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Release date: 11 April 1988
Style: New wave of British heavy metal

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Disc I
01. Moonchild
02. Infinite Dreams
03. Can I Play With Madness
04. The Evil That Men Do
05. Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son
06. The Prophecy
07. The Clairvoyant
08. Only The Good Die Young

Disc II [1995 reissue bonus CD]
01. Black Bart Blues
02. Massacre
03. Prowler 88
04. Charlotte The Harlot 88
05. Infinite Dreams [live]
06. The Clairvoyant [live]
07. The Prisoner [live]
08. Killers [live]
09. Still Life [live]

Top 20 albums of 1988: 3
Top 200 albums of all time: 22

Reviews (2)
Lyrics (8)


Line-up
Paul Bruce Dickinson - vocals
Adrian Frederick Smith - guitars
David Michael Murray - guitars
Michael Henry McBrain - drums
Stephen Percy Harris - bass

Guest musicians
Michael Kenney - keyboards


Additional info
Recording: Musicland Studios, Munich, Germany.
Producer, engineer & mixing: Martin Birch.
Mastering: George Marino.
Engineer: Ronald Prent, Albert Boekholt & Stephane Wissner.
Cover, cover concept & photography: Derek Riggs, Rod Smallwood & Ross Halfin.

Album is based on the novel Seventh Son by Orson Scott Card.

Staff review by
Pierre Tombale

Rating:
10
Among Iron Maiden's studio albums 'Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son' to me is the second best. It has the most famous songs of the band on one album. Of most albums you might know (if you're not a fan!) two or three songs, this album contains at least 6 songs that you should know, if not you have never lived.

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published 24.12.2003 | Comments (25)

Guest review by
Storchillarn

Rating:
10
You're probably wondering why I wrote a review of an almost twenty year old album; the answer is quite simple: because it is my absolute favourite album and one of the best Heavy-Metal-albums of all time. "Seventh Son..." was the last album that was recorded with Adrian Smith until 2000's "Brave New World." It's a concept album telling the story of a gifted child, a so called "seventh son of a seventh son," and how his gift carries with it many burdens and problems. The concept itself is not what carries the album but it adds a different touch to the lyrics and surely the music as well.

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published 12.05.2007 | Comments (19)

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rise447 - 22.04.2011 at 14:29  
Rating: 6 Iron Maiden tried to make an album of epic tracks and ballads.
I think it failed, it's just not their type of music.
RavenKing - 22.04.2011 at 15:48  
 
Written by rise447 on 22.04.2011 at 14:29

Iron Maiden tried to make an album of epic tracks and ballads.
I think it failed, it's just not their type of music.


Sure, they failed with this album. We all know everything post-SSOASS is immensely superior to 80s Maiden.
And, of course, Virtual XI is more their type of music.
Troy Killjoy - 22.04.2011 at 16:09  
  This is the only Maiden album I ever really got into. I like the epic feel and the "grandeur" approach, which you probably wouldn't expect from me...

Now that I think of it I really have no idea why I have such an attachment to this album. It's not even a matter of nostalgia.
RavenKing - 22.04.2011 at 16:33  
 
Written by Troy Killjoy on 22.04.2011 at 16:09

Now that I think of it I really have no idea why I have such an attachment to this album. It's not even a matter of nostalgia.


In this case, I would say that qualitative music is qualitative music.
I'm really not into this stuff at all nowadays (traditional Heavy Metal) but I can't deny that this album is quite good. And I would say the same about any album Maiden released in the 80s.

I have a feeling kinda similar for "The Crimson Idol". I don't listen to any other WASP album nowadays but I still like TCI very much.
tea[m]ster - 22.04.2011 at 22:44  
Rating: 8
Quote:
Quote:


Sure, they failed with this album. We all know everything post-SSOASS is immensely superior to 80s Maiden.
And, of course, Virtual XI is more their type of music.


EPIC!

Seriously tho, I like the album but I really dig their earlier stuff more. Maybe this release was a little over the top, at least for me.
Void Eater - 23.04.2011 at 09:51  
  I'd actually put this as the second weakest of Maiden's 80's output, ahead of NOTB but below all the others. Of course, it still ranks among the best metal albums ever; it's classic Maiden. It's just slightly watered down, and slightly 'fluffier' than their previous efforts-Damn good for what it is, but I prefer speedfests like Caught Somewhere In Time and Aces High.
antonio2 - 10.05.2011 at 22:29  
  I listen to it every day!
sandra2 - 30.06.2011 at 19:53  
  Iron Maiden are my favorite band IMO.
BeastOfMetal456 - 26.07.2011 at 02:54  
  Maiden's best and most consistent album. It only has one song that isn't great as the others, The Prophecy. The rest are untouchable.
Kuroboshi - 09.08.2011 at 09:29  
Rating: 5
Written by rise447 on 22.04.2011 at 14:29

Iron Maiden tried to make an album of epic tracks and ballads.
I think it failed, it's just not their type of music.


