IRON MAIDEN’S TIME WILL COME
Can we all agree that Iron Maiden 2000 comeback album Brave New World was a fucking phenomenal return to form? The return of Bruce-Bruce and the triple guitar attack of Dave Murray, Janick Gers and the recently rejoined Adrian Smith meant an end to the god-awful Blaze Bayley era and spawned an album full of a decade’s worth of pent-up vintage Maiden gems. The presence of Dickinson and Smith in the writing process made that much of a difference for Steve Harris, as the band cranked out now-classics such as “Ghost of the Navigator,” “Out of the Silent Planet,” the album’s title-track, and this, “The Wicker Man,” the album’s opening cut and first single. Maiden hasn’t matched this level of excellence in their two efforts since Brave New World, but at least we’ve got this one record that restored dignity to the once great band and no doubt allowed Maiden to return to their superstar, stadium World tour status of today.
[Sorry about the choppy video/audio midway through — best I could find]