When “Seventh Son” first came out I hated it. I felt that the band put the “concept” before the music, the guitar-synth heavy tunes were the polar opposite of songs found on “Powerslave”, “Number of the Beast” and “Killers”. But, occasionally I would pull the cd back out and with time I came to appreciate what Iron Maiden was doing with “Seventh Son” and several of the songs on the disk are pretty good. The title track is my favorite, it has that epic sound Maiden made famous with tunes like “Rime of the Ancient Mariner”. “Only the Good Die Young”, “The Evil That Men Do” and “The Prophecy”, though very heavily laden with guitar-synth, are still recognizable as Iron Maiden. Judging by other reviews you either love this album, or hate it. And though I enjoy this cd now, I wouldn’t recommend “Seventh Son” as the first Maiden disk to start your collection, I would pick this up only after you have become a fan of the band through their other albums first.