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Iron Maiden - "Powerslave" (CD)

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"Powerslave" track listing:

1. Aces High
2. 2 Minutes To Midnight
3. Losfer Words (Big 'Orra)
4. Flash Of The Blade
5. The Duellists
6. Back In The Village
7. Powerslave
8. Rime Of The Ancient Mariner

Reviewed by on December 8, 2009

"This is one album in my collection that I want to be buried with when I bite the dust."

Iron Maiden’s 5th studio album, “Powerslave,” is their heaviest one, with the most solid riffs, choruses and song structure. Right off the back, the first track, “Aces High,” is one of those songs that stand the zeitgeist of time. Many modern bands such as Children of Bodom and Arch Enemy paid homage to this song and cover it. Let’s face it, who has not done a cover of “Aces High” at some point? Evidence points that “Powerslave” is also viewed highly by the band themselves. When I saw them in Chicago during their 2008 Somewhere Back in Time Tour, this album had the most tracks on their play list: “Aces High,” “2 Minutes to Midnight,” “Powerslave,” and “Rime of the Ancient Mariner.”

The title track is one of my favorite songs ever. I would argue that "Powerslave" has one of the most memorable riffs of all time. With the pyramid-esque, Egyptian “gallop” in that song, it immerses me completely in the moment when listening to the song. “Rime of the Ancient Mariner” (based off of Samuel Taylor Coleridge's poem of the same name) is one of those concept songs by Iron Maiden that was the first progressive song they composed. It is more than likely when a band tries something new, it gets more negative than positive reception, but this song succeeds in its epic 13 minutes, with 3 noticeable layers.

“Losfer Words (Big 'Orra)” was the first instrumental song by Iron Maiden in quite some time. The last instrumental song was played during the Di-Anno era and was sub-par compared to this epic instrumental. Of course the first instrumental, “Transylvania,” was great, but I prefer to listen to “Losfer” because it sounds more like an instrumental thrash track than any instrumental track when Di-Anno was lead singer.

This album has absolutely no flaws; I don't even think it has any minor imperfections. I cannot find a song throughout the album that is considered filler. As a long-time Iron Maiden fan, this is the album that is a must get. Even if you are not a die hard Maiden fan, this is one album that completely stands out from the rest of their discography. This is one album in my collection that I want to be buried with when I bite the dust.

Highs: Everything. One of the best riffs of all time in "Powerslave."

Lows: Nonexistent.

Bottom line: One of the best metal albums of all time!

Rated 5 out of 5 skulls
5 out of 5 skulls

Rating Description
Rated 5 out of 5 skulls Perfection. (No discernable flaws; one of the reviewer's all-time favorites)
Rated 4.5 out of 5 skulls Near Perfection. (An instant classic with some minor imperfections)
Rated 4 out of 5 skulls Excellent. (An excellent effort worth picking up)
Rated 3.5 out of 5 skulls Good. (A good effort, worth checking out or picking up)
Rated 3 out of 5 skulls Decent. (A decent effort worth checking out if the style fits your tastes)
Rated 2.5 out of 5 skulls Average. (Nothing special; worth checking out if the style fits your taste)
Rated 2 out of 5 skulls Fair. (There is better metal out there)
< 2 skulls Pretty Bad. (Don't bother)