Iron Maiden remain in command, and despite inching closer toward the end, they still have the fire and strength to slay. (Brian Krasman)