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Dance of Death (album)

                   
Dance of Death
Studio album by Iron Maiden
Released 2 September 2003 (Japan)
8 September 2003 (worldwide)
9 September 2003 (North America)
Recorded January – February 2003
Sarm West Studios
(London, UK)
Genre Heavy metal
Length 67:59
Language English
Label EMI
Producer Steve Harris, Kevin Shirley
Iron Maiden chronology
Brave New World
(2000)
Dance of Death
(2003)
A Matter of Life and Death
(2006)
Singles from Dance of Death
  1. "Wildest Dreams"
    Released: 1 September 2003
  2. "Rainmaker"
    Released: 24 November 2003

Dance of Death is the thirteenth studio album by British heavy metal band Iron Maiden, released first in Japan on 2 September and then on 8 September 2003 in the rest of the world excluding North America (where it was released a day later). The album was recorded on magnetic (analogue) tape.[1]

Their second studio release since the return of vocalist Bruce Dickinson and guitarist Adrian Smith in 1999, the album features the band's first ever fully acoustic track, "Journeyman", as well as their only song co-written by drummer Nicko McBrain, "New Frontier". As with its predecessor, 2000's Brave New World, the record was produced by Kevin Shirley, who has worked with Iron Maiden on all subsequent releases.

Contents

  Background

The band first confirmed that they would be working on a follow-up to 2000's Brave New World with producer Kevin Shirley on 27 November 2002, announced alongside a small set of European tour dates for the following year.[2] On 6 January 2003, Shirley confirmed via his website that the band would begin recording that month,[3] followed by the announcement that the basic tracks had been completed on 5 February[4] and that the release was to be mixed in April.[5] On 31 May, the band announced that the album, recorded at Sarm West Studios, would be entitled Dance of Death,[6] after which the release date was issued on 17 June.[7]

The Dance of Death World Tour was the tour supporting the album, which included many theatrical elements inspired by the record's songs. During "Dance of Death," Bruce Dickinson would wear theatrical masks and a cape while moving around the stage; at the end he would dress as the Grim Reaper for the final chorus.[8] During "Paschendale", Dickinson would wear a traditional British Infantryman trench coat and helmet (although he revealed in the Death on the Road documentary that it was actually Hungarian),[1] as worn during World War I, and the set would be decorated with barbed wire.[8] The tour led to a live album and DVD, entitled Death on the Road released in 2005 and 2006.

The computer-generated cover art was provided by David Patchett,[9] who allegedly asked for his name to be removed from the album's credits after the band decided to use an uncompleted version,[10] which was received negatively.[11]

  Songs

  Drummer Nicko McBrain made his song writing debut on Dance of Death.

Dance of Death is the only Iron Maiden album to date in which drummer Nicko McBrain has a songwriting credit, having co-written "New Frontier."[12] As a born-again Christian, the track expresses his concerns with human cloning, stating, "I personally believe that God created man and it's only God's right to create a human being because only He can give you a soul. When man attempts to make man then it's a monster in a test tube."[12]

"Montségur" was based on the fall of the Cathar stronghold of the same name, which fell during the Albigensian Crusade in 1244.[13] Bruce Dickinson, who wrote the song's lyrics, states, "There is so much great stuff and so many great stories throughout history that you can make parallels with the modern day - particularly when history repeats itself as often as it does - that it makes for some very colourful subject matter."[13]

"Paschendale" is about the Battle of Passchendaele which took place during First World War. It was written by Adrian Smith, who usually contributes to the band's shorter, more "commercial" songs, but decided to write what he describes as "a traditional Maiden epic."[14] It features strong progressive rock elements, including its length, detailed structure, and multiple tempo changes throughout the song. Dickinson comments, "the beauty of 'Paschendale' isn't in the epic-ness of the song - although you have to admit it is a powerful and stirring body of music - but the detail."[14]

  Iron Maiden performing "Dance of Death" in 2011.

According to guitarist Janick Gers, the album's title track was inspired by the final scene of Ingmar Bergman's The Seventh Seal, at the end of which "these figures on the horizon start doing a little jig, which is the dance of death."[13] Gers wrote most of the music and explained the concept to Steve Harris, who wrote the lyrics and most of the melodies.[12]

"Face in the Sand" is based on the media coverage surrounding the Iraq War, taking place as the album was being recorded.[15] Dickinson explains, "I remember thinking about the desert sands as an image and how it moves and shifts with time. Specifically what I was thinking was that whatever empires you tend to build - whether they are British, American, Iraqi or whatever, they'll all crumble and fade away into something else. So, to my mind at least, the best thing you can hope for, if you were to leave anything behind, is just an imprint in the sand."[15] The song is notable for being the first and only Iron Maiden track in which Nicko McBrain uses a double bass pedal.[14]

The final track, "Journeyman", is Iron Maiden's first and only fully acoustic song. According to Bruce Dickinson on the Death on the Road live album, it is about "the whole process of writing and being a musician,"[16] although Mick Wall describes it as "a wistful tale of carpe diem."[15] The song was originally recorded with electric instruments, however, as Dickinson states, "after all the battering that we've given the listener over the last hour of music it just seemed right to play out with something totally unexpected and left field."[15] The original version appears on the No More Lies EP.

