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Iron Maiden

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Country United Kingdom
Added By Mike
18 years ago
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1980-2021 Metal
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8.3 x30
English/British Heavy Non-Prog NWoBHM/Rock
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36 users rate this artist 7.0 or better, two users rate it lower. five users think it is prog, 16 users think it is merely related to prog and four users think that it's not prog. show details
Track Statistics The database currently contains 163 studio tracks by Iron Maiden.
Track durations range from 1m 45s to 18m 05s, averaging at 6m 08s with a standard deviation of 2m 24s.
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Review by Time_Signature 12 years ago <Permalink>
Iron Maiden - Iron Maiden 1980
9.9
Prog NWoBHM
Enter the 1980s. Enter Iron Maiden, the band who would change metal by raising the bar - well, I guess, they already raised the bar considerably with this album, which is phenomenal for a debut album of the late 1970s and early 1980s.

With the short but strangely progressive "Prowler", Iron Maiden blasts a labyrinth of changes and twists and turns into the mind of the listener. This powerful opener is followed by the gloomy and doomy ballad, and absolutely brilliant, "Remember Tomorrow" whose bridge starts with a tempo change out of nowhere. "Running Free" is a hit song which draws on the glam rock of the 1990s, and while it is a song that I have and will sing along to, it is "only" a hit song and not the most interesting track on the album - it does contain some captivating Maiden-style guitar acrobatics and a catchy bobby bass figure. The mighty "Phantom of the Opera" is the first truly epic track released by Maiden and it's a favorite track in my family. There is a feel of structural complexity to it because of the many different parts that make up a verse, and there is no real chorus to speak of, and of course, there is a bridge that consists of very different sections. Then there is the schizophrenic instrumental "Transylvania", which sounds almost like two or three different songs stitched together, and with its many guitar acrobatics, ... -> show full review
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Review by Time_Signature 12 years ago <Permalink>
Iron Maiden - The Number of the Beast 1982
10.0
Prog-Related NWoBHM
Heralded by many as Iron Maiden's best and most important album, "The Number of the Beast" certainly is a heavy metal classic and one of my all time favorite albums. There are no weak tracks to speak of - even "Badlands" and "Total Eclipse" (on the reissued version) have something to offer.

The album opener is "Invaders" which is just a weird but breakneck tempo track about the viking invasions of Britain in the 8th century. The weird aspect of the song consists in the strange choice of key and the funny scale run in the chorus riff. The following track is the magnificent ballady "Children of the Damned" which in turn is followed by the legendary "The Prisoner" with its iconic drum intro and anthemic chorus. "22 Acacia Avenue" is a progressive affair, which started its existence as a straight Adrian Smith written track, which was then Maidenized as Steve Harris inserted several iconic breakdowns, tempo changes and bridge sections into it, creating the perfect Maiden track. The title track is another kind of proggy track whose opening (both the spoken word rendering ... -> show full review
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Review by Time_Signature 12 years ago <Permalink>
Iron Maiden - Piece of Mind 1983
10.0
Prog-Related NWoBHM
Another classic by Iron Maiden, "Piece of Mind" is the first Maiden album to feature influential drummer Nicko McBrain and full of classics like "The Trooper", "The Flight of Icarus", "Where Eagles Dare", "Revelations" and, to some extent, "Die With Your Boots On".

The album opens with the technical but captivating "Where Eagles Dare" which is followed by the Dickinson-penned ballad "Revelations" which is an all time fan favorite, and one of my favorites from this album. This is followed by the heavier "Flight of Icarus" and the rocker "Die With Your Boots On". "The Trooper" is one of Maiden's most popular tracks ever, and it is catchy as hell - and, notably, there is no chorus!

In ye olden days, in the time of vinyl, the first five tracks of this album constituted side A, and it is worth noting that "Piece of Mind" is an album whose first side contained nothing but hits. Consequently, perhaps, side B contains all obscure tracks. These tracks may be obscure, but I actually think that side B on the whose is better than side A. "Still Life" is a midtempo and slightly melancholic and dark song while "Quest for Fire" is a heavy 3/8 song based on the film and book of the same title. This song contains some nice medieval sounding twin guitars. "Sun and Steel" is a galloping metal track, also containing intricate twin guitars, while "To Tame a Land" is a proggy epic track based on the novel "Dune", containing several musical twists and turns. This track was later covered by Dream Theater.

