Iron Maiden
Seventh Son of a Seventh Son


5.0
classic

Review

by Aaron Arneson CONTRIBUTOR (109 Reviews)
October 19th, 2012 | 170 replies | 8,175 views


Release Date: 1988 | Tracklist

Review Summary: An eerie concept album and one of Maiden’s greatest accomplishments.

How does one even begin to describe an album as epic as Iron Maiden’s seventh full length? The British legends have always managed to impress, but Seventh Son of a Seventh Son is definitely one of their most groundbreaking albums. Much like “Somewhere in Time” or “Powerslave”, this album has an epic and even atmospheric sound. It’s made better only by its interesting and twisted concept. Not only is SSOASS one of Maiden’s most amazing records, but it’s also a concept album that starts and ends with the same haunting lyrics.

Seven deadly sins. Seven ways to win. Seven holy paths to hell and your trip begins. Seven downward slopes. Seven bloodied hopes. Seven are your burning fires. Seven your desires.

After these eerie lyrics, the opening track ‘Moonchild’ gets off to a nice start with atmospheric synthesizers and guitars. I won’t go into too much detail about the concept, but let’s just say it’s about sin, the devil, and as usual, kick-ass guitar riffs. The second song ‘Infinite Dreams’ is even better than the first, and starts with beautiful melodic guitars. Bruce Dickinson is in prime form on this song, but what stands out the most is the flashy guitar work. Like many Maiden songs it just gets better and better towards the end as it picks up the energy with blistering guitar solos and catchy riffs.

The next three songs on SSOASS are amazing as well. In fact, the first five tracks on the album could very well be the best streak of songs in the band’s entire career. ‘Can I Play With Madness’ and ‘The Evil That Men Do’ have some of the most accessible vocals I’ve ever heard from Dickinson. Both songs just have a way of getting stuck in your head. However, not a song on here can touch the unbelievable title track. At nearly ten minutes in length, it’s the best song on the album and one of the absolute best in Maiden’s lengthy career. Both instrumentally and vocally the band knocks the song out of the park and then some. Dickinson also sounds more aggressive than on the rest of the album as he snarls his way through the intense track. The first four minutes are pure adrenaline and then they slow things down and show off some impressive bass and drumming before the grand finale. The second half of the song contains no vocals by Dickinson, but instead is full of some of the best guitar work and musicianship the band has ever displayed.

Maiden’s seventh full length may be somewhat of a grower, but it’s worth the patience. For some reason, I initially didn’t enjoy it as much as some of their other classics, but it’s one of those timeless records that just gets better with age. Even though the last three songs aren’t quite as impressive as the rest of the album, they are actually quite underrated. They still fit in perfectly with the feel and the concept of the album and I wouldn’t have them any other way. SSOASS is an ominous, atmospheric masterpiece from one of metals biggest bands. You’d be a fool not to check this one out.



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Atari
Contributing Reviewer
October 19th 2012



19672 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

couldn't find the full album on youtube but here's the title track if anyone hasn't heard it...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3_MjqnQNElw

ViperAces
October 19th 2012



12408 Comments


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WRmGIBT_GTw
This came first when I searched 'seventh son of a seventh son full album'.
I will read review later, just woke up.

NightProwler
October 19th 2012



6337 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Great review for a great album - this could easily be a 5 if I didn't already have 3 Maiden albums at that. Have a Pos!

Winrar
October 19th 2012



1722 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

good review, i haven't jammed Maiden in almost a year. Gotta play HBTN now!

ViralOblivion
October 19th 2012



7679 Comments


Good review pos'd

BigPleb
October 19th 2012



36065 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Its amazing, but Powerslave just blows it out the water

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linguist2011
Contributing Reviewer
October 19th 2012



1864 Comments


Great review Atari. However I would have explained the concept fully before exploring the music, as I always do with my reviews. I think it gives the reader a good judgement of what they are to expect before listening to the album, so I'd definitely recommend doing so. But you did a great job on an excellent album, so well done.

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Atari
Contributing Reviewer
October 19th 2012



19672 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

@honeyboo, what's funny about that? ;P

GnFnRs87
October 19th 2012



499 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Great review Atari

Solid 4.5 for me simply because of NOTB and Powerslave. Such a consistently amazing band

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
October 19th 2012



19672 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

Thanks man

Also @Linguist, yeah I just felt like the concept was kind of hard to explain lol but I might try and add more later

dammets
October 19th 2012



2035 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

best maiden but i never cared to try to follow the concept

JamieTwort
Contributing Reviewer
October 19th 2012



20450 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Awesome album.

Good review bro, pos'd.



BigPleb
October 19th 2012



36065 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Can I Play With Madness is a cool song guys.

JamieTwort
Contributing Reviewer
October 19th 2012



20450 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Agreed.

KILL
October 19th 2012



71482 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

worst/best vid ever

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menawati
Contributing Reviewer
October 19th 2012



15907 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

nice job, nice album

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menawati
Contributing Reviewer
October 19th 2012



15907 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

"worst/best vid ever" - u mean the madness one with graham chapman ?

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
October 19th 2012



50114 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Right on man

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Ecnalzen
October 19th 2012



6500 Comments


Lately, It seems like you are always getting a couple of phantom negs, Atari.

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
October 19th 2012



50114 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

hey me too



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