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2 stars The Soundhouse Tapes is the first ever recording from Iron Maiden. It´s a three track EP where two of the songs: Iron Maiden and Prowler would also appear on the debut album from Iron Maiden.

The music is early eighties british heavy metal ( or NWOBHM if you will) greatly influened by seventies hard rock acts like Deep Purple, Uriah Heep and Rainbow. There is also a minor influence from punk on The Soundhouse Tapes as well as on the debut album mainly due to how Paul Di'Anno sings. His raw vocal style sounds a bit like Ian Gillian gone punk ( Paul Di'Anno is not in the same league as Gillian though)

This recording is very raw and it wouldn´t be wrong to call this demo sound quality. There is still great power in the songs though. Even though Invasion is the weakest track on here it´s still one of the more rarely played Iron Maiden tracks and of course a great addition to any Iron Maiden collection.

The musicianship is not as accomplished as it would be later but the interplay between the musicians is still enjoyable. The playing is rough and unpolished. Note that a guy named Doug Sampson played the drums on the earliest releases from Iron Maiden. Clive Burr would not be the drummer in Iron Maiden until the debut album.

The cover art isn´t that exiting. Eddie is nowhere to be seen. There is a red background with a picture in the middle of the band playing live.

This is a groundbreaking release for british heavy metal and of course this one has got to be in your collection if you´re a hardcore Iron Maiden fan. For us regular folks who love Iron Maiden´s studio albums but don´t consider ourselves hardcore fans this is a curiosity that is enjoyable but quite frankly a bit unneccessary. This one is worth 2 stars as it is a fan thing only.

UMUR | 2/5 |


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