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Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Iron Maiden - "Powerslave"

If you came here thinking this was a write up of the song "Powerslave", I have to say you are out of luck. However, this is a write up of the entire album "Powerslave", so maybe your luck is changing.

This masterpiece of an album turns 30 years old today. For 30 years the songs from "Powerslave" have been staples at Iron Maiden shows all across the world. For 30 years this album had made many throw up the horns and head bang. I could take 30 paragraphs to describe how amazing this album truly is. However, that won't be the case.

"Powerslave" is easily a top 3 Maiden album and as I stated before it has been a staple in Maiden shows since 1984. The two staples are the first two songs of the album, "Aces High" and "2 Minutes to Midnight". Right away this album grabs you by your thrash balls and starts rocking. If you have ever seen Maiden live, and we here at atozappa highly recommend you do, chances are you have seen both these songs. The next song on the album is "Losfer Words" which is funny because it is an instrumental. "Losfer Words" is your quintessential  Maiden song. It gallops, it solos, and it kicks dick. The next two songs are both songs eluding to Bruce Dickinson's hobby of fencing. "Flash of the Blade" and "The Duellists"are song about sword fighting and honestly how awesome Dickinson is.

Side 2 of the album starts with "Back In The Village" which comes roaring in with an in your face rift that does not slow down throughout the entire song. The song ominously ends with a howl and a sinister laugh that leads into the title track "Powerslave". "Powerslave" is song about an Ancient Egyptian Pharaoh who thinks he is a God amongst man. However, he is only a slave to the power of death as the song ends with our Pharaoh being mummified. This leads us to the last track on the album. "Rime of the Ancient Mariner" stands over every other Iron Maiden song as it is their longest song ever written. Coming in at 13 minutes and 34 seconds "Rime of the Ancient Mariner" is a direct reference to the poem of the same name. "Rime of the Ancient Mariner" is an absolute masterpiece of a song and one that needs to be listened to in its entirety to appreciate.

This album is a true 10/10 in my opinion with every song ringing true as a Maiden classic. I hope this album and Iron Maiden continue to rock on for many many more years to come. It has been a great 30 years since this album came out and there should be many more great years to come. Above is the song "2 Minutes to Midnight" I hope you enjoy it as much as I do every time i hear it.

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