With an amazing riff and anthemic chorus, coupled with Nicko McBrain’s sick fills, “Aces High” is a truly epic metal tune that vividly illustrates the intensity of a high flying dogfight. Best viewed without Internet Explorer, in x resolution or higher. That’s why people feel reticent to argue with this album in terms of quality and style: But this album is not known as mostly filler-less for nothing, and indeed, the title track then comes pounding in with a mighty riff that reminds me why I love Maiden so much. I have done it myself, and it is truly epochal and wondrous. Amazing riffs and catchy guitar harmonies?
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That’s why, even if there are some little negative points to mention related to some of the songs, this is album in all its imperfect perfection is one of my favourite albums of all maoden and has been my favourite Iron Maiden record for a long while!
The song is a true Maiden classic. Finally something I can hear. The album opener, “Aces High”, is a furious song that absolutely rips live and sets the highest expectations for the rest of the album. Gotta love those riffs though, even if not that much really happens, and that up-tempo section is so worthy I can almost forget the silly spoken mqiden and drawn out “ambient” bits.
Today, I must admit that there is no negative point to find within this great title song. Powerslave has been held up as probably Iron Maiden’s greatest album and, despite my fondness for Killers and the classic status of The Number of the BeastI wouldn’t dispute that. MetalSupremacyFebruary 17th, A really big disappointment. But alas, I must go on.
Let’s talk about how Bruce Dickinson with a little arranging help from Steve came up with arguably the 7th wonder of Maiden’s catalogue, the title track. Bruce’s performance here, while strong, is still not my favourite from him – when he tries a more subtle approach it usually works much better.
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There’s even Maiden’s last instrumental piece, “Losfer Words” geddit? Every album after Number Of The Beast almost feels like a game of “top this”, as each successive record aspired to new heights; Piece Of Mind took the epic elements of the aforementioned album and turned it into an entire album, setting Jaiden almost completely apart from the rest of the NWOBHM with its proto-power metal sound.
Very few albums are like that, and that’s another part of this record’s charm, I guess. I have done poewrslave myself, and it is truly epochal and wondrous. Taking ‘Rime of the Ancient Mariner’ as the most extreme example, the 13 minute song kicks off with a strong mid-paced riff and moves quickly into Dickinson’s narrative, then rests in the middle of the song in the fashion of the becalmed seaman.
Apparently the answer that occurred to them is ‘make it long The lyrics are a sequel of sorts to The Prisoner from Number Powerslavee The Beast, and really, do such lyrics belong on an album about dogfights, war, swordfights, pharaohs, and sailing ships? Back in the fall season ofthe new crop of s heavy metal scene was still pretty much in its early stages. Following the conclusion of their highly successful World Piece Tour in Decemberduring which Iron Maiden headlined large venues and arenas in the US for the first time in their career,  the band took three weeks off in Januarybefore regrouping at Le Chalet Hotel in Jersey where they rehearsed for six weeks.
The album cover art of an Egyptian carved Eddie is very fitting, considering Maiden is eternal and will be remembered always.
It goes back and forth like this for a while and then ends. Featuring their goriest lyrics, catchiest riffs, and most memorable chorus after Run to the Hills, 2 Minutes to Midnight serves as essentially the perfect testament to what Iron Maiden is and also serves as a great introduction. God I love this fucking song.
These factors all help in making “Powerslave” ;owerslave one of my favourite Maiden album, challenged only by “The Number of the Beast” and “Killers” – but the biggest part is of course the songwriting, as it is the only Iron Maiden album without a single weak track to be found.
The drums are feet-tappingly excellent and keeping in mind that tracks like “Aces High” were done with only one bass drum just pushes Nicko’s musical talents high above the rest of his piers.
Especially the chorus is great. McBrain hits the snare and The Duellists powerslace off. If there is any quintessential Iron Maiden song that displays everything that makes this band great and so beloved by their fans, it would be this song. Retrieved 1 April This was really due to poaerslave own misguided beliefs about the album’s “metalness”, which in turn came from me not having actually listened to it properly. You think Powerslave, Aces High is the first song to come to mind, a fast, ripping number that leaves your neck sore and throat aching.
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The first is 2 Minutes To Midnight, and you won’t hear any arguments for me. The classical sounding guitar harmonies to “Aces High” are right up there with the maidn from ‘s Piece Of Mind while Harris’s bass relentlessly pokes around like Osiris’ royal scepter, jiggling with reckless abandon on “Two Minutes To Midnight”, which he imbues with its own special undertow.
Every member of the band reaches the peak of their instrumental game here, and it is not a peak that will disappear after one album though it might start to erode live performance wise as a result of too many booked dates on the World Slavery Tour, but I digress.