I agree. And no, Virtual XI etc. are really not their style, as well. This album starts out really weak, but picks up pace late on: there are some really sweet moments on "the Clairvoyant" and the title track. Otherwise, it's so "goody-goody". Can't stand it.
R'Vannith - 09.08.2011 at 09:41  
Rating: 10 Goody-goody? Yes indeed, its damn goody-goody!
kokina2 - 28.08.2011 at 16:56  
  I like it!
merkuri - 18.09.2011 at 05:35  
  This is one my favorites.
Cuca Beludo - 01.01.2012 at 16:52  
  A masterpice, ten times better than The Number Of The Beast!
musicalkaratekid - 12.02.2012 at 14:02  
Rating: 10 Either this or 'Powerslave' is definitely my favourite IM album. This one simply because every song is memorable, it holds ultimately bewildering epics like the title track and the opener and closer 'Moonchild' and 'Only the good die young'. Some may be cynical about the way the band used the synthesisers on this album, but for me they only enhanced the intense atmosphere that the other instruments created. Some may also argue that 'TNOTB' fares better, but for me, this album is the one that took IM to a different world.
Cuca Beludo - 13.04.2012 at 22:54  
 
Written by RavenKing on 22.04.2011 at 15:48

everything post-SSOASS is immensely superior to 80s Maiden.


This is a joke, right?
RavenKing - 14.04.2012 at 00:28  
 
Written by Guest on 13.04.2012 at 22:54

Written by RavenKing on 22.04.2011 at 15:48

everything post-SSOASS is immensely superior to 80s Maiden.


This is a joke, right?


It was sarcasm, of course.
I thought it was quite obvious.
tea[m]ster - 14.04.2012 at 17:44  
Rating: 8
Written by yanivush147 on 07.03.2012 at 15:24

A great masterpiece, great concept, so enjoyable to the ears.
Unfortunately, this is the last perfect score album they made.


Brave New World is pretty close for me. Damn near a 10. Everything else after SSOASS is meh.
Cuca Beludo - 14.04.2012 at 19:39  
 
Written by RavenKing on 14.04.2012 at 00:28

Written by Guest on 13.04.2012 at 22:54

Written by RavenKing on 22.04.2011 at 15:48

everything post-SSOASS is immensely superior to 80s Maiden.


This is a joke, right?


It was sarcasm, of course.
I thought it was quite obvious.


Haha, just kidding The Maiden fans would have jumped headlong into you
Gopherhawk - 04.05.2012 at 08:21  
Rating: 10 Best Maiden album hands down.
Illog1cal - 29.06.2012 at 02:29  
  The guitar harmonies are beautiful, particularly on Moonchild.
Jaeryd17‍ - 20.08.2012 at 23:26  
Rating: 7 My only problem with most of Iron Maiden's stuff after the first two albums is Bruce Dickinson. Imagine, if you will, that one of the guitars was not tuned properly, and continued to hit every note a little too flat for a good portion of the track.

Vocals are the instrument of the voice, when used they make a huge impact on the overall sound of each song. Bruce, with his faux-operatic style and forced vibrato, seems to put to much pressure and coercion on his voice, and ends up being off-key very often because of it. If Paul Di'Anno didn't get his ass kicked out, he would've made this album twice as good as it already is. Unfortunately, while I do enjoy this CD, I still get put off by that forced vibrato and all the flat notes.

I think my favorite part of this album is that it was inspired by none other than one of my favorite book series by Orson Scott Card: the Alvin Maker series. First book is Seventh Son, and I believe that the second Red Prophet is my favorite of the series. Some badass historical fiction makes for a pretty cool source of inspiration, I guess.
JÄY - 21.08.2012 at 01:42  
Rating: 10
Written by Jaeryd17‍ on 20.08.2012 at 23:26

My only problem with most of Iron Maiden's stuff after the first two albums is Bruce Dickinson. Imagine, if you will, that one of the guitars was not tuned properly, and continued to hit every note a little too flat for a good portion of the track.

Vocals are the instrument of the voice, when used they make a huge impact on the overall sound of each song. Bruce, with his faux-operatic style and forced vibrato, seems to put to much pressure and coercion on his voice, and ends up being off-key very often because of it. If Paul Di'Anno didn't get his ass kicked out, he would've made this album twice as good as it already is. Unfortunately, while I do enjoy this CD, I still get put off by that forced vibrato and all the flat notes.



