Tyranny of Souls

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Tyranny of Souls
Studio album by Bruce Dickinson
Released 23 May 2005
Recorded 2005 at Castle Oaks, Calabasas and Signature Sound, San Diego
Genre Heavy metal
Length 43:35
Label Sanctuary
Producer Roy Z
Bruce Dickinson chronology
The Best of Bruce Dickinson
(2001)
Tyranny of Souls
(2005)
Alive
(2005)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[1]
Metal Storm 9/10 stars[2]
Sputnik Music 4.5/5 stars[3]

Tyranny of Souls is a heavy metal album released by Iron Maiden vocalist Bruce Dickinson on 23 May 2005. The cover art is a work by renaissance artist Hans Memling. It is his first solo album since rejoining Maiden in 1999 and his most recent studio album as a solo artist.

The songwriting on the album was split between Roy Z and Dickinson. During composition, Roy sent recordings of riffs to Dickinson, who was on tour with Iron Maiden. Dickinson subsequently wrote lyrics and melodies. Roy also served as the album's producer and played all guitar parts as well as some supplemental bass guitar and piano parts. Drummer David Moreno featured a double bass for the album, notably using it for a blast beat in "Abduction" and for the opening of "Soul Intruders".

"Kill Devil Hill" is inspired by the successful flight by the Wright brothers in 1903. See Kill Devil Hills.

"Navigate the Seas of the Sun" is inspired by Erich Von Däniken's theory about extraterrestrial presence on Earth long ago and about man dealing with that in the future.

The title track is somewhat based on Shakespeare's tragedy MacBeth, and includes direct quotes and lines from the play throughout the song.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Mars Within" - 1:30
  2. "Abduction" - 3:52
  3. "Soul Intruders" - 3:54
  4. "Kill Devil Hill" - 5:09
  5. "Navigate the Seas of the Sun" - 5:53
  6. "River of No Return" - 5:15
  7. "Power of the Sun" - 3:31
  8. "Devil on a Hog" - 4:03
  9. "Believil" - 4:52
  10. "A Tyranny of Souls" - 5:54
  11. "Eternal" (Japanese bonus track) - 5:59

Chart positions[edit]

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Chart (2005) Peak position
Austria Albums Chart 58
Canadian Albums Chart 71
Finnish Albums Chart 10
French Albums Chart 101
German Albums Chart 39
Greek Albums Chart 2
Hungary Albums Chart 24
Italian Albums Chart 34
Japan Albums Chart 75
Netherlands Albums Chart 96
Swedish Albums Chart 10
Swiss Albums Chart 73
UK Albums Chart 65
US Billboard 200 180

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