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One of the most influential bands to have ever graced the heavy metal genre, IRON MAIDEN have always been proud of their prog influences, which include Jethro Tull and Genesis. Their sound, at the same time heavy and intricate, is characterised by Steve Harris's thick, propulsive bass lines, and by fast, furious yet elegant guitar riffing. The band can also boast of some of the genre's most intelligent, articulate lyrics, which range way beyond the usual topics covered by the average heavy metal band.

Formed at the end of the Seventies in London's East End area by bassist and mastermind Steve Harris and guitarist Dave Murray, the band (whose name comes from a medieval torture device) released their first, self-titled album in 1980, at the height of the musical phenomenon known as New Wave of British Heavy Metal (NWOBHM for short), which IRON MAIDEN spearheaded together with the likes of Saxon and Diamond Head. At the time, their sound was still somewhat influenced by punk, especially due to lead singer Paul Di'Anno's raw, aggressive vocal style. Soon after their debut's release, second guitarist Dennis Stratton left, and was replaced by Adrian Smith, who was soon to become one of the foremost contributors to the band's musical output.

Di'Anno left the band after the release of their second album, "Killers": his replacement was one of the genre's most distinctive, influential voices, Samson's former singer Bruce Dickinson, nicknamed the "Air Raid Siren". The band's first album with Dickinson on board, 1982's "The Number of the Beast", still ranks among heavy metal's undisputed masterpieces. Drummer Clive Burr left after that album, to be replaced by seasoned drummer Nicko McBrain, who has been a member of the band ever since. It was the start of a very favourable period for IRON MAIDEN, which saw them become one of the hottest live acts around, as well as release a string of extremely successful albums, such as "Powerslave" (featuring a 13-minutes-plus take on ST Coleridge's "The Rhyme of the Ancient Mariner"), and the concept "Seventh Son of a Seventh Son", considered by many one of the seminal works of the Prog-Metal subgenre.

The release of "Seventh Son. " - which, incidentally, was their seventh studio album - coincided with the start of a difficult stage in the band's career. In fact, guitarist Adrian Smith left to pursue a solo career before the release of Maiden's eighth studio album, "No Prayer for the Dying". He was replaced...
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IRON MAIDEN top albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.84 | 436 ratings
Iron Maiden
1980
3.59 | 401 ratings
Killers
1981
3.80 | 508 ratings
The Number Of The Beast
1982
3.71 | 436 ratings
Piece Of Mind
1983
4.14 | 547 ratings
Powerslave
1984
3.93 | 472 ratings
Somewhere In Time
1986
4.20 | 593 ratings
Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son
1988
2.53 | 277 ratings
No Prayer For The Dying
1990
2.96 | 324 ratings
Fear Of The Dark
1992
3.25 | 239 ratings
The X-Factor
1995
2.35 | 227 ratings
Virtual XI
1998
4.01 | 417 ratings
Brave New World
2000
3.59 | 279 ratings
Dance Of Death
2003
3.67 | 328 ratings
A Matter of Life and Death
2006
3.66 | 311 ratings
The Final Frontier
2010

IRON MAIDEN Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

4.17 | 176 ratings
Live After Death
1985
2.95 | 64 ratings
A Real Live One
1993
2.67 | 60 ratings
A Real Dead One
1993
3.18 | 51 ratings
Live at Donington
1993
4.03 | 29 ratings
Maiden England
1994
2.99 | 44 ratings
A Real Live Dead One
1998
4.09 | 85 ratings
Rock in Rio
2002
4.11 | 27 ratings
BBC Archives
2002
3.56 | 32 ratings
Beast Over Hammersmith
2002
3.60 | 55 ratings
Death On The Road
2005
3.66 | 50 ratings
Flight 666 (The Original Soundtrack)
2009
3.37 | 29 ratings
En Vivo!
2012

IRON MAIDEN Videos (DVD, Blu-ray, VHS etc)