Can't say I've ever heard an opinion quite like this......Also, couldn't disagree more...Paully wouldda sounded so outta place, here. He was the right fit on the fist 2, for sure, though
Ellrohir - 21.08.2012 at 02:27  
Rating: 10 The most important fact is, that without Bruce this album won't even exist in such a shape, as Bruce helps with writing half of the stuff...and not talking about another fact, that Maiden with Paul will obviously have a waaaay different fate...so this discussion is kinda abstract and pointless
LordHypnos - 02.10.2012 at 15:29  
Rating: 10 One of Maiden's best albums, however I prefer Somewhere In Time.
Valentin B - 31.10.2012 at 05:55  
  I realize it's viewed as some kind of metal blasphemy to play tracks in different orders from albums, but I was listening to some mp3's from this album and the combo of "Only the Good Die Young" straight into "The Evil That Men Do" was quite awesome. Evil might just be my favorite Maiden song ever, and the first song that really got me hooked onto them.
Dentura - 12.11.2012 at 21:27  
Rating: 9 One of Maiden's classics. Definitely among my favorites the band has released, every song is gold.
Bad English - 26.02.2013 at 01:28  
Rating: 8 This album opens whit good song I like that song, IMO most heavyer in that album, I realy love it , but when I listen it I know if next one would be(even I know what came after) like this than Maiden has no future, well maybe ''sexy'' 80's shorthaired punkish chick in mini skirt and stockings could like it what is sortha cool pop diva, but still, time late 80's seems agan music inusdustry and marketing made them wrote such album.... I dont say its bad, still its 80's and good HM, but ...... is it perfect?
Azarath - 27.02.2013 at 19:28  
Rating: 10
Written by Bad English on 26.02.2013 at 01:28

its 80's and good HM, but ...... is it perfect?

Yes, it pretty much is.
Aristarchos - 28.02.2013 at 18:35  
Rating: 10 My favourite album ever. Has a perfect balance between melody, complexity (without over-playing) and a dark atmosphere (without over-using keyboards).
Lião - 29.04.2013 at 09:14  
  The peak of Maiden career.
Copernicus - 17.05.2013 at 07:53  
Rating: 10 One of the greatest heavy metal albums out there!
Illog1cal - 28.05.2013 at 02:09  
 
Written by Jaeryd17‍ on 20.08.2012 at 23:26

My only problem with most of Iron Maiden's stuff after the first two albums is Bruce Dickinson. Imagine, if you will, that one of the guitars was not tuned properly, and continued to hit every note a little too flat for a good portion of the track.

Vocals are the instrument of the voice, when used they make a huge impact on the overall sound of each song. Bruce, with his faux-operatic style and forced vibrato, seems to put to much pressure and coercion on his voice, and ends up being off-key very often because of it. If Paul Di'Anno didn't get his ass kicked out, he would've made this album twice as good as it already is. Unfortunately, while I do enjoy this CD, I still get put off by that forced vibrato and all the flat notes.

I think my favorite part of this album is that it was inspired by none other than one of my favorite book series by Orson Scott Card: the Alvin Maker series. First book is Seventh Son, and I believe that the second Red Prophet is my favorite of the series. Some badass historical fiction makes for a pretty cool source of inspiration, I guess.


I think you have to keep in mind that Iron Maiden are aiming for a heavy sound (duh!), even though this was one of their less heavy albums. Therefore Bruce has to emphasize that with his voice too, its suites the music that his voice is forceful regardless of the fact that it may be slightly off key on occasion. Vocals are a certainly a matter of opinion though, its a matter of ones own ears and mind.
Jaeryd17‍ - 28.05.2013 at 06:25  
Rating: 7
Written by Guest on 28.05.2013 at 02:09

I think you have to keep in mind that Iron Maiden are aiming for a heavy sound (duh!), even though this was one of their less heavy albums. Therefore Bruce has to emphasize that with his voice too, its suites the music that his voice is forceful regardless of the fact that it may be slightly off key on occasion. Vocals are a certainly a matter of opinion though, its a matter of ones own ears and mind.

I posted that a while ago, while I was still busy listening to all the stuff I missed out on (I grew up in a Christian family that didn't like me listening to metal, so I missed out on a lot of classic bands and have had to play catch-up). It's been nearly a year since than and I have since fleshed out and modified my opinion. It's true, his voice really does fit the music, and the main feature of that voice is its raw power. Paul Di'Anno most likely wouldn't have made this album any better--in fact his voice could've made it worse as it might not have fit the overall sound. When I listen to Bruce, I can still hear him when he is off-key... but I like what he does for the music, so it's perfectly OK.
Nick K. - 23.06.2013 at 22:49  
  Its really challenging to talk about Maidens best Album of the 80s, but since "Seventh Son of a seventh Son" is without any flaws, i go with this one. SSOASS is Heavy metal perfection from start to finish and contains the best Songs Maiden has ever written. Album of the year, 1988.
deadone - 17.04.2014 at 08:11  
Rating: 8 Personally I think Powerslave is Maiden's best album, but this one is still a helluva an album.

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