Sound — 9
Maiden, what words could be used to describe the sound of the gods. A sound which has changed substantially over the years. This album consists of various of their greatest songs till 1996. It includes some of their greatest metal songs ever, including Number of the Beast, Fear of the Dark, The Trooper and Hallowed be thy Name, some of which have already become metal anthems. The album consists mainly of their heavier, more catchier and relatively shorter songs such as The Trooper. There are various heavy, solid guitar riffs, backed by some amazing bass and a solid supporting drum beat, with various drum rolls. There are also some amazing, fast and characteristic solos. Some songs include solos by more than one guitarist, providing more character to the song and versatility. Some songs also have a little synth in them, backing the main sound. Overall, the sound of this album is amazing with some great guitaring.
Lyrics — 8
Lyrics, as usual with Maiden, are very poetic. Many of the songs are related to death, satan, war or hell. However, unlike other metal albums, these lyrics are sung and give a very different form to the songs, a more subtle, entirely different feel. The versatility of Dickinsons voice is truly remarkable. He has the ability to reach extremely high notes and low notes, and change between them in a fraction of a second. He has often tried to use his voice as an instrument. But this has worked against him in some songs, for example, in Clairvoyant, the song could have been better with fewer long, elongated notes. The lyrics suit the song well on most songs, and comply and adjust to the music accordingly everywhere.
Overall Impression — 9
This album is a must buy for any person who hasn't heard Maiden till now. It gives them an insight into what Maiden will be for them, once they fully get into it. This album carries some of their best songs and is the one which got me in love with them, and forced me to get their discography and savour the brilliance of Iron Maiden. Although, some of their best songs, such as Dance of Death, have not been included in the album, for no apparent reason. A must buy for anyone new to Maiden, but if you've already heard them and liked them, I recommend you go ahead and get their other albums.