Dance Of Death - the album


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the title track also features part of what sounds to me like a 16/17th Century dance tune

It's melodically similar to a jig (or gigue), but played in duple meter where jigs are usually a fast triple. However, the music which has survived since then is mostly art music, and it's quite likely the folk music of the time would have had similar figures.

Iron Maiden Serbia

Iron Maiden Serbia
10! for song Dance of the Death

Let me tell you a story to chill the bones
About a thing that I saw
One night wandering in the everglades
I'd one drink but no more

I was rambling, enjoying the bright moonlight
Gazing up at the stars
Not aware of a presence so near to me
Watching my every move...
I can quite imagine this, Hieronymous Bosch's Garden of Earthly Delights triptych, or similar art of the era, as being a major inspiration for the Dance of Death artwork.

The cover is unquestionably inspired by the Stanley Kubrick film "Eyes Wide Shut."

I tried to find a still from the film to illustrate the similarities, but I couldn't find any images that were appropriate to post to the forum.
Needless to say, it is a good film and you should see it if you haven't.


Ancient Mariner
Definitely. Also all the ghost-like girls in the Dance of Death booklet surrounding each band member. Do a Google image search for Eyes Wide Shut.