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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 discography


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IRON MAIDEN top albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.82 | 412 ratings
Iron Maiden
1980
3.60 | 376 ratings
Killers
1981
3.79 | 479 ratings
The Number Of The Beast
1982
3.71 | 409 ratings
Piece Of Mind
1983
4.12 | 511 ratings
Powerslave
1984
3.92 | 444 ratings
Somewhere In Time
1986
4.20 | 558 ratings
Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son
1988
2.52 | 261 ratings
No Prayer For The Dying
1990
2.94 | 301 ratings
Fear Of The Dark
1992
3.26 | 223 ratings
The X-Factor
1995
2.36 | 214 ratings
Virtual XI
1998
4.02 | 395 ratings
Brave New World
2000
3.58 | 262 ratings
Dance Of Death
2003
3.68 | 315 ratings
A Matter of Life and Death
2006
3.67 | 297 ratings
The Final Frontier
2010

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

4.15 | 163 ratings
Live After Death
1985
2.89 | 57 ratings
A Real Live One
1993
2.61 | 52 ratings
A Real Dead One
1993
3.09 | 45 ratings
Live at Donington
1993
3.96 | 26 ratings
Maiden England
1994
2.96 | 41 ratings
A Real Live Dead One
1998
4.07 | 76 ratings
Rock in Rio
2002
4.04 | 23 ratings
BBC Archives
2002
3.41 | 25 ratings
Beast Over Hammersmith
2002
3.59 | 51 ratings
Death On The Road
2005
3.58 | 44 ratings
Flight 666 (The Original Soundtrack)
2009
3.33 | 24 ratings
En Vivo!
2012

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4.13 | 15 ratings
Maiden England
1989
4.01 | 62 ratings
Rock In Rio
2002
4.46 | 38 ratings
The History of Iron Maiden Part 1: The Early Days
2004
4.72 | 69 ratings
Live After Death
2008
4.30 | 63 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)

3.70 | 37 ratings
Best of the Beast
1996
2.89 | 18 ratings
Ed Hunter
1999
2.14 | 27 ratings
Edward the Great
2002
3.29 | 22 ratings
Best of the B'Sides
2002
3.10 | 10 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)

3.07 | 25 ratings
The Soundhouse Tapes
1979
2.86 | 27 ratings
Women in Uniform
1980
2.92 | 17 ratings
Live!! +one
1980
2.71 | 26 ratings
Running Free
1980
2.91 | 24 ratings
Sanctuary
1980
2.71 | 19 ratings
Twilight Zone
1981
2.98 | 23 ratings
Purgatory
1981
3.15 | 34 ratings
Maiden Japan
1981
3.67 | 15 ratings
Wrathchild promo
1981
3.68 | 28 ratings
Run to the Hills
1982
3.88 | 26 ratings
The Number of the Beast
1982
3.13 | 28 ratings
Flight of Icarus
1983
3.55 | 30 ratings
The Trooper
1983
4.07 | 27 ratings
2 Minutes to Midnight
1984
4.41 | 27 ratings
Aces High
1984
3.83 | 12 ratings
Where Eagles Dare promo
1984
3.56 | 16 ratings
Running Free 1985 live
1985
3.88 | 17 ratings
Run to the Hills 1985 live
1985
4.41 | 27 ratings
Wasted Years
1986
4.11 | 25 ratings
Stranger in a Strange Land
1986
3.85 | 26 ratings
Can I Play with Madness
1988
4.24 | 25 ratings
The Evil That Men Do
1988
4.04 | 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
3.29 | 21 ratings
Man on the Edge
1995
3.42 | 19 ratings
Lord of the Flies
1996
2.44 | 18 ratings
The Angel and the Gambler
1998
3.55 | 20 ratings
Futureal
1998
4.05 | 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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 Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son by IRON MAIDEN album cover Studio Album, 1988
4.20 | 558 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.

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 Somewhere In Time by IRON MAIDEN album cover Studio Album, 1986
3.92 | 444 ratings

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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'.

