Iron Maiden
Piece of Mind


5.0
classic

Review

by Angmar USER (24 Reviews)
September 21st, 2006 | 22 replies


Release Date: 1983 | Tracklist

Review Summary: So In conclusion this album is a classic. When I listen I rarely skip a track. Besides it is Iron Maiden what more could you want? Surely though this is my favorite Maiden album partly because it introduced me to them by being the first I bough and sec

In 1992 after hooking up with their most popular singer ever Bruce Dickinson Iron Maiden Released the Smash hit The Number of the Beast. Many believed that this album could not be beaten that it was just too good. After many sales and success with the album they continued their music writing by releasing the next album in 1993 Piece of Mind. This album proved that maybe Iron Maiden could top The Number of the Beast and that maybe the band had finally reached their full potential. So let’s discuss how this album could have possibly beaten The Number of the Beast shall we?

Iron Maiden is
Bruce Dickinson- Lead Vocals
Steve Harris- Bass Guitar
Dave Murray- Lead Guitar
Nicko McBrain- Drums
Adrian Smith- Lead Guitar

Vocals
Bruce Dickinson is largely regarded as possibly the best metal vocalist of all time. This is a very agreeable statement; Bruce’s vocals are not annoying or lacking in any way. It is almost as though that Iron Maiden could not possibly do any better. Bruce has a higher voice much like many other bands tried to do such as some of the hair metal bands of the 80’s. But unlike those Hair Metal bands Bruce can actually sing and well too and some tracks that show off his great voice a lot include:Where Eagles Dare, Flight of the Icarus, The Trooper and To Tame a Land. Aside From being Standout Tracks themselves they are excellent examples of how well he can sing. So in conclusion Bruce’s voice is best shown on this album and he is the best well known singer in Metal period.

Guitar
The Twin guitars in this album by the two lead guitarists Dave Murray and Adrian Smith are very impressive. Although neither of these guitarists is legendary they still provide the band with some great riffs and excellent solos. Unlike much more generic music the solos are not just a plucking version of the main riff, they are dynamic and fast paced. A couple songs in this album such as Where Eagles Dare have a 3 or 4 minute period of nothing but instrumentals which isn’t bad but can seem to drag on for a bit. To Tame a Land is easily the home to the best solo on the album although it is not overly complicated is probably my personal favorite. All together Dave and Adrian provide some catchy and excellent riffs and great solos on this album.

Bass
Instrumentally the most talented member of the band would be Iron Maidens Bassist Steve Harris. All throughout the album Steve provides complicated and very impressive bass lines. These are no ordinary bass lines that are just a lower version of the main riff these are fast paced lines that merge perfectly into the whole song itself. You can also always here Steve unlike many other bands where it is drained out by the guitars, vocals and drums. Out of all the songs on this album my favorite bass line has to be The Trooper it just blends so perfectly with the entire song. And as well as being a great bass player Steve is probably the best song writer out of all the members. I would say out of Metal Steve Harris is surely one of the best bassists out there.

Drums
In 1993 before Piece of Mind was released Iron Maidens original drummer Clive Burr departed from the band and the infamous Nicko McBrain joined the band. Clive Burr’s departure was never a joyful thing but it is my belief that Nicko is a superior drummer. As we all know Drumming is a very important deal in metal and Mr. McBrain certainly gets the job done. Drumming is never out of place on this album he always keeps the beat and always has a couple little drumming tricks up his sleeve. The biggest shining moment for Nicko is in the song Where Eagles Dare with the intro and throughout the rest of the song he continues to be the standout musician in the song. The truth is Nicko will probably never match up to drummers like Neil Peart but for now he is quite well where he is.

Lyrics
For those of you who see an Iron Maiden shirt and think SATANICA in you brain you need too look past Eddies antics and actually listen to the music and its lyrics. Iron Maiden is not an evil band most of their lyrics are about war such as in songs like The Trooper. Out of all of Iron Maidens albums this one of not the best lyrically, but it is still excellent. Revelations by far delivers the best lyrics in the album like this passage “O god of Earth and Altar, Bow down and hear our cry, Our earthly rulers falter, Our people drift and die, The walls of gold entomb us, The swords of scorn divine, Take not thy thunder from us, But take away our pride.”. Out of all Maiden songs this one probably has my favorite lyrics. One song in particular stands out for being lacking in good lyrics and that would be Quest for Fire. But throughout the whole album the lyrics prove to be excellent as always for Iron Maiden.

