Sound — 10
This is the album that secured the reputation of the kings of British metal. This has crunching guitars, a huge bass sound, awesome drums and killer vocals. Technically, as an excersize in ability, it was a revelution at the time and is still looked upon for inspiration today.
Lyrics — 10
Bruce Dickinson is one of the incredible singers in the world full stop. He can give evil scowls, high pitched monster screams and simple stringing together words better than anyone else. He is a true genius that can only be matched by the like of Joey Ballorama (I think) of Anthrax and Rob Halford of Judas Preist. Truly unbeatable. Also, Steve Harris and the rest of the band can also write stunnung lyrics that tell stories that some bands just can't even dream of writing. The Title track in particular is stunning lyrically.
Overall Impression — 10
"Aces High" and "2 Minutes To Midnight," the 2 singles from the album are classic Iron Maiden tracks with huge riffs, insane choruses and mind bogoling solo's. Adrian Smith's solo in "2 Minutes To Midnight" is particularly impressive. The middle 4 tracks aren't bad but not up to Iron Maiden standard, but better than most bands could come up with. "Powerslave" and "The Rime Of The Aincient Mariner," the last 2 tracks on the album, take up the length of songs and brings back the quality of the ealiest 2 tracks. "Rime Of The Aincient Mariner" is 13 Minutes long. That is insanely long, it is more like a opera than a heavy metal song. Overall, this album is almost as good as "Number Of The Beast" but dosen't have the consistency. Still a classic record. Iron Maiden's latest efforts "Brave New World" and "Dance Of Death" are both better but this is the record that secured the reputation of Iron Maiden. The greatest metal band to ever come out of Britan, possibly even the world.