4.19 | 16 ratings
Maiden England
1989
4.02 | 65 ratings
Rock In Rio
2002
4.48 | 41 ratings
The History of Iron Maiden Part 1: The Early Days
2004
4.71 | 71 ratings
Live After Death
2008
4.31 | 67 ratings
Flight 666: The Film
2009
3.79 | 14 ratings
En Vivo!
2012

IRON MAIDEN Boxset & Compilations (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.73 | 40 ratings
Best of the Beast
1996
2.89 | 18 ratings
Ed Hunter
1999
2.14 | 27 ratings
Edward the Great
2002
3.31 | 23 ratings
Best of the B'Sides
2002
3.33 | 12 ratings
Eddie's Archive
2002
2.79 | 20 ratings
The Essential Iron Maiden
2005
2.67 | 35 ratings
Somewhere Back in Time: The Best of 1980 - 1989
2008
3.47 | 27 ratings
From Fear to Eternity: The Best of 1990 - 2010
2011

IRON MAIDEN Official Singles, EPs, Fan Club & Promo (CD, EP/LP, MC, Digital Media Download)

3.09 | 27 ratings
The Soundhouse Tapes
1979
2.86 | 28 ratings
Women in Uniform
1980
2.89 | 19 ratings
Live!! +one
1980
2.72 | 27 ratings
Running Free
1980
2.76 | 27 ratings
Sanctuary
1980
2.72 | 20 ratings
Twilight Zone
1981
2.95 | 24 ratings
Purgatory
1981
3.16 | 35 ratings
Maiden Japan
1981
3.67 | 15 ratings
Wrathchild promo
1981
3.64 | 28 ratings
Run to the Hills
1982
3.95 | 30 ratings
The Number of the Beast
1982
3.06 | 28 ratings
Flight of Icarus
1983
3.52 | 30 ratings
The Trooper
1983
3.96 | 27 ratings
2 Minutes to Midnight
1984
4.39 | 28 ratings
Aces High
1984
3.83 | 12 ratings
Where Eagles Dare promo
1984
3.53 | 17 ratings
Running Free 1985 live
1985
3.81 | 17 ratings
Run to the Hills 1985 live
1985
4.37 | 27 ratings
Wasted Years
1986
4.09 | 25 ratings
Stranger in a Strange Land
1986
3.77 | 26 ratings
Can I Play with Madness
1988
4.23 | 26 ratings
The Evil That Men Do
1988
3.96 | 27 ratings
The Clairvoyant
1988
2.20 | 5 ratings
An Interview With Iron Maiden
1988
4.11 | 19 ratings
Infinite Dreams
1989
2.55 | 20 ratings
Holy Smoke
1990
2.87 | 23 ratings
Bring Your Daughter... to the Slaughter
1990
2.20 | 5 ratings
Talking To Iron Maiden
1990
3.32 | 22 ratings
Be Quick or Be Dead
1992
2.94 | 17 ratings
From Here to Eternity
1992
3.16 | 19 ratings
Wasting Love
1992
3.38 | 21 ratings
Fear of the Dark
1993
3.80 | 20 ratings
Hallowed Be Thy Name
1993
3.33 | 21 ratings
Man on the Edge
1995
3.53 | 19 ratings
Lord of the Flies
1996
2.37 | 19 ratings
The Angel and the Gambler
1998
3.55 | 20 ratings
Futureal
1998
3.95 | 22 ratings
The Wicker Man
2000
3.71 | 21 ratings
Out of the Silent Planet
2000
3.00 | 19 ratings
Wildest Dreams
2003
2.61 | 19 ratings
Rainmaker
2003
3.67 | 9 ratings
No More Lies
2004
3.33 | 24 ratings
The Reincarnation of Benjamin Breeg
2006
3.55 | 20 ratings
Different World
2006
3.04 | 26 ratings
El Dorado
2010

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 Sanctuary by IRON MAIDEN album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 1980
2.76 | 27 ratings

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Review by thwok

2 stars The primary concern for rating music here at Prog Archives is, of course, its "progressiveness". This "Sanctuary" single by Iron Maiden, one of the most innovative bands in metal history, ranks fairly low on the progressive scale. This is pretty straightforward metal. I like Paul Di'Anno's singing, even though he is a very different singer from Bruce Dickinson. As others have said, Paul's voice fits Iron Maiden's musical style at this point.

