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Iron Maiden

Iron Maiden

1980

Iron Maiden

Album Summary

Iron Maiden is the debut studio album by English heavy metal band Iron Maiden, released on 14 April 1980 by EMI Records in the UK and Harvest and Capitol Records in the US. The North American version included the song "Sanctuary", released in the UK as a non-album single. In 1998, along with the rest of the band's pre-1995 releases, Iron Maiden was remastered with "Sanctuary" added in all territories. However, 2014 vinyl reissues, 2015 digital releases and 2018 CD reissues use the original track listing across the globe. It is the band's only album to feature guitarist Dennis Stratton. Although Iron Maiden have since criticised the quality of the album's production, the release was met with critical and commercial success, peaking at number four on the UK Albums Chart and helping the band achieve prominence in mainland Europe.

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Thu Apr 29 2021
1

Two things I must say about this one. First, it's a very good example of heavy metal from the late 70s early 80s. Second, I hate heavy metal from the late 70s early 80s.

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Thu Jan 20 2022
2

Guitar masturbation with a touch of prog

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Tue Dec 01 2020
5

Doubtlessly one of heavy metal's all-time most influential albums (with this release, Iron Maiden helped Judas Priest to plant the seeds for speed, thrash, and progressive metal.) It's also one of the finest debuts ever recorded by any band in the history of heavy metal. The band's vocals would become more memorable and expansive on later releases (especially after Bruce Dickinson replaced Paul Di'anno as singer in 1982), but musically, Iron Maiden were in top form on this 1980 album. There's just so much to enjoy on every one of these songs, and man, do they rock! They're fast, exciting, catchy, and super infectious. From front to back, this disc has palpable energy, irresistible hooks, impressive guitar work (including wailing solos) from Dave Murray and Dennis Stratton, prominent bass notes, and bouncy, toe-tapping drum beats galore!

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Sat Mar 13 2021
4

Finally a metal album on this thing, but it's the crappy end of maiden. The first album is alright, there are a few good songs on it but the singing is shithouse. Still, even the crappy end of maiden is pretty good. The guitar and bass is fuckin great, and Transylvania is one hell of a tune. 4/5.

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Fri Jan 29 2021
2

Can we just look at the cover and make comments on that? I don't think I've ever heard this entire album. Through a long backward lens it sounds like an amalgam of Motorhead (although less badass), Deep Purple (although less talented), and Status Quo. Yes, Status Quo: There are in fact little bits of high-energy boogie in here. Can't help but feel that with the timing, Rob Reiner had to have been aware of Iron Maiden when he made "This Is Spinal Tap" over the next couple of years. (Released in '84) Not that the film was all about just I.M., but the genre was definitely hitting its fix-your-hair-and-crank-everything-to-11 stride after a slow build all during the 70s. YEAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!

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Tue Mar 30 2021
5

Iron Maiden’s brutal debut is a classic. It’s just raw energy captured in 8 tracks of brilliance.

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Sun Nov 29 2020
4

Arguably the better of the two Di’Anno albums and a reliable ‘go to’ album that will always deliver the goods. Running Free, Phantom of the Opera and Iron Maiden are still highlights in any Maiden set. N.B. Paul Di’Anno is just a bit of a twat

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Tue Mar 09 2021
4

Very raw Iron Maiden. Some songs really stood out but yeah solid 3.5

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Fri Mar 12 2021
4

Not quite the personality of the later Maiden, but you can hear them slowly developing their signature style. Great rock album!

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Sun May 09 2021
4

Man I have been so wrong in my assumptions of Iron Maiden for way too long after listening to this album. Perhaps it’s the hideous character used in all their art work or the millions of 80’s tragic bogan followers but I had always viewed their music the same as a lot of average metal from the same era. These tracks are so much more defined and ‘musical’ than expected. The fact I can also hear where early Metallica gained their inspiration also gives this album a huge amount of credit and respect. Never judge a book by it’s horrible cover art. 4 Stars!

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Thu Apr 08 2021
4

Up the Irons! Definitely a bigger fan of Bruce’s output with the band but still some great songs on here

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Thu Apr 01 2021
4

Prowler is a great opening track and made me immediately rethink Iron Maiden. The drums on Running Free are gloooorious; the sheer rock and roll release that is Phantom of the Opera defines classic rock. The whole album does, if I could bottle classic rock for someone this is it. I'm not a huge Iron Maiden fan but the musicality and muscularity of this album is nothing if not hugely impressive.

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Mon Nov 22 2021
4

It’s always a shock loading up some Iron Maiden and not getting Bruce on the mic, but this record holds its own as a debut. The biggest draw is the playing; top notch across the board. Even Paul bring his on style that really feels his own. I see why this really ushered in NWOBHM. The biggest drawbacks here are the production and songwriting. The rawness really makes it sound more thin than aggressive; not fitting for their style IMO. And while the songwriting isn’t bad per se, it doesn’t reach the heights that many of their later masterpieces showcase.

