Iron Maiden’s golden age started with “Killers” and pretty much ended with “Somewhere in Time”. All of the songs on “Somewhere” are ambitious, adding new elements to Maiden’s sound. The guitar synth’s found on “Somewhere” are present, but not as overpowering as on the follow-up cd “Seventh Son”. Everything Maiden fans enjoy about the band are present on “Somewhere”. Steve Harris’ bass lines crackle, and Dickinson’s urgent vocals really carry the album along. The guitar riffs are catchy, and hook you right away. The thing that always impressed me with Iron Maiden, was that, during the 80’s most metal bands like Ratt, Posion, Motley Crue etc, were busy playing and singing about rock n’ roll, girls and partying. Maiden often based their music on literature; “Murders in the Rue Morgue”, poetry: “Rime of the Ancient Mariner”, history; “Aces High”, “The Trooper” and “Run to the Hills”; religion; “Heaven Can Wait”, “Number of the Beast” and mythology “Icarus” and “Poweslave”. The great epic metal tunes on Iron Maiden disks defied the conventions of the time, where most bands stuck to radio-friendly, 5 minutes or less rock anthems. Iron Maiden was, and is more than just a standard metal band, and if you are a music fan, you are doing yourself a great dis-service if you don’t pick up the disks from the heyday. “Somewhere in Time” features 8 great track, each better than the one before it. Listen to “Alexander the Great” and ask yourself if any other band at the height of their popularity would have been able to put that song on a cd. The guitar riff on “Wasted Years” will be running through your head all day, and you will be humming the chorus of “Heaven Can Wait” for a long time. This is a great album, from a band that always brought a little more to the table than just catchy rock anthems.