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Iron Maiden

Iron Maiden - 1980

And so it begins. Awesome isn't the right word to describe this album. How about fucking awesome. This is such an underrated Iron Maiden album these days, and yet it has to be put up there as one of their best. Yes, I do genuinely think that. This can stand with The Number of the Beast, Piece of Mind and Powerslave as one of their all time greatest albums. This album has one of the best track lists I have ever seen. I struggled to find any cons with each track, and as you will know with their later albums, they weren't exactly consistent like this. When you think of Iron Maiden, you go straight to Bruce Dickinson. And rightly so. The majority might prefer Bruce Dickinson, but Di'Anno deserves his credit as well. The rawness of this album is what stands out to me. The vocals might not be top notch, but that isn't what they were going for. It has a very punky vibe. At the time of writing, I have listened to all of their albums, and as much as I love Bruce Dickinson, Di'Anno does it for me. I have listened to Maiden's first two albums at least 4 times now, and I love Di'Anno a lot more. Wish he stayed. Let us go through the tracks.

We begin with their first track, "Prowler". The lyrics are pretty shitty, but nonetheless, this is such a fun song. This was a brilliant opener. You can hear the raw energy coming from Di'Anno. Loved it. "Remember Tomorrow" is perhaps one of their forgotten gems. Not one of my favourites, but a solid track. The atmosphere on this is awesome. Paul's vocals were a lot softer in this than other songs, but it worked perfectly. A brilliant solo on this as well. "Running Free" is one of my favourites on this album. Iron Maiden are known for their hella awesome catchy singles. And this is one of them. I found myself singing along with the chorus every time. From a technical point, it is one of their weaker songs, but I just love it because of how flipping catchy it is. "Phantom Of The Opera" is a beastly song. Definitely the best song to come out of the Di'Anno era. Every band member gets their time to shine in this, being that it is their first, and one of their best epic progressive tracks. The guitar solo was on point, and Steve Harris just owns that bass guitar. This is another of my favourites.

The next track is their first ever instrumental track, and by god does it impress. "Transylvania" is a perfect 4 minute track. Some impressive riffs that flow through the whole song. Amazing drumming. Just a brilliant fast song. "Strange World" is another brilliant track. It all slows down for this track, and Di'Anno delivers one of his best emotional songs. You can definitely hear the emotion in his voice. A brilliant bass line breaks up the song, and sounds perfect. And we get another impressive solo from Dave, before the song goes back to it's slower pace. "Charlotte The Harlot" is a fast and fun song. We are introduced to a recurring character called Charlotte, and Di'Anno sings it perfectly. My least favourite track on the album, but a solid one nonetheless. And that brings us to our final track on the album. "Iron Maiden" is another fun song. Not their best lyrically, but it has a catchy chorus that makes you want to sing along. It's disappointing that there was no guitar solo, but other than that, a pretty awesome track to end their debut.

1. "Prowler"
2. "Remember Tomorrow"
3. "Running Free"
4. "Phantom of the Opera"
5. "Transylvania" (instrumental)
6. "Strange World"
7. "Charlotte the Harlot"
8. "Iron Maiden"

Posted by Justin Aspinall

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Thanks for this awesome review. I grew up a metalhead, but I skipped over Maiden, & Priest. I think it's because I was born in 1977, and when I first got into real metal it was around 10 years old, which was the heyday of thrash. (Metallica first, then Slayer, Megadeth, and Anthrax) At that time Maiden and Priest seemed like a totally different genre. I need to go back and revisit it all to see what I was missing.

Posted about 4 years ago by TambegifTambe

Oh dude. You've got quite some albums to experience by Maiden. Can't say much for Priest. I've listened to some of their essentials, but I'm just not really that much of a fan. I'm also jealous that you were just a kid at around the time when Thrash was born. It must have been an exciting time. I'm only 17, so I'm just playing catch up, as there is so much out there that I haven't heard with metal. Thanks for reading though.

Posted about 4 years ago by 5mrmhv3Justin Aspinall

GnR was my gateway band I think. I was into hair metal as a 7-8 year old. Total crap like Poison, Cinderella, etc. GNP was the first band that had a genuine attitude. Then in 1988 I got into ...And Justice For All and that was it! By that time Maiden wasn't on top of their game really, so I kind of missed them. Since you're catching up you can kind of go through it all, which is great!

Posted about 4 years ago by TambegifTambe

Same dude. GNR got me into metal, although at a really late time of course. Appetite for Destruction was the first hard rock/heavy metal album I ever listened to. So it holds a place in my heart. I think I only started listening to metal properly 5 years ago. But I was one of those kids that listened to the mainstream rock like Nickelback, Creed and the like. Dark days. As for Metallica, I just ain't that much of a fan. I'm more of a Slayer guy. I love the raw brutality that comes from them. I've listened to Metallica's whole thrash era as well. Master Of Puppets was a pretty rad album, but it doesn't quite compare to Slayer in my opinion. Reign In Blood is only 30 minutes, and for such a short album, it manged to keep its rep as my favorite thrash band. Also, 1988 was an amazing year for Maiden. They released Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son that year, which today is known as one of the best metal concept albums, and it was one of their best in general.

Posted about 4 years ago by 5mrmhv3Justin Aspinall

Posted: 01/11/2015