(review also posted on metalmusicarchives.com)
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Review by Time_Signature 12 years ago <Permalink>
Iron Maiden - Powerslave 1984
9.9
Prog-Related NWoBHM
This is yet another metal mammoth released by Iron Maiden in their golden streak of the 1980s, and one, which I think, maintains a high level of solidness all the way through.

I really do not think that there are any weak moments on this album, and even the more obscure tracks like the instrumental "Losfer Words (Big 'Orra)" and "Back in the Village" and the very underestimated "The Duellists" and "Flash of the Blade" are just as engaging and headbanging-inducing is the power opener "Aces High", the steady rocker "2 Minutes to Midnight", the dark and gallopping "Powerslave", and the epic "Rime of the Ancient Mariner".

This album simply contains everything that Maiden do so well: guitar harmonies, melody, aggression, gallopping, catchy vocals, air raid siren singing etc.

This is a heavy metal classic that everyone should own.

(review also posted on metalmusicarchives.com)
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Review by Time_Signature 12 years ago <Permalink>
Iron Maiden - Somewhere In Time 1986
10.0
Prog NWoBHM
Interestingly this album has a quite high rating over oon MMA and here on Progfreak at the moment of me writing this review. What is interesting about that is that, when it came out, a lot of disliked it because of the use of synths and guitar synths (Judas Priest did the same with "Turbo", which has also received a lot of flak) - and a lot of rock fans of that generation still think it's one of the worst Maiden albums from the first Bruce era. However, to many people of my generation, "Somewhere in Time" is a very defining album.

In my case, it was the first metal album I heard, and the first metal album I owned. My mother even went down to the local record store with me so I could buy it. Knowing what kind of music Maiden made, she asked me if I was sure that I wanted to buy it, I said that I was absolutely certain, because I'd hear the album before, as I'd gone fishing with one of my friends' older brother the weekend before that, and he'd brought a boom box, but forgotten to bring any tapes other than "Somewhere in Time" which was just lying around in his jacket pocket. My life changed on that fishing trip because I heard "Somewhere in Time". Yes, somewhere in time is the album that changed my life. So, it was important for me to buy it. Once I told my mother that I was certain, she encouraged me to follow my tastes in music (even if she liked Bon Jovi and 80s pop music) - fortunately, my parents have always supported me, and they never took any issues with the music I listened to - I first experienced that with Iron Maiden which was my first independent journey into music.

I loved "Somewhere in Time" then. And I still love it today. It's my all time favorite album by my all time favorite artist.

There was just something about the music ... -> show full review
Review by Time_Signature 12 years ago <Permalink>
Iron Maiden - Seventh Son of a Seventh Son 1988
10.0
Prog NWoBHM
The last of Iron Maidens first golden streak of perfect albums, "Seventh Son of a Seventh Son" is, as is well-known, a concept album about mysticism and esoteric philosophy, based on the folkloric myth of the seventh son of the seventh son and the special powers that are bestowed upon him.

I absolutely love this album and all the tracks on it - from the "Seven deadly sins" intro, over the keyboard-driven power opener "Moonchild" over the more poppy mega hit "Can I Play With Madness" and the epic ballad "Infinite Dream" to the dark epic title track and the melodic closer "Only the Good Die Young". Every track is full of great guitar melodies, twin leads, galloping basslines, amazing vocals and pounding drums - everything that Maiden do so well.

