Iron Maiden
Piece of Mind


4.0
excellent

Review

by NeutralThunder12 USER (9 Reviews)
March 6th, 2010 | 16 replies | 4,552 views


Release Date: 1983 | Tracklist

Review Summary: “Piece of Mind” is an excellent effort by the best metal band to ever swim out of England.

6 of 7 thought this review was well written

In 1983, Iron Maiden released “Piece of Mind”. Lets keep this intro short and to the point: With this album, it was evident that Maiden wasn’t far from a perfect record.


“Piece of Mind” is a favorite by many fans of the band, and it’s clear as to why. Though it has its share of bad ideas and weak songs, it contains some true gems in the discography of the Iron Maiden. Before any negatives are addressed, the biggest positive deserves a mention. “To Tame a Land”, the closing track, was, up to that point in Iron Maiden’s career, the best song by the band, only being rivaled by “Phantom of the Opera” and “Hallowed Be Thy Name”. This is an oddly overlooked song by fans. The song begins with a brilliantly composed mellow intro, accompanied by a bone chilling and bluesy lead, and this effortlessly segues into the heavier part of the song, which is pretty bad ass itself. From 4:18 to the end of the song is without a doubt the best part of the album; it features a carefully organized collection of fantastic riffs and harmonies that transition beautifully from one idea to the next, without any impediment whatsoever. “To Tame a Land” is a truly remarkable piece of music.


Yes, I may be drooling over “To Tame a Land” but worry not, this album has a few other incredible tunes as well. “Revelations” is one of these tracks and is clearly Top 10 Maiden material. Following a flawlessly mixed intro of a punk-like electric progression and a repeated, thoroughly picked acoustic riff, the song carries on and displays, yet again, some of Maiden’s most orgasmic harmonies, like the ones from 1:50-2:12. Another notable triumph in this track is the breathtaking blend of acoustic verses and heavy choruses. Another stand out track, the enormously famous “The Trooper”, is one of Maiden’s most recognizable songs, and one of their top cuts. “The Trooper” features some superior bass work from Steve Harris, and splendid solos by the lead guitarists. The overall rhythm of the song is analogous to that of horses galloping, which directly correlates to the theme in the lyrics, a highly intelligent song writing move by Steve Harris. Other highlights include “Die with Your Boots On”, which is arguably one of Maiden’s most catchy tunes, and the slightly overlong “Where Eagles Dare”, which is still an excellent song. Obviously, there are some unbelievably marvelous songs on this album, and if you are looking for some of Maiden’s prime moments, than look no further than the ones contained in the highlights that I mentioned.


While “Piece of Mind” has some totally killer cuts, it has some awful ones as well. Something happens to the album at the conclusion of “The Trooper”. What happens is, the album literally sucks for about two or three songs until being redeemed by the phenomenal closing track. “Still Life”, the song that follows “The Trooper” is a boring waste of time, which, regardless of the great vocal performance by Bruce, gives off nothing. There is a similar issue with “Quest for Fire”, the song that follows “Still Life”. It’s just a pointless track that offers nothing but a few great riffs. But unfortunately, even those slick riffs do not make up for the brutally annoying lyrics or the sluggish flow of the song. After “Quest for Fire”, we encounter “Sun and Steel” which is only solid at best but at least it’s not as awful as the two musical failures that preceded it. Despite being worthless when compared to the rest of the album, it has an extremely catchy chorus.


All in all, “Piece of Mind” is an excellent addition to the Iron Maiden discography, and possibly their most accessible, as it has the most ‘basic’ Maiden sound. If it was void of the three poor tracks, this could have been their best album up to that point, but unfortunately, because of this, it is surpassed by “Iron Maiden” and slightly bested by “Number of the Beast”. However, if comparing the highlights of every Maiden album up to “Number of the Beast” with this, this would clearly be the winner. “Piece of Mind” is an excellent effort by the best metal band to ever swim out of England.

Top Tracks:
“To Tame a Land”
“Revelations”
“The Trooper”
“Die With Your Boots On”



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NeutralThunder12
March 6th 2010



8742 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Please let me know if there are any mistakes, this is my 4th review in my Iron Maiden series, please don't neg if you disagree, and any suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks.

Edwin
March 6th 2010



1399 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I pretty much agree with what you said.
Could have been on par with Powerslave and Number of the Beast for me, but the three poor songs you mentioned stop me from giving this constant play time.
Good review too.

NeutralThunder12
March 6th 2010



8742 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks, yeah if comparing the best of the album to the best of any other maiden album up to that point, than this wins. Quest and Still Life are among the worst songs from Maiden's classic songs, the only songs that are worse from the classic era are some from "Killers".

Edwin
March 6th 2010



1399 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Well The Trooper is probably my favorite Maiden song of all.
I would have to admit though, I do like 'Seventh Son' and 'Somewhere in Time' better than this, they're hugely underrated imo.

progmasterclassics
March 6th 2010



29 Comments


Why do I have so many alts.

Xenorazr
March 7th 2010



347 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Other than the rating, I agree with this review. The tracks after "The Trooper" and preceding "To Tame a Land" definitely drag it down.

Crimson Death
March 7th 2010



533 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

What? Still Life is a damn masterpiece. It is my favorite song on this album. "I've no doubt that you think I'm off of my head" love that line.

OllieS
March 7th 2010



2029 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Fantastic review. Great job.

NeutralThunder12
March 7th 2010



8742 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks for the comments everyone.

LepreCon
March 7th 2010



3607 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yeah I don't get why so many think this is the best Iron Maiden album, there's a few stinkers on this one unlike the debut or NotB

Motiv3
March 7th 2010



8920 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

awesome review, you're getting better. Agree with the rating too. Good job. Pos.

Digging: Opeth - Pale Communion

bloozclooz
March 7th 2010



1770 Comments


better than your first maiden review

maidenpmcc
March 7th 2010



1424 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Good review dude. I noticed you said 3/9 songs were crappy so thats's a 3rd of the album, your rating should be like 3.5

If you said that 2/9 songs were crappy, your rating of 4 would of been more appropiate. Anyway thats just my opinion, constructive crititiscism?

I'm looking forward to your 5 rated Powerslave review. Hopefuly Live After death and POSSIBLY Seventh Son is a 5 aswel with predictions of Somewhere in Time receiving a 4 rated review.

Mikesn
Emeritus
March 7th 2010



3709 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Still Life was always one of my favourites from this album. You're right about To Tame A Land being overlooked though.

Great album, but a few of the songs are kind of annoying. Would rather be listening to Powerslave.

BigHans
March 9th 2010



26455 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

You're crazy, Still Life owns. You're right about Revelations though, song is essential.

TheNotrap
March 7th 2012



7991 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

FLYYYY ON YOUR WAY LIKE AN EAGLE
FLY AS HIGH AS HIGH AS THE SUUNNN




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