Cut from the Original Masters and Pressed on Gatefold 180g 2LP!
BMG/Sanctuary reissues the solo catalog (spanning 1990 to 2005) of Iron Maiden frontman and rock legend, Bruce Dickinson on 180g vinyl for the first time in North America, all cut from the original masters and housed in gatefold packaging. From the stripped down, hard rock of Bruce's debut Tattooed Millionaire (1990) and it's heavier successor Balls To Picasso (1994), through the cutting edge alt-rock of Skunkworks (1996) and the heavy metal celebration of Accident Of Birth (1997) to the modern metal with a traditional heart of The Chemical Wedding (1998) and final solo foray, Tyranny Of Souls (2005), these six albums are an essential part of Bruce's story outside of Maiden and, more importantly, some of the most vital and absorbing metal albums of the last three decades. Revisit them now at maximum volume!
Once again re-emerging with new material after little more than 12 months following his fourth album, Bruce's solo career clicked into yet another higher gear in 1998 upon the release of the monumental The Chemical Wedding. Boasting the same line up as Accident Of Birth – Bruce, Roy Z, Adrian Smith, bassist Eddie Casillas and drummer David Ingraham – it offered a vicious riposte to those cynics who thought that musicians of Bruce's generation had lost touch with the way heavy music sounded. Both the heaviest record that Bruce has ever made and the finest set of songs in his illustrious canon, the album received ecstatic reviews, and was widely embraced by fans of both Bruce's solo career and, of course, Maiden themselves.
This was modern heavy metal with a traditional heart, but somehow heavier, smarter and more invigorating than anyone had expected. On top of that, Bruce's lyrics and the album's concept offered a depth of substance and intent that cheerfully made a mockery of the idea that metal is a genre with a questionable intellect. Variously inspired by the life and works of William Blake (whose own words formed part of the epic "Jerusalem"), the nefarious aspirations of 19th century alchemists, and an assortment of wild, emotional personal observations, The Chemical Wedding was widely hailed as a masterpiece, and deservedly so.