The opening track, as mentioned above, is a power opener, which, after the acoustic intro to the album, starts out with an energetic synth figure, and slowly builds up into a quite aggressive metal track. "Infinite Dreams" is one of my favorite Maiden tracks; it opens up a ballad with a haunting guitar melody and quite mellow vocals on top of a rather complex backdrop of music, which upon second repetition is distorted. The chorus is, of course, in a different tempo, while the bridge is an uptempo galloping affair with lots of catchy vocal patterns an twin guitars. "Can I Play With Madness" is more poppy and it is not coincidence that this track was the great hit off this ... -> show full review
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Review by Time_Signature 12 years ago <Permalink>
Iron Maiden - No Prayer for the Dying 1990
9.3
Prog-Related NWoBHM
This album has received a lot of flak for its stripped down approach to rock music compared to Maiden's previous releases. I can understand why. I mean, there were a lot of changes on this album - perhaps more than the average fanboy could bear:

the band had lost an integral member when Adrian Smith left the music is stripped down and simplified compared to their previous progressive releases Bruce Dickinson had attained a raspier singing style than his quasi-operatic screaming the album was recorded in a barn and the production is not as fat and polished as usual the Eddie continuity had been broken and the cover artwork simplified; all the visual goodies that you could find in a Maiden album were gone here
For some reason, although I am a Maiden fanboy, I was never disappointed with this album, and the changes in Maiden's style did not bother me (that disappointment came with "Fear of the Dark", though), and I think there is plenty of good stuff on this album. Also, the guitar harmonies are still there and so are the quirks. There are just not as many of them as usual.

Stand-out tracks are "Tailgunner" with its engaging buildup and groovy bridge, the ... -> show full review
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Review by Time_Signature 12 years ago <Permalink>
Iron Maiden - Brave New World 2000
10.0
Prog NWoBHM
Like a phoenix rising from the ashes of a really big dead bird, Maiden were reborn with the return of Adrian Smith and Bruce Dickinson. The first release of the 2000s, "Brave New World" saw a partial return to the style of the 80s, a retention of those good things that were introduced in the Blaze era, and additions of a lot of new and quite proggy elements. I remember hearing it for the first time, and feeling invigorated for months just by the thought of Iron Maiden themselves being invigorated.

"Wicker Man" is a great energetic opener with a really catchy pre-chorus and an equally catchy chorus. "Ghost of the Navigator", which is probably my favorite of that album and one of my favorite Maiden tracks ever, is melodic and energetic at the same time, and, despite it not being a super long tune, it is quite epic, partially due to the lyrics. The guitar theme, which is doubled by the vocals in the chorus, is simple but effective. "Blood Brothers" is probably considered the most progressive tune on the album by many due to its slight folk influences, which are not obvious, but they are there if your listen closely, with ... -> show full review
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Review by Time_Signature 12 years ago <Permalink>
Iron Maiden - Dance of Death 2003
9.8
Prog-Related NWoBHM
Yes, the cover's not great. Right, Eddie doesn't look right, but who cares? It's about the music, this. And the music's great. Maiden carries on the "Brave New World" formula, while bringing in some more proggy elements. Besides, the covers of the two Blaze era albums are much worse (as it happens, I've started to appreciate the roughness of the "Dance of Death" cover recently, and compared to the new Space-Eddie, this Grim-Reaper-Eddie certainly looks right!).

"Wildest Dreams" is perhaps the second weakest track on the album without being bad. It's obviously a power-opener in the tradition of Iron Maiden, but I think other openers like "Prowler", "Aces High", "Moonchild", "Be Quick or Be Dead", "Wicker Man" and "Different World" work better (of course, the band has abandoned this tradition on "The Final Frontier"). But never mind that. It's still a powerful opener, and it doesn't suck, and that's what counts.

"Rainmaker" is another great short rocker; yet with its vocally and musically interesting chorus it seems more sophisticated and interesting than "Wildest Dreams". "No More Lies", a seven minute non-epic tune is despite its length actually quite simple, but not simplistic, and it generally works very well. "Monts├ęgur" is a more classical heavy metal tune, both in terms of the composition and the lyrical theme, but it works very well, and despite it not being super long, it is actually somewhat of an epic in atmosphere. "Gates of Tomorrow", "Age of Innocence" and "Face ... -> show full review
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Review by Time_Signature 12 years ago <Permalink>
Iron Maiden - A Matter of Life and Death 2006
10.0
Epic Prog NWoBHM
"A Matter of Life and Death" is, to my ears, a really great and quite progressive album with intricate compositions, epic tracks, catchy melodies, interesting and relevant lyrics, and great performance by all six members. As with many of their golden era albums, all tracks on "A Matter of Life and Death" are memorable in one way or another, so I'm just going to mention three highlights here.

