Iron Maiden
Iron Maiden


4.5
superb

Review

by Aaron Arneson CONTRIBUTOR (104 Reviews)
October 3rd, 2012 | 165 replies | 2,312 views


Release Date: 1980 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The album that started it all.

There are many ways to discover new metal music. You can browse the aisles of your local music store, order albums online, or even download songs straight from your phone. In this day and age the possibilities are endless. However, sometimes the search seems futile because no matter how many countless hours you spend trying to find the next big thing, there will always be a band who is bigger and better. This band is Iron Maiden.

Perhaps the most successful metal band to ever emerge out of Britain, Iron Maiden need no introduction. They have a staggering fifteen albums and although a few weren’t exactly well received, most of them are considered to be undeniable classics. Even if you’re not the biggest Iron Maiden fan boy chances are you’ve at least heard ‘The Number of The Beast’ or ‘The Trooper’. Both are massive hits powered by the signature sound of Bruce Dickinson, but I’m here to tell you about a different vocalist. Lets face it, Dickinson does an amazing job and has one of the most recognizable voices in Metal, but the band’s first vocalist Paul Di’Anno is just as impressive on the band‘s early work. His voice may sound quite different than Dickinson’s and is noticeably gruffer, but it was the perfect fit for Iron Maiden’s first two albums. As a vocalist he really doesn’t seem to get the credit he deserves, especially considering the band’s self titled album is one of the most memorable and well executed metal debuts of all time.

The band did everything right on Iron Maiden. They throw some of their catchiest riffs at us right away with 'Prowler'. It’s a perfect opening and proves Di’Anno really is a competent vocalist. What’s more surprising however is the solid musicianship. Every band member brings something to the table and it’s hard to believe how talented they were so early into the bands career. For proof the band works well together look no further than the instrumental track ‘Transylvania’. I’ve always been a sucker for instrument based songs, but this one really exceeded my expectations, even more so considering this is the bands first effort. It’s overflowing with jaw dropping guitar solos and riffs that only get better throughout the song making it a real treat. The more experimental track ‘The Phantom of The Opera’ is also a standout that contains some of the best guitar work on the record. However, my personal favorite is the title track. “Iron Maiden”. Undoubtedly, it is one of the most original songs in the bands entire catalogue. It’s the song that got me into the band in the first place and it’s not hard to see why. Everything in the song has a vintage Iron Maiden feel to it and it’s just a fun and even humorous song.

Iron Maiden is an album not to be ignored. It has a raw feel to it, but it still sounds great at the same time. Although the band was able to top this later in their career with Dickinson, the fact that they sounded this good on their first effort is unbelievable. Were it not for the success of this album Maiden may not have grown into the metal giants they are today. This is the album that started it all. It’s a phenomenal debut that laid the groundwork for what would be come the worlds biggest metal band.



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Chortles
October 3rd 2012



17508 Comments


nice work man. it's been awhile since i've heard this, hence no rating. i'll have to change that

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Atari
Contributing Reviewer
October 3rd 2012



18577 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Thank you sir ya definitely give it another listen

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DarkSideOfLucca
October 3rd 2012



3273 Comments


Awesome review, I actually don't dig this album too much compared to their later material.

Chortles
October 3rd 2012



17508 Comments


yeah this is one of your better for sure. short, but covers everything that needs to be covered

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
October 3rd 2012



18577 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

yeah my favorite is SSOASS but I actually prefer this to killers unlike a lot of people

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
October 3rd 2012



48524 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Summary is indeed very true
It's weird that Steve Harris fucking hates this album so much because of the soft production, why don't they just re-record it with Bruce, that would be rad

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Atari
Contributing Reviewer
October 3rd 2012



18577 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I'm not sure how I'd feel about that

Butkuiss
October 3rd 2012



3869 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Meh, I prefer this material with Di'Anno to be honest. He might be a cock but he had a nice voice back here.

Album roooles. Running Free was the first song I learnt on bass.

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XingKing
October 3rd 2012



9011 Comments


I love Di'Anno's voice on this. These songs sound amazing live with him back in the day.

CaptainDooRight
October 3rd 2012



26356 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

best maiden

awesome rev, Pos'd



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Atari
Contributing Reviewer
October 3rd 2012



18577 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Thanks bro.

ViralOblivion
October 3rd 2012



7679 Comments


Good review brother posd

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
October 3rd 2012



18577 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

: )

ViralOblivion
October 3rd 2012



7679 Comments


What r u up to?

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
October 3rd 2012



18577 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Just wasting time on sputnik as usual lol about to go to bed.

ViralOblivion
October 3rd 2012



7679 Comments


Cool cool I'm about to smoke a bowl listening to new converge might play some halo not sure tho

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
October 3rd 2012



18577 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Nice haha so you just have an xbox then no ps3?

ViralOblivion
October 3rd 2012



7679 Comments


Yeah had to sell my ps3 it was lame

DarkSideOfLucca
October 3rd 2012



3273 Comments


wtf viral im smoking a bowl and listening to axe to fall while also being on sputnik...woa o.0

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
October 3rd 2012



18577 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Oh that sucks been there though. I have a ps3 but I don't like call of duty or those other really popular shooters.

I love Halo though. used to get down on halo 2 all the time.



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