This collection of primarily live music really demonstrates the talents of Clive Burr and Steve Harris. The guitarists, on the other hand, don't seem to be in sync. A listener would certainly expect better from Dave Murray. Of the three songs on this single, the title track would be my favorite. The sound quality is adequate. In conclusion, this is a good listen if you're already a fan of Iron Maiden.

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 Iron Maiden by IRON MAIDEN album cover Studio Album, 1980
3.84 | 436 ratings

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Review by HunterD

4 stars Atomic metal punks! Steve Harris can disavow the UK punk scene all he wants, but there is a punk steam wafting up from the metal grates in the dank alleys of Iron Maiden's memorable debut. It may even be the earliest ancestor of crossover, alongside the road dogs in Motorhead.

Of course, this is due to a few elements, one being that the musicianship of the band had yet to reach that level of refinement that they would further hone on "Killers," before bringing Bruce Dickinson into the mix and elevating Eddie from a street punk with eggs in his hair, to a figure bigger than the Devil. The other element is Paul Di'Anno, who brought a grungy element to Maiden's sound during their first two albums. This punky tone Di"Anno brought to the game felt a bit out of place once Adrian Smith joined and the band could really wail those guitars to perfection on "Killers," but he's the right guy for this record. It's not the Iron Maiden we came to know and love, but it's a great album, listening to it is like watching an Enzo G. Castellari movie where scary punks rule the streets, with a gothic edge.

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 Rock in Rio by IRON MAIDEN album cover Live, 2002
4.09 | 85 ratings

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4 stars Rekindling their classic juju, IRON MAIDEN deliveries an impressive comeback with their album "Brave New World" and the tour of the same name which produced this excellent live album ROCK IN RIO which finds the band in a sea of 250,000 head banging Brazilians who just can't get enough of the huge sampling of this classic British band's entire discography. Surprisingly there is at least one track from each album with only "Somewhere In Time" and "No Prayer For The Dying" being shunned. This is shocking since there is one track from both Bailey albums here as well. I always thought "Virtual XI" and "The X-Factor" could have been great albums if only Bruce Dickinson was on singing duties and in a way this tour is a celebration of his comeback along with Adrian Smith back on guitars reuniting the classic MAIDEN lineup and to show how nice these guys are they didn't even kick Janick Gers out but found a way to include him in the mix.

This is a wonderful live double album. Although it's not as perfect as "Live After Death" which found IRON MAIDEN at the absolute pinnacle of their game, this is my pick for best live album after that one. While Bruce's vocal abilities are clearly in tact, there are times when it is a bit obvious that he is not totally what he once was such as on "The Number Of The Beast." The energy of this performance is outstanding with the Brazilians becoming one with the band as heard on the audience participation. The production is stunningly beautifully perfected and the band sounds like they never parted ways after "Seventh Son?" Although i find live albums more of miss thing than a hit i am happy to report that this one is very satisfying. I didn't exactly rush to track this down since i was hugely disappointed in the double fiascos of "A Real Live / Dead Ones" but i find ROCK IN RIO to be the perfect comeback live album to complement their rekindled career. This wonderful performance is available on both audio CD as well as DVD.

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 Somewhere In Time by IRON MAIDEN album cover Studio Album, 1986
3.93 | 472 ratings

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Review by Losimba

5 stars This is definitely my favourite Iron Maiden album and one of my favourite albums in general, and there are exactly eight reasons for it. But it would be boring to list them, because the tracklist can be found above the reviews.

