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Critics' Choice 2015 - Iron Maiden

Every day we’ll be bringing you some music from the 2015 Critics’ Choice…

Well this one certainly caused some debate in the office when the final placings were revealed. But the proviso for a lll writers was that their choices must have been reviewed in Prog magazine during 2015. And given that much of Iron Maiden’s The Book Of Souls contained some fine prog metal, bending the rules wasn’t an option. “Those who dip in will find excellent prog metal… their finest album for a decade,” I wrote in my review of the album, fired on by the epic Empire Of The Clouds and the title track. “All the bands were incredible. They had great songwriting, great musicianship, there whole kitchen sink, you know…” Steve Harris told us of his passion for prog rock when we featured him in The Prog Interview in issue 60.

So, to celebrate Iron Maiden being at No. 4 in the 2015 Critics’ Choice, here is that epic track Empire Of The Clouds showing Iron Maiden at their proggiest.

Jerry Ewing
Jerry Ewing

Writer and broadcaster Jerry Ewing is the Editor of Prog Magazine which he founded for Future Publishing in 2009. He grew up in Sydney and began his writing career in London for Metal Forces magazine in 1989. He has since written for Metal Hammer, Maxim, Vox, Stuff and Bizarre magazines, among others. He created and edited Classic Rock Magazine for Dennis Publishing in 1998 and is the author of a variety of books on both music and sport, including Wonderous Stories; A Journey Through The Landscape Of Progressive Rock, as well as sleevenotes for many major record labels. He lives in North London and happily indulges a passion for AC/DC, Chelsea Football Club and Sydney Roosters.