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Wed May 19 2021
3

ну бля. соррян, господа митолизды, но почти ничего в душе не затронуло (хотя как раз к айрон мейдену я как-то всегда более благосклонно относился, чем к дичи типа слейера или мегадефа). Альбом 80-го года, конечно навевает мысли, что дохуя новаторство для своего времени, но как учил мудрец «Важно ли глядеть на груду кирпичей, когда построен пиздатый дом? Да не очень». Но для адекватности отбросил оценку звучания, ибо все понимаю, в 80м году вероятно ещё слабое представление имели о том, как должна тяжелая музыка звучать. А по композиторству ну что сказать... довольно дрочево, как по мне. Риффаков эпохальных не завезли, разве что чистый перебор в третьей песне звучит как что-то вневременное. И вообще баллады хорошие, обе. Не прям топ-10, но приятные, вокалист чутко так воет, аж яички холодеют немного. Помимо них ещё первую песню можно назвать хайлайтом — неплохая мелодия, вокал отрывистый и маломузыкальный, но для жанра норм. Ничем не обоснованные замедления я, скрипя зубами, стерпел, тоже вроде особенность. Но дальше, блен... Ну вторая песня вообще худшая на альбоме, вероятно. Запомнилась только одна припевная фраза и звуки сирены (банально пиздец, но опять же делаем скидку на время, спасибо что хоть отрывки из новостей не вставили). Потом Ранинг Фри — ну это совсем хуета. За всю песню мы слышим её название 32 раза (если условно считать заикания «айми раннинг... айм раннинг»). Я ебал, сука, айм ранинг фри, е, айм ранинг фри... Здесь даже рифмы нет! Фу блять, фу нахуй. В Фантоме Оперы есть зачатки годноты, но основа трека — бессмысленная дрочь с очень условным развитием, больше похоже на гитарные упражнения. Ещё и театральщина какая-то, которой фанатом никогда не был. Ну и вокал на манер армейской кричалки чет совсем аппетит отбивает. В Трансильвании какие-то шведские фолк-мотивы, как будто инфламес слушаю альбом, конечно, опередил самих инфламес на 10 лет, но всё же в плане нордического фолка я скорее доверюсь им по праву рождения, здесь же не то чтобы напрягает... просто какой-то несерьёзностью сразу веет. Я вообще довольно негативно к фолку отношусь, как по мне его надо максимально аккуратно эксплуатировать, чтобы не вышло какой-то банальной хуйни, убивающей всю эпичность но в целом трек не то чтобы плохой, просто хуй не возбуждает Ну дальше там проходняк какой-то, и заканчивается все кавером на Whenever Wherever Шакиры. Ход, безусловно, смелый и уважабельный, но текст зря изменили, какая-то влажная кровавая фантазия... ну цэ немного слишком для меня, кринж же. В целом не говно, конечно, просто дистиллированный митол — не моё, по всей видимости, плюс такой старый. Должное отдать могу, поэтому сойдусь на оценке чуть больше середняковой, 6/10.

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Sat Jul 31 2021
3

I honestly wanted to hate this but it wasn't so bad and I actually liked a couple songs

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Fri Mar 26 2021
1

So this is the band from those hoodies (you know the ones) they are black, have an album cover on the front and and stink of B.O. I guess if your into iron maiden then you are into IRON MAIDEN because every song is the same.

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Thu Apr 22 2021
5

It’s hard to not prefer the Bruce fronted band but the first two albums kick so much ass too. Great songs that they still play live like Running Free and Ofc Iron Maiden is just a testament to how timeless this album is

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Wed Jan 27 2021
5

ja vad ska man säga. en odödlig jävla klassiker. man får en tår i ögat när man tänker på clive burr på trummorna.

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Fri Jan 15 2021
5

Even without ol Bruce-y boy, they sure as shit set the tone for all their music to come. The confidence in their foundations is exemplified very well.

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Tue May 04 2021
5

I'm cool with Iron Maiden

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Wed Jan 20 2021
5

Really nice throwback to the younger power metal years. Loved it...

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Wed Mar 17 2021
5

Qua heavy metal komt er niks boven Iron Maiden, en dan ook nog eens dit legendarische album met Paul

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Thu Jun 24 2021
5

Freakin rulez

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Tue Mar 16 2021
5

Really good songs and most of them were first hearings

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Wed Mar 17 2021
5

This is perfect

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Thu Apr 01 2021
5

One of my favorite albums so far with plenty of songs I have added to my regular playlists. Prowler and Phantom of the Opera especially hit home with me.

