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Release date: 14 April 1980
Style: New wave of British heavy metal

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Disc I
01. Prowler
02. Remember Tomorrow
03. Running Free
04. Phantom Of The Opera
05. Transylvania
06. Strange World
07. Sanctuary [US release]
08. Charlotte The Harlot
09. Iron Maiden

Disc II [1995 reissue bonus]
01. Sanctuary
02. Burning Ambition
03. Drifter [live]
04. I've Got The Fire [Monstrose cover]

Top 20 albums of 1980: 7

Reviews (3)
Lyrics (9)


Line-up
Paul "Di'Anno" Andrews - vocals
David Michael "Dave" Murray - guitars
Dennis Stratton - guitars, backing vocals
Stephen Percy "Steve" Harris - bass, backing vocals
Clive Burr - drums


Additional info
Recording: Kingsway Studios, London.
Producer: Will Malone.
Engineer: Martin Levan.
Cover, cover concept & photography: Derek Riggs, Cream, Terry Walker & Yuka Fujii.

Staff review by
Pierre Tombale

Rating:
7.5
This album is from the jurassic period of Iron Maiden, for the band's singer back in the days was not Bruce Dickinson, who was lead-singer for the band Samson at that time. Instead you will hear Paul Di'Anno, who has a fiery, kind of raw voice. With screaming guitars and the great bass-playing, which Steve Harris is famous for, Iron Maiden recorded their self titled debut.

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published 29.09.2003 | Comments (9)

Guest review by
RavenLord

Rating:
7.6
For my first review, I was faced with a dilemma as to which album to look at. The answer lay in my current favourite band, and where better to start than the very beginning, in East London, 1980?

This is proto-Maiden v.1.1. There, that's the review right there. What, you want more? Okay. This album is a bit of a mixed bag at times. Taken in context, it's bloody amazing. Steve Harris wrote the majority of the songs here when he was a teenager, and the complexity of the songs for the era and age of composer amazes me. Unfortunately, the lyrics are not as polished as on later releases, and gems on this disc like "Prowler" pale in comparison when compared to "Caught Somewhere in Time" or "The Trooper."

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published 04.08.2006 | Comments (24)

Guest review by
Arian Totalis

Rating:
8.0
After years of difficulty, Steve Harris must have been quite exhilarated when he learned that Maiden would have the opportunity to finally record their first full length album. While many fans may argue that this is one of Iron Maiden's most classic albums, Steve Harris himself was unhappy with the end result, thinking that there were many improvements that could have been made but simply weren't. Whether or not you like this album though, this is their debut album, so thus the classic words were rendered: "Iron Maiden can't be fought, Iron Maiden can't be sought".

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published 23.02.2010 | Comments (16)

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Simos - 25.05.2010 at 01:45  
Rating: 10 I think this one is one of the greatest debut albums of all time
Reza - 11.09.2010 at 20:18  
 
Written by Simos on 25.05.2010 at 01:45

I think this one is one of the greatest debut albums of all time

I totally agree.
BeastOfMetal456 - 26.07.2011 at 02:29  
  One fine album by my all time favorite band. Di'Anno sounds good, but not as good as Dickinson.
Zaphod - 20.11.2011 at 19:07  
  This or Number Of The Beast is my favorite Maiden album, can't figure out which one's better.
Cuca Beludo - 06.06.2012 at 22:21  
  Excellent album... I imagine how Iron Maiden would be in the future if Paul where still in the band...
Numbskull - 09.06.2012 at 06:29  
Rating: 9
Written by Guest on 11.09.2010 at 20:18

Written by Simos on 25.05.2010 at 01:45

I think this one is one of the greatest debut albums of all time

I totally agree.

Me too
I can remember when this album came out. Sill a fresh slice of metal now as it was then.
tea[m]ster - 09.06.2012 at 19:58  
Rating: 8
Written by Guest on 06.06.2012 at 22:21

Excellent album... I imagine how Iron Maiden would be in the future if Paul where still in the band...

