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Iron Maiden - Powerslave

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Release date: 3 September 1984
Style: New wave of British heavy metal


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Disc I
01. Aces High
02. 2 Minutes To Midnight
03. Losfer Words (Big 'Orra)
04. Flash Of The Blade
05. The Duellists
06. Back In The Village
07. Powerslave
08. Rime Of The Ancient Mariner
+ Aces High [video] [1998 re-release bonus]
+ 2 Minutes To Midnight [video] [1998 re-release bonus]

Disc II [1995 reissue bonus disc]
01. Rainbow's Gold [Beckett cover]
02. Mission From 'Arry
03. King Of The Twilight [Nektar cover]
04. The Number Of The Beast [live]

Top 20 albums of 1984: 2

Bruce Dickinson - vocals
Adrian Smith - guitars
Dave Murray - guitars
Nicko McBrain - drums
Steve Harris - bass

Additional info
Produced, engineering & mixing by Martin Birch.
Mastering by George Marino.
Cover art & photography by Derek Riggs, Moshe Brakha, Rod Smallwood & Ross Halfin.

When you look carefully on the hieroglyphics on the pyramids, you'll see "encoded" the words "Bollocks", "Indiana Jones was here" and "Wot, no Guinness?"

Guest review by
Deadly Sin
This has to be one of Iron Maiden's best albums of all. It has everything from a fast and furious metal assault such as "Aces High", to an instrumental song such as "Losfer Words".

It all starts off with "Aces High", a song about WWII dogfights. A good heavy metal song with a good amount of guitar solo's and superb lyrics. It has a memorable tune that you keep rocking to in your head for hours. Next comes another classic song "2 Minutes to Midnight". Slower than the previous song, the guitars are very tight while the rhythm is powerbul as Dickinson sings away. The many guitar solos in this kick some metal ass. Next comes "Losfer Words" one of the four instrumental's that Iron Maiden has done. Not as great as the other's but definitely worth the time to listen to. The drums keep a constant sound with some nice guitar and bass in there also. The next song is a definite killer; "Flash of the Blade" starts off with a nice guitar solo then picks up into a nice beat. A great song about being a swordsman and it rocks to the very end. The next is "Duellists" a kind of cross bread between "Flash of the Blade" and "Powerslave" a bit, definitely worth listing to but not as great as the others. Another metal assault is "Back in the Village"; this song is good all around a nice blend of drums and guitar. "Powerslave", well what can I say, its killer, lyrics about an evil Egyptian god and great music to fallow it up, an instant classic. The last song on the list is "Rime of the Ancient Mariner", this song pounds with base, the drums flowing and the guitar sounds ever so killer.

published 18.09.2003 | Comments (54)

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26.05.2014 - 14:32
Rating: 6
Dr. Strawberry

An overrated band. Always.
26.07.2015 - 17:43
Rating: 8
Bad English
Tage Westerlund
Written by Dr. Strawberry on 26.05.2014 at 14:32

An overrated band. Always.

maybe best Overrated band ever
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24.06.2016 - 10:41
Rating: 8
Intense opening with Aces High and 2 Minutes to Midnight and probably the best ending on a Maiden album with Powerslave and RIme of the Ancient Mariner. So far so good. It's the middle songs that don't live up to the hype. People seem to love Flash of the Blade, sure it got a cool intro, but the lyrics are lame written and both the verses and chorus is extremly annoying. The Duallist also suffer from a bad chorus. Losfers Words and Back In The Village are though both pretty nice tracks, nothing special but still. So all in all a very good album but no masterpiece.
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23.08.2016 - 00:39
Rating: 9
Free as a.. Fish
Written by Guest on 21.08.2016 at 22:29

I think number of the beast is overrated and this album crushed it. fight me, those who disagree.

24.08.2016 - 00:14
Rating: 9
Free as a.. Fish
Written by Guest on 23.08.2016 at 03:30


If you remove the 's' in 'https' it works.

Anyway, The Number of the Beast is the more consistent (and consistently great) album. Powerslave has an excellent one-two punch opening and closes with 20 amazing minutes, but that leaves four weaker songs. Of course, "weak" is a relative term when it comes to Maiden's '80s work, but "The Duellists" is filler (though with a great instumental section) and "Back in the Village" is quite possibly Maiden's worst song of that decade.
24.08.2016 - 09:56
Rating: 9
For me, nothing beats "Rime of the Ancient Mariner". I usually listen to Iron Maiden in my car. I often play this song from "Powerslave", and play it again from "Live After Death". That live version is even better than the studio version. The mere fact that I can listen to a 13-minute song twice in a row says a lot about how much I like it I guess. I've known this song for 30 years and still listen to it on a regular basis.
24.08.2016 - 22:31
Rating: 9
Free as a.. Fish
Written by Guest on 24.08.2016 at 02:08

anyways, you actually have made some great points, but Powerslave has a lot of Maiden songs that are personal and are personal favorites to me. The first 2 tracks and the title track just hit me so hard when i first heard them. It is not the same now, but Powerslave is MY Personal favorite.

Yeah, I get it. I feel the same way about Seventh Son of a Seventh Son as you do about Powerslave. At the end of the day, when discussing Maiden's albums of the '80s it's important to remember one thing: they're all great.
19.10.2016 - 14:01
Rating: 9
Jope of Steele

It's the best from the first five albums. While it sounds a lot like PoM, IMO song writing is better here. Highlights: Aces High, Duellist, Powerslave and some parts of Mariner.
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11.08.2018 - 19:16
China was a neat
Indeed tracks 5 and 6 are weak in comparison to the opening and closers. I still think Number of the beast is their best and felt the sound here was a bit cheerful and ecstatic when the aforesaid album had enough darkness for a heavy metal record.
10.04.2021 - 19:00
Rating: 7
Dark Horizons

Starts and ends well, but the 4 songs in the middle are nothing really interesting... The 2 following albums are waaaay better!
We are just a moment in time
A blink of an eye
A dream for the blind
Visions from a dying brain
I hope you don't understand
26.06.2021 - 20:13
Rating: 9

Maiden shows how talented they are in progressive territory.

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