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Iron Maiden - Somewhere In Time (9/10) - Great Britain - 1986

Genre: Heavy Metal
Label: EMI Music (Canada)
Playing time: 51:26
Band homepage: Iron Maiden

Tracklist:

  1. Caught Somewhere In Time
  2. Wasted Years
  3. Sea Of Madness
  4. Heaven Can Wait
  5. The Loneliness Of The Long Distance Runner
  6. Stranger In A Strange Land
  7. De Ja Vu
  8. Alexander The Great
Iron Maiden - Somewhere In Time
In most cases it's hard for bands to follow a great album up by another one. But for some bands this seems like walking the dog. After releasing stellar albums like "Number Of The Beast", "Piece Of Mind" and "Powerslave" (and the fantastic live album "Life After Death"), IRON MAIDEN now has to go along on that same route with "Somewhere In Time".

One of the best foundations for a successful band is a consistent line-up. For the fourth album in a row, IRON MAIDEN is Harris, Dickinson, Murray, Smith and McBrain, a quality Heavy Metal-machine. And with "Somewhere In Time" IRON MAIDEN produces yet another classic album full of classic tracks. "Caught Somewhere In Time" is probably one of the best, yet fairly unknown, tracks by the band. This song is followed by the very well-known and in my opinion best IRON MAIDEN- song, "Wasted Years". Though "Sea Of Madness" is a good song, it doesn't reach the level of the subsequent "Heaven Can Wait" and "The Loneliness Of The Long Distance Runner" (which has a fantastic intro, such beauty…).

Yet another classic track hits us, "Stranger In A Strange Land", followed by the song "De Ja Vu", that doesn't live to it's name at all (which is a good thing of course), and the record is finished in a style with the grand "Alexander The Great". And there you go, yet another IRON MAIDEN-masterwork. They make it sound so easy to do it, but think of it, every album they release is an instant classic, they can fill hours with best-off tracks, and I have no doubt that this band rules Metal. UP THE IRONS!!!

Another great IRON MAIDEN-record, not as good as "Number Of The Beast" and "Powerslave", but definitely an album that every band would want to have in their back-catalogue.

Vincent Portegijs



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