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Wed May 19 2021
5

Когда меня просили назвать 5 альбомов, чтобы въехать в митол, я среди прочих называл этот. Да и ща бы назвал, наверное. Даже несмотря на осознание ностальгии. Стив Харрис вроде говорил, что мол первый альбом ты пишешь всю жизнь, а второй - когда скажет лейбл. Если бы у Iron Maiden вышел только этот альбом, его уже можно было бы считать нехуёвым делом жизни, в самто деле. Prowler врывается, своей энергией будто открывая новую эпоху роцка и митола, 80-е. Объединяя в себе черты пунка и существовавшего хард-роцка с митолом прокладывает путь всей последующей митольной годноте, спид-митолу, трэш-митолу и иже с ними. Sanctuary звучит немного инородно, слишком прямолинейно, роцк-н-ролльно шоль, митолу не хватат. Не особо мудрено, что трек был присобачен к альбому лишь опосля, а отродясь являлся синглом. Remember Tomorrow разъёбывает просто своей прогрессивной структурой, разнообразными и гармонично сплетёнными партиями и переходами. Хуки просто за яйца цепляют. Running Free звучит как марш, как гимн. Лаконичный и красивый. Даже фрагменты, где просто удары ту, ту-ду, ту-ду ту-ду не напрягают. Вокальная партия - просто блядоход. Phantom of the Opera... то, как я хотел бы видеть прог-митол тех лет. Или арт-митол, не ебёт. Хотел бы побольше такого, чтобы там агрессивные моменты менялись мелодичными и немного шутливыми, это всё отдавало нотками классической музыки, да ещё соляки заставляли позабыть, что вообще-то тут и вокалист есть, менялся доминантный инструмент, они друг друга поддерживали и развивали мотив, не уходя далеко от изначальной темы, и чтобы это было одновременно и доступно, и комплексно, как 2112 от Rush... но подобного саунда, сука, почти больше то и нет! Ни в последующем творчестве Iron Maiden, ни в чьём-либо ещё. Разве что проблесками в качестве отдельных треков, инструменталы Метлы чем-то подобным веют. Transylvania - сильнейший инструментальный трек, балдёжные темы, балдёжные партии, балдёжная структура, разнообразный, энергичный, красивый. Кайфово переходит в следующюю композиуцию. Strange World если врубить левому, он задумается над тем, митол ли это. Впрочем, на то они и баллады. Эта может показаться немного наивной и прямолинейной. Я всё же полагаю, что в меру. Всё на месте, мелодишно, красиво. Charlotte The Harlot уводит баланс альбома назад к пунку и хард-роцку, для разнообразия норм трек, но, как и Sanctuary, выкинь - хуже бы не стало особо. Iron Maiden. Ну в этом треке прекрасно всё, название, наличие в соответствующем альбоме, исполнение одноимённой группой. Барабанны, гитары, вокальные партии, соляки, переходы. Главный мотив разъёбывает, простой, запоминающий и мелодичный. Конец трека прекрасно обрамляет и весь альбом. Фух, выдохнул. Ну бля, это было охуенно. Уж вуз три года, как закончил, а до сих пор альбом школьного времени щеновий восторг вызывает. На самом деле, как никакой другой альбом Iron Maiden, несмотря на то, что главный фронтмен, Брюс Дикинсон, ещё даже не пришёл. Пол Ди’Анно меньше на себя одеяло перетягивал, от него больше веяло молодостью и энергией, а от Дикинсона больше театральщиной будет веять. Всё же с высоты прожитых лет дебютник могу назвать любимейшим альбомом в дискографии Iron Maiden. Продуманный, лаконичный, мелодичный, разнообразный, запоминающийся. Тупа эталон пиздатого музла. И вроде бы въехал в него изначально быстро, а до сих пор не отпускает. Вот чего-то подобного и ждал от списка 1001 альбомов. А этого, сука, не завозят. Была бы воля, поставил 10 из 5, тупо чтоб когда остальные мой энтузиазм не разделят, средняя вышла бы пиздатой всё равно. Ну да ладно, похуй, просто буду морально готов, что пятёр боле не будэ. Главное, что я сам вроде пояснил, чё по чём.

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Thu May 13 2021
5

De Facto 1980 rock/metal Lots of tempo/timing/mood changes

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Mon Aug 30 2021
5

Classic metal album. Really does everything I want an 80s metal album to do.

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Sat Oct 09 2021
5

Okay, as a hater of heavy metal in general, I am surprisingly in love with this music. Cheerful and energetic shit.

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Mon Oct 11 2021
5

-Something about 'Prowler" -"Remember tomorrow" is a pretty cool ballad-type song -"Running Free" is a great, anthemic-type song. Great to, like, chant along to -"Charlotte the Harlot" is a great jam, and the vocal rhythm of the chorus is pretty cool -"Iron Maiden" from "Iron Maiden" by "Iron Maiden" -Great bass that is pretty high in the mix for metal across the whole album -Whole album is great

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Wed Oct 20 2021
5

9/10

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Mon Oct 25 2021
5

Tal vez es muy obvio darle cinco estrellas, pero en verdad creo que, especialmente para ser un debut, es un discazo. Y tan es así que a la fecha la banda sigue tocando casi en cada concierto 4 de esas rolas. Estoy seguro que hay discos posteriores de Maiden que me gustan más, pero eso no le quita mérito a este que deja muy claro que buscaban un sonido y un estilo que hasta la fecha nadie tenía y aquí ponen los cimientos para eso.

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Mon Oct 25 2021
5

Gran disco debut de una de las bandas líderes del NWOBHM lleno de energía y poder. 8 canciones, 37 minutos, contundente y sin miramientos como un batazo a la cabeza. Suben y bajan de velocidad cuando es requerido y lo hacen excelentemente. Discazo necesario de escuchar al menos una vez en la vida si uno presume o pretende conocer de metal en general. Songs: Running Free, Transylvania, Iron Maiden, Phantom of the Opera.

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Thu Dec 30 2021
5

perfection!!! A true metal classic!!

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Mon Jan 17 2022
5

Another stone cold classic

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Sat Jan 22 2022
5

Rips

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Wed Feb 09 2022
5

Álbum de estreia da banda. Lendo sobra a obra, vi que é admirado até hoje por misturar a transgressão do rock progressivo com a intensidade do heavy metal de maneira única. Vale a pena demais ouvir.

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Wed Mar 02 2022
5

I know its unfair cause im already a fan, but 5

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Sun Mar 06 2022
5

A fantastic album very entertaining from start to finish and a bunch of really good songs

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Wed Mar 23 2022
5

Fantastic album. Can definitely see the influence that they expand on in later albums.

