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4 stars Piece of Mind continues some of the commercial metal tendencies of the preceding Number of The Beast but this time Maiden was blessed by a thundering blast of inspiration, energy and ambition.

The opening Where Eagles Dare is one of the best tracks they've ever written and displays a stunning musical growth and maturity. This is their first song that goes beyond competent hard-rock and explores the proggy aspects of earlier masters like Rainbow and Judas Priest. Everything Maiden does here had been done before them but they pull it off well enough. Also Revelations is a very powerful and accomplished piece. Plenty of references to Rush here, the quote from Anthem at minute 4 being the most obvious.

The following three tracks, Flight of The Icarus, Die With Your Boots On and The Trooper are catchy and commercial but have that typical Maiden style with those galloping rhythms. With Still Life, Maiden launches into 3 other songs that are less appealing, featuring their trademark riffing but rather predictable anthemic choruses that lack the inspiration of the previous batch of songs. The album ends in great style with the superb To Tame A Land.

Piece of mind is not entirely consistent but the 2 opening tracks and the album closer balance out the run of the mill material in the second half.

Bonnek | 4/5 |


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