I've tried hard to find an oh so slight weakness, and failed miserably. Well, not miserably, as I don't want to find one, but you get what I mean. Somewhere In Time is a powerful album from the first to the last chord, the perfection of the famous Iron Maiden sound, and manages the near impossible: it is even stronger than its already great predecessor Powerslave. It doesn't matter whether a song is fast or a bit slower, Steve Harris' bass guitar saunters through it, supported by the ever precise drumming of Nicko McBrain. Dave Murray and Adrian Smith perform twin guitars at its best, Wishbone Ash never reached that level. Above all flies Bruce Dickinson's voice, fed by lyrics that really suit him.

As I said, every single one of the eight songs is simply great and worth 5 stars. Though, this is not completely true, because there is one song that is even better and worth 6 stars. Which one? The one where all those wonderful things I mentioned about the musicians are featured strongest: the most galopping bass beat, the twinniest twin guitars and the deepest, possibly darkest lyrics. In short, Stranger In A Strange Land. The song's only weakness (ha, I've found one in the end!) is that it is only 5 minutes and 43 seconds. 10 minutes would do it more justice.

5.17 stars for the whole album. As this site limits ratings to 5 stars, I'll go with those.

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 Powerslave by IRON MAIDEN album cover Studio Album, 1984
4.14 | 547 ratings

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Powerslave
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Review by Pastmaster

5 stars Iron Maiden-Powerslave

After the increased progressive leanings on 'Piece of Mind', Maiden released a new height with 'Powerslave' which could very well be called the first progressive metal album.

I'm always amazed when I listen to Iron Maiden, the fact that they can release masterpiece after masterpiece is simply amazing. Even though 'A Matter of Life and Death' is my personal favorite Maiden album, it's hard to pick a favorite when nearly all of their albums are flawless. If I had to pick a favorite out of the classics though, it would probably be 'Powerslave'.

The album begins with single 'Aces High'. Nicko McBrain's drumming on this track is very powerful and the guitar compliments it well. Of course you can't forget the other single '2 Minutes to Midnight', being just as powerful as the previous track. One song on this album that I feel gets forgotten is the instrumental 'Losfer Words (Big Orra)'. The song begins with cymbals before some really powerful driving guitar riffs come in. My favorite song from the album though has to go to the amazing title track. Bruce Dickinson gives one of his strongest vocal performances on this song, real power coming out of great lyrics like 'Tell me why I have to be a powerslave'. The instruments all compliment each other well, and the riffing can sound menacing on this song. Even though my favorite song on this album is the title track, my favorite classic Maiden epic 'Rime of the Ancient Mariner' can't be forgotten. This nearly 14-minute behemoth is a musical interpretation of a poem, but that doesn't need to be known to enjoy this masterpiece. The guitars really drive, Dickinson's vocals are powerful, the drums are powerful, the song changes and is definitely one of my favorite epics of all time. The bridge is conducted perfectly, reminding me a lot of Rush's 'Cygnus X-1' with the way the guitar sounds and the spoken word. Once the song builds back up, Dickinson gives yet another powerful vocal performance. A true masterpiece.

Overall, I think everyone can agree that this is an essential album to any metal collection. This album boosted Iron Maiden's popularity, and helped make them one of the most influential bands in heavy metal.

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 The Number of the Beast by IRON MAIDEN album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 1982
3.95 | 30 ratings

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The Number of the Beast
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Review by thwok

4 stars I'll admit to being a huge Maiden fan, so I was already on board when it comes to the "The Number of the Beast"/"Remember Tomorrow" single. They are one of the few bands whose full albums I can listen to at one time. I'll talk about "Remember Tomorrow" first because it's less famous than the title track. Like many Maiden fans, I much prefer Dickinson as a singer. I rarely listen to Maiden's first two records.