Album art and booklet
Although not the most important matter in an album it is still worth discussing. This album has some very memorable art like many Iron Maiden covers, and it is Eddie in a padded room in a straight jacket chained to the walls by a collar. Many people look at this depiction of an insane zombie and think that Iron Maiden is one of those dark screaming bands well you’re wrong. All I can say is do not let Iron Maidens cover art discourage you from buying it no matter how much it discourages you’re parents. And Iron Maiden is one of my favorite bands for booklets. The little sleeve comes with all lyrics attached and loads of pictures of the band with their instruments and all sorts of antics. So for Iron Maiden the cover art is good and the booklet is excellent.

Short TBT

Where Eagles Dare- This is the perfect opener for this album. Starts off with an excellent drum intro and goes into some great guitar work. This song is also a Bruce Standout and shows off his voice perfectly. Only think I do not like about this song is the sort of dragging musical interlude but that’s it. 4.5/5

Revelations- Like I said earlier this one probably contains my favorite Iron Maiden lyrics ever and has some great guitar work as well. It is a slower song never really speeds up too much. Very solid, worth a listen. 4.5/5

Flight of the Icarus- One of my favorites off the album also one of the singles. This is possibly the catchiest song on the album but it is not too catchy. More proof that Bruce can sing and that the rest of the band can play. The song also has a nice solo. Not a very long song but still a good one. 5/5

Die with you’re boots on- This song is one of the weaker on the album. I really enjoy the opening guitar and bass is excellent. Lyrically it isn’t great and the backup vocals are kind of annoying but still a good song not worth skipping by any means. 4/5

The Trooper- Another single off the album. This is one of Iron Maidens most well known songs and for a good reason. The songs main guitar lines rules and the lyrics are excellent. A good lengthy song not too long not too short and is all together very solid. 5/5

Still Life- Starts off with what I believe is a backwards message, not sure what it’s saying. Throughout the song it gets faster; starts off quite slow then gets gradually faster and does a great job at it. The drums are a definite standout on this track. The song is a gem all together. 5/5

Quest for fire- This is the weakest track on the album. Unlike many others though I do not hate this song I actually enjoy it sometimes. Lyrically though this song isn’t good. And the instrumentals are average but Bruce is still good. Average that’s all this song is. 3/5

Sun and Steel- Another quite catchy song. I have always had a soft spot for this song. The instrumentals are good and it’s very Traditional Iron Maiden. The thing I love most is the chorus and the solo ain’t bad either. 4.5/5

To Tame A land- arguably the best track on the album. To tame a land with some nice guitar work then it just kicks it up. As usual Iron Maiden ends with a bang on their albums and this song is just the traditional amazing ender from Iron Maiden. 5/5

Top 3 songs
To Tame a land
The Trooper
Flight of the Icarus

Pros.
Great Music as usual
Great Vocals by Bruce
Awesome Bass guitar work
Great lyrics
Friendly for all ages
Not annoying metal
It’s Iron Maiden

Cons.
Quest for fire is just average
Cover art may discourage some from buying it


Final Score 5/5



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Angmar
September 22nd 2006


2688 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Sorry bout some errors i cant get into the edit feature at the moment.



Stupid Dial Up

CanonInD
September 22nd 2006


359 Comments


stevo this isnt half bad. nice work.

Bfhurricane
September 22nd 2006


6247 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This is a good review, though theres some grammar issues it doesnt matter. I think this review could have been fine without the TBT and a little more depth but its still good as it is.

skeggjadr
September 22nd 2006


11 Comments


I read in an interview that cos of all the crap Maiden got in America for being so called "devil worshippers", they put in that part that sounds like a backwards message just to take the piss. It's actually just Nicko talkin nonsense lol.