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Wed Apr 20 2022
5

It is exactly what you expect it to be!

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Mon May 02 2022
5

Iron Maiden's powerhouse debut quickly establishes them as heavy metal gods.

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Thu May 05 2022
5

Damn this is so good. I've never heard this album before, and clearly I've been missing out.

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Sat May 14 2022
5

Rockin'

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Tue May 31 2022
5

nice

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Thu Jun 16 2022
5

first song is absolutely amazing, not a single thing i can say bad about it really, love the solo in remember tomorrow, so far have really great thoughts on this album. next few tracks have absolutely not disappointed, amazing skill on the guitar has been shown coupled with amazing vocals unlike anyone else ive heard (at least at the level theyre at) and for this to be a debut record? an insane start to an insane career iron maiden has. very positive experience overall. amazing record

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Tue Jun 28 2022
5

"Prowler" "Remember Tomorrow" "Running Free" "Phantom of the Opera" "Transylvania" "Charlotte the Harlot" "Iron Maiden"

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Tue Jul 12 2022
5

I fucking love Iron Maiden, this album kicks ass! Shred on my friends. Favorite song: Phantom Of The Opera

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Sat Jul 23 2022
5

Okay Iron Maiden officially has moved from "they're pretty good" to "damn I've been sleeping on one of the greats" Every. Single. Track on this bad boy.

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Fri Jul 29 2022
5

Honestly this is my jam. I’m not sure what it means that Iron Maiden speaks directly to my soul but - hell yes!

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Wed Aug 03 2022
5

Amazing. Didn’t realize how the band started and kicked so much ass.

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Tue Sep 13 2022
5

UP THE IRONS

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Thu Sep 15 2022
5

Iron Maiden is metal

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Tue Oct 04 2022
5

Absolute banger!

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Fri Oct 07 2022
5

Never listened to Iron Maiden, I liked the album a lot, was pleasantly surprised.

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Wed Nov 09 2022
5

This is sort of an odd choice; of the Paul albums I prefer Killers, which I thought was the general consensus. There's also better Maiden albums that presumably didn't make it here. That said: There's still a lot to like. It's far from a bad album, There's just better (and much worse) Maiden albums. It's probably a 4 but there's no way I'm giving Maiden anything less than 5. Up the irons.

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Fri Nov 11 2022
5

Absolutely love this album.

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Tue Nov 15 2022
5

The first of many great albums.

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Thu Nov 17 2022
5

classic!!

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Fri Nov 11 2022
5

Shocked I didn’t hate it.

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Mon Nov 21 2022
5

UP THE IRONS!

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Tue Nov 22 2022
5

Dijk van een debuut! Zeer herkenbare stijl van toen al

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Fri Nov 25 2022
5

This is that kind of debut where it's really amazing, but at the same time it's not definitely clear how the band will progress onwards; will it be heavier, faster and meaner with winding solos or will it be proggy, slow and epic with winding solos? Now we know Iron Maiden leaned heavily into the former, and they did it impeccably. They do show here that they are a band with many talents and qualities. And that's probably why they have managed to release such engaging music throughout their career.

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Tue Mar 30 2021
4

a nEWwwww StraagNNGE Worllld!!

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Fri Dec 18 2020
4

Kinda up and down but overall a fun album

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Sun Nov 29 2020
4

Lots of awesome loud drums and guitars, vegan hippie pacifists will hate it!

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Sat Nov 28 2020
4

always great

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Mon May 10 2021
4

this was good.

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Mon May 24 2021
4

Take them to the Iron Maiden... Excellent!

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Fri Mar 26 2021
4

Enjoyed this one. Not enough that I’m going to explore the rest of their catalog but was good to head bob along to

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Tue Feb 02 2021
4

3.8

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Fri Mar 26 2021
4

Thoroughly enjoyable. Mad guitar solos and what not.

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Tue Jan 19 2021
4

kovgg

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Thu Jan 14 2021
4

Damn. Do I like Iron Maiden?

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Thu Jan 28 2021
4

\m/

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Mon Jan 25 2021
4

I was already a fan of Iron Maiden so I really enjoyed the album. However, none of the songs really wowed me.

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Thu Jan 21 2021
4

I liked it? I guess I'm on the positive side of neutral. I liked some songs more than others.

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Wed May 26 2021
4

Yeah It's Iron Maiden and I like Iron Maiden. This is what they do. Nothing special in here to elevate it to 5 but a great CD none the less

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Fri Feb 05 2021
4

Just some rock n roll. Nothing wrong with that. Less metal than I was expecting. I wasn't familiar with their super early stuff. Lots of fun!

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Tue Jul 20 2021
4

You can't argue with a classic.

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Tue Feb 16 2021
4

Kann man schon gut weghören :-)

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Tue Jan 19 2021
4

I like Iron Maiden since my teenage years, but to my own shame, I never listened to all songs from this first album. It's a great thing how much these songs sound fresh comparing with more recent Maiden songs. It looks like a great 2021 metal album. Absolutely a great album!

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Tue Apr 13 2021
4

Actually really enjoyed this one. Good music to do shit to.

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Fri Jan 29 2021
4

Interesting to listen to a groups early work! Enjoyed it.

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Fri Feb 19 2021
4

I'm surprised that I like it as well as I do. Had I been 10 years younger when it came out, I probably would have owned it. It's not my style, but it's pretty good. I listened to it twice.

