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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

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Line-up
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

Rating:
10
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.

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cjguitar40 - 10.07.2010 at 08:00  
Rating: 10 POWERSLAVE is one of THE BEST Heavy Metal recordings of all time. They somehow improved on the songwriting and melodic , majestic power they produced on "Piece of Mind" and just went to a level of perfection that is still beautiful and unmatched in metal. Even 26 years later the musicianship and vocal quality of POWERSLAVE, honestly, can't be topped. "Rime of the Ancient Mariner" is possibly the best Iron Maiden song every written , IMO. POWERSLAVE is a true work of art in the heavy metal world. You ain't metal if you've never owned this album , seriously.
Angelic Storm - 10.07.2010 at 09:26  
Rating: 10 What can I say? This is my fave Maiden album. (and it has very strong competition from Maiden's other awesome 80's albums!) Pure heavy metal perfection. xD
Valentin B - 10.07.2010 at 09:28  
  I hate to beat a dead horse here, but i do think that the album kinda loses pace in the middle, specifically tracks 5 and 6. anyway other than that pure classic heavy metal, unmistakable riffs, mindblowing bass work(imo by far Steve's best work is on this album), genius vocals(even though Bruce can't pull off Aces High live to save his life) everything is 90% perfect, so i give this album a 9
zero - 04.04.2011 at 17:23  
Rating: 9 Best maiden album
Yasmine - 04.04.2011 at 17:40  
Rating: 9 I agree, my favorite from them as well.
melisa - 11.04.2011 at 00:15  
  Excellent Album.
antonio2 - 10.05.2011 at 22:28  
  This album Rocks!
Torolf~Godsmote - 30.05.2011 at 19:52  
Rating: 10 This is by far... well of course I'm gonna say this album is my most desired favorite from iron Maiden (Along with Number of the Beast) Iron Maiden is by far the name of Metal!

Ladies and Gents... Satan's work is done!
Sepulnation - 09.06.2011 at 07:21  
Rating: 10 Excellent album...
Mattybu - 15.06.2011 at 03:44  
  Unbelievably good. Every song has reasons for me to keep coming back.
Cynic Metalhead - 30.06.2011 at 07:51  
Rating: 10 EPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPIC!!!

sandra2 - 30.06.2011 at 19:53  
  I listen to it every day
BeastOfMetal456 - 26.07.2011 at 02:45  
 
Written by Valentin B on 10.07.2010 at 09:28

I hate to beat a dead horse here, but i do think that the album kinda loses pace in the middle, specifically tracks 5 and 6. anyway other than that pure classic heavy metal, unmistakable riffs, mindblowing bass work(imo by far Steve's best work is on this album), genius vocals(even though Bruce can't pull off Aces High live to save his life) everything is 90% perfect, so i give this album a 9

I agree about track 5 and 6. Good songs, but not as good as others like Aces High, 2 Minutes and the epic title track. ;d
Jirpo - 26.07.2011 at 05:41  
  The Duellists is amazing in my opinion, so is Flash of the Blade.
Deadmeat - 26.09.2011 at 20:10  
Rating: 8 I like it but i probably am just not into heavy metal any more. i absolutely love the first 2 songs which i lfirst listened in my childhood unlike the other that after many spins didnt manage to make me say "awesome". i enjoy them but nothing more...
Lit. - 09.11.2011 at 05:26  
  Every song sends my soul to a different dimension.
teniva - 19.01.2012 at 04:44  
  One of the greatest albums ever..
NocturnalStalker - 24.01.2012 at 14:43  
Rating: 8 Good record. Though, it's not my favourite Maiden album.
The title track and Rime of the Ancient Mariner are the songs I enjoy the most, but The Duellists is also a nice song with lyrics matching the music.
Well, Aces High is a great song too, but I guess I'm too tired of hearing countless covers of it through the years so it doesn't make me bang my head anymore.
Also... Am I the only who, while listening to the main riff from 2 Minutes to Midnight, can't help but think of the riff from Venom's Welcome to Hell?
Cuca Beludo - 13.04.2012 at 23:04  
  The album starts greatly, and then lose it's pace too fast. The first two tracks and the title track are masterpieces, the rest is boring. And seriously, Losfer Words and Back in the Village are in my group of the most boring maiden songs ever.

