Sound — 10
I own every Maiden CD, know every song by heart down to the solos, and I must say that if Powerslave is not their best album, it is at least their most accessible, and unlike it's predecessor, Piece Of Mind, their most consistent album. Overall, the band sounded their best on Powerslave. Bruce's singing on this one is better than on any album, even The Number of the Beast. The guitars sound really metallic and the solo's are fast and their's plenty of them. Mr. McBrain also shows his skills on the skins. Some of maiden's best songs are on this Album.
Lyrics — 10
01. Aces High - about the German blitz against Britain in WWII. Bruce's singing on this song is probably his all-time best. He can't sing this one anymore. The lyrics are very descriptive and give you a vivid image in your head 2. 2 Minutes To Midnight - the first Maiden song I ever heard! Possibly their best ever. The song is about nuclear proliferation and war, but the great thing about it is that the lyrics never say anything about nukes or bombs or anything. You just know. That is why Maiden rules. The solos are melodic and slower than usual, which gives the mid section a nice mood. 03. Losfer Words (Big 'Orra) - the last instrumental Maiden would release. And it's a good one. Great pounding riffs, sweet solos that switch between slow and fast. Drumming is great too. 04. Flash Of The Blade - about some dude who is a Hero with a sword. Sort of fantasy-like. Nice sing-along chorus, but overall an average song 05. Duellists -another sword song? This time about gentlemen who do fancy sword duels to the death. Nice basswork (as usaual) by 'arry. Ok song overall 06. Back In The Village - I have no idea what this song is about. Pretty sweet opening riff by Adrian. Annoying chorus though. 07. Powerslave - here's where it gets intense. A song about ancient Egyptian kings who are revered as deities. Written by Bruce, all by his big self. Awesome main riff, great drumming, and the best part is the long interlude solo by Dave, with a sweat creamy bassline by Steve. Then it busts out into an allout shred fest as Dave and Adrian lay down their best. Ends in a big way. Great song. 08. Rhime If The Ancient Mariner - Maiden's longest song, clocking in at 13:34. And it is perhaps the greatest 13 and a half minute song ever. Great driving riffs, numerous tempo changes, excellent lyrics, and brilliant vocals by Bruce. The solo by Adrian even contains some sweeps. Based on a 19th century poem by the same name by Samuel Tyler Colleridge (sp? ). A sea captain who kills a "bird of good omen" and the sea gods get pissed off and kill his crew and sink his ship. One of Maidens best songs.
Overall Impression — 10
Maiden's fifth album, really pushed them to the forefront of mid-'80s metal in the US. With the exception of a shaky midsection, the album delivers a great list of songs that you will be singing out loud all day. Maiden are the best band ever. And this album proves it.