However, I really enjoyed "Remember Tomorrow". I can see why the band replaced Di'Anno, although he can sing. His voice really suits this song for once. The song is a refreshing change of pace from the typical Iron Maiden sound. If you a Maiden fan, you know "The Number of the Beast". It's one of the band's most famous songs, for good reason. I probably don't need to discuss it any further. For me, progressive heavy metal doesn't get any better than Iron Maiden. If "Remember Tomorrow" is relatively unfamiliar to you, this singe is well worth your time.

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 Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son by IRON MAIDEN album cover Studio Album, 1988
4.20 | 593 ratings

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Review by Fearabsentia

5 stars Iron Maiden-Seventh Son of a Seventh Son

After Iron Maiden's addition of synthesizers in the last great album 'Somewhere in Time', Iron Maiden was able to release the album that is often labeled as the godfather album of progressive metal. Even though I feel like since 'The Number of the Beast' Iron Maiden had been releasing five star after five star effort, like 'Powerslave', this album just seems to stand out among the rest.

The album begins with one of my favorite songs on the album, 'Moonchild', and it really sets the standard for the album. The fast-paced 'Moonchild' flows very nicely into perhaps my favorite from the album 'Infinite Dreams', which in contrast begins slowly and builds up. The bridge is pure classic Maiden, and there is a lot of tempo-changing. The shorter song 'Can I Play With Madness' can't be forgotten, and is a nice catchy break. 'The Prophesy' is another one of my favorite songs on the album, and wouldn't sound out of place on the last album. 'The Clairvoyant' is another Maiden classic, and is a great example of how well Maiden uses the synth. Of course the ten-minute title track cannot be forgotten, which is yet another classic. The chorus is easy to sing- a-long to, because of how well Dickinson's vocals flow. The bridge is slow and peaceful, yet also menacing and suspenseful with great use of choir.

Like in 'Somewhere In Time', the synth enhances the music instead of dominating. Again, Maiden proves they use the synth very well. In fact, it helps even more. It creates the perfect mood for the album, and fits the style of music as well.

'Seventh Son of a Seventh Son' is also a concept album. Similar to the lyrics to Powerslave's epic 'Rime of the Ancient Mariner', the concept of 'Seventh Son' is based around literature, specifically Orson Scott Card's 'Seventh Son'.

Overall, from 'The Number of the Beast' to 'Seventh Son' Maiden knew how to make flawless albums. It wouldn't be until 'Brave New World', however, till Maiden got back on track with making flawless albums.

Hope you found this review helpful.

(Originally written for www.MetalMusicArchives.com)

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 Somewhere In Time by IRON MAIDEN album cover Studio Album, 1986
3.93 | 472 ratings

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Somewhere In Time
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Review by Fearabsentia

5 stars Iron Maiden-Somewhere In Time

Somewhere in Time is often forgotten, most likely because it's edged between the two masterpieces 'Powerslave' and 'Seventh Son of a Seventh Son'. Somewhere in Time should not be forgotten though, I think it's just as much of a masterpiece as with the two surrounding it.

Somewhere in Time is notable as being the first Maiden album to feature use of the synthesizer, and they use it perfectly. I usually don't like the synth, bands usually make it an upfront instrument; however, Iron Maiden uses it to enhance their sound. Instead of the synth dominating, it adds to the atmosphere of the album. The beginning of the opening song 'Caught Somewhere in Time' already shows the synth playing well, enhancing the guitar. 'Wasted Years' is one of my favorites from the album with very powerful riffing and great lyrics. 'Heaven Can Wait' is probably my favorite song on the album, and this was a song that just blew me away ten or so years ago. The bridge is the part that stands out the most to me, with powerful chanting 'Oh-oh-oh`s' and great atmospheric synth. The catchy chorus, great soloing, fluctuating rhythms, and amazing bridge makes this one of my favorite songs by the Maiden. 'The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner' I feel is an underrated song, it's probably my second favorite from the album.

The production and atmosphere of the album feels a lot different then the previous 'Powerslave'. Like i said, the synth adds a lot to the overall sound of the album and helps. I'm not sure if I prefer the sound on albums like 'Powerslave' or the sound of this album and the next, but either way I love both.

