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Iron Maiden


Album number seventeen from the UK heavy metal stalwarts and first for six years produced by Kevin Shirley (Journey, Rush)

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  1. 10.0 |   The Guardian

    Maiden’s creative renaissance continues in style with this playfully bombastic metal epic
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  2. 9.1 |   Consequence Of Sound

    The metal legends tactfully employ new sounds on their 17th studio album
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  3. 9.0 |   musicOMH

    This is the sound of a band firing on all cylinders. It’s great to have Iron Maiden back in this kind of form
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  4. 8.0 |   All Music

    Bruce Dickinson may not have access to the upper registers of his youth, but his voice is still plenty powerful, and it's become richer with the weariness and wisdom of age
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  5. 8.0 |   Rolling Stone

    Long-running metal firebrands have matured their sound on LP 17 without sacrificing any of their epic grit
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  6. 8.0 |   The Independent

    Senjutsu is an album that screams, “Not dead yet”
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  7. 8.0 |   The FT

    A double album lasting 80 minutes draws out the progressive-rock influences that lie in the band’s musical character
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  8. 8.0 |   The Music

    'Senjutsu' gifts a plethora of treasures for new and old fans alike: imaginative progression, Bruce Dickinson bouncing back after recovering from a cancerous tumour at the back of his tongue and a samurai Eddie
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  9. 8.0 |   Gigwise

    A work of reliable genius
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  10. 8.0 |   NME

    The metal titans look to the East for inspiration on their idea-packed 17th studio album, revisiting elements of past successes along the way
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  11. 8.0 |   Clash

    Trend and time can’t touch them, and with ‘Senjutsu’ they’ve produced one of their best albums of the past 20 years
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  12. 8.0 |   PopMatters

    Iron Maiden’s Senjutsu is not without its share of bumps and plenty of familiar scenery, but after more than 40 years, the band are as exhilarating as ever
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  13. 8.0 |   Kerrang!

    Senjutsu is simultaneously more diverse than its predecessor but somehow manages to concentrate its punches. It’s the sound of a band that continues to strive when it’s already honed its craft to perfection
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  14. 7.5 |   Spectrum Culture

    Though slightly lacking in the same stylistic variation that highlighted their previous late-career triumph, Iron Maiden offer up yet another compelling, massive work that cements them as metal’s most exciting active legacy act
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  15. 7.4 |   Sputnik Music (staff)

    Senjutsu is a great album and is guaranteed to please fans of the band, which, in all honestly, is the record’s true and intended purpose
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  16. 7.4 |   Pitchfork

    The British metal legends return with their dark and patient 17th album. While their influence looms large in heavy music, no other band sounds quite like this
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  17. 6.0 |   The Arts Desk

    For all the finesse and flamboyance of their playing, there is the spirit of an old Englishman painting model tanks in his shed
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