Bruce Dickinson - The Chemical Wedding.
Yep, its metal, yep its not trendy. So? Got a problem with that? This is my roots. Iron Maiden is what turned me on to heavy music. I may not listen to them so much now, indeed Virtual XI is the first studio album since I started listening to them that Ive not bought. I may listen to more trendy stuff as well. I may be listening to potentially more diverse stuff, but when it comes down to it, this is still my musical roots, and Im still interested in seeing whats being put out. You can evolve, spread your musical wings, and still stay interested and true to your roots.
And this is a contemporary album. A contemporary heavy metal album. Those things dont combine at the moment do they? Uh, well, yeah, they do. King In Crimson is the opener, and many finer publications than YAZ have already said how its quite possibly the heaviest song the Dickinson has recorded. And who am I to argue. It is. Its up there with the Panteras and the Machine Heads. Except that theres more melody here, more of those fluid guitar runs. And Bruce sings as opposed to shouts. Its proof that you can combine these things.
The title track, The Tower and Book of Thiel continue the standard. Heavy but melodic. Contemporary yet steadfastly metal. The second half of the album looses out somewhat. I guess a hymn like Jerusalem doesnt really do it for me. But then you get to Machine Men, read the lyrics, and despite the cries that this is an album based on William Blakes work, you just wonder, just a tad, if theres not some thinly disiguised jibes at certain parties from his past. I aint going to say anything, youll have to check it out for yourself.
Of course, this isnt trendy. Bruce is singing, and there are guitar solos. Many will point to the themes of alchemy and go see, its not real, its myth. How can you relate to this? Yeah I know. Everybody needs to get back to empathising with people singing about da hood, their drug problem, fantasies about fucking dead bodies, cybermetal, counterfeit people, and people who claim to be superstars, antichrist superstars at that. Its all sooooo much more real aint it. Ok, if you say so. But remember, music isnt about trend. It isnt about fashion. Its about the music, and if thats what you care about, and you like it heavy, then you should check this out. And fuck all the shitheads that will lambast you. Hey, keep it real!