1984’s Iron Maiden release “Powerslave” is the album that got me into Maiden. I loved every song on this album when I first heard it back in 1985. By 1988, I had most of the Maiden albums to date and tried like hell to copy the guitar sound. I was 11 years old then.
Anyway, this album is fantastic and remains as one of my favorite Maiden albums. One thing that drew me to the album was the cover. Their artwork is always the best. Look for that little grim reaper on the back of the record cover.
Secondly, it was the style and sound of music that was being played. It wasn’t anything like I was hearing on the radio at the time. The duel guitars riffs, the solos themselves, the bass lines, and then you have great vocals thrown in. WOW! Bruce hit those high notes. For what filler there is on this album, the other main tracks make up for it. In fact, there isn’t a bad song on here, just great Heavy Metal material. Tracks 1,2,7, & 8 are my all time favorite Maiden songs.
1. “Aces High” 4:31
2. “2 Minutes to Midnight” 6:04
3. “Losfer Words (Big ‘Orra)” 4:15
4. “Flash of the Blade” 4:05
5. “The Duellists” 6:18
6. “Back in the Village” 5:02
7. “Powerslave” 7:12
8. “Rime of the Ancient Mariner” 13:45