IRON MAIDEN — Somewhere In Time (review)

IRON MAIDEN — Somewhere In Time album cover Album · 1986 · Heavy Metal Buy this album from MMA partners
4.5/5 ·
siLLy puPPy
After bursting from his grave from wearing himself out from the “Powerslave” tour on the “Live After Death” album, Eddie springs back to life and takes up time travel on IRON MAIDEN's sixth studio album SOMEWHERE IN TIME. Although it seems like it should be a concept album it only has a handful of tracks dedicated to time. This is the first album the band utilized synthesizers in their sound but as a complementary background setting instead of a full-on keyboard effect. This album to me sounds like there is a lot of recycled riffage going on. There are parts here and there that clearly remind you of previous albums, but despite it all MAIDEN deliver yet another satisfying album from beginning to end. Unfortunately this album just sinks a little between the ones surrounding it for me.

Despite being a tad musically inferior, I have to say that the artwork is one of the best album covers in musical history with tons of references to previous songs, albums and themes. Derek Riggs outdid himself on this one with the Blade Runner themed sci-fi extravaganza. I was initially disappointed that this album was not the fully formed concept album that “Rime Of The Ancient Mariner” eluded to moving toward on the previous album. We would have to wait until the next album for that to happen, but this is still a strong album that despite seeming a little bit like IRON MAIDEN on cruise control still has enough melody and metallic fury to satisfy. Yet another essential listening experience for anyone even remotely interested in traditional metal of the 80s.
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siLLy puPPy wrote:
more than 2 years ago
Its always been my least favorite of the classics because of my expectations but i likr it a lot more these days. It does have a unique atmosphere to it
Unitron wrote:
more than 2 years ago
It is also one of my favorites, I agree that it has a very nice atmosphere.
UMUR wrote:
more than 2 years ago
I´m not sure why, but "Somewhere in Time" is my favorite Iron Maiden album. There is a very special atmosphere about it, that is Unique to this particular release, that I really enjoy.

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