Album: Iron Maiden, The Final Frontier (EMI)

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Iron Maiden’s 15th studio album is their longest to date, but it only contains 10 tracks, allowing plenty of room for noodling and portentous drum solos.

Having exhausted earthly bloodshed, Maiden – always a Warlord comic in musical form – venture into space this time, but it isn’t long before Bruce Dickinson is back screaming about “mortal conflict born of Celtic legend”. Business as usual, then, with trademark riffs. Lucky for them the world will never run out of 14-year-old boys.