Iron Maiden - Senjutsu
Critic Score
Based on 21 reviews
2021 Ratings: #112 / 741
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Based on 328 ratings
2021 Ratings: #990
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
The Guardian

Their second double album, Senjutsu is as ambitious and heavy as its predecessor (2015’s The Book of Souls), but tempered by a more windswept, melancholic vibe, alongside some of their most fiendishly complex melodies to date.

91
Consequence of Sound

Senjutsu is more of a heavy head-nodder than a power-metal fistraiser. For those of us sitting at home, currently unable to witness an Iron Maiden concert, we can appreciate that.

90
Metal Hammer

Senjutsu continues to reveal its astonishing depth and a wealth of melodic treasures that will see it easily claim its place alongside the finest works of their canon.

90
musicOMH
In tone it’s the band’s darkest album, but the sheer coherence and confidence of the playing, writing and production makes it feel filled with light and positivity.
80
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.

80
AllMusic

Clocking in at just over 80 minutes, the epic Senjutsu is another distended late-career triumph, albeit one that requires multiple spins to set up camp in your Homeric metal-craving cranium.

80
Rolling Stone
Long-running metal firebrands have matured their sound on LP 17 without sacrificing any of their epic grit.
80
The Independent

Perhaps the most wonderful thing about Senjutsu is just how much fun the band are having. It’s an album built to entertain, full of theatre, full of gold-standard musicianship.

80
Gigwise

Staying well within its lane, Senjutsu is a dependable gift to fans and newcomers alike. Doing exactly what is expected of it, album number seventeen establishes just why Iron Maiden continue to stride so confidently forward as they do.

80
NME
The powerhouse metal sound that’s earned them a religious following in every far-flung corner of the globe remains firm. But here, they take things further; ultimately letting imaginations run wild in an album that’s more confident and idea-packed than ever before.
80
Clash
On paper, an overblown piece inspired by feudal Japan made by a load of Brits in their 60s shouldn't be rocking so hard in 2021 - but that's Iron Maiden for you. They persevere, they entertain the masses and have well-earned the mantel of legends.
80
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 and it’s got a samurai Eddie on the cover. What more do you need?

75
Spectrum Culture

Senjutsu lacks the same variety and sense of surprise that characterized the band’s previous record, though it contains a more consistently high energy. Warts and all, it’s yet another high-water mark in one of the strongest career resurgences of any rock band with remotely this level of tenure.

74
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.
74
Sputnikmusic

It’s Iron Maiden, once again, flexing their inimitable style with vigour and enthusiasm. And that’s the most endearing aspect of Senjutsu; for a band that’s been going for this long, it’s wonderful to see all of these talented musicians making music with genuine heart and passion behind it all.

60
Metal Sucks
Their albums are usually good for multiple songs that get stuck in your head for days. That hasn’t happened with this one. Unfortunately, that puts it a cut below their best.
60
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 in so much of their military history-obsessed songwriting.

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50

Iron Maiden just dropped the album cover of the year! Oh… and the music is decent I guess. I was cautiously hyped and got what I expected.

I really wanted to give this a 70 based off the cover alone, but the music fell short on this one. However, I’m impressed that Iron Maiden can still drop quality albums this far into their career, but the main problem with the band’s most recent output is their focus on quantity. Ever since the mid-80s, Iron Maiden has incorporated ... read more

JustSomeGuy
45

OH DAMN, EDDIE GOT A SWORD, AIN'T NO STOPPING HIM NOW!!!

Yeah, I don't care anymore. Only Dickinson-led Maiden record to be in the red, and only Maiden album in general to be in the red aside from the atrocious Virtual XI. And honestly, I don't really see any reason why I have any need to justify the reasoning. I genuinely believe that Senjutsu will end up going down as one of Maiden's all time lowest points. Even some of their other low points that everyone can universally agree on at least ... read more

biglasagnayeet
66

If you ask me what my two favourite bands of all time are, the first answer I would give you is The Beatles. For second place, though it'd be a real struggle. The first of the two would be Death Grips and the second Iron Maiden. So, no doubt that my hype was through the roof when "Senjutsu", the British rock band's first record for six years, was announced. Over the years, Iron Maiden have delivered so many timeless rock classics, delivering a sound that is intoxicating in its raw ... read more

Morko
NR

cover art is so hard😭

ZachoBuns
45

Extremely disappointing to come after their modern classic "The Book Of Souls" with a cool album cover, but only a couple of good songs.

CCarney
45

Re-Rating Iron Maiden #17 + conclusion

I just wanted to finally sum things up so to be honest I totally skimmed through this album this time because I didn't want to relisten to the whole thing so soon. Senjutsu is just like its album cover - soulless and bland. It's probably their most forgettable album after X-Factor. I still can't believe how awful Bruce sounds on here. One of my favourite vocals in music is just unbearable at times The guitar work is so boring and uninspiring through the ... read more

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Track List

1Senjutsu
8:20
65
2Stratego
4:59
62
3The Writing On The Wall
6:13
73
4Lost in a Lost World
9:31
64
5Days of Future Past
4:03
65
6The Time Machine
7:09
70
7Darkest Hour
7:20
62
8Death of the Celts
10:20
64
9The Parchment
12:38
64
10Hell On Earth
11:19
70
Total Length: 1 hour, 21 minutes
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Added on: July 19, 2021