Bruce Dickinson - _The Chemical Wedding_
by: Adrian Bromley (
Every one and their mother was talking about Bruce Dickinson's _Accident at Birth_ LP when it came out last year. Bruce had once again joined up with ex-Iron Maiden guitarist Adrian Smith, and, combined with an excellent band (including guitar whiz Roy Z.), had put out one of the year's best LPs. Well, the time has come again for Bruce Dickinson to return to the fold with new material, and my, is it good. _Chemical Wedding_ is a ballsy, thick n' heavy LP that shines with unbelievable aggression and triumphant song writing. Look no further than the title track, "The Tower" or "Gates of Urizen" to see the detailed work that Dickinson and Co. have put into this LP. It's a truly masterful record and once again one of the year's best. Dickinson has put out a lot of solo LPs this decade and still his music sounds fresh, though some will say he failed with _Skunkworks_ in 1995 -- I disagree, though. Anyway, kids, this LP is definitely worth a few hundred listens. Dickinson is the man once again.
(article published 1/10/1998)
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