Iron Maiden - Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son


9.1 | 1969 votes |
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: 2
Top 200 albums of all time: 18

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

Guest musicians
Michael Kenney - keyboards

Additional info
Producerd & mixing by Martin Birch.
Engineering by Martin Birch, Ronald Prent, Albert Boekholt & Stephane Wissner.
Mastering by George Marino.
Cover art & photography by 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)

Guest review by
tominator
Rating:
10
What is there to say about Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son? It's my absolute favourite album ever made. In fact, it's the only album I personally consider flawless.

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published 18.12.2016 | Comments (6)

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29.04.2013 - 09:14
Lião
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The peak of Maiden career.
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17.05.2013 - 07:53
Rating: 10
Copernicus
One of the greatest heavy metal albums out there!
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28.05.2013 - 02:09
Illog1cal
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Written by Jaeryd 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.
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28.05.2013 - 06:25
Rating: 7
Jaeryd
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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.
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26.07.2015 - 18:01
Rating: 8
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Masterchief
I would say its most power metal IM album, still like it, band what had a talent enver write same and make ''new sound'' good
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I better die, because I never will learn speek english, so I choose dieing
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05.11.2015 - 19:48
Rating: 6
MichaelAngeloT
Its a boring album except last few songs.. "overrated" i think
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30.06.2016 - 22:50
Rating: 10
CakeTrolley
Grand and dramatic, that's what Iron Maiden is best at!
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26.10.2016 - 15:35
Rating: 9
TrueMetalJope
Cut "Can I Play With Madness" (not a huge fan of the title track either, but that's not as bad as CiPWM) and this would be 10 material.
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26.10.2016 - 18:14
Rating: 10
tominator
This is what I call a perfect album. It is by far my absolute favourite album I've ever heard. Excellent lyrics, nice concept, amazing musicianship and an overall epic feel are the reasons why I love it so much.

The absolute best from Maiden!
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