The Book of Souls

Iron Maiden - The Book of Souls
Critic Score
Based on 17 reviews
2015 Ratings: #150 / 771
User Score
Based on 67 ratings
2015 Ratings: #311
September 4, 2015 / Release Date
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Heavy Metal, Metal / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
PopMatters

They did push themselves like they’ve never done before, and they’ve rewarded their millions of worldwide fans with a late-career zenith.

80
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.

80
The Guardian

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

80
AllMusic

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.

80
NME

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

80
Sputnikmusic

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

80
musicOMH

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.

79
Paste

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.

70
Billboard

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

70
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.

70
Clash

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.

67
Consequence of Sound

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

NR
After five whole years of waiting, the Book of Souls has been unleashed on the World! ... and so has Eddie!
Absolutely brilliant, from the Piano keys to the Drum snares, all of it is utterly astounding. All-the-while Bruce Dickinson was singing and recording shortly before he was diagnosed with a sort of tongue/throat-cancer, which he's made a full recovery from, and seeing as this whole album was recorded when it was fresh out of the think-box, it hasn't lost anything from the transition from ... read more
choice_kingdom
60
Production is weak. There's ambition in this album but it seems that its execution is a flawed one, revealing how all of the intentions behind what was created here were torn apart due to a faint outcome that The Book of Souls turned out to have. Let me make it clear that this isn't a bad album, however, it is indeed a meh-ish one. Iron Maiden's metal/rock lacks a sort of grip and when it is not trying to be an heavy album but an epic masterpiece, particularly in the last track, it fails ... read more
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END OF YEAR LISTS

#7/Revolver
#23/Decibel
#33/Noisey
#39/The Guardian
#55/PopMatters

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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