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Prepare for The Final Frontier (Pt. 2 – Iron Maiden)

I said this yesterday, but I’ll say it again. Iron Maiden is touring with Dream Theater for their upcoming album, The Final Frontier. It could very well be the best concert I will ever see, and it is not one for anyone to miss. Having Dream Theater as an opener is a clear enough statement as to how big the show will be. But I don’t expect any less from the second part of the show: Iron Maiden.

 

Part 2 - Iron Maiden

If you need an outlet for the insatiable burning lust for Iron Maiden, I have the perfect answer. What you need is to build and perfect a playlist dedicated to Iron Maiden. Everyone’s will be different, but I can help you find your own. Once again, we start off with an album countdown.

5) A Matter of Life and Death (2006)

This is the band’s latest release. It was met with generally favorable reviews, though with much less enthusiasm than the Maiden “classics.” However, the album shows much progress and musical maturity in their sound, which to me is a good thing. They employ more advanced features, such as odd time signatures and complex song structures. Along with this, they shift emphasis to the atmospheric side of music with the use of background strings. Overall, the A Matter of Life and Death is a classier and more subtle approach to music in comparison to earlier Maiden albums. It is definitely different, whether this is good or bad (to me, it is good). I sincerely hope they build on this new approach to music in their upcoming album, The Final Frontier.

4) Piece of Mind (1983)

Piece of Mind is the band’s fourth studio release. It is a stellar album with an impressive catalog of tracks, including the song that hooked me into Iron Maiden: “The Trooper.” It is also the album to debut drummer Nicko McBrain, and he puts forth an impressive effort, especially with the opening track, “Where Eagles Dare.” All the songs are well-crafted though certain songs stand out more than others. Nonetheless, it is an amazing album.

3) Seventh Son of a Seventh Son (1988)

In 1988, Iron Maiden released Seventh Son of a Seventh Son, a concept album with a progressive touch. It has the classic style of the band, but also includes the use of synthesizers and keyboards. Though it is recognizable as an Iron Maiden album, it is still creative and pleasantly surprising at times. Moreover, the introduction and the conclusion work together to promote a sense of completeness in the record. The lyrics are intelligent and the concept is distinct. It is a definite standout, even in the Iron Maiden collection!

2) The Number of the Beast (1982)

When The Number of the Beast was released, much controversy arose. The band was commonly deemed satanic simply based on the cover art. But if the accusers actually listened to the album, they would have realized how in-depth the band is. I find this album to be a giant step in maturity for the band. It is still fast and catchy, but also has elements of higher level musicianship that make it everlasting. Whether it be Dickinson’s introductory scream in “The Number of the Beast,” or the drum beat of “Run to the Hills,” or the entirety of “Hallowed Be Thy Name,” somethings never get old. This is Maiden’s breakthrough album, and firmly established them as the band they are today. It is without doubt one of the most influential metal albums of all time, though to me, it’s not their best.

1) Powerslave (1984)

Not only is Powerslave my favorite Iron Maiden album, but it is one of my all time favorite albums! It is perfect in so many ways, from its originality to its musical execution. From start to finish, there are no songs that your mind can simply wander through. Their adventurous risks are well-rewarded, whether it be the instrumental, “Losfer Words (Big ‘Orra),” or the thirteen minute epic, “Rime of the Ancient Mariner”. The album is beyond spectacular, and is a must-have in any metalhead’s collection. Just as the album art suggests, this album is an immortal masterpiece.

It is much easier to listen to an album by Iron Maiden in one sitting than that by Dream Theater. Still, there are some without the patience to do so. For them, here is my personal “top 10” song list for Iron Maiden. Starting from the bottom:

Iron Maiden “Top 10”

10) “Where Eagles Dare” (from Piece of Mind)

9) “Phantom of the Opera” (from Iron Maiden)

8) “Seventh Son of a Seventh Son” (from Seventh Son of a Seventh Son)

7) “Run to the Hills” (from The Number of the Beast)

6) “The Number of the Beast” (from The Number of the Beast)

5) “Powerslave” (from Powerslave)

4) “Aces High” (from Powerslave)

3) “The Trooper” (from Piece of Mind)

2) “Rime of the Ancient Mariner” (from Powerslave)

1) “Hallowed Be Thy Name” (from The Number of the Beast)

That’s a quick summary of Iron Maiden’s legacy. If you are not caught up yet, be sure to do so before they reach your city with Dream Theater alongside. The Final Frontier tour is almost certain to deliver a string of unforgettable nights.

Also, it is recommended that you be up to date with the openers, Dream Theater. There is a helpful guideline in the previous post: Part 1 – Dream Theater.

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