What are your impressions of DOD now that we've had more than enough time to let it sink in and dissect it? Personally, I loved it then and I love it now. Sure, there are a some weaker moments here and there (New Frontier, Journeyman and - please spare my life - Paschendale I don't really care for (I know, many people regard the latter as an amazing epic but I find it rather unengaging and boring), but for the most part it sounds really fresh. Montségur, with such raw energy, probably is the most surprising Maiden song in years. Dance of Death, I admit, grew on me over time and I now consider it a great epic in the IM tradition. Rainmaker is a fantastic song that should have been the album opener. No More Lies is a classic Steve Harris track (whatever that means ). Face in the Sand is flat-out kick-ass, etc. Now, I must say I am somewhat disappointed to witness so many fans turning their backs on Dance of Death now that we're on the eve of the new album's release, like it's the cool thing to do. Some of these same people, I'm sure, were probably clamoring it to be the best Maiden album since the 1980s back in September 2003... Why the change of heart (I don't mean on this board obviously - I wasn't aware of its existence until last week )? I'm all for people having intelligent explanations for their opinions, but "Iron Maiden sucks ass since the 90s" doesn't cut it. People on the Internet are much too cynic and act too "smartassey" for their own good.