IRON MAIDEN's 'Dance Of Death' Certified Gold In Sweden

IRON MAIDEN's "Dance Of Death" has reportedly been certified gold in Sweden for sales in excess of 30,000 copies. The CD, which was released internationally on September 8, debuted at No. 1 on the Swedish Album chart.

IRON MAIDEN guitarist Adrian Smith recently spoke to about the band's approach during the songwriting and recording process for the follow-up to 2000's "Brave New World".

"There's more guitar on this album than on anything we've done before," Smith said. "And I think the guitars are mixed very upfront so they really strike out at you. When we did it, everyone threw themselves into the songs and then got inspired to keep adding different little touches to the tracks that make them more interesting."

"I think it's good to want to do songs that are very deep and complex and have a lot of time changes," he added. "That way you're always trying to push yourselves a little bit more and stretch yourself a little bit further."

"[The musical embellishments] make [the sound] more musical and heavier," Smith said. "In a lot of MAIDEN songs in the past, you can imagine an orchestra playing them without the band. So this time we decided to add orchestration to some of the melodies and riffs to make them sound bigger and grander — to make them like Cecil B. DeMille epics."


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