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Iron Maiden


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4 stars In those Purpleless years, "Iron Maiden" released a strong debut album which will pave the way for a new style of music. A hard-rock deviation called heavy metal.

"Purple" of course but also "Rainbow" ("Rising" period) are the influences. To a certain extent, "Runing Free" has also some "Sabbath" flavours.

My fave are "Prowler", a solid post-punkish opener, "Transilvanya" with an infernal beat, a superb bass line, some special backing vocals and of course a fantastic guitar play. These guitars are a serious asset for the band. Ritchie being the model IMO. This song is probably the more "heavy metal" type one from this album. It is more sophisticated than most of the songs which will be rather straight-forward, with a simple structure.

Almost each song is holding a great guitar solo : "Phantom Of The Opera", "Strange World" (even if it is a rock ballad), "Remember Tomorrow" with this great cresendo builing and the fantastic beat during the second part are some examples.

This album is full of energy, yet not too heavy. And I like it. In those early eighties, I wasn't into hard-rock (or related) for a long time already (six years). I re-discover the genre(s) only five years ago but I can definitely recommend this debut to all Ritchie fans (not his last and folkish project of course).

The only weaker song is "Sanctuary". Raw rock'n'roll. Punk is not far away.

Four stars for this very good debut.

ZowieZiggy | 4/5 |


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