Iron Maiden
Piece of Mind


4.5
superb

Review

by YDload USER (16 Reviews)
January 14th, 2005 | 354 replies | 35,082 views


Release Date: 1983 | Tracklist


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Iron Maiden: Piece of Mind (1983)

This is Iron Maiden's fourth studio album, and their first with current drummer Nicko McBrain. In fact, every band member on this album can still be seen with the band today, so if you've ever wanted to see them on tour, this is five-sixths of the band you'll be getting:

Bruce Dickinson- Vocals (Amazing vocalist with a unique voice)
Steve Harris- Bass (Arguably the best heavy metal bassist around)
Adrian Smith- Lead/Rhythm Guitars (Great melodic, bluesy solos)
Dave Murray- Lead/Rhythm Guitars (Great shredding solos)
Nicko McBrain- Drums (Awesome drummer)

Here's the actual review:
1. Where Eagles Dare (6:10) This is a pretty good song, but for an Iron Maiden opener, it's not really that great. It's far too long, and the instrumental passage drones on without a solo for long enough to make me fear I was listening to St. Anger. But don't worry, the awesome vocals of Bruce and Steve's descriptive lyrics carry this song pretty far. 3.5/5

2. Revelations (6:48) This song starts out with a hymnal passage of some sort, but then the 'real' opening riff comes on and it is one hell of an awesome riff. Especially for how few notes it contains. But that riff is even better when it appears toward the song's end and Bruce yells "Go!" Then we get some nice solos and a quieter close to the song. 4.5/5

3. Flight of Icarus (3:50) The album's first single has a killer opening riff, then a great verse. The pre-chorus/chorus kind of runs together in an awesome display of underlying bass, and Bruce's overlapping vocals really bring this song together. The solos from who I assume is Adrian are equally impressive, especially when Bruce is singing over them. 5/5

4. Die With Your Boots On (5:25) A great opening riff doesn't really follow through in the rest of the song, in my opinion. The chorus is too long, but it's still a really great song. One of the best song titles anyway. My favorite part of the song is the rockin-out ending, especially when it leads into a classic song. 3.5/5

5. The Trooper (4:11) This is one of my favorite Iron Maiden songs ever, and also one of their most popular. The call-to-arms opening riff and the galloping bass lines fit so well with the lyrics of a soldier's futile battle that it brings shivers to my spine almost every time. Bruce's singing of Steve's lyrics and the wordless chorus really bring this song together, and it's fun to play for all you bassists out there! 5/5

6. Still Life (4:55) A bit of backwards talk brings us to the unofficial title track of the album (since it mentions the album title somewhere in the song) I like this song, especially as I listened to it in Mexico, where sacrificial religious wells abound in the Yucatan. The chorus is a bit poppy, but don't deny the power this song holds over your ears! 4.5/5

7. Quest For Fire (3:41) Some people describe this as Maiden's worst song ever. I don't know about that, but it's certainly the most anachronistic song since "Rock Me Amadeus." Dinosaurs and cavemen did not live in the same time period, you silly Brits! Other than that, I'd call this song skippable. 2/5

8. Sun and Steel (3:26) Another poppier song, but I like this one. I guess because it still manages to incorporate some galloping rhythms into it, which is always a plus for me. The chorus is sing-along quality, which isn't bad if you're not afraid to sing in the shower or something. Rambling, sorry. 3.5/5

9. To Tame a Land (7:25) In the grand tradition of epic closers, this one's another great Maiden classic. It's based off of the book "Dune," which I haven't read. But the theme is evident in that Egyptian scale also found in the band's title track to "Powerslave," so you'll get a feeling for it. The last three minutes or so of the song is instrumental, but it's a great instrumental section! Especially at the beginning, where the guitars and bass play this insanely fast riff over and over again. Definitely a challenge, just like the whole song. It closes with riff similar to the opening, with a slightly complex guitar melody. 5/5

