Iron Maiden
Iron Maiden


4.0
excellent

Review

by MC Catalyst (Gregg) USER (8 Reviews)
June 20th, 2011 | 45 replies


Release Date: 1980 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Now you won't escape from my grasp......

Paul Di'Anno – vocals
Dave Murray – guitar
Dennis Stratton – guitar, backing vocals
Steve Harris – bass guitar, backing vocals
Clive Burr – drums

Iron Maiden: Iron Maiden
Released on 14 April 1980
EMI Records

Included in the 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die
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Very few debuts can be as hard-hitting as Iron Maiden's. What the band has done from here is amazing to say the least: touring the world in numerous successful arena shows, debuting at #1 across several countries of the world, and considered some of the brightest stars in heavy metal today. But before all that, there was their self-titled debut, which otherwise proves to be one of the most entertaining first releases to date.

Allow me to bore you with a little history: Iron Maiden was formed in December 1975 by Steve Harris, who had originally been part of Smiler (according to Hit Parader, Smiler was a four-piece act that earned considerable success, and a favorite of producer Will Malone). Although originally with Tony Moore, Barry Purkis, and Terry Wapram (later on part of Phaze and V1), the entire band was fired after numerous unsuccesful performances on the UK Club curcuit. An audition and personal liking from Harris got Di' Anno his start in the group, as did Dave Murray. Paul Cairns (later Killerhit) quit dual guitar duties, so hopes for a secondary guitarist seemed slim, until Dennis Straton tried out at the Red Lion pub, and Burr was strong enough to replace Burr, and the rising young group landed a deal with EMI. Once Iron Maiden was released, it stalled at #4 on the UK Charts, become one of the leading forces in NWOBHM (New Wave of British Heavy Metal), and caused the band to have enormous success throughout the UK Club curcuit and in the music industry.

The first is no different from everything else Maiden has released: it's still very heavy: the lightning-quick riffs that rocket through tracks like Phantom of the Opera should be proof, and the crushing bass tempos of Steve Harris never fail to impress. The only differences come in two packages: the first is minor, and that would be the mainstream influences that can pop up. Maiden was still in their building stage here, so numerous cases of hard rock can pop up here (Burning Ambition on the second release is a prime example), therefore a slight unfitting bump in an otherwise prime metal LP.

The other one is a real doozy. For those that have listened to every Maiden album (besides X Factor and Virtual XI), it: is Di' Anno's voice. Millions of fans arouind the world have become used towards Bruce Dickinson's powerful voice, as it has appeared on every album since (in fact, tracks from this album in compilations don't even have Di' Anno's vocals: Dickinson covered them with his own). That's not to say it's bad par se: it's got a strong sense of force that powers through the album, and the best cases pop up in tracks such as Running Free and the title track, but it's not as strong or energetic as Dickinson's was. (That being said, it's still better than Blaze Bailey)

Iron Maiden isn't really worhy of this much criticism, though. The dual guitar-shared melodies have always been a strong point of Maiden albums, and the work of Stratton and Murray never fail to impress. It still surprises me that this is not the most respected piece in Maiden's work, if not the most underrated (excluding Killers). Those who enjoy modern day Maiden should find a great amount of pleasure in the band's early work, and you can't call yourself a fan of British Metal without this in your library. Recommended.

4.1 / 5

Recommended Tracks:

I'd say the title track best represents the album. If you want long, shredding riffs, Phantom of the Opera is another good one.



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mariothehedgehog
June 20th 2011


376 Comments


up the irons

MO
June 20th 2011


18857 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Solid review. Their discog will be a great feat, good luck.

fsharptrit0ne
June 20th 2011


4814 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Cool review. Good luck with the rest of them

BigHans
June 20th 2011


26454 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

is this you RavenRock?

BigHans
June 20th 2011


26454 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

same dude

BigHans
June 20th 2011


26454 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

thought RavenRock/NuclearWarfare were the same dude.

BigHans
June 20th 2011


26454 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

wasnt meant to be that. I thought that because you both put up a lot of reviews quickly (on the same artists no less), and both commented heavily in the Diamond Head thread. Made sense to me man.

Maniac!
June 20th 2011


26250 Comments


best maiden

BigHans
June 20th 2011


26454 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Nah its like 5th or 6th but it still slays hard

Maniac!
June 20th 2011


26250 Comments


favorite maiden

BigHans
June 20th 2011


26454 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I like Beast, Powerslave, Piece of Mind, and 7th Son better.

Maniac!
June 20th 2011


26250 Comments


Killers is right underneath the self-titled

BigHans
June 20th 2011


26454 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Killers isnt that great except for about 4 songs

fsharptrit0ne
June 20th 2011


4814 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Raftchild

Spec
June 20th 2011


27188 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Very good review.

fsharptrit0ne
June 20th 2011


4814 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Best song on album is obviously Remember Tomorrow

BigHans
June 20th 2011


26454 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

PROWLIN THROUGH THE CITY LOOKIN OH SO PRETTY

sonictheplumber2
June 20th 2011


256 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

yeah

FenderUk
June 20th 2011


96 Comments


remember tomorrow is so fucking good and of course so is phantom of the opera this album RAPES

Maniac!
June 20th 2011


26250 Comments


Prowler was my first Maiden song, maybe that's why I like this so much.



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