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On thin ice - 43%

skinticket, February 8th, 2011

On their singles, Iron Maiden have shown that they are capable of doing a lot of different genres, and often pays homage to their heroes through these little releases. Well, they're certaintly capable, but do these classic tracks sound that good with the Maiden twist?

First of all, let's get through the main track, 'Bring Your Daughter... To the Slaughter'. It might be one of their best known songs of the nineties, and showed the banded moving towards a completely different sound than most predicted after the brilliant 'Seventh Son...' album. Bruce Dickinson obviously brought some of the sound from his solo career, and this song especially has a more rock oriented groove to it, while still managing to incorporate their trademarked, melodic heavy metal. It's hard not to compare any of their albums to the pinnacle of their career (which was undisputably during the 80's), and taking that in to concideration, the new sound was a terrible disappointment. They definitely lost some of the soul and the unmistakable sound, using a lot of generic riffs and rhythms. Still, the intermission near the end makes up for the rest, and should melt any hardcore fan's icy frontier.

The covertracks, 'I'm a Mover' by Free and 'Communication Breakdown' by Led Zeppelin, are both historical rock'n'roll classical, and probably among those that you just don't mess with. Even though Dickinson is considered one of the best and strongest voices in heavy metal, he just doesn't cut it when it comes to this kind of groovy rock. 'I'm a Mover' lacks all the things that made it a hit when performed in its original form; Paul Rodgers' beautiful and soulful voice, and the thick, raw and fuzzy sound of the riffs and solos. A complete failure on Maiden's part, in other words, and the Zeppelin cover isn't much better. They didn't dare to stray far from the original recipe her either, and it just sounds like a poor mockery of what Plant & Co. achieved with it. Dickinson takes off with the usual vocal jam we're familiar with in their live performances, but this time it just sounds awful.

To sum up, the main track is pretty decent, with catchy riffs and the aformentioned amazing intermission, but the rest, sadly, is complete shit. It just goes to show that Iron Maiden is, and should always stay a heavy metal band. That's what they know, and that's what they do better than anyone else.