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Thu Feb 18 2021
4

Liked it

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Tue Feb 16 2021
4

Solid metal, especially 40 years old. Clear influence on Metallica and Slash. Swings and rocks. Great musicians.

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Thu Apr 08 2021
4

Really good, but left me wanting to listen to the albums featuring Bryce Dickinson after! Still a good listen though, I had never listened to this album, just Prowler.

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Fri Apr 30 2021
4

Great metal album

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Fri Mar 26 2021
4

Not too shabby. Not to my taste but not bad at all :)

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Mon May 03 2021
4

8 tracks and 39mins of pure metal brilliance. For a debut metal album they show incredible range and are clearly incredibly talented musicians and accomplished at creating rich and complex arrangements. Prowler, Iron Maiden, Running Free, Strange World and of course the spectacular Phantom of the Opera. Maybe a couple of missteps (Charlotte the Harlot) and I was never a bog fan of Remember Tomorrow but overall a fantastic album

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Thu Apr 08 2021
4

1. 6.5/10 2. 7/10 3. 7/10 4. 8/10 5. 8/10 6. 9/10 DAMN 7. 6.5/10 8. i don't remember

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Mon May 03 2021
4

Excellent debut which perfectly captures the essence of early Iron Maiden, a mix of punk rock energy and prog rock stylings without the over indulgence. The musicianship and writing is top notch whilst Di’Anno’s vocal range and quality is integral, so much more than a proto-Dickinson. A massively influential heavy metal album.

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Sat May 29 2021
4

Really solid debut from one of the best and most legendary Heavy Metal bands of all time.

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Wed Apr 28 2021
4

This is not as heavy as I would have imagined. Production value seems light. More like hard rock than metal. Oh god the screaming. You know, this isn't *awful*. I could have seen my younger self listening to this maybe in my screamo days. This is kind of like classic rock screamo. I ended up liking this a hell of a lot more than I thought I would. Not what I thought they'd sound like. I'm really glad I listened to it.

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Tue Jun 29 2021
4

not their best but still an excellent album

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Mon May 10 2021
4

Planting seeds of the greatness to come. Prowler is one of their best tracks ever In my opinion.

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Tue Jun 08 2021
4

First time I actually listened to Iron Maiden and I really liked it!

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Thu Jul 15 2021
4

Sure there’s better. But this is Maiden.

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Wed May 12 2021
4

Awesome

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Thu Jul 22 2021
4

I liked more than I expected to. Surprising / decidedly good. Also kinda reminds me of Bowie for some reason (could imagine Bowie vocals on top sometimes)

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Fri Jul 23 2021
4

War doch gar nicht so schlimm wir vermutet. Völlig schlimmeren Metall erwartet, aber einen verspielten Rock bekommen. Die bekloppte Bass Kaskade von „Transylvania“ kriegt einen Extrapunkt. Überhaupt irgendwie voll reifer Songs. Geläuterte 3.5

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Fri Jul 23 2021
4

Eddie's an absolute lad isn't he? I enjoyed this way more than I was expecting to, I thought we were in for much more guitar wankery. It's a lot more classic hard rock, as opposed to metal, than I was anticipating. Very good.

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Fri Jul 23 2021
4

Eddie's an absolute lad isn't he? I enjoyed this way more than I was expecting to, I thought we were in for much more guitar wankery. It's a lot more classic hard rock, as opposed to metal, than I was anticipating. Very good.

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Mon Aug 23 2021
4

This was a riot!

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Tue Aug 24 2021
4

Me gustó así en general. Por ahí escuché un guiño a (¿de?) Papa Roach, aunque puede ser mi sobre interpretación de siempre

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Wed Sep 01 2021
4

Fuckin Maiden BRO!

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Thu Sep 09 2021
4

Clasico

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Sat Sep 18 2021
4

it’s been a full week now and of course it comes back around to metal my expectations were really low I don’t really like metal, especially the Iron Maiden songs I’ve heard in the past but this album was actually pretty good I really liked the first two songs Prowler and Remember Tomorrow the next three songs Running Free, Phantom of the Opera and Transylvania not so much I mean track four had some nice bits in the middle but overall not really for me that transition from Transylvania to Strange World tho, track six is really good I like my rock progressive, I will eat up any art rock shit you throw at me, whether it’s King Crimson or Steve Hackett, Godspeed You! Black Demon or Silver Mt. Zion I just really love that kind of stuff, and I felt parts of that in this album I’d say Remember Tomorrow was my favorite song. It had a nice intro, decent hook and nice, compatible vocals the song really worked well for me close second is Strange World, also really nice and fairly proggy the two finals songs after that don’t I didn’t really love either anyway, really fun album, a few songs that were less than great but I thought that there was something to enjoy from every song and tracks 1, 2 and 6 were are really awesome I’ll give it an 8/10 I really liked it, it was really cool I doubt I’ll ever listen to any other Iron Maiden (unless it shows up on here) but I’m glad I listened to this album

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Tue Sep 28 2021
4

I rock with iron maiden now

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Tue Sep 28 2021
4

I remember thinking this was a massive sound when I first heard this in the 80s. Sadly It’s a lot thinner sounding than I remember, but the songwriting, melodic guitars, tempo changes, and pure energy ensure it remains a classic for me.

