Category Archives: Iron Maiden

THE Number of the Beast-IRON MAIDEN-1982

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.

Eddie lookin better than ever

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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Iron Maiden-IRON MAIDEN-1980

I AM BACK! Again.

Eddie the Mascot!!

Just when you think that I am gone for good and that you might not have to read my shit again, I am back.

Other commitments had forced me out of the reviewing business, for more than a month as you can see, I last was here on the 19th of last month.Anyways I am back with a review I am doing more to get into the way of things than anything else. All of you have heard this band and this album, and it is not as if Iron Maidens music varied or progressed a lot with time. They started from Point A, and will end at, more or less at Point A. They were more punkish in the beginning, went on to including some keyboards and tried to be more theatrical and epic later on. Their live concerts are good stuff, and have to be since their music is meant for concerts and head banging, and it’s the stuff that people can take their kids along too, these guys don’t swear, and are friendly too, do not wear make up to make themselves look like ghosts, etc etc..

Iron Maiden? You all know Iron Maiden! From England, started playing fun melodic fast metal with twin guitar attack in 1980 invented by their predecessors Judas Priest, and are still doing roughly the same stuff, which more properly came to be known as NWOBHM, the New Wave of British Heavy Metal, basically metal as described above, with a touch of punk, plus with a singer hitting all the very high notes, while dealing with all of the normal metal clichés in a fun sorta way. You know, death metal and doom metal are all “dark” and supposedly “dangerous”, and with growlers and grunters, the brand of metal which Iron Maiden popularized has “fairy” singers sort of, who go AAAAAAAAAAAA..the plus side..easy on the ears, minus side/plus side, you can understand what they are singing, which can be a drawback for some people who want serious lyrics, but a plus for people who get a laugh out of  lyrics like “6-6-6 the Number of the Beast, Hell and fire was spawned to be released” etc. Also the album covers of these NWOBHM bands are all very colourful and cartoonish. You can see the devil quite clearly, unlike on all these black metal bands whose album covers are all dark and bare.

However, their debut, on which they have Paul Di Anno as the vocalist, is almost my favourite Iron Maiden album, The Number of the Beast might up there too, but some songs on here are just tad more memorable. The signature Iron Maiden sound started from here and it always nice to look at the origin, especially if you have heard what is to come after. Also, I can never forget the title track, specially the intro, when the guitars just come in with that memorable tune, which just keeps ringing in my head. “Remember Tomorrow” exploits the soft-lound dynamic well, and is quite the killer track on here.

For the début, Iron Maiden displayed an impressive variety, they are very spunkish and tight, if you know what I mean, raw sounding, Anno is a good mean singer with the punk streak. Except for “Charlotte the harlot” everything is fine and well, on here, and if apart from “Live After Death” I had to strongly recommend an Iron Maiden album, it would be this one, and not The Number of the Beast”. Sometime ago, I would have named the afore named, but I realized suddenly that too many of my favourite tracks are to found on the début.

So get this one if by chance you missed out on it. It is good. Sounds Right.

-Baba T..back from the depths of hell..

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Random pic I found on google..early Anno in there?


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