Reviewed by: Kylie McInnes
Iron Maiden (1980)
An interesting start. Raw NWOBHM at its (almost) best.
A collection of leftovers and rewrites from their 70s material. But hey, the cover is freakin’ badass!
The Number Of The Beast (1982)
Enter Bruce Dickinson. The best of the NWOBHM era.
Piece Of Mind (1983)
A bit more epic sounding, with lots of killer material. And “Quest For Fire…”
The culmination of the first 4 albums. Epic. Majestic. Become a slave to the power!
Somewhere In Time (1986)
“Anyone for synths?” A departure from the previous album, but still manages to sound like Maiden.
Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son (1988)
No Prayer For The Dying (1990)
“Umm…so…should we make Killers Pt. 2?”
Fear Of The Dark (1992)
“Ok, how about Piece Of Mind Pt. 2?”
The X Factor (1995)
Exit Bruce, enter Blaze. Maiden took a completely different approach here.
Virtual XI (1998)
If anything, this album justifies the existence of the concept of “single edit.”
Brave New World (2000)
“Hey, Bruce is back! Let’s recapture the glory days…of the last album!”
Dance Of Death (2003)
Advancing the more orchestrated and progressive sound from the Blaze era.
A Matter Of Life And Death (2006)
Further advancing the more orchestrated and progressive sound from the Blaze era.
The Final Frontier (2010)
“Well folks, we’ve horseshoed the progressive sound around enough to go back to 1983!”