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Fri Oct 08 2021
4

- songs on here are probably going become popular soon on tiktok - heavy metal is not really my thing but … so far prowler seems fire - hope after listening to this album i don’t get a headache - since there from the uk minus one star jkkk

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Sun Oct 10 2021
4

Thought Iron Maiden were just a singles band, actually really enjoyed this. 4.3

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Wed Oct 13 2021
4

Liked this a lot more than I expected.

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Sat Oct 30 2021
4

Not my fave Maiden album by a long shot, but still a cracker.

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Wed Nov 10 2021
4

Surprisingly excellent. Loved the harmonized guitar solos.

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Mon Nov 15 2021
4

Honestly I didn't find anything extremely special about this album. It was kind of just like another rock/metal band. The guitar solos were good and the singing wasn't too annoying.

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Sat Nov 20 2021
4

Growing up my brother listened to a lot of Iron Maiden, but I never really go into it. I regret that because this is so much more awesome than I thought. The instrumentals in particular are super good.

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Mon Nov 22 2021
4

Something I know about myself is that classic metal can often sound "tinny" for me. That being said, I like the raw feel of this debut and think that there are excellent performers at work.

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Mon Nov 29 2021
4

Later they became better

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Fri Dec 03 2021
4

Developed an affinity for Iron Maiden after a particularly good My One Track Mind episode. I like this earlier, more raw incarnation of the band.

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Sat Dec 04 2021
4

Heavy metal de los Maiden. Ningún megahit.

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Wed Dec 08 2021
4

Uhhh that was awesome.

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Tue Dec 14 2021
4

I wonder what the Iron Maiden boys think about the whiny song about being a teenage dirtbag. I figure that they partly think they're above it and partly think it's pretty cool to be name-checked like that. Best track: Iron Maiden

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Tue Jan 04 2022
4

I didn't expect to like this one, but I actually quite enjoyed it. Didn't hurt that I was angry while listening to it, which somehow works well. Fave track: Transylvania

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Fri Jan 07 2022
4

Iron maiden is so crisp, I love the song Trooper though It's not on this album. I was happy to hear songs like "phantom".

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Fri Jan 07 2022
4

There’s a lot of mediocre rock that came out of the 80s but man Iron Maiden isn’t one of them. Their guitar is insane. Phantom of the Opera is so cool

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Fri Jan 07 2022
4

Guitars are great throughout. Transylvania was an awesome jam.

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Mon Jan 10 2022
4

I really like this, but I don’t think I love it. Skilful without showing off. Progressive but not pretentious. Intricate yet still accessible. Hard as fuck but not like offensively aggressive. I just can’t remember what any of the songs go like?

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Sat Jan 15 2022
4

Iron Maiden were already pretty naff by the time i came across them as a child. But I never got around to listening to this. I can imagine situations where this might be just the soundtrack I want/need/can't get enough of

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Tue Jan 18 2022
4

LE METALE!!! Prefs: Prowler, Sanctuary, Running Free, Phantom of the Opera, Iron Maiden Moins pref: Strange World

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Wed Jan 19 2022
4

Wow, the first Iron Maiden album. It's definitely not their best (in particular regarding vocals), but it's still pretty solid. I really liked Strange World and Phantom Of The Opera was pretty good too. This might honestly be more of a 3 than a 4. But, well, the nostalgia factor.

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Thu Jan 20 2022
4

Had already heard a couple of songs in this album and liked them but didn't find any others that particularly stood out to me during a full listen.

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Thu Jan 20 2022
4

Metal

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Mon Feb 07 2022
4

go on have a 4 and a bottle of newky brown

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Tue Feb 22 2022
4

Surprised I haven't really listened to any Iron Maiden before, this is good fun

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Tue Mar 01 2022
4

Interestingly enough there were tons of solos across the album. Not as much singing as I had expected. Not bad though, typical metal. 7/10.

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Fri Mar 04 2022
4

Top

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Wed Mar 09 2022
4

Finally some more metal! I enjoy their later stuff a bit more, but a good jamming album. 4

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Wed Mar 16 2022
4

Heavy metal de los Maiden. Ningún megahit. Un 4.

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Wed Mar 16 2022
4

This is from 1980? Wow. I'm actually pretty surprised by this. I've never paid any attention to Iron Maiden - and to be fair I absolutely will not after this - but I was surprised at how punky it is. I was expecting heavy metal, and there is definitely notes of Deep Purple in this - but I was not expecting punk. And there's oodles of it. The drumming is actually pretty swing too. I mean, this album has to get 5 stars because it's both influential and I quite enjoyed it. But does it inspire me to listen to more Iron Maiden? Nope.

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Sat Mar 19 2022
4

The riffs are surprisingly catchy. B-Side is a bit weaker but it's still all very solid. Shoutouts to Phantom of the Opera which is probably the best IM song.

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Tue Mar 22 2022
4

My heart sank when I saw this come up... heavy metal?! I'm not going to lime heavy metal!! But... the music is actually pretty compelling, thrusting bass riffs a guitar solos a plenty. A revelation!