Overall, this is another great early period Maiden album. Now you know why metal ruled the world back in the 80s; because the non-glam stuff was too awesome to ignore. 4.5/5 Overall



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MAthiAS
June 24th 2004



54 Comments


Where Eagles Dare: 3.5/5

Revelations: 5/5

Flight of Icarus: 5/5

Die With Boots on: 4.6/5 (the background "if your gonna die" part pisses me off SO MUCH, otherwise a great song)

The Trooper: 5/5

Still Life: 4.5/5

Quest for Fire: 2.5/5

Sun and Steel: 2.5/5

To Tame a Land: 5/5

Overall: 5/5 - Its an awesome album, a Maiden album, and an awesome Maiden album, how could it be less than a 5

nice review :thumb:

brycey
June 24th 2004



205 Comments


You always produce such detailed reviews YDload. I haven't got this album, but I have heard songs from it, such as "Flight Of Icarus" and "The Trooper". Great review. :thumb:

HondoII
June 24th 2004



10 Comments


great review but IMO Die with your boots on and quest for fire are AWESOME songs.

Die with your boots on (live) has so much emotion in it. the backing vocals ("if your gonna die") are awesome :P

m/

YDload
June 24th 2004



1207 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

[QUOTE=brycey]You always produce such detailed reviews YDload. I haven't got this album, but I have heard songs from it, such as "Flight Of Icarus" and "The Trooper". Great review. :thumb:[/QUOTE]

Well, those are the two best songs off that album in my opinion. Lucky you!

mexicanfloydian
June 25th 2004



165 Comments


I like this album a lot i will give it a 4/5.

mudvayne_bass_player
June 22nd 2005



71 Comments


My favorite songs off this album are Where Eagles Dare and Flight of Icarus. They rock!

barthurlong
June 28th 2005



4 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This album is great probably a 4/5. It is Maiden's third best album behind Powerslave (best metal album ever) and Number of the Beast, good review!!

evh_maiden
July 8th 2005



4 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Great review. I would have to give it a 4.5 out of 5. I would have gave where eagles dare a little higher though.

Priestmetal
July 8th 2005



542 Comments


This album is great!! I defently think The Trooper is one of the 10 best metal songs of all time.

Thor
July 19th 2005



10178 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This is probably my favorite Maiden album and one of the best records of the 80s. My favorite song is either Where Eagles Dare or The Trooper. Overall a great CD, get it now.

Artemician
August 31st 2005



26 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

My personal favorites are Flight of Icarus and To Tame a Land.

M@rty
September 4th 2005



71 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Am I wierd when I say that I only think Die With Your Boots On and The Trooper are great songs? Loads of good stuff on it, but when I compare it to the three first albums, this one is IMO not anywhere close to either of them, and the follow-up, Powerslave, was also IMO much better.

CraZdrummer
September 13th 2005



9 Comments


The Trooooooooooooper has to be their greatest song on the album!!

Hugh Jass
September 17th 2005



92 Comments


I love The Trooper and Flight to Icarus they're excellent and deserve recognition.

CraZdrummer
September 19th 2005



9 Comments


OH YEAH!!

asuds9
September 23rd 2005



5 Comments


I really like this review YDload. It is very specific and thorough. Keep it up. This album deserves a 7/10 because it just really doesn't compete with other albums.

Shattered_Future
September 23rd 2005



1539 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

^ What? BLASPHEMY!

I like this...it's not perfect, but it has its share of brilliant songs. The Trooper has officially become me and my friend's "bad moments to burst out singing" song, where we end up singing it every day before chemistry.

Also, I suspect Nicko Mcbrain has a possessed right foot...NO human can go that fast with only 1 pedal.

Brilliant review also.

Hugh Jass
September 24th 2005



92 Comments


You should consider singing it IN chemistry

Aakon_Keetreh
October 7th 2005



448 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

this cd is awsome, not as good as number of the beast, but it is an excellent cd

Kids_For_Christ
February 17th 2006



19 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

pantcream....increasing........I LOVE THIS ALBUM



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