Tyranny of Souls

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Tyranny of Souls
Bruce cover.jpg
Studio album by
Released23 May 2005
StudioCastle Oaks (Calabasas)
Signature Sound (San Diego)
Dexter's Laboratory[a] (Los Angeles)
GenreHeavy metal, progressive metal
Victor (Japan)
ProducerRoy Z
Bruce Dickinson chronology
The Best of Bruce Dickinson
Tyranny of Souls
Singles from Tyranny of Souls
  1. "Abduction"
    Released: 2005
Professional ratings
Review scores
Brave Words & Bloody Knuckles8.0/10[3]
Metal Storm9.0/10[4]
Rock Hard9.5/10[5]

Tyranny of Souls is the sixth studio album released by Iron Maiden vocalist Bruce Dickinson on 23 May 2005. The cover art is one of the panels of Earthly Vanity and Divine Salvation, a work by renaissance artist Hans Memling. It is his first solo album since rejoining Iron Maiden in 1999 and his most recent studio album as a solo artist to date.

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.

The other players on the album were all connected to Roy Z through different projects. Z, bassist Ray "Geezer" Burke, and keyboardist Maestro Mistheria all contributed to vocalist Rob Rock's 2003 release, Eyes of Eternity. Drummer Dave Moreno and bassist Juan Perez were members of Z's Latin rock band Tribe of Gypsies at the time.

"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.[citation needed]

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]

All tracks are written by Bruce Dickinson and Roy Z.

1."Mars Within"1:29
3."Soul Intruders"3:52
4."Kill Devil Hill"5:07
5."Navigate the Seas of the Sun"5:51
6."River of No Return"5:13
7."Power of the Sun"3:29
8."Devil on a Hog"4:01
10."A Tyranny of Souls"5:48
11."Eternal" (Japanese edition bonus track)5:59


  • Bruce Dickinson – lead vocals
  • Roy Z – guitars, bass guitar (tracks 7, 9), producer, engineer, mixing
  • Dave Moreno – drums
  • Ray "Geezer" Burke – bass guitar (tracks 1, 4-6, 8, 10)
  • Juan Perez – bass guitar (tracks 2, 3)
  • Maestro Mistheria – keyboards
  • Hatch Inagaki – second engineer
  • Stan Katayama – mixing
  • Jeff Wakolbinger – mixing assistant
  • Tom Baker – mastering at Precision Mastering, Los Angeles

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (2005) Peak position
Austrian Top 40 Albums[6] 58
Belgian Ultratop (Flanders)[7] 76
Canadian Albums Chart 71
Finnish Albums Chart[8] 10
French Albums Chart[9] 101
German Albums Chart[10] 39
Greek Albums Chart 2
Hungarian Albums Chart[11] 24
Italian Albums Chart[12] 34
Japan Albums Chart 75
Dutch MegaCharts[13] 96
Swedish Albums Chart[14] 10
Swiss Albums Top 100[15] 73
UK Albums Chart[16] 65
Billboard 200 (US)[17] 180



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  3. ^ Popoff, Martin (18 April 2005). "Bruce Dickinson - Tyranny of Souls". Brave Words & Bloody Knuckles. Retrieved 17 November 2020.
  4. ^ Tombale, Pierre (27 August 2005). "Bruce Dickinson - Tyranny of Souls review". Metal Storm. Retrieved 17 November 2020.
  5. ^ Kühnemund, Götz (25 May 2005). "Review Album des Monats : Bruce Dickinson - Tyranny of Souls". Rock Hard (in German). No. 217. Retrieved 17 November 2020.
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  7. ^ "Bruce Dickinson - Tyranny of Souls". Ultratop.be (in Dutch). Media Control Charts. Retrieved 21 November 2020.
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  13. ^ "Bruce Dickinson - Tyranny of Souls". Dutch Charts (in Dutch). Media Control Charts. Retrieved 21 November 2020.
  14. ^ "Bruce Dickinson - Tyranny of Souls (Album)". Swedishcharts.com. Media Control Charts. Retrieved 21 November 2020.
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