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Thu Mar 24 2022
4

I really love listening to early metal, which I would not have predicted even a few years ago. This album has a lot of the elements of what will come in the future for metal embedded in it, but it also has a lot of elements of 70s rock in it. It feels like a very transitional album, one that clarifies the roots of the metal genre 4/5

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Sat Apr 02 2022
4

o ápice ainda estava por vir

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Thu Apr 07 2022
4

Nautinnollista ja hauskaa kitarointia, tuntuu että äijillä ollu kivaa levyä tehdessä. 4/5

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Thu Apr 07 2022
4

Uu! Monen kaverini mielestä tää on nimenomaan paras Meirenin levy! Itse olen enemmän Dickinsonin aikakauden kasvatti. Mut onhan tää tiukka NWOBHM-levy! Ei siitä pääse mihinkään. Ai saatana onhan toi viiminen, nimikkobiisi aivan älytöntä kohkausta. 4/5

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Sun Apr 10 2022
4

un bon premier album. Paul Diano fait bien la job et PHantom est ma préférée depuis toujours presque de Maiden donc j'ai un partie prit. On est plus loin du Maiden Dickinson, ca sonne un peu plus punk parfois, mais c'est très bon. 4.25

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Mon Apr 11 2022
4

LP

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Thu Apr 14 2022
4

Solid although they definitely hit their full stride later.

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Wed Apr 20 2022
4

good harvey metal! 🤘🤘🤘

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Thu Apr 21 2022
4

Some solid metal, vocals were pretty weak. 7/10

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Sat Apr 23 2022
4

As a huge metal head, I've never really actually got on with Iron Maiden. This ones ok

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Thu Apr 28 2022
4

This kind of early metal is the only good metal

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Thu May 05 2022
4

good rock album.

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Fri May 06 2022
4

it took me half the album to get used to the glammy bluesy kinda sloppy guitar riffs and garage band aesthetic, but shit still headbangs

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Sun May 15 2022
4

Really good! Actually a lot more varied than I was expecting, this album flew by.

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Thu May 26 2022
4

Das hat Spaß gemacht. Ein gelungener Erstling.

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Thu Jun 02 2022
4

A very fair debut, though I possibly do prefer Killers out of the two Paul Di'Anno albums, and the 1998 reissue actually scores over the original by adding the non-album single "Sanctuary" ("Remember Tomorrow" makes more sense as a third track than a second).

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Mon Jun 06 2022
4

Well, after Aimee Mann this sounds like Beethoven. Not my type of music, but the guitars, bass, and drums are legit. A lot more swing to the drums than I expected. Singer can sing. Incredible debut album. Torn between 4 and 5 stars.

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Mon Jun 06 2022
4

I'm usually not a metal fan, but I enjoyed this one!

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Wed Jun 08 2022
4

I can totally see why this album was important to developments in metal in the 80s. Surprisingly listenable.

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Tue Jul 12 2022
4

A classic metal album, with great Eddie artwork. Funny how in the 80s this was considered heavy metal, but seems really light and simple as far as the genre goes nowadays. Always loved the twin guitars of Iron Maiden.

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Wed Jul 13 2022
4

Phantom of the Opera, Transylvania, the transition into Strange World and Iron Maiden (x3) are all 'cheff's kiss'. Di'Anno, not so much.

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Thu Jul 14 2022
4

Haven't heard a full Iron Maiden album before. Absolute head banger. Enjoyed the music and need to add more of this to my playlists. 1. Phantom of the Opera 2. Prowler 3. Running Free

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Thu Jul 14 2022
4

Prowler is a standout!

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Mon Jul 18 2022
4

great debut

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Thu Jul 21 2022
4

This is a great album but I don't think it's their best.

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Sat Jul 23 2022
4

Listened to a lot of Maiden though my dad while growing up. Enjoy the Bruce era more but it's still a solid old school metal album 4/5

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Mon Jul 25 2022
4

Classic!

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Wed Aug 03 2022
4

WTF, I liked this album and I am not a heavy metal guy. But this album had some subtlety. This album had some intelligence. The vocals are ok, not objectionable. The guitars definitely shred but they don't sound over the top, they don't go on too long and the don't sound pretentious. Yup I liked this album, really never thought that would happen. Now if they can just do something about those God awful covers. 3.75 🌟

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Mon Aug 08 2022
4

Pretty good guitar licks and what not.

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Mon Aug 08 2022
4

I first bought this record a little after Number of the Beast came out. At first, I was surprised at how different it sounded compared to what I expected from Iron Maiden. Either way, I still enjoy it. Highlights for me are Remember Tomorrow and Sanctuary. I love Phantom of the Opera, but find they've done it better on live versions. The drums on the record feel haphazard, and never quite nail the groove like they did on the live version that was on the Women in Uniform single.

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Thu Aug 18 2022
4

Clássico

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Wed Aug 24 2022
4

Pretty bangin. 7/10. Fun tunes to try to shred on sax shabaka style, dope metric mods, extremely indicative of the entire genre.

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Thu Aug 25 2022
4

Its funny cause we view iron maiden as so heavy and they were for the time but now it just sounds like hard rock in the context of the music landscape now. Really solid though

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Sun Aug 28 2022
4

Good album. The songs are great sounds kinda like a standard hard rock album from the 70's

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Tue Aug 30 2022
4

Fun, the transitions are actually entertaining! Love the hard hitting sound without chugging

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Tue Sep 06 2022
4

I was stuck between 3 & 4 stars. Subjectively, they just aren’t really my sound or style. Objectively, I think the album was really well done. Additionally, they utilize interesting song structure, chord progressions/rhythms, and mixing.

