Iron Maiden
Iron Maiden


4.5
superb

Review

by ExplosiveOranges USER (13 Reviews)
June 21st, 2014 | 50 replies | 709 views


Release Date: 1980 | Tracklist

Review Summary: One of the best, if not THE best heavy metal debut in the history of the genre.

5 of 5 thought this review was well written

Iron Maiden. A band. A pioneer. A legend within heavy metal. Just the name alone should be enough to inspire some sort of nostalgia within longtime hard rock and metal fans. But Maiden was not always the titan within British metal that we see now before us. Before they were selling out huge venues in South America or exploring their progressive side, the band was dealing with a vocalist that had a drug problem, controversial album art and lyrics, and production issues. And all this came together with the band’s now famous self-titled debut, “Iron Maiden”.

The first thing that becomes very noticeable early on is the fact that, among other things, the album sounds much more raw and aggressive than anything from later releases. Paul Di’Anno sticks to more of a punk-influenced snarl as opposed to later vocalist Bruce Dickinson’s operatic style of singing. Even more so, the instrumental parts have a primarily punk feel to them, more so than anything from Dickinson or Bayley’s tenures within the band. Dave Murray and Dennis Stratton’s riffs flow more quickly and have a more simplistic structure to them, while Clive Burr and Steve Harris provide a strong and steady support with quick drum beats and aggressive bass riffs.

Another aspect of the album worth noting is the production. Even though the band itself would later condemn the production job as poor quality, it actually works to the album’s benefit. The production isn’t nearly as clear and crisp as that of, say, “The Number of the Beast” or “Powerslave”, but the underproduction helps to give the LP the punky sound that NWOBHM bands had early on. And that’s where the ultimate pro of the album really comes in: it sounds like the band having a really long jam session or rehearsal, and has a much more fun, upbeat tone than later works. Even with darker tracks such as “Remember Tomorrow” or “Strange World” giving the indication of what Maiden would become, it’s the more jam-worthy songs such as “Running Free”, “Charlotte the Harlot”, “Phantom of the Opera”, or the title track that really stand out.

So, overall, in spite of all the arguments over which period of Iron Maiden’s history was best, it is undeniable that this is one of the best, if not THE best heavy metal debut in the history of the genre. And as all hard rockers and metalheads know, Maiden would only become more successful and well-known after the release of such a stellar debut.



Recent reviews by this author
Iron Maiden KillersA Slow Descent Utopias
Judas Priest Redeemer of SoulsVibrasphere Exploring the Tributaries
Rivers Of Nihil The Conscious Seed of LightThe Room Colored Charlatan Primitives
user ratings (1818)
Chart.
4.2
excellent
other reviews of this album
1 of

Comments:Add a Comment 
ExplosiveOranges
June 21st 2014



1375 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Because this needed another review. I've been on a huge writer's block lately, so this one probably turned out pretty shitty. As always, constructive criticism and feedback are welcome.

Digging: Seven Lions - Worlds Apart

menawati
Contributing Reviewer
June 21st 2014



15789 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

it is undeniable that this is one of the best, if not THE best heavy metal debut in the history of the genre

[2]

Digging: Synaesthesia (UK) - Synaesthesia

adr
June 21st 2014



1752 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

far from the best Maiden tho (well, not tha far but yea).

tempest--
June 21st 2014



12596 Comments


m/

top 3 maiden albums for me

ExplosiveOranges
June 21st 2014



1375 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Not the best, but really damn good.

menawati
Contributing Reviewer
June 21st 2014



15789 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

paul > dick

ExplosiveOranges
June 21st 2014



1375 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Don't hate on my boy Bruce.

warlordfun
June 21st 2014



383 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I agree with the summary. Also this is my favorite maiden album!

Digging: Lords Of The Crimson Alliance - Lords Of The Crimson Alliance

menawati
Contributing Reviewer
June 21st 2014



15789 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

yeh prob my favourite too alongside ssoass

warlordfun
June 21st 2014



383 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

^^couldn't agree more!

ExplosiveOranges
June 21st 2014



1375 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

The Number of the Beast is kinda overrated compared to most of Maiden's other work.

tempest--
June 21st 2014



12596 Comments


nah

adr
June 21st 2014



1752 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yes it is

ExplosiveOranges
June 21st 2014



1375 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Probably the second worst album from the Classic Dickinson era, worst being PoM.

tempest--
June 21st 2014



12596 Comments


no lol

tempest--
June 21st 2014



12596 Comments


neck

ExplosiveOranges
June 21st 2014



1375 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Well, you know, not counting No Prayer For the Dying or Fear of the Dark.

Judio!
Contributing Reviewer
June 21st 2014



4766 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

"One of the best, if not THE best heavy metal debut in the history of the genre."

Maybe one of the best, but definitely not the best. Mercyful Fate's Melissa takes that honor.

Digging: Integrity - Those Who Fear Tomorrow

adr
June 21st 2014



1752 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

^^^^^^^

ExplosiveOranges
June 21st 2014



1375 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Agreed, Judio. Black Sabbath's debut is a close contender, though.



You have to be logged in to post a comment. Login | Create a Profile





FAQ // STAFF & CONTRIBUTORS // SITE FORUM // CONTACT US

Bands: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z


Site Copyright 2005-2013 Sputnikmusic.com
All Album Reviews Displayed With Permission of Authors | Privacy Policy