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  • Iron Maiden’s “Powerslave” was to metal what Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” was to pop. If you were a fan of heavy metal in the 80’s then this album was the soundtrack to your Saturday night out with the guys. There is just so much on this album to rave about, be it the killer chorus of “2 Minutes to Midnight”, the great guitar track of “Flash of the Blade, the cool “Egyptian” sound to the title cut, of the epic “Rime of the Ancient Mariner”. There was something here for every metal fan. Iron Maiden has made a career out of defying the norm, and in a time when most bands were riding the metal-pop wave, writing songs about Girls..Girls..Girls, or Talking Dirty to Me, Maiden’s subject matter was the RAF during WWII and the Blitz with “Aces High”. “Powerslave” is about Egyptian mythology, and the album also features a song about fencing “Flash of the Blade”. Not your typical song matter for an 80’s metal band. But the highlight of the album for me is “Rime of the Ancient Mariner”, based on an 18th Century poem, this 12 minute epic tells the tale of a doomed captain and his ship, and is musically one of the most impressive songs in Maiden’s catalog. If you haven’t heard this song, then buy this album immediately! It’s worth the price of the cd alone. It doesn’t matter if you think “Powerslave” is Maiden’s best album, or if you like “Beast” or “Piece of Mind” or any one of their other albums better, you have to respect Iron Maiden for what they accomplished with “Powerslave”.

    Posted on January 2, 2010