Overall, don't forget this one. This album marked a change in Maiden's sound, and it would lead to the next album which is considered one of their crowning moments along with 'Powerslave'.

Hope you found this review helpful.

(Originally Written for www.MetalMusicArchives.com on October 19th 2014.)

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 Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son by IRON MAIDEN album cover Studio Album, 1988
4.20 | 593 ratings

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Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son
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Review by siLLy puPPy
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5 stars Here it is. The album that IRON MAIDEN had been hinting at finally coming to fruition. Steve Harris' progressive rock influences had been showing themselves from the very first album and creeping their way into each album with an ever stronger presence until on "Powerslave" the fully formed progressive behemoth "Rime Of The Ancient Mariner" reared its monstrous almost 14 minute head. Surprised was I that the next album "Somewhere In Time" was not the fully developed concept album hinted upon, but on SEVENTH SON OF A SEVENTH SON, the seventh deadly sinful studio album, all that progginess unleashes itself and in a truly satisfying way that makes this my absolute favorite MAIDEN album of their entire career and since I pretty much like every stage of their career (with the exception of the 90s) that is a major accomplishment in my book.

The story and album title comes from the 1987 novel "Seventh Son" by Orson Scott Card, upon which the concept is loosely based. In ancient western myths the seventh son of a seventh son (or daughters as well) supposedly possessed heightened occultic abilities such as clairvoyance, phophetic dreams and the like. The story unfolds starting with "Moonchild" where Lucifer tries to manipulate the parents of the seventh son as to harness his powers for his own evil. The rest of the album continues through the trials and tribulations of the father of the seventh son and son himself learning to control their powers and cope with the clairvoyant visions of their world slowly being decimated by evil forces. All in all the lyrics are vague and have a definite air of mystery which makes this an album that can be interpreted in many ways.

The real treat on this album is the music itself with extended song lengths, multi-segmented song structures, atmospheric keyboards added, progressive time signatures and just the fact that IRON MAIDEN didn't deviate from their sound or formulaic songwriting approach. They simply did what they were already so adept at laying out and simply let the music process progressively unfold when and where it made sense to do so. The result is a smashing success that still sounds like an IRON MAIDEN album but also doesn't at the same time. Unlike other metal bands who were also dabbling with keyboards at the time, MAIDEN used them only to embellish the music and not create a whole new instrumental section. One of my favorite albums of all time that sits well on the top of my huge heap of must-have releases.

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 Somewhere In Time by IRON MAIDEN album cover Studio Album, 1986
3.93 | 472 ratings

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Somewhere In Time
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Review by siLLy puPPy
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4 stars After bursting from his grave from wearing himself out from the "Powerslave" tour on the "Live After Death" album, Eddie springs back to life and takes up time travel on IRON MAIDEN's sixth studio album SOMEWHERE IN TIME. Although it seems like it should be a concept album it only has a handful of tracks dedicated to time. This is the first album the band utilized synthesizers in their sound but as a complementary background setting instead of a full-on keyboard effect. This album to me sounds like there is a lot of recycled riffage going on. There are parts here and there that clearly remind you of previous albums, but despite it all MAIDEN deliver yet another satisfying album from beginning to end. Unfortunately this album just sinks a little between the ones surrounding it for me.

Despite being a tad musically inferior, I have to say that the artwork is one of the best album covers in musical history with tons of references to previous songs, albums and themes. Derek Riggs outdid himself on this one with the Blade Runner themed sci-fi extravaganza. I was initially disappointed that this album was not the fully formed concept album that "Rime Of The Ancient Mariner" eluded to moving toward on the previous album. We would have to wait until the next album for that to happen, but this is still a strong album that despite seeming a little bit like IRON MAIDEN on cruise control still has enough melody and metallic fury to satisfy. Yet another essential listening experience for anyone even remotely interested in traditional metal of the 80s. 4.5 rounded down

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