Iron Maiden - Virtual XI (Music CD)
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Iron Maiden's eleventh record, aptly titled VIRTUAL XI, is a wonderful
addition to the band's legacy. Refusing to sell out and go
"alternative" or "electronic", the group sticks to what it
knows; heavy metal epics focusing on world peace, paranoia and technology. This
is the second release with vocalist Blaze Bayley who adds his own powerful
element to the Maiden mix. His voice is deeper and more brooding than his
predecessor Bruce Dickinson, but just as effective.
The technical virtuosity and the unfettered production (by bassistSteve Harris and Nigel Green) of classic Maiden are still solidly in place. Some keyboards are used for ambience, but this is mostly speed and power ala vintage Maiden. The songs are on the long side, with "The Angel And The Gambler" clocking in at over 9 minutes. All in all, fans of the band, or of heavy rock in general, will be satisfied, as all the traditional ingredients that make this a great band are evident in VIRTUAL XI.
2. Angel And The Gambler
3. Lightning Strikes Twice
5. When Two Worlds Collide
6. Educated Fool
7. Don't Look To The Eyes Of A Stranger
8. Como Estais Amigos