Sound — 10
This is the album that had to be good, for the simple reason it came just a year after the 1982 masterpiece "Number Of The Beast". It definatly lived up to expectations and more. There was a new drummer in the form of Nicko McBrain and he gives a consatnly pounding a vicious assult that beggers belif. Steve Harris might just be the greatest bassist alive with his licks and insanly fast fingers. Adiran Smith and Dave Murray seem to be one of the tightest, most talented guitarists ever to grace this green earth (Janick Gers on later albums only adds to the quality). The Riffs are solid and in may cases spectacular (The Trooper and Where Eagles Dare are good examples of the latter description). The guitar solos simply blow the mind and just make you want to stand up in awe of all of them.
Lyrics — 10
Bruce Dickinson seems to be an unstopable voice for Rock music and this album was only his second Iron Maiden effort but he seems to fit right in and prove instantky what an insane voice he truly is. War Metal was started by the lyrics on this album. Where Eagles Dare, Die With Your Boots on and The Trooper paved the way for other Metal songs about war such as "Aces High" which is on "Powerslave" and "One" by Metallica.
Overall Impression — 10
This album was released in the same year as "Kill 'Em All" by Metallica and "Another Perfect Day" by Motorhead. It had to be something against suck blisteringly good oppostion and thankfully it succeded. The best songs on this album are actually the first 5, which are Where Eagles Dare, Revelations, Flight of the Icarus, The Trooper and Die with your boots on. The personify what Iron Maiden is all about and seems just to carry on where "Number Of The Beast" left off, blistering riffs and insane Guitar solos everywhere proving that this, plus good lyrics are all that are needed to be a great metal band. I am going to say that overall this album is 10 out of 10 in all departments because it was under so much pressure and had so much to deliver and it delivered more than anyone expected. One of the Great Metal albums.