Iron Maiden
Seventh Son of a Seventh Son


4.0
excellent

Review

by sunsinger USER (16 Reviews)
August 10th, 2005 | 475 replies | 44,055 views


Release Date: 1988 | Tracklist


7 of 9 thought this review was well written

Iron Maiden had become one of the biggest bands in the world. They out-lived the NWOBHM and were constantly praised in Kerrang!'s reader polls. On both sides of the Atlantic Maiden were a huge success. Although, saying that, the US had now formed a new form of metal; it was heavier, faster and took its influences from bands such as Maiden. Of course the media had a name for it, in fact many names: Speed Metal and Thrash Metal to name a few. The sales for 'Seventh Son of A Seventh Son' would be affected by this form of musical diversity, but the music it self would be as powerful as ever, but still very different.

'Moonchild' starts, as does a new Maiden. There's an acoustic riff playing while Bruce introduces the story, as Maiden are renowned for their literacy and History lessons within songs.
This soon becomes a particularly fast-paced song about the fallen angel Lucifer. A very nice opener, but next to the other songs on this album, a soon to be over-looked track. An epic opener is daring and defiantly worked in their favour.

'Infinite Dreams' is a deeply perspective song. It begins with a spacey virtuoso guitar and then vaults into a galloping rhythm. Probably not the best track on the album, but again, it has some stiff competition here.

Anyone who claims to know anything about Maiden should know this song. It's a master-piece. Released as a single, it reached number 3 in the charts. The chorus draws you in, keeps you enticed and leaves you wanting more. The vocals are harmonic, the rhythm is compulsive and everything works together perfectly. 'Can I Play with Madness' is not just a highlight for 'Seventh Son', it's a highlight for Iron Maiden.

'The Evil That Men Do' is another single and it reached number 5. The lyrics are strong and the repetitive chorus works without dragging on somehow. The lead work is very powerful and the vocals show off Bruce's talent perfectly.

An almost ten-minute epic follows up 'The Evil That Men Do'. It may seem fairly pretentious, but this is the track that made conceptual albums cool again (although a conceptual album was never intended). It tells the story of a mythical creature that was said to have paranormal gifts. The name 'Seventh Son of A Seventh Son' makes for a great irony for their seventh studio album. It shares some great similarities with 'Rime of The Ancient Mariner', but I feel 'Seventh Son' is not as exciting as the former. The addition of synthesisers was done tastefully, although the purist fans will still detest the artificial sounds.

'The Prophecy' also makes for a dissimilar track. It has very powerful lyrics and the musicianship is strong, but pales in comparison to the rest of the album. Another epic track, but that's what you learn to expect from Maiden.

Another great song and another great single; Bruce almost hisses the lyrics as the drumming is pounded in a dancing rhythm. The bass introduces this track, making for a nice variation. The guitars are screaming through the lead parts and the rhythm is very dramatic.

Steve and Bruce wrote the final track 'Only the Good Die Young' and the effort is very clear in listening to this. In terms of what's defined as a classic Iron Maiden track, this is defiantly over-looked and may never see a compilation. The chorus is catchy and the instruments are consistently at a pounding rhythm.
Towards the end of the song, the only sounds left are a soft-singing Bruce and a quiet acoustic at the final lines.

Most, if not all Iron Maiden fans will already have this album. There's really no reason this album shouldn't be in your collection (well, except for the synthesisers, of course).

Best Tracks: 'Can I Play With Madness', 'The Evil That Men Do', 'Only The Good Die Young'.



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ReturnToRock
August 10th 2005



3448 Comments


i agree. only the good die young is way overlooked. but in my opinion the only maiden album deserving a 5/5 rating is piece of mind.

Iai
Emeritus
August 10th 2005



3553 Comments


The stuff I know from this is really average for Maiden's standards. The Evil That Men Do could have been a great song (Maiden's best, even), but the constant repeating of the legde/edge rhyme is unforgivably annoying. Can I Play With Madness is nothing special and has no energy to it, and like you say, the title track falls short when compared to other Maiden epics.

Aakon_Keetreh
August 10th 2005



448 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

this cd is awsome no doubt but its the best maiden cd, so this cd deserves 4.5/5 stars, good review thoThis Message Edited On 02.26.06

Captain_HumpYourFace
August 10th 2005



119 Comments


Probably my least favorite Maiden album but I will agree that it still has some overlooked tracks. If this album was released by anyone else it would blow my mind but Maiden have such a reputation to live up to that even their worst is incredible, just not by their own standards.

masada
August 10th 2005



2733 Comments


[quote=Cap'n]If this album was released by anyone else it would blow my mind.[/quote]
Except Judas Priest, because they will never produce anything very good.

Captain_HumpYourFace
August 10th 2005



119 Comments


Oh I know you ain't hatin' on Judas Priest! *snaps fingers twice and rolls head*This Message Edited On 08.10.05

Senor_Whippy
August 10th 2005



367 Comments


What a load of old toss!

Captain_HumpYourFace
August 10th 2005



119 Comments


I feel so not British right about now.

Priestmetal
August 13th 2005



542 Comments


This is a pretty good album but in no way a 5/5. Maybe 3.5/5. Maiden after Powerslave wasn't all that great but there were still some good songs here and there like The Evil that Men Do or Can I play with Madness.

Artemician
August 31st 2005



26 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This is my second favorite Maiden CD after Powerslave.

Can I Play With Madness is great.

razorsedge
August 31st 2005



41 Comments


i think this is a great maiden cd but they have released much better. But i found the synthesiser in some of the songs very annoying.

Aakon_Keetreh
October 7th 2005



448 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

one of my favorite albums, good job!

smart blockhead
October 15th 2005



13 Comments


Can I Play With Madness is one of Maiden's worst songs, not one of their bests.

Wrathchild
November 5th 2005



2 Comments


Maiden's 3rd best album, behind Brave New World and The X Factor, all the tracks on this disc kick ass except for "The Prophecy" and IMO, one of Iron Maiden's worst all time songs, "Infinate Dreams".

Stoic
December 29th 2005



161 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I'm surprised you people dont consider this a masterpiece. It's my personal favourite out of the first 7 albums and I think it's their most power metal-ish release.

clairvoyant
February 2nd 2006



765 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Can I Play With Madness one of the best songs?

I disagree, but to each his own.

My favorite is probably Infinite Dreams.

Aeksis8745
February 10th 2006



448 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This album is good no doubt about it. There are so many people who overlook Infinite Dreams. That song is probably one of my favorite songs from Maiden. The dual guitars in the middle kick so much ***!

IronMaiden_w89
February 15th 2006



2 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Iron Maiden fucking Rule!!

dustyboy316
February 15th 2006



56 Comments


The Clairvoyant is one of my person favourite songs by IM.

Apocalyptic Raids
February 26th 2006



810 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Maiden's finest hour.



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