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POWERSLAVE

Iron Maiden

 

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LSDisease
4 stars 4.5 stars (again)

I remember watching Life After Death video in early 90's. It was something amazing and that whole background scenery with pyraminds seemed to be more fetching than motorcycle stage riding by Rob Halford on Priest's concerts. But Iron Maiden were more than just a heavy metal band. They could hit the stage and play rock and roll show without pathos. Powerslave is the album that was promoted on Slavery Tour and that tour was the base for Life After Death release. Everyone knows Aces High because it's one of the most popular Maiden tracks. It's fast and talking about Battle Of Britain. I know Steve Harris loves this song. But I prefer next hit single Two Minutes To Midnight. There are rock and roll riffs in that tune very similar to what Manowar did in Fast Taker (of their 1982's Battle Hymns album). This is killer track and ya know that. I really like power metal Flash Of The Blade. It's a bit underrated track from this LP. But it crashes bones. The best part of the album is side B. Back In The Village is very fast and vital song also underrated because in my opinion it's one of the finest Maiden's tracks. Powerslave is more complex with amazing guitar solos that bring me chills everytime I listen to this mysterious metal tune. Rime Of The Ancient Mariner is closest to what we can call prog. In fact it is progressive song. If you call 2112 by Rush progressive why this can't be? It's 14 minutes long piece when I can even hear one riff from Jethro Tull's Passion Play (one of Steve Harris favorite albums) and it's that kind of song we wait for culmination point that comes with great solos by both guitarists. That spoken part somewhere in the middle is also amazing. Powerslave always brings good emotions to me. Unforgettable release I'm telling ya.

LSDisease | 4/5 |

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