Best metal cd of the year? Yes. Of the decade (so far)? Top 5 probably for me
I'm the opposite. I really like River but hate DOG.I don't get the hate for River. It has the catchiest verse melody and it has this cool, hard rock feeling... A short Maiden song done completely right. I just can't wrap my head around how so many people like DoG and hate River. It's an utterly alien thought to me.
Speed of Light, as per tradition, is the worst track out of the album
Shadows of the Valley starts with a lame and useless plagiarism
Tears of a Clown is, quite frankly, another filler.
The Man of Sorrows is the second and last good song of CD2.
Empire of the Clouds ranks barely 6/10.
Ouch.I would rank it a 6.5/10
(-0.25/0.5 due to the production).
which I find outrageous for a band like Maiden.
I edited my previous post:I'm very bad at noticing these sorts of audio things, so let me ask:
What, actually, is the problem with TBOS's production?
You can hear Janick's breath during the acoustic intro of The Book of Souls. It's unacceptable. Not to mention the overall summary and approximate work ("voo.ooid" in the title track, out-of-tune notes and bendings here and there).