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My favorite is The Number of the Beast. I am a big Clive Burr fan, though Nicko is a force of nature himself. To stick with an ailing bandmate to finish an Album says a lot about metal brotherhood. That they waited until his death to talk about watching him debilitate, respecting his wishes say a lot to me as well.

Piece of Mind will always be a very close second, almost hard to separate. Made me a Nicko fan as well. The only things Ive heard from Iron Maiden and thought bleh, was Black Bart Blues,and Sheriff of Huddersfield. Which may have contained some inside joke I didnt get at all. Oh and listening with Nicko "radio" was pretty bad too.

I dont think there are any bad Iron Maiden Albums

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5 minutes ago, MacabreEternal said:

Oh come on, X-Factor and Virtual XI are appalling and indefensible.

Blaze certainly wasnt the signature sound we where used to, but if you listen to them not wishing they where like other Maiden albums, there where not that bad. Kind of raw like the first two. He didnt nail every single note, but I still like them as a whole.  It is odd for a Maiden album to have dud song on it though.  You cant find these in the States.

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My favorite are undoubtedly "The Number of the Beast" and "Piece of Mind". If I had to pick one... it'd be "Piece Of Mind". I love every track! Even "Still Life", "Quest For Fire", "Sun and Steel" and "To Tame a Land"!

I don't understand why people complain about the second half of "Piece Of Mind"...

"TNOTB" is the fundamental one, being the first with Bruce, but "Gangland" slightly sucks eheheh.

The one I like most with Di Anno on vocals is... the first one! 

As for the Blaze albums: I think "The X Factor" is a pretty decent album, whereas more than half of "Virtual XI" belongs to fuckin' Mars. There should be a law about how many consecutive times you can repeat a refrain.

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My favorite are undoubtedly "The Number of the Beast" and "Piece of Mind". If I had to pick one... it'd be "Piece Of Mind". I love every track! Even "Still Life", "Quest For Fire", "Sun and Steel" and "To Tame a Land"!

I don't understand why people complain about the second half of "Piece Of Mind"...

"TNOTB" is the fundamental one, being the first with Bruce, but "Gangland" slightly sucks eheheh.

The one I like most with Di Anno on vocals is... the first one! 

As for the Blaze albums: I think "The X Factor" is a pretty decent album, whereas more than half of "Virtual XI" belongs to fuckin' Mars. There should be a law about how many consecutive times you can repeat a refrain.

 

Piece of Mind is my least favorite with Dickinson. It's too anthemic and doesn't have anywhere near the degree of instrumental flourishes as the other albums. There is a lot of filler, and just seems restrained.

 

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I'm in the riffs camp too. Where Eagles Dare and The Trooper aside Piece Of Mind is boring. I'd say it's their worst eighties album. So far as picking a favourite? Fuck that it's too daunting a task.

 

Killers bro.

 

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Another interesting thread that I've missed. This place just keeps on giving. 

My favourite Iron Maiden album is probably 'Seventh Son of a Seventh Son'. It wasn't always, but I think for me where I am with music in 2017, this would be the album. It's an absolute classic. 

Quickly behind it are 'Powerslave' and 'Number of the Beast'. I think I tend to overlook 'Number of the Beast' a little bit because it's so damn obvious, but remember the VERY first time you heard 'Hallowed by thy Name'? Or the title track? 

As for the 'X-Factor' and 'Vitrual XI' controversy, I don't think I ever heard the latter album, but I've had 'X-Factor' on CD since it came out, and while I don't listen to it these days, I remember it has some pretty decent songs on it. Blaze sounds terrible, but a song like 'Sign of the Cross' is a really good tune. 

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Lemme surprise you more, I like BNW too. For me it is their last kickass album. Rest are just meh. Favorite for me is Somewhere in Time followed by Powerslave. First seven albums are Maiden, rest feels more mediocre and less artistic. Just my opinion.

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On 12/29/2017 at 9:19 PM, Comprodrigue said:

Lemme surprise you more, I like BNW too. For me it is their last kickass album. Rest are just meh. Favorite for me is Somewhere in Time followed by Powerslave. First seven albums are Maiden, rest feels more mediocre and less artistic. Just my opinion.

I was talking to a friend about Maiden just yesterday and said something similar.

The first five or six albums have that spirit and energy. Just beautiful, fun, albums. 'Book of Souls' was hailed as a comeback album and I bought it, and it's just not. It's so flat and boring. It's slow paced rock with guitars that saw the (staggeringly) three guitar players forget to turn the distortion on. 

It has a couple of cool moments, but my nanna with a mop and bucket chances on a good beat occasionally. It's grandpa metal and deserves very little praise in my estimation. Happy for others to like it though (and I do like some of it!)

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2 hours ago, Requiem said:

I was talking to a friend about Maiden just yesterday and said something similar.

The first five or six albums have that spirit and energy. Just beautiful, fun, albums. 'Book of Souls' was hailed as a comeback album and I bought it, and it's just not. It's so flat and boring. It's slow paced rock with guitars that saw the (staggeringly) three guitar players forget to turn the distortion on. 

It has a couple of cool moments, but my nanna with a mob and bucket chances on a good beat occasionally. It's grandpa metal and deserves very little praise in my estimation. Happy for others to like it though (and I do like some of it!)

Same here! Riffs are repeated too many times, Harris's basslines are not what they used to be as well as his song-writting. Only song that stands strong for me is Speed of Light. 

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On 12/30/2017 at 1:02 AM, Comprodrigue said:

Same here! Riffs are repeated too many times, Harris's basslines are not what they used to be as well as his song-writting. Only song that stands strong for me is Speed of Light. 

I love repeated riffs, but yes, some of those just went on and on. And on and on. It was weird. It's a weird album. 

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