The Iron Maiden CD “The Book of Souls” is a high energy, fast paced metal album from England’s best known and much beloved black metal band, The Twilight Symphony. Lead singer/songwriter, Danzig Czarnet takes us on an emotional voyage as he tells us about the story of his young girl friend, Lyra. As a child he hid from his father, going so far as to run away to join his friends in the forest. They eventually became known as The Order of the Black Knights, protecting the world from darkness. Recently, however, Lyra has lost her memories and has become a recluse, unwilling to have to remember her past.
When her best friend suddenly dies, Lyra is devastated. She runs off to England, taking with her father’s legendary sword, Maces, and other treasures. However, she soon discovers that her father was not the only evil plot that slipped her mind… There are others!
The music for this album, composed by Warren Workey, is very dark and dramatic. The very beginning of the song, “Equinox”, has the ominous vocals of Ulthar and the hard guitar work of Ben Bello, who is both masters at creating atmospheric and moody songs. Bello’s voice also carries a strong accent, which adds another dimension to his sound. The songs that comprise The Book of Souls contain a unique blend of death metal, classical, power metal, and classic rock.
“Marks of the Earth” is probably my favorite song on this album. It starts out with a slow build-up of heavy, drum-driven drum beats, reminiscent of the sounds of thunder. Then there’s that slow piano melody, played mostly in the low register, which underlies the ominous drum beat. The lyrics describe Lyra’s transformation as she comes across the threshold of death. At first she appears to be indestructible, but as she meets the characters she becomes a real person to be reckoned with.
“The Heavensgate Overture” is a beautiful ballad about two lovers who are caught in an attack of magic, while traveling through the heavens. Just before they arrive at their destination, their ship is attacked by a huge sea monster. Lyra’s lover managed to get his ship out of the way and escaped the scene, but Lyra is left behind. The lyrics reveal that she had been preparing herself to face her own death for some time. This song takes you deep inside your imagination and compels you to look beyond the known into the unknown.
“The Claddagh Overture” lyrics suggest the tragic ending of a love story. Lyricist/ composer Michael Kiwanek has created a beautiful ballad about two lovers who had finally fallen in love and had reached a final stage of happiness. The words describe the sacrifice and pain that went with their love for each other.
The best thing about Iron Maiden’s music is that it never shirks from the demands of the audience. Every sound is distorted and every note delivered is absolutely amazing. The musicians combine their expertise with fantastic musical arrangements to create a piece of work that you would call beautiful. The music is very dramatic and always makes you think. When it comes to lyrics and melodies, Maiden has always delivered quality music. “The Queen of Rock and Roll” is without doubt among her best songs and is definitely worth the time to explore.
There are several other amazing songs included on this album as well. If you haven’t checked them out, you should start with “Wish You Were Here”. You will definitely experience a new sensation after listening to this one. The title may invoke certain feelings, but the song itself will take you to another dimension. The lyrics are perfect and are guaranteed to bring you back to that age when rockabilly was king. This album is definitely something you have to hear.