  Reception

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[17]
BBC Music favourable[18]
Kerrang! 5/5 stars[19]
PopMatters favourable[20]
Sputnikmusic 4.0/5[11]

Reviews for the album were generally positive with Kerrang! describing it as "stupendous stuff and concrete proof that Maiden are as electrifying and important as they have been in a long time."[19] Sputnikmusic were also positive about the album, giving special mention to "Paschendale", described as "quite easily the ultimate Maiden masterpiece."[11] Although describing the first three songs as "refreshing yet unremarkable", Allmusic describes Dance of Death as "a triumphant return to form for these heavy metal legends."[17]

Although criticising the album for its length and for not "matching the quality" of its predecessor, 2000s Brave New World, PopMatters praises the band for being able to "still easily outclass most of the younger nu-metal bands today."[20]

  Track listing

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Wildest Dreams"   Steve Harris, Adrian Smith 3:52
2. "Rainmaker"   Bruce Dickinson, Harris, Dave Murray 3:48
3. "No More Lies"   Harris 7:22
4. "Montségur"   Dickinson, Janick Gers, Harris 5:50
5. "Dance of Death"   Gers, Harris 8:36
6. "Gates of Tomorrow"   Dickinson, Gers, Harris 5:12
7. "New Frontier"   Dickinson, Nicko McBrain, Smith 5:04
8. "Paschendale"   Harris, Smith 8:28
9. "Face in the Sand"   Dickinson, Harris, Smith 6:31
10. "Age of Innocence"   Harris, Murray 6:10
11. "Journeyman"   Dickinson, Harris, Smith 7:07
Total length:
1:07:59

  Personnel

Additional personnel

  Charts and certifications

  Charts

Chart (2003) Peak
position
Australian Albums Chart 12[21]
Austrian Albums Chart 3[22]
Belgian Albums Chart (Flanders) 4[23]
Belgian Albums Chart (Wallonia) 9[24]
Canadian Albums Chart 5[25]
Danish Albums Chart 10[26]
Dutch Albums Chart 10[27]
Finnish Albums Chart 1[28]
French Albums Chart 3[29]
German Albums Chart 2[30]
Greek Albums Chart 2[31]
Italian Albums Chart 1[32]
Japanese Albums Chart 11[33]
New Zealand Albums Chart 21[34]
Norwegian Albums Chart 3[35]
Portuguese Albums Chart 4[36]
Swedish Albums Chart 1[37]
Swiss Music Charts 2[38]
UK Albums Chart 2[39]
US Billboard 200 18[40]

  Certifications

Country Providers Certification
Argentina CAPIF Gold[41]
Brazil ABPD Gold[42]
Finland IFPI Gold[43]
Germany BVMI Gold[44]
Greece IFPI Gold[45]
Sweden IFPI Gold[46]
UK BPI Gold[47]

  Singles

Single Chart (2003) Peak
position
"Wildest Dreams" Austrian Singles Chart 65[48]
Canadian Singles Chart 26[49]
Dutch Singles Chart 45[50]
Finnish Singles Chart 1[28]
French Singles Chart 57[51]
German Singles Chart 27[52]
Irish Singles Chart 19[53]
Italian Singles Chart 4[54]
Norwegian Singles Chart 5[35]
Swedish Singles Chart 4[37]
Swiss Singles Chart 68[38]
UK Singles Chart 6[55]
"Rainmaker" Finnish Singles Chart 3[28]
French Singles Chart 71[51]
German Singles Chart 36[52]
Italian Singles Chart 13[54]
Swedish Singles Chart 35[37]
UK Singles Chart 13[55]
Single Chart (2004) Peak
position
"Rainmaker" Canadian Singles Chart 7[49]
Dutch Singles Chart 98[50]
Swiss Singles Chart 94[38]
"No More Lies (EP)" Canadian Singles Chart 8[49]
Finnish Singles Chart 3[28]
French Singles Chart 70[51]
German Singles Chart 36[52]
Irish Singles Chart 25[53]
Italian Singles Chart 10[54]
Swiss Singles Chart 93[38]

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