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SEVENTH SON OF A SEVENTH SON

Iron Maiden

 

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4.18 | 534 ratings

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Andromeda
4 stars Iron Maiden, a band too often object of prejudice for their metal label. This album shows to people that Maiden aren't just a "bunch of guys too busy in playing loud music without any inspiration". The music here is not metal. Absolutely not! The music here is fresh, melodic, well-played, never boring or banal (except for the too commercial episode of "Can I Play With Madness"). The opening of "Moonchild", the instrumental middle part in "Infinite Dreams", the sentimental mood of "The Evil That Men Do", the melodies of "The Prophecy" and "Only The Good Die Young" are clear examples of a band almost involved in a more committed kind of music. Here and there we can perceive the direct influence of typical 70's prog rock in the band approach to music. An approach born in their third studio album ("The Number of the Beast") and improved into every following work, until to reach the high in this one. An approach brilliantly hold in the formidable title track, "Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son". Ten Minutes of great inspiration and musical execution. Great performance of all five members, great interpretation of Mr. Dickinson, who with his voice gave a touch of drama and epic to a song that effectively is dramatic and epic. Fantastic the instrumental harmony between the group members, especially in the fastest closing section. Personally, I consider Iron Maiden one of greatest bands in the late 25 years, overall for their ability to catch some stunning melodies with their typical use of the double lead guitar (Murray and Smith, great guitar players!!!!!!!!!!!) and also thanks to the expertise of their producer Martin Birch (previously with some other great bands as Purple, Sabbath, Rainbow and many more). If people have the patience to hear this and others Maiden albums (such "Piece of Mind", "Powerslave" and "Somewhere In Time") without consider this band just a "bunch of guys too busy in playing loud music without any inspiration", maybe they can discover some gems occulted in a portion of rock too often criticized and blamed without any substantial reason. Up the Irons!!!!!!!
Andromeda | 4/5 |

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