It's awesome that such a great band don't take themselves too seriously.

Good review too. This album is solid.This Message Edited On 09.22.06

spoon_of_grimbo
September 22nd 2006


2241 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

apart from the bit where you said the guitarists aren't legendary (what the hell are you smoking?!), i pretty much agree with this review.



probably my favourite maiden album, and its nice to see "sun and steel" getting some recognition, its such an underrated song!

Altmer
September 22nd 2006


5703 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

maiden guitars have had such a big influence on the metal scene it's not funny, the maiden guitars are holy

Mikesn
Emeritus
September 22nd 2006


3708 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I don't know about holy guitars...:p



I liked the lyrics off Quest for Fire. They make me giggle. Like Dethklok.



"As they fought a vicious angry battle

To save the power of light and heat"

Or the high voice Bruce uses at th eend of the second line. Hehehe

Redmandepot42
September 22nd 2006


16 Comments


My bro aint getting much approval for this is he...This Message Edited On 09.22.06

Intransit
September 22nd 2006


2797 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

this format is so dumb, I cant even be bothered to read it.

Angmar
September 22nd 2006


2688 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

what is so bad about it not much different than many other review formats.This Message Edited On 09.22.06

MarchOfThePigs
October 2nd 2006


11 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

this is quite a good review, but you called "Die With Your Boots On" a weak track and f***ed the whole thing up.







canadianterrorist666
October 2nd 2006


21 Comments


this album was in 83, and Beast was 82, not 93 and 93.

Anyways, imma buy this as my next Maiden album after BNW and Powerslave.




Edit: I forgot, Clive Burr wasn't their first drummer, he joined in '79, and maiden was formed it '74 i think. This Message Edited On 10.02.06

Angmar
October 4th 2006


2688 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Damn i ur right I missed the 90s thing ill edit

666maiden
November 7th 2006


17 Comments


maiden was officialy formed in 1976. sorry, i'm so obsessed with maiden, i don't know what to do. these are the albums to get in order.

1. Powerslave
2. Piece of mind
3. Number Of The Beast
4. Brave new World
5. Iron Maiden or Killers
6. A matter of life and death
7. Fear of the dark

and those are all the albums you need.

Aeksis8745
November 7th 2006


450 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

What about Somewhere in Time. That is an Iron Maiden classic.

wakeupdead
April 5th 2007


2229 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

In 1992 after hooking up with their most popular singer ever Bruce Dickinson Iron Maiden Released the Smash hit The Number of the Beast.
you still didnt edit vthis like you said you would like 6 months ago. This album is okay, but I much prefered NOTB and Powerslave.

Yazz_Flute
July 18th 2007


18964 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

A great album, Powerslave is definately better, not sure if its better than NOTB or not, ill say equal for now (other than tracks 7-8 every song on this album is damn good) Still Life is my favorite on the album, i'd say its Maiden's best "ballad" (unless Hallowed be Thy Name is considered a ballad)

Digging: Caligula's Horse - Rise Radiant

Mikesn
Emeritus
July 18th 2007


3708 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I don't really consider either of them ballads, but I really enjoy both.



Oh yeah, nd I think you should go for either Somewhere In Time or Seventh Son of a Seventh Son next. Dance of Death is great for their newer sound though, depends what you're interested in.This Message Edited On 07.17.07

Yazz_Flute
July 18th 2007


18964 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Ill probably go for somewhere in time. I do oly own Maiden's third through fifth albums though so maybe a more recent album would be nice.

mandan
March 1st 2012


13409 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Bruce has a higher voice much like many other bands tried to do such as some of the hair metal bands of the 80’s. But unlike those Hair Metal bands Bruce can actually sing and well too and some tracks that show off his great voice a lot include:Where Eagles Dare, Flight of the Icarus, The Trooper and To Tame a Land.Aside From being Standout Tracks themselves they are excellent examples of how well he can sing. So in conclusion Bruce’s voice is best shown on this album and he is the best well known singer in Metal period.




Excessively redundant statement. Not only does it come off as fanboyish, it really needs some proofreading.



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