Iron Maiden – Seventh Son of a Seventh Son (1988) – Review

Apple Music Badge – Buy with Amazon!

RockmusicRaider Review - Seventh Son of a Seventh Son - Album CoverDid you know that music CDs finally outsold vinyl in 1988? The CD hype was a big revolution back then. That was also the year with Ronald Reagan (the actor) in power in the US. Terrorists blowing up jumbo-jets over Scotland and American missiles bringing down a passenger plane. 

1988 also was the year of Iron Maiden‘s seventh (!) full length studio album Seventh Son of a Seventh Son. The album marked the 5th record with Bruce Dickinson at the helm for vocals since The Number of the Beast. He jumped ship later in 1993, which made the band lose a lot of popularity first and quality later. For instance, X-Factor featuring Blaze Bayley on vocals (in replacement of Dickinson) got Eddie’s flagship already quite firmly stuck on a number of cliffs. And the band had trouble to free this sorry boat from these rocks until the return of the prodigal son towards the end of the century.  [...]  Got hooked? Raid on...!

Iron Maiden – The Book of Souls (2015) – Review

Apple Music Badge – Buy with Amazon!

RockmusicRaider Review Iron Maiden Book of Souls - Album CoverAfter the ’90s disasters Iron Maiden got themselves into with weak records all along these years, I grew discouraged and dropped them pretty much from my Metal radar. But now – after some investigation into the 2000s records – decided to give it another try. And I am mighty glad I did. Undoubtedly, The Book of Souls is Iron Maiden at its finest, but their 16th studio album also comes away with a twist.

The style is definitely slower and a little heavier. Are they getting older? A tad too much beer brewing or airplane flying in the five years since the last record came out? Well, hells bells, maybe so, but still this is stellar Metal that real metalheads will crave. And it is a double album too, at 92 minutes of total Iron Maiden bliss also the longest they ever did. And putting the pedal to the metal like this after a distinguished career of some 40 years or so. Impressive!  [...]  Got hooked? Raid on...!

Iron Maiden – Powerslave (1984) – Review

Apple Music Badge – Buy with Amazon!

RockmusicRaider Review Iron Maiden Powerslave - Album CoverDo you wanna find out how real Heavy Metal sounds like, I mean the genuine, down-to-the-ground, bony Metal beat? Then just go for Iron Maiden‘s Powerslave. And yes, I know it is old, but who are we kiddin’? This is the real thing, back in the age where we did not have a gazillion of different names and nuances to every friggin’ metal (or not so metal) sound someone wanted to play. And no cell phones, internet of any value, Spotify by far not invented yet. You name it. 

However stellar Metal was already on the menu. And consider the somewhat greasy chart environment at that time: Laura Branigan, Cindie Lauper, Yes, Duran Duran, Eurythmics (I think I am growing delirious..). And all of them wanting to kill us with cheesy kindness. So, what a refreshing gust of wind blew from Leyton in the UK, sent by the crew of Iron Maiden, finally letting her rip something terrible into the midst of all these disco crazed knuckleheads back then.  [...]  Got hooked? Raid on...!