"Different World" started out a more progressive affair with a 7/4 riff by Adrian Smith which Steve Harris straightened out to 4/4, and it worked. The track is very catchy, uplifting and energizing with some really great singing by Bruce Dickinson, including an unusual Lynott-esque sounding chorus-line. I spent an entire month listening only to this track while bicycling to and from work (and that's 10 km each way) - that's how energizing it is.

"Brighter than a Thousand Suns" is, to me, a truly progressive affair with interesting and surprising changes in time and tempo and some odd time signatures here and there to boot. While complex, it's catchy at the same time, and it does include an almost power pop like section which explodes out of the blue, and that world really well. The lyrics may be outdated, as they ... -> show full review
Review by Time_Signature 12 years ago <Permalink>
Iron Maiden - Fear of the Dark 1992
8.1
Non-Prog NWoBHM
This album never sat well with me. I know it was a huge international hit at the time, and I understand why, but when it came out, I was disappointed with many of the tracks on it and I considered the less progressive and more hard rock oriented approach a regression of sorts. I love hard rock, but my inner Maiden fanboy just couldn't come to terms with Iron Maiden playing hard rock.

The tracks that disappointed me at the time, and still don't sit well with me to this day are "From Here to Eternity" (I admit that I like its catchy chorus, but the song as a whole never did anything for me), "The Apparition" and "Weekend Warrior", which both sound like second rate AC/DC tracks to me (I like the bridge section of the former though).

"Judas Be My Guide" and "Chains of Misery" are okay rock/metal tracks, and I enjoy listening to them, to be sure, but compared to many of Maiden's other songs throughout their career they they are at an average level. Iron Maiden do deserve credit for writing these songs, because they are different from the usual Maiden material at the time, and these two tracks work much better than Maiden's other attempts at being different on this album.

There are also some above average tracks on this album. The opener "Be Quick or Be Dead" is an uptempo metal track which is likely to spark off an ... -> show full review
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Review by Time_Signature 12 years ago <Permalink>
Iron Maiden - The X Factor 1995
6.0
Prog-Related NWoBHM
"The X-Factor" was the first album to feature Blaze Bayley on vocals, something which a lot of Iron Maiden fans have problems with. Don't blame Blaze though. While not as great a vocalist as Bruce Dickinson, Blaze Bayley handles the vocals fairly well, and his dark melancholic voice suits the darker music quite well. The music itself is somewhat lacking in energy, although it does retain aspects of the technicality and intricacy associated with Maiden. However, the lack of energy and the strange almost ethereal (in lack of a better word) guitar sound makes it difficult to appreciate this album fully. That, and the fact that whatever twin guitar appears on the album is either played in unison or octave harmonies rather than the intricate harmony patterns of earlier Maiden.

There are some good songs on this album, like the epic "Sign of the Cross", the energetic "Man on the Edge", the catchy "Lord of the Flies" and the unusual "Blood on the World's Hands" and "The Unbeliever", and I think these tunes are what carries the album through ("Sign of the Cross" and "Man on the ... -> show full review
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Review by Time_Signature 12 years ago <Permalink>
Iron Maiden - Virtual XI 1998
4.0
Non-Prog NWoBHM
It took me ten years to get my acts together and buy this album. Only after the return of Bruce Dickinson and Adrian Smith did I have the nerve to buy it, knowing that Maiden had been saved.

"Virtual XI" is the worst Iron Maiden album ever, in my opinion. I simply can't listen to it from the first track to the last track. I can't; I have to turn it off, skip through songs or, at the very least, fast forward now and then. Otherwise, it's too painful:

most of the tracks are totally void of energy there are hardly any catchy melodies the production is muddy and the guitars lack texture and substance whatever twin guitar melodies are there are uninteresting and hollow Blaze's performance is sub par on many of the quieter tracks (and sub par compared to the previous Maiden album and to his years in ... -> show full review
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Review by Time_Signature 12 years ago <Permalink>
Iron Maiden - The Final Frontier 2010
9.2
Epic Prog Metal
Let me got one thing straight first. I am a big Iron Maiden fan; they are my favorite band of all time. They got me into music and I owe a lot of my good experiences in life to this band. They are basically gods in my world (more so when I was a teen, of course), but even gods can fail, and Maiden have showed this with "Fear of the Dark" and "Virtual XI" - so, is this a divine fiasco or a godlike triumph?