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 Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son by IRON MAIDEN album cover Studio Album, 1988
4.20 | 558 ratings

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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
3.92 | 444 ratings

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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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 A Matter of Life and Death by IRON MAIDEN album cover Studio Album, 2006
3.68 | 315 ratings

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4 stars The third in Iron Maiden's extremely consistent run of albums to follow their reunion with Bruce Dickinson finds the band continuing to explore the matured post-Seventh Son of a Seventh Son sound they have pursued from Brave New World onwards. It's expansive and veers mainly towards Iron Maiden's long-standing tradition of songs about war, but it doesn't outstay its welcome thanks to the now traditional high standard of performance and the powerful songwriting involved. Bruce Dickinson's vocal delivery is particularly emotive, perhaps because he's singing about real, timely subject matter which is close to his heart and to the bands' own concerns.

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 No Prayer For The Dying by IRON MAIDEN album cover Studio Album, 1990
2.52 | 261 ratings

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Review by Gatot
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2 stars There has many discussions about the album that disappointed the fans of Iron Maiden was this one "No Prayer For The Dying". Even though for those who like hard music, this might not be something bad at all, the fans of the band felt this was the kind of not as good as compared to previous releases despite the fact the leaving of Adrian Smith and the entrance of Janick Gers. When you play the opening track "Tail Gunner" you still find it good. But the rest are not quite Maiden sound as per fans standard. The song itself isn't outstanding, but also not too bad. With the first single "Holy Smoke" follows one of the sparely spread highlights of "No Prayer..." Most of the songs are straight forward and contain those typical MAIDEN music. The track "The Assassin" is is no keeping up the spirit of Maiden sound. "Run Silent Run Deep" and "Hooks In You" are not that good. They are not really bad, but something is missing. The second single "Bring Your Daughter To The Slaughter", is then another highlight. The song was able to be on the top of the English charts for two weeks. Well ...the guitar playing of Janick Gers is not bad at all but in someway it misses typical Maiden spirit. But if you are a die hard fan of Maiden, you must have a copy of this album.

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 Piece Of Mind by IRON MAIDEN album cover Studio Album, 1983
3.71 | 409 ratings

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Review by Atavachron
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3 stars After the high school content of this album's predecessor and a bumpy relationship with the early Maiden faithful who saw Paul Di'Anno an essential ingredient, this tight offering showed the band's new chemistry knitting beautifully with a now fully developed formula for clever and original progressive heavy metal. They would also become, by far, the hardest working band in the world. Just look at the tour schedules from the late '80s. There's a reason Iron Maiden got so big.

The lyrics are also improved, with less death, rape and mayhem, and more adventure, myth and warfare. A salute to the fearless British fliers of WW II is a vengeful opener in triplet with IM's signature dual guitar harms and Dickinson pulling highs not human in nature. Greek drama 'Flight of Icarus' and sacrificial 'Die with Your Boots On' could've been expanded upon but it's back to business for 'The Trooper' with this lineup at their best, and equally good 'Still Life' reminding of the first two albums. No stride broken in 'Quest for Fire', its Cimmerian imagery and Celtic jigs, the band peaking here with probably the best thing on the album, followed by Saxon-esque and very nice 'Sun and Steel' and totally killer prog number 'To Tame a Land'.

Like a trusted old friend who always brings the goods, Maiden was there with quality heavy music that didn't recognize the climate at a time when most metal bands were finished or too embarrassing to acknowledge. An institution that deserves every bit of credit they get.

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 Fear Of The Dark by IRON MAIDEN album cover Studio Album, 1992
2.94 | 301 ratings

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Review by Gatot
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3 stars For many die hard fans of Maiden this album is considered as weak compared to its predecessors for many reasons. As I am not one of those but I enjoy the Maiden music, I still consider this as a good one to enjoy. Fear of the dark was Bruce's last record with Madien for quite a while and man is it a good one. Some consider this one sounds like a comeback to the classic sound of Iron Maiden. A true Maiden album for even non-Maiden fans like me, and a more than adequate followup to 1990's half-flop "No Prayer for the Dying", 1992's "Fear of the Dark" delivers quite well musical composition.