Hm... to tell the truth, every maiden album has at least one annoying filler amongst the great songs, every! (except for Seventh son [... ).
Neiluria - 01.06.2012 at 01:27  
Rating: 10 This album holds a treasure...
" Rime Of The Ancient Mariner"
JÄY - 01.08.2012 at 23:28  
Rating: 10 By no means is this release under rated, but It just rubs me the wrong way seeing number of the beast rated higher
Dead Eternity - 02.10.2012 at 14:07  
Rating: 8 The Duellists is boring. If at least it was shorter...
megadeath13 - 09.11.2012 at 23:14  
  And another masterpiece from Harris &. co. Rime of the ancient Mariner is the best track Maiden ever released, in my opinion.
Dentura - 12.11.2012 at 21:33  
Rating: 8 I wouldn't rank this among my favorite Maiden releases, but god damn, the band REALLY out did themselves with Rime of the Ancient Mariner! One of their best songs for sure!
Bad English - 24.02.2013 at 01:41  
Rating: 8 Still classic but I dont think best .... omnly 2 songs are huge killers, Aces Hight and 2 Minutes To Midnight, real is lonmg song, seems after it IM likes working on longer songs
but its good album, I dunno if they wanted to go into studio, or record companies push,m if they did, then it came out good, good album ayway , but not best than some of you say
Aristarchos - 09.03.2013 at 16:35  
Rating: 8 Maiden is my favourite band, but this isn't one of their best ones. Only love 2 minutes and the title track.
tea[m]ster - 09.03.2013 at 17:32  
Rating: 9 Love this album. A classic. I even love the songs in middle of the album...
Illog1cal - 21.05.2013 at 23:00  
  The quintessential Heavy Metal album.
Necdilzor - 09.06.2013 at 00:26  
 
Written by Angelic Storm on 10.07.2010 at 09:26

What can I say? This is my fave Maiden album. (and it has very strong competition from Maiden's other awesome 80's albums!) Pure heavy metal perfection. xD


This. Exactly the same for me.
Ace Frawley - 22.03.2014 at 10:26  
Rating: 8
Written by deadone on 21.03.2014 at 01:37

And when it comes down to it, this is where Heavy Fuckin Metal starts and finishes in my book. The epitome of the genre. Nothing has ever topped this in my book.


Starts AND finishes. Big call, mate. Damn good album though.
Paw!! - 10.04.2014 at 10:57  
Rating: 8 EPIC. Best Iron Maiden Album after "The Number Of the Beast". "But POWERSLAVE have pure heavy metal that called nwobhm!!
Dr. Strawberry - 26.05.2014 at 14:32  
Rating: 6 An overrated band. Always.
Bad English - 26.07.2015 at 17:43  
Rating: 8
Written by Dr. Strawberry on 26.05.2014 at 14:32

An overrated band. Always.


maybe best Overrated band ever
CakeTrolley - 24.06.2016 at 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.
VIG - 21.08.2016 at 22:29  
  I think number of the beast is overrated and this album crushed it. fight me, those who disagree.
Azarath - 23.08.2016 at 00:39  
Rating: 9
Written by VIG 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.

VIG - 23.08.2016 at 03:30  
 
Written by Azarath on 23.08.2016 at 00:39

Written by VIG 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.



yes
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VIG - 23.08.2016 at 03:31  
 
Written by VIG on 23.08.2016 at 03:30

Written by Azarath on 23.08.2016 at 00:39

Written by VIG 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.



[img]https://media.giphy.com/media/26BRzQS5HXcEWM7du/giphy.gif[/img]
Azarath - 24.08.2016 at 00:14  
Rating: 9
Written by VIG on 23.08.2016 at 03:30

yes


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.
VIG - 24.08.2016 at 02:08  
 
Written by Azarath on 24.08.2016 at 00:14

Written by VIG on 23.08.2016 at 03:30

yes


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.

thanks for the tip

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.
Daniell - 24.08.2016 at 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.
Azarath - 24.08.2016 at 22:31  
Rating: 9
Written by VIG 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.
VIG - 24.08.2016 at 22:32  
 
Written by Azarath on 24.08.2016 at 22:31

Written by VIG 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.

Definitely! Aside from the 80s albums the only other one i really enjoy is Brave New World
TrueMetalJope - 19.10.2016 at 14:01  
Rating: 9 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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