Personnel: Bruce Dickinson (vocals); Arthur Brown (spoken vocals); Roy Z, Adrian Smith (guitar, keyboards); Greg Schultz (keyboards); Eddie Casillas (bass); Dave Ingraham (drums); Frazeeke MC, The Guru, Willy 666, Craig Lichtenstein (background vocals).
Engineers: Joe Floyd, Stan Katayama, Roy Z.
Recorded at Sound City, Van Nuys, California and Silver Cloud, Burbank, California.
While his ex-counterparts in Iron Maiden continue to pump out '80s-style metal with vocalist Blaze Bayley, screamer Bruce Dickinson takes that same metal style and adds another layer. THE CHEMICAL WEDDING contains all the elements that made Maiden unique, while adding a heaviness and power that take it to the next level. This album is truly thunderous, while also maintaining a melodic quality throughout. The opening track, "King In Crimson" sets the pace for a fast and furious record. The title tune is classic metal with a mid-tempo groove. "Killing Floor," complete with references to Satan, conveys a dark, angry mood. "Book of Thel" makes it clear that the pairing of former Maiden guitarist Adrian Smith and Dickinson is as potent as ever. The musicianship and production are rock solid, and Dickinson is showing a newfound vocal control. Fans of this amazing singer and lyricist will find this disc quite satisfying, as it holds up to all previous efforts.