Iron Maiden
Iron Maiden


4.5
superb

Review

by sonictheplumber STAFF USER (107 Reviews)
September 19th, 2007 | 25 replies | 2,994 views


Release Date: 1980 | Tracklist


3 of 3 thought this review was well written

I've always liked Iron Maiden, ever since I heard "Run to the Hills" for the very first time. My fondness for the band grew greater and greater as time went on, and then one day, I heard my first Maiden album, Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son. After a year or so passed, I had finally acquired all of the so-called "classic" Iron Maiden albums. Or so I thought, because around two weeks ago, I purchased Maiden's self-titled debut. I was scared because I wasn't sure if Paul Di'Anno's vocals would be as enjoyable as Bruce Dickinson's. Turns out, I had nothing to be scared about after all.

Iron Maiden's Iron Maiden is a superb album, featuring all of the things that made the band with Bruce Dickinson so great, except with a much different vocalist. The riffs may not be as melodic or as power metal-ish as with Dickinson, nor are the vocals as operatic, but this album is still a magnificent effort. Paul Di'Anno's vocals happen to be, as I said before, much different from Bruce Dickinson's. He can't hit the higher notes like Bruce can, but really, his vocals are nothing to complain about. His vocals fit the album perfectly. On some of these songs, I just don't think I could imagine them being sang by Bruce. Notably Sanctuary and Charlotte the Harlot.

And speaking of the quality of the songs, there's not a single one that's lacking. One of my least favorite songs here is Prowler, but even though it's one of the worst here, it's a great song! Most of the songs here have a more hard rock edge to them. While the material with Bruce is regular old metal, this is sort of like a combonation of both hard rock and heavy metal. It's still metal though, don't get me wrong.

The musicianship is very good. Steve Harris has been in the band since day one, as he is the man who created Iron Maiden, but anyway, this album shows that even in the early days when Harris was pretty young, he was still a magnificent bass player. His bass is especially remarkable in the epic Phantom of the Opera. As you all know, most Maiden albums have their own "epic" song. For example, Piece of Mind has To Tame A Land. Phantom of the Opera is this album's epic. Now, this is one song that I could see Bruce singing. Back on the subject of Steve Harris, this is where his bass-playing shines. The song begins with an absolutely spectacular bass intro. You have to have talent to play bass like that, and talent is exactly what Harris has. While the bass is always great with Maiden, the guitar is lacking. While the hard-rock-ish style of playing fits perfectly with the music, I prefer the faster, higher, and more melodic guitar-playing that can be found in albums like Powerslave anyway, but the thing is, Dennis Stratton just isn't as good of a guitar player as Adrian Smith (the guitarist who joins the band next) is. Now, Dave Murray, who has been in the band since day one like Harris, pulls off some pretty cool things. Transylvania is one of the few Iron Maiden instrumentals, and it is simply five minutes of brilliant musicianship. Clive Burr is certainly not an incompotent drummer either. He has a unique style in which he mimics the guitars and bass. Phantom of the Opera is a perfect example of this.

Overall, Iron Maiden's self-titled debut doesn't have many flaws at all. Every track has something to offer. Sanctuary's catchy and fun, Running Free's just a flat-out killer song, the title track is an energetic song with lyrics that are describing the spirit of the actual Iron Maiden torture device; I could name every song and one of its good qualities, but that would be redundant. You'll just have to listen to this for yourself. Although it's no Powerslave, I like this album more than Seventh Son, and perhaps even Piece of Mind, but only by just a minute margin. Although Di'Anno's vocals are criticized, they're pretty good, and they find very well with the songs themselves. However, it is a good thing that he is no longer in the band, because Di'Anno just would not sound right on latter songs, like Rime of the Ancient Mariner or Run to the Hills. As for the album's flaws, the only thing I could have really asked for is a rawer production, because I would like to hear this album with a rawer sound. Not too raw, mind you, but rawer than my copy is. I purchased the remastered edition, which is quite polished when it comes to production. This does not decrease my opinion on the album though. Iron Maiden's eponymous debut is a superb album, and while it's no Powerslave, it certainly gets the job done and leaves me happy.


Listen To These:
Phantom of the Opera
Running Free
Transylvania
Charlotte the Harlot


4.5/5



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Mikesn
Emeritus
September 19th 2007



3709 Comments

Album Rating: 3.2

Prowler rules because of that guitar lead Dave plays over and over and over. So catchy and awesome and good.

hermitspancho
September 19th 2007



278 Comments


I like this album , they got harder faster and more polished of course but I think it sits well in their back catalogue .
Btw , Bruce sings tracks from this at most live gigs Santuary and Iron Maiden in particular (Rock in Rio for e.g) and they sound different but no less fantastic

ValiumMan
September 19th 2007



493 Comments


I actually like Paul Di'Anno better than Bruce Dickinson. Bruce sounds like a second-rate operetta singer on a lot of tracks to me.

Confessed2005
September 19th 2007



3314 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Phantom of the Opera is awesome, one of my fave Maiden songs.

Nice review, it can have my vote.

mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
September 19th 2007



17920 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

better than any of their other albums

Altmer
September 19th 2007



5652 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

this is a good album but maiden suck without dickinson to carry the songs imho

love phantom of the opera and running free thoughThis Message Edited On 09.19.07

SylentEcho
September 19th 2007



1570 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Prowler's lead is fantastic as Mike said..

all the songs on this album are awesome, I remember first hearing this around 4 years back, I went totally crazy over "Phantom Of The Opera", I played it at least three times the evening I bought it. :D

ToWhatEnd
September 19th 2007



3172 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Phantom of the Opera is awesome. Good album, good review.

Ire
September 19th 2007



41749 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Seriously why does Maiden get reviewed everyday?

ToWhatEnd
September 19th 2007



3172 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Don't mind him, he's just at little upset that the new Sevenfold sucked. How about you go listen to City of Evil and change your tampon.

Ire
September 19th 2007



41749 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

haha aint that cute.
A 3, yeah that is such a high rating.
It would so much better if I had written a neg review like the other two reviews

Ire
September 19th 2007



41749 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Jeez I just asked a question
It's annoying seeing all these reviews stating the same thing over and over.

south_of_heaven 11
September 19th 2007



5433 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

These kind of arguements are annoying.

Mikesn
Emeritus
September 19th 2007



3709 Comments

Album Rating: 3.2

Seriously.

Right now I am really digging Remember Tomorrow off this album.

Bfhurricane
September 19th 2007



6194 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

A well written review for an excellent album. Bruce actually did sing Sanctuary at Ozzfest (they only played songs off their first 4 albums). Phantom of the Opera is fantastic live. Up the Irons!

SylentEcho
September 20th 2007



1570 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Maiden has been my favorite band for many years now.

FR33L0RD
September 20th 2007



1461 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

IMO(humble), this is not a good album

Geedrummer
September 20th 2007



607 Comments


agreed^, although maiden still remain my fav band, i just cant get into the first 2 or X factor and Virtual XI, its not just the vocals tht put me off either

Merkaba33
September 20th 2007



702 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

this album is alright but without dickinson they're just not as good. prowler is awesome though! thats one of the songs i really like on this album.

Thor
September 20th 2007



10176 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This album should have been re-done in the late 80s.This Message Edited On 09.20.07



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