Yea, more punk than metal, lol
Cuca Beludo - 15.07.2012 at 21:02  
 
Written by tea[m]ster on 09.06.2012 at 19:58

Written by Guest on 06.06.2012 at 22:21

Excellent album... I imagine how Iron Maiden would be in the future if Paul where still in the band...

Yea, more punk than metal, lol

Definitely not a good thing
megadeath13 - 09.11.2012 at 23:04  
  One of the most influential debuts and way ahead of its time.
Dentura - 12.11.2012 at 21:28  
Rating: 8 Very strong debut, though I do prefer Killers out of the two Paul Di'Anno era albums.
Bad English - 21.02.2013 at 01:54  
Rating: 10
Written by Guest on 06.06.2012 at 22:21

Excellent album... I imagine how Iron Maiden would be in the future if Paul where still in the band...


This is masterpiece, one of super debute albums, perfect in it time and what was around , perfect for 1980 , but next one was way to week and if Paul be , IM would be a club band, what would split up in 1991 , never would reach glory and maybe re unite in 2004. Band felt that way and ask Bruce join, but he said he will finishs chool 1th .... well band know whit Paul what was more punkish theyw ont have future..... why Paul is on bottom, he had fibacal problems+?
Cuca Beludo - 12.03.2013 at 00:08  
 
Written by Bad English on 21.02.2013 at 01:54

Written by Guest on 06.06.2012 at 22:21

Excellent album... I imagine how Iron Maiden would be in the future if Paul where still in the band...


This is masterpiece, one of super debute albums, perfect in it time and what was around , perfect for 1980 , but next one was way to week and if Paul be , IM would be a club band, what would split up in 1991 , never would reach glory and maybe re unite in 2004. Band felt that way and ask Bruce join, but he said he will finishs chool 1th .... well band know whit Paul what was more punkish theyw ont have future..... why Paul is on bottom, he had fibacal problems+?


I wouldn't call this one a masterpiece, but definitely one of my favourites. Prowler is the best song from the old maiden era, and I also agree that the follow-up kinda of sucked. But anyway this sound is unique, neither Di'anno could re-create the feeling of this album in his solo "career".
Egigantea - 14.04.2013 at 02:30  
Rating: 10 Wow, wasn't this a 8.8 a while back?
How can people rate this low?
It's such a strong debut and arguably one of Maiden best albums.
Nick K. - 31.08.2013 at 22:26  
  Hmm, maybe the best debut i can think of. This and SSOASS are their best albums.
sidman52 - 02.09.2013 at 00:22  
  Paul Di'Anno era albums.are classics and takes you somewhere but what bruce brought to maiden was something where i wanted be iron maiden - iron maiden paved the way for good things to come and they surely did 10 out of 10 for iron maiden-iron maiden and also iron maiden- killers.
deadone - 15.01.2014 at 05:34  
Rating: 9
Written by Egigantea on 14.04.2013 at 02:30

How can people rate this low?


Guess it doesn't compare to that latest Experimental-Blackened-Avantgarde-Drone-Post-Rock-Shoegazer-With-Psychadelic-Influences album or Amon Amarth's Same-Old-Shit-We've-Done-For-Nine-Albums album or the Anything-By-Opeth-Even-If-It's-Shite-Cause-Mikael-Akerfeldt-Makes-My-Loins-Twitch album.
Troy Killjoy - 15.01.2014 at 05:42  
Rating: 6 I think someone is a little biased against the current metal scene...
deadone - 15.01.2014 at 05:57  
Rating: 9 Just a little!

On a serious note, I don't understand dissing or under rating classic albums that had such a huge impact on the development of metal.

I don't like Judas Priest or most things Napalm Death but I'm not going to diss them because I don't like them. At the same time I wouldn't defend a crappier album by say Iron Maiden or Megadeth.

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