Monday, October 10, 2011
The Chemical Wedding
I love this record. I feel it may be better than any of Bruce's work with Iron Maiden. I have reservations saying it is the best metal record of the 90's. Big claims for sure. Some will say what of Pantera, but I feel their work has been a detriment to the metal genre as a whole. Their influence introduced the metal groove which seems to have completely dominated nu metal. I have always loved the dark melodic approach of metal, so I do see it as something to be mourned.
As for the record itself, you can not do better. Adrian Smith returns to his metallic roots joining Roy Z and Bruce for one hell of a record. I got this record soon after it was released, metal was very underground at that time and you really had to track down new material. Youtube has been a real help finding new bands, but back then the record stores were not doing a good job. So finding something solid on the metal front was a real treat.
When I popped in the CD I was really happy with the first few tracks they were metal, they were Bruce, they were almost maiden. It's the third track "the tower" that really got me, I was thinking this is good, it really needs a twin guitar bit thought, and poof it delivered. Killing floor hit me with how hard they were going, I was surprised but happy. By The book of thel I was just totally happy. I got home and told my wife how awesome the record is.
The rest of the record is great, Jerusalem is a classic I wish they added to the Maiden live line up. The only low points are the quasi record scratching sound in Machine men, I just don't like it. But also there is an extra song called return of the king that rules. I wish that was on the record so I didn't have to look elsewhere.
If you don't have this you must buy it. You have wronged yourself too long.