Few bands besides KISS and Iron Maiden are known more for their iconography than their music.
KISS may have transformed their fans’ nostalgia into big bucks, but as Maiden show on Dance of Death, they seem to want to prove their fans right in thinking they are still relevant.
Standouts are the title track, “Rainmaker,” and the epic “Paschendale.”
Dance of Death, if occasionally less frantic than Maiden albums of yore, is every bit as layered and — horrors! — deep as what has gone before.
Dance of Death
- Iron Maiden
- Four stars out of five
Originally published in Uptown Magazine, September 15, 2003