Iron Maiden
Iron Maiden


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by BenHobson USER (2 Reviews)
March 19th, 2012 | 26 replies | 1,610 views


Release Date: 1980 | Tracklist

Review Summary: One of the best debuts ever. Fact.

5 of 5 thought this review was well written

It was 1980. The year Led Zeppelin's drummer John Bonham tragically died. Led Zeppelin were gone; who would take their place at the top of British Rock and Metal? The New Wave of British Heavy Metal (NWOBHM) was coming and it was fronted by a group of young men from London. When Iron Maiden first plunged on to the scene in 1979 with their EP The Soundhouse Tapes, all of the 5000 copies made sold within 2 weeks. AND got them a record deal to boot. And listening to their debut LP you can see why.

Opening track Prowler immediately summarises what they are here to do - rock hard. The Wah-Wah sound of Dave's guitar in the intro perfectly fits the riff he plays. Paul puts in a blistering vocal performance throughout the song and the solo is one of the best I've ever heard - it fits the song perfectly. My favourite track on the album, it shows you why Iron Maiden got to #4 in the UK charts. (5/5)

Sanctuary is a very fun song, with simple riffs that get you headbanging right from the word go. Again, Paul's voice is amazing on this song and I for the life of me cannot figure out why it was left off the original release. It's a song never to be taken too seriously, and is still occasionally played at concerts to this day. (4.5/5)

Remember Tomorrow shows a lighter side of Maiden, and Paul's voice is so different on this song it makes you wonder how he does it. The song is quite eerie at times and hooks you in. It has heavier slices in it too, making sure that you don't skip the track. Though not Maiden's best song, it is an often overlooked gem from the Di'Anno era. (4/5)

Running Free is a song that has, much like Sanctuary, a fun feel to it. It's not a headbanging song as such, more of a head-nodding song. It's probably the most accessible song on this album for the mainstream listener, but is none the worse for it. Maiden pull it off well, and is still a staple song in Maiden's setlists - usually to conclude the concert. (4/5)

Phantom of the Opera may be my least favourite Iron Maiden epic ever. That's not to say the song is bad by any means. It's quite a thunderous song, with a few time changes here and there. Although it was supposed to be an epic, the song drags on a bit for me and I find myself skipping it at around 4 or 5 minutes in. (3.5/5)

The first Iron Maiden instrumental ever is named Transylvania, although the name is misleading - it makes you think of dark, eerie places in South-Eastern Europe. However, this is an extremely upbeat track and lifts your spirits if you're ever feeling down. Played at the beginning of Maiden concerts (though not live - over the PA), it's one of those songs that gets you going. Good tactical move from Maiden; it makes sure the crowd is ready for when the band really get on stage. Great track. (4.5/5)

Transylvania has a calm ending which directly leads into the next song, Strange World. Paul's soft vocals make it a very moving song, and it has quite a futuristic feel to it. A quiet (for the most part) song, it represents a different side of Maiden, previously explored on Remember Tomorrow, but this is something else again. Strange World makes you think, and hooks you in that way. (4/5)

Charlotte The Harlot is the first song of the CTH saga, and, much like Sanctuary and Running Free, is a 'fun' song. Surprisingly it is one of my favourite songs on the album. The only song written solely by Dave Murray to date, it is quite a dirty song, which is rare for Maiden. Then a time change in the middle and a change in style of the lyrics - from arse-swishing to heart-breaking - explains how she became a whore. Just as you begin to feel sorry for Charlotte's ex, the tempo picks up again for a great couple of solos, and the lyrics change back. A extremely well-written song. (4.5/5)

Iron Maiden, the album's signature track and Maiden's very own anthem is being sung from an Iron Maiden's point of view. And by that I mean it's what the torture device would say if it could talk. A very aggressive song, the only flaw is the repetitive lyrics. It's also a short song, at 3:36. A song used to (supposedly) close concerts before the encore, it gets people going and wanting more. Another good tactical move by Maiden at concerts. In my opinion, a very strong song to close the album. (4.5/5)

On the whole, an extremely impressive release by Iron Maiden. It immediately summed up why they had come - to play Metal. That's it. If it's not already in your collection, go buy it- an essential for any Metal fan.


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bloc
March 19th 2012



34660 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This might actually be my favourite of theirs

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KILL
March 19th 2012



70310 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

best album ever

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wheremycountrylies
March 19th 2012



227 Comments


love it hard

MUNGOLOID
March 19th 2012



4275 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

jammed to this so hard the other day.

TheSpirit
March 19th 2012



17128 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

best maiden album m/

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Ire
March 19th 2012



41746 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

rong

TheSpirit
March 19th 2012



17128 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

write

fsharptrit0ne
March 19th 2012



4814 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

remember tomorrow gentleman

Sgian
March 19th 2012



69 Comments


walkin' through the city

lookin' oh so pretty

TheSpirit
March 19th 2012



17128 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

best song on here

Palimpsest
March 19th 2012



77 Comments


Yes, a veritable classic. I think Phantom Of The Opera deserves a 5 though.

Ikarus14
March 19th 2012



532 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

''Iron Maiden's gonna get you, no matter how far!''

ControlDarts
March 19th 2012



290 Comments


get beagle shit all over your shoes you jumping faggot

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
March 19th 2012



16242 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

prowler rules hard

actually album rules hard

TheSpirit
March 19th 2012



17128 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

duh

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
March 19th 2012



49741 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yeah

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TheSpirit
March 19th 2012



17128 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

yeah sonic m/ m/ m/ m/ m/m/m/m/m/

south_of_heaven 11
March 19th 2012



5433 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

title track live on rock in rio is orgasmic

Gyromania
March 19th 2012



15164 Comments


"Phantom of the Opera" is my favourite on here.

facupm
March 19th 2012



7082 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Phantom of the Opera is easilty the best here
Every album they made until Seventh Son (included) is better than this one, still, I like it


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