Iron Maiden

Iron Maiden

Metal Hammer (UK) - - The 1980s - By miho, Lovebites

(1980)

The birth of the leg­end

“Iron Maiden’s self-ti­tled de­but is the great­est al­bum of the last 50 years. It is im­por­tant be­cause of its un­prece­dented sound. It saw pro­gres­sive metal sounds fused with the ag­gres­sion of punk, and in do­ing so be­came the cor­ner­stone of the New Wave Of Bri­tish Heavy Metal.

“When I first heard it, I was still new to the world of metal and wanted to gain more knowl­edge. In Ja­pan, CD rental shops were and still are a thing, and it’s partly be­cause of this that

I had ac­cess to so much mu­sic. The al­bum was rec­om­mended to me by staff as one of the best metal al­bums, so of course, I grabbed it and thought, ‘I must lis­ten to this!’ and ran home im­me­di­ately and put it my CD player. Be­fore open­ing track Prowler had fin­ished, I was al­ready blown away and want­ing more.

“The mu­sic is so orig­i­nal and fresh. De­spite it be­ing re­leased be­fore my time, I feel that the al­bum’s com­bi­na­tion of hard, tre­ble-heavy bass and gui­tar is some­thing rarely found in other ma­te­rial of that era. Also, I love the strength and power of the vo­cals and riffs off­set against the melodic na­ture of the gui­tar melodies. Plus, that sleeve art with Ed­die is unforgetta­ble. Truly an iconic al­bum in ev­ery way.

“You can hear Iron Maiden’s in­flu­ence in so much metal that fol­lowed and even in new bands to­day. It wouldn’t be an ex­ag­ger­a­tion to say that with­out them, to­day’s metal scene would be very dif­fer­ent.”

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