The Book of Souls

Iron Maiden - The Book of Souls
Critic Score
Based on 21 reviews
2015 Ratings: #166 / 838
User Score
Based on 103 ratings
2015 Ratings: #438
September 4, 2015 / Release Date
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Heavy Metal, Metal / Genres
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They did push themselves like they’ve never done before, and they’ve rewarded their millions of worldwide fans with a late-career zenith.

The Skinny

Anchored by both its intelligence and its musicality, Book of Souls delights in scoffing at genre expectations. It's very metal and very, very good.

The Guardian

On the evidence of The Book of Souls, The Acceptance of the Inevitable isn’t on Iron Maiden’s agenda.


Who would have thought that after decades Iron Maiden would have an album as fine (let alone as long) as Book of Souls in them? With repeated listening it earns shelf space with their finest records.


'The Book Of Souls' is a 92-minute intrepid juggernaut of a record, that laughs in the face of tribulation.


The Book of Souls is what every heavy metal fan might want a new Iron Maiden record to be and more. 


Obviously Iron Maiden can’t continue forever but with the band continuing to write vital songs, and constantly looking for new avenues, bigger ideas – and planes – there is, thankfully, life in the old beast yet.


The Book of Souls is the best Maiden record from Dickinson’s second act, and an impressive achievement from one of metal’s greatest bands.


While it’s certainly outsized (and does crawl part way through disc two), the rock outfit’s 16th studio album is surprisingly engaging overall.

Rolling Stone

Metal's most fanciful band has gilded its 16th LP with the usual tales of kings, battles and foolhardy missions to the sky — but while those topics might sound like old hat, the veteran Brits indulge their whims without ever getting tiresome.


Iron Maiden’s ‘The Book of Souls’ is an album that provides a triumphant return, making the wait more than worthwhile, as well as reminding us that Iron Maiden are still the Britain’s strongest Metal Band.

Consequence of Sound

The sheer breadth of the album defies expectation, and though there is some pandering, the songs rarely compromise.

After a five year hiatus - the longest gap between albums in their career yet - Iron Maiden release an album that completely justifies this break by being the longest in their discography. This 92 minute epic not only proves that they needed the extra time to make this, it also proves that Maiden should stick to 40-60 minute albums.

The Book Of Souls really shows how this band has progressed, starting by making short, quick, to-the-point albums that were fun through and through, to making some ... read more
Sure, Bruce can't quite hit those high note like in the 80s, but this is still an incredibly ambitious late-career epic from one of the greatest metal acts of all time. The guys in Iron Maiden are totally at a point in their career where they could just stop trying altogether and keep doing exactly what made them popular in the first place, and I mean they mostly do in terms of sound, but in terms of structure and song length, they push themselves further than ever with songs that last 10, 13, ... read more
Okay, Iron Maiden is just Prog Metal now, I mean it is interesting change especially as i would say this is their most ambitious project in recent years and well, i think it is pretty good. I love how long it is, it actually feels like a journey and even it is rough around the edges it is still a journey which i enjoyed and love to experience again and again.


If Eternity Should Fail 7.5/10
Speed of Light 7/10
The Great Unknown 7/10
The Red and the Black 7.5/10
When the River ... read more
The Book of Souls is an album which I was excited to listen to, because it is a big double album, which is the longest Iron Maiden release, and even if I think that they will release one more album, this could very well be their last. While it does feel like a grand finale, and it does feel like a more complete ending than The Final Frontier does, I sadly wasn't all that impressed with it.

Iron Maiden continues with the more progressive side that was on their last two albums. The Book of Souls ... read more
Bruce's voice has certainly gotten deeper in the recent years, but this is more back to form to what their older stuff was, although it feels like this album has some prog influences in it.
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#39/The Guardian

Track List

  1. If Eternity Should Fail
  2. Speed of Light
  3. The Great Unknown
  4. The Red and the Black
  5. When the River Runs Deep
  6. The Book of Souls
  7. Death Or Glory
  8. Shadows of the Valley
  9. Tears of a Clown
  10. The Man of Sorrows
  11. Empire of the Clouds
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Added on: June 18, 2015