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Fri Sep 16 2022
4

The first album of a legendary career; dare I even say the greatest metal band of all time? It has a couple spots where the songwriting could be tighter, but overall this is a great album/

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Fri Sep 16 2022
4

Full disclosure- Iron Maiden is my favorite band of all time. They’re the act that got me into metal, and music as a whole. It’s hard for me to be objective about them. But at the same time, the first Maiden album is kind of a mixed bag. The songs themselves are incredible- Steve Harris’ ear for melody, riffs and harmony were evident from the very beginning. And while I know that he was waiting for a muse with a stronger range, Di’Anno’s performances are on point throughout. However, the album’s production is hollow as sin, making its tracks have a fraction of the power they deserve. Meeting halfway, it’s a B+ for me. They’ll get much more right with their follow-up. On another note, it’s absurd that Maiden only has 2 albums in this book, and this is one of them. We really don’t need 4 Metallicas, especially not And Justice for Mid. That should be swapped for Killers or Powerslave, easy.

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Mon Sep 19 2022
4

Tight. Really loved that about these guys. Hearing this in HS was really the first time I heard that kind of harmony soloing. Good stuff.

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Fri Sep 23 2022
4

Sometimes I forgot there was on Iron Maiden before the Iron Maiden I know. This is good but such a different sound than what I came to love 'em for.

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Fri Sep 30 2022
4

Loved this. Not sure I'd heard it before.

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Sun Oct 02 2022
4

The album opens with prowler a true burst of energy and maybe one of the most enjoyable metal songs I’ve ever herd to be honest! At the start of remember tomorrow I thought how the fuck is this metal? Then it explodes into a rampage, good tune. Running free may not be my favourite lyrically as it’s fairly boring in that sense but the drums are amazing and it serves as a great single. Phantom of the opera is a 7 minute long sprawling epic with one of the best guitar riffs ever marching through the song. Don’t get me wrong I really like this album but Transylvania was the first time on the album where I felt it sounded like heavy metal and not just heavy rock still though brilliant instrumental. Strange world is a brilliant slow aftermath to Transylvania’s rage I really like this one! Charlotte the harlot is probably my least favourite on the album but I still don’t hate it which is a sign of a good album. The bands title track closes the album on fairly good note, it’s not a lyrical great but certainly an instrumental great. It’s really good 4/5 but that could rise with time.

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Thu Oct 13 2022
4

For me this album illustrates how much easier it would be to rate out of 10 instead of 5. I was expecting the wails of Bruce but was pleasantly surprised to hear the biting rasp of Di’Anno. This is a meeting of punk and metal and I like it. Out of 10 I’d give it a 7 but 3/5 would be too low

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Fri Oct 14 2022
4

Solid album. Metal can be a little over the top sometimes (especially the vocals) but the musicality on this album is great and the vocals are decent. Di'Anno almost has a punk-sounding voice. Great guitar and drum tempos, especially on Prowler, Running Free, Phantom of the Opera (really deft guitar work here), and Transylvania. And then of course there are the obligatory (and well done) soaring but heavy ballads - Remember Tomorrow, Strange World. Tight album, not a lot of waste.

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Mon Oct 24 2022
4

Totally solid. Though i certainly prefer Bruce's voice, this is foundational and the songs really hold up. Love Phantom of the Opera, Iron Maiden and Strange World. The guitar on Transylvania is awesome as well. Charlotte the Harlot was a bad idea though.

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Mon Oct 31 2022
4

A very interesting album debuting Iron Maiden on an LP. Some solid songs

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Fri Nov 04 2022
4

I kind of came into this with a bit of a Bruce Dickinson bias, but this was a pleasant surprise. I'm happy to report that this album stands up just fine on its own merits in Iron Maiden's discography. It's beautifully done. It's an album full of flourishes, but never feels overwrought or self-indulgent. Every note counts. This is an interesting album, because it sits on the cusp between classic 70s prog and 80s metal. It also sits on the cusp of Iron Maiden's evolution as a band. There are threads of what would become band's signature sound already evident in these songs, with dramatic arrangements, a strong rhythm section, and some excellent guitar work. Paul DiAnno's vocal is obviously really different from you might expect if your main interaction with this band was through the later albums. Had he stuck around, Maiden would have been a very different band. But I enjoyed this quite a bit. I could listen to this album a lot. Fave Songs: Transylvania, Prowler, Phantom of the Opera, Running Free, Remember Tomorrow

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Thu Nov 10 2022
4

Not good as Smith-Dickinson era but good

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Mon Nov 14 2022
4

My goodness I enjoyed this. Not least from a nostalgic point of view as I played this incessantly in my early teens. A really interesting mix of heavy metal, punk and prog. Phantom of the Opera just rules.

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Sat Nov 19 2022
4

That was good. Lots of high energy riffage. Yes, they sounded better when Dickinson arrived on the scene but this was a great debut.

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Fri Nov 25 2022
4

Not as trashy as I thought. Enjoyed it

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Fri Nov 25 2022
4

Needs Bruce. Still a very solid album.

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Wed Jan 27 2021
3

Bättre än när Bruce sjunger iallafall!

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Fri Oct 09 2020
3

Iron Maiden sounding like Iron Maiden albeit rougher about the edges.

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Tue Sep 15 2020
3

I didn't mind it, but wow heavy metal isn't really very heavy, is it

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Tue Dec 22 2020
3

I never have really listened to Iron Maiden until now, but I was under the assumption that they were a "harder" or more aggressive band, but this album does not give me that impression.

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