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Saturday, December 23, 2017

Album Review: Iron Maiden - Powerslave (1984)

I always loved The Number of the Beast by Iron Maiden, and I always thought no other album by the band could possibly ever top it, or at best, get close to it.  But that was until I heard Powerslave.  Long missing from my Iron Maiden collection, I recently (and finally!) got around to buying it, and in the process, filled a gap that desperately needed to be filled.  And no, it isn't as good as The Number of the Beast, but it's pretty damn close.  And like The Number of the Beast, it's easy to listen to from start to finish.  There aren't any real fillers on this album, and of course that's never a bad thing.  A couple of the band's biggest hits are on here - "Aces High", "2 Minutes to Midnight" are the two opening tracks.  There's also a brilliant instrumental track here too - "Losfer Words (Big 'Orra)", and the album concludes on a strong note with the 13 minute long "Rime of the Ancient Mariner."  In the end, this album for me at least proved a timely reminder for why I love heavy metal music so much.  Of course, I've said that a million times on this blog.  But this time, the feeling is all mine.  Bloody marvelous.  A