The first part of the opening track "Satellite 15 ... The Final Frontier" is a dark but epic instrumental section which has an almost industrial quality to it - that's certainly something I've never heard from Maiden before. While I find this opening section, which I guess is "Satellite 15" very interesting, I think that the song proper "The Final Frontier" is a somewhat lackluster and ordinary hard rock song whose most interesting aspect is the sci-fi theme.

"El Dorado" is a track the keeps growing on me - since I've already reviewed the "El Dorado" single, I'll just refer to reader to that review, which can be found here: progfreak.com/Iron-Maiden-El-Dorado-Review-by-Time-Signature-,_dbe,reviews,1289051339573.xhtml

The next track "Mother of Mercy" is a midtempo melodic, but not out of the ordinary, track whose chorus is nonetheless catchy, thanks to Bruce Dickinson's extraordinary vocals.

"Coming Home" has an absolutely brilliant opening with some dark melancholic guitar harmonies and changing time signatures. Then it morphs into a a power ballad of sorts; and this power ballad works quite well, mostly because of the catchy vocal lines and the bridge and outro which repeat the guitar patterns from the introduction.

"The Alchemist" is an uptempo track ... -> show full review
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Review by Time_Signature 12 years ago <Permalink>
Iron Maiden - El Dorado 2010, Single
8.0
Non-Prog Metal
Iron Maiden released "El Dorado" as a one-track online single freely available for download promoting their 2010 album "The Final Frontier".

"El Dorado" is an interesting song. In many ways, it is a typical Iron Maiden track with catchy melodies, gallopping guitars and bass, and guitar solo trading and all that wonderful stuff. Yet, it also seems stripped down in comparison to the incresingly progressive trajectory that Iron Maiden have been following since Bruce Dickinson and Adrian Smith returned ten years ago.

Although I love the way the song starts, I was a bit put off by the following guitar riff (not the layer of galloping guitars), but as the song progressed it became obvious to me that it served the greater good of the entire structure of the song, which builds up from the stripped down and straightforward rock 'n' rollish beginning to a more epic-sounding bridge, before it breaks down back into the simple riffing. And in the perspective of the entire song, these contrasts work very well.

The more I listen to "El Dorado", the more I like it, although it will probably never be me favorite Iron Maiden song. But it served its purpose well and now I can hardly wait for the new album to be released.

(Review originally posted on metalmusicarchives.com)
Comment by PowerWyrm 12 years ago
Iron Maiden - The Final Frontier 2010
8.3
Heavy Prog-Related Metal
An enjoyable album, in the vein of the previous ones. Not the best Iron Maiden album, but still a strong release.
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Comment by Time_Signature 15 years ago
Iron Maiden - Live after Death 2008, DVD
9.9
Prog-Related NWoBHM
One of the greatest hard rock metal live releases of the 80s now on DVD with interesting extra material.
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Review by HughesJB4 15 years ago <Permalink>
Iron Maiden - Brave New World 2000
9.5
Prog-Related Metal
After the somewhat average efforts of the Blaze Bayley period, Iron Maiden come back, in blistering form.

This album manages to combine the best of the NWOBHM sound, classic metal, and yet, simultaneously still give it a contemporary edge. A must have for any Maiden fan.
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Comment by Time_Signature 16 years ago
Iron Maiden - Death on the Road 2006, DVD
9.9
Prog-Related NWoBHM
Steve Harris has always aspired to make Maiden among the best live bands in the world. Mission accomplished... again.
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Review by Time_Signature 16 years ago <Permalink>
Iron Maiden - Killers 1981
9.5
Non-Prog NWoBHM
While not completely up to scratch compared to the earler early days Maiden albums, "Killers" is nonetheless teeming with great Maiden classics, like "Killers" and "Wrathchild", but also some more obscure tunes like "Murders in the Rue Morgue" and "Purgatory" (which was nonetheless released in single format). "Killers" is an essential addition to any Iron Maiden collection.
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