I still engoy the double guitar work by Dave Murray and Janick Gers as well as powerful bassplaying by Steve Harris. From the opening track "Be Quick or Be Dead" to "From Here To Eternity" I can feel the taste of Maiden's classic. Of course my favorite is the album title track which spans a longer duration with great bass guitar and double guitar harmony. As many of you know that this track appears anywhere in their live concerts. In fact, the reason I purchased the CD of this album was actually from one of their live CDs because I really enjoy the track performed live and now I enjoy the studio version which is also excellent.

Overall, the album differs from previous Maiden records. It's like a mix between No Prayer for the dying and Powerslave. My favorite is Seventh Son. Best cuts, I think : Be Quick or be dead, Afraid to shoot Strangers, Judas be my guide, Weekend Warrior and the best favourite track is Fear of the dark. Keep on proggin' ...!

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 Powerslave by IRON MAIDEN album cover Studio Album, 1984
4.12 | 511 ratings

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Review by siLLy puPPy
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5 stars Although this was the 5th album by IRON MAIDEN it was the only the 2nd to have the exact same lineup as the previous. Apparently this stability meant they could focus on the music and refine it until it was of near perfection. All members are on full display here at the peak of their careers. All stars align in this metal masterpiece just like the shadows on the calendar days of ancient Egypt at a time when the pyramids served as an aid to the mysteries of the universe. Eddie seems to be stuck in the insane asylum still on the last album since he is not on here and only a sarcophagus representation of his ancient ancestors seems to be on display.

POWERSLAVE was an important development in IRON MAIDEN's career as it took all which came to be on the previous albums and refined them into amazing creations that had the catchiness, the aggressiveness and the beauty and added more complex progressive elements as clearly shown in the band's most compex song ever "The Rime Of The Ancient Mariner" which is based on the poem by Samuel Taylor Coleridge that was written way back in 1798.

This is simply one of those beyond belief albums in music history much less metal that demands to be heard and more than holds up the test of time. The band set off on their longest and most successful live tour based on this album which spawned the live album LIVE AFTER DEATH. At this point the band reached the level of superstardom and would forever be an influence on the musical world.

The only curiosity i've ever felt toward this album is that the cover art which is one of my favorites in all of music history suggests a concept album based around the medieval past in Egypt yet begins with a song that is about flying jets. I guess my expectations of a full on concept albums are too demanding and I will not impose it on this album because they did not fulfil them. Taken for what it is it is still a masterpiece of metal music that does not seem in the least bit dated all these decades later.

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 Piece Of Mind by IRON MAIDEN album cover Studio Album, 1983
3.71 | 409 ratings

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Review by siLLy puPPy
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5 stars Clive Burr left due to personal issues and ended up trading places with Nicko McBrain in the band Trust. Nicko's arrival signified that the classic IRON MAIDEN lineup was complete and he more than had the chops to add yet another layer on an already impressive sound making them one of the best and most successful heavy metal bands in history. Eddie went insane from hanging out with Satan too much and had to be institutionalized and kept in a padded cell.

PIECE OF MIND picks up where the previous album left off and continues with similar inspirations including....

Literature: "To Tame A Land" from "Dune," "The Trooper" from "Charge Of The Light Brigade."

Film: "Where Eagles Dare," and "Quest For Fire."

Mythology: "Flight Of Icarus" and "Revelations."

There is also a backwards hidden message on "Still Life" which they included to freak out those who were constantly accusing them of being Satanists. The recording is actually a backwards rendition of Nicko McBrain uttering "What ho said the t'ing with the three 'bonce', do not meddle with things you don't understand...", followed by a belch.

This is one of my all time favorite albums. The album is absolutely phenomenal in how it flows from one track to the other keeping it varied, keeping it intense and stimulating not only your headbanging needs but also your intellectual appreciation for well-crafted lyrics. The chemistry of this band is nothing short of magical.

The ONLY complaint I have about this album is in the song "Quest For Fire" where Bruce operatically insists that dinosaurs walked the Earth at the time man was questing for fire. This chronological faux pas has been a pet peeve of mine since the day I first heard this, yet an extremely minor blemish on an otherwise magnificent masterpiece of metal that just happened to be my very first IRON MAIDEN album.

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