The high points of this genre, and Maiden, of course, is the melody plus the lead guitars, Now, when the rhythm gets faster and the bass can be heard clearly, the lead guitarists break out into the solo to give the songs their peak moment so to speak, and that is when the going gets really good. This sort of stuff, when done well can be really good and entertaining, the best example being “Hallowed Be Thy Name”. Of course, this can get very repetitive after a point of time, which is the reason that “The Number of the Beast” and “Powerslave” and the début is all that I listen to of Iron Maiden. As for getting their whole discography, I stopped after “Seventh Son of a Seventh Son” and picked up the latest two albums”Dance of Death” etc… and that is quite enough Maiden for me. My advice to you would be to pick up some compilation, or rather a live Maiden album, “Live After Death” would be good, and headbang for a good part of an hour. I assure you that is all the Maiden you need to get.
However, if you also want some individual albums, those of you who haven’t heard, all you newbies out there, to get into this brand of metal, get this album, cause it just might be the most consistently good NWOBHM album ever, “consistent” being the operative word here. It could have done with one more strong ballad, like on the opener, to make it more varied you know, but still it is ok.
Of course, this album saw the debut of Bruce Dickinson which meant that Iron Maiden started its epic and theatrical direction, Paul Di Anno was more suited to the punkish, sneery side. It also contains the best songs that Maiden ever did, i.e. it contains “Hallowed Be Thy Name”, which is one of the best metal songs, tight, well structured, excellent vocals, hits all the right spots, nice ominous intro, what else do you need. The live version is even better, but you also need the studio version. Another standout is the ballad “Children of the Damned” which has a neat chorus and a great rhythm section. Memorable. “Run to the Hills” is another fast one, faster than the others, which just blasts along, and of course, you all can remember “Run to the Hiiiiiiiiiilllsss, Run for youuuur Lieeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeffffffff..” going in your head after you hear it.
Basically there is not much more I can write about Iron Maiden. Very successful they were, and many other bands imitated them, but obviously the originals will always be better. This sounds right, mostly because it has Hallowed be Thy Name. My recommendation, get “Live After Death”, that is the best Maiden album ever…but still the other stuff is strong, so while you are about it, check this out too.
Wow, I cant even count the number of times I contradicted myself in the above review. Fuck it, just download both of the albums, the debut and this one, all good stuff, and then get the live album. And that is quite enough of Iron Maiden for some time. Quite some time. At least for me.
And that is the bottomline. Here.
-Baba T..trying to make up for his prolonged absence
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