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The seventh compilation album by the legendary British Heavy Metal/NWOBHM band.
Album containing a selection of songs originally released of band's last 20 years to 2010. The title is lifted from the 1992 single, "From Here to Eternity", although it is not featured in this release. Unlike their previous compilation, "Somewhere Back in Time", the release covered two CDs to encompass longer tracks, such as "Paschendale". As with "Somewhere Back In Time", each track is sung by Bruce Dickinson rather than Blaze Bayley (who sang on "The X Factor" and "Virtual XI"), the band again opting to use later live versions of songs which originally featured other lead vocalists. "From Fear To Eternity: The Best of 1990-2010" collects 23 tracks.
The first anthology to cover the band’s post-halcyon days, it’s remarkable how seamless the transition was. Unlike other acts that left their handprints in the cement in the late '70s and '80s, Iron Maiden never really lost steam, despite a mid-'90s shake-up that saw iconic lead singer Bruce Dickinson swapped out with Wolfsbane vocalist Blaze Bayley for two albums. The addition of keyboards, a controversial, late-'80s move that split some fans upon the releases of "Somewhere In Time" (1986) and "Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son" (1988), proved largely tasteful and subtle, and did little to hinder their signature blend of fantasy-fueled Symphonic Metal and straight-up English Hard Rock.
Culled from eight studio albums (including the pair of Bayley offerings), the songs on "From Fear To Eternity" may not reach the dizzying heights of the band’s "Piece Of Mind" / "Number Of The Beast" heyday, but stand-out cuts like “The Wicker Man”, “Different World”, “Tailgunner”, “Dance of Death” and “Brave New World” bristle with the energy and conviction of a band 20 years younger. Dickinson's voice is apparently indestructible, and the triple-guitar attack, held down to the mat by the incomparable Steve Harris (founder/bassist), remains a veritable master class in Heavy Metal picking.
It's an impressive feat, to say the least, but what stands out the most is the fact the band has amassed the kind of loyal, age-defying fan base that virtually guarantees a lifetime of sold-out world tours, a feat they managed to pull off without ever selling themselves out!!
Iron Maiden Holdings, Ltd./EMI Records Ltd., 2011 (50999 0273622 8). Made in Germany. First press.
1. The Wicker Man
2. Holy Smoke
3. El Dorado
5. Different World
6. Man On The Edge
7. The Reincarnation Of Benjamin Breeg
8. Blood Brothers
10. Sign Of The Cross
11. Brave New World
12. Fear Of The Dark
1. Be Quick Or Be Dead
3. No More Lies
4. Coming Home
5. The Clansman
6. For The Greater Good Of God
7. These Colours Don´t Run
8. Bring Your Daughter ... To The Slaughter
9. Afraid To Shoot Strangers
10. Dance Of Death
11. When The Wild Wind Blows