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March 26, 2002


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  • Label: Sanctuary/Metal-Is
  • Copyright: (P) 1998 Iron Maiden Holdings Ltd. Under Exclusive License To Sanctuary Copyrights Ltd.
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  • Total Length: 50:27
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  • ASIN: B001BEG2LK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (293 customer reviews)

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119 of 122 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Epic Metal At It's Best! October 15, 2004
Format:Audio CD
Iron Maiden's "Powerslave" was to metal what Michael Jackson's "Thriller" was to pop. If you were a fan of heavy metal in the 80's then this album was the soundtrack to your Saturday night out with the guys. There is just so much on this album to rave about, be it the killer chorus of "2 Minutes to Midnight", the great guitar track of "Flash of the Blade, the cool "Egyptian" sound to the title cut, of the epic "Rime of the Ancient Mariner". There was something here for every metal fan. Iron Maiden has made a career out of defying the norm, and in a time when most bands were riding the metal-pop wave, writing songs about Girls..Girls..Girls, or Talking Dirty to Me, Maiden's subject matter was the RAF during WWII and the Blitz with "Aces High". "Powerslave" is about Egyptian mythology, and the album also features a song about fencing "Flash of the Blade". Not your typical song matter for an 80's metal band. But the highlight of the album for me is "Rime of the Ancient Mariner", based on an 18th Century poem, this 12 minute epic tells the tale of a doomed captain and his ship, and is musically one of the most impressive songs in Maiden's catalog. If you haven't heard this song, then buy this album immediately! It's worth the price of the cd alone. It doesn't matter if you think "Powerslave" is Maiden's best album, or if you like "Beast" or "Piece of Mind" or any one of their other albums better, you have to respect Iron Maiden for what they accomplished with "Powerslave".
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138 of 143 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Maidens Finest Album June 30, 2004
Format:Audio CD
Im going to start by saying this album is in my top 5 favorite cds and i have over 100.
1. Aces High: This starts the album off with a bang. The guitar riffing is fast, high pitched, and adrenline pumping, not a very heavy song, but still metal and just as good.There is also a great solo by Dave Murray. You'll like this song if you like faster, higher pitched, metal songs. 10/10
2. Two Minutes to Midnight: This was Maidens highest single of this album and for good reason, it has a cool riff and a very catchy chorus. Bruce dickinson does a pretty good vocal performance on this song. The guitar riff is much like Ted Nugent's Stormtrooping. 10/10
3. Losfer Words (Big Orra):This was Maidens last instrumenatal,
and unfortunatly it was not another Ghengis Khan. It has a fast heavy Prog Rock Sounding riff to it, this song is complety unique and I haven't heard anything like it. 8/10
4. Flash of the blade: The song starts out with a unusual riff that sound like it could be part of a Ozzy Osbourne guitar solo.
when the lyrics start both guitarists do your typical iron maiden power cord riffing. There is a cool sychronized solo played in octaves in the guitar bridge. 8/10

5. The Duellists. Starts off with more heavy guitar riffing. Steve Harris plays his bass great in this song, providing a good backup sound in the chorus and the guitar solo that follows. Some parts of this song are very heavy, other parts are filled with melody, and in some parts there is both. There is an excellent guitar bridge and solo. 9/10
6. Back in the Village: It's a decent song but it pales in comparison to all the other songs, it has a really wierd sounding main riff. When the guitar solo starts at 2:30 the song gets really good with good riffs and a guitar solo.
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39 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Best Iron Maiden Albums December 2, 2004
Format:Audio CD
The World Slavery Tour was my first concert ever; and in retrospect, what a great concert to start with! By 1984, when "Powerslave" came out, Iron Maiden had established themselves at the top of the heavy metal heap. Their previous album, "Piece of Mind," was a huge seller, and the successful World Piece Tour set the bar high for the band's follow up. The radio was already playing "Two Minutes to Midnight," so I had an idea we'd have more of the same good music.

When "Powerslave" came out, I grabbed a copy as soon at it hit the stores. I still remember the album -- especially the textured front cover and a mass of hieroglyphics to decipher. (See what you lose with CD art?) There's all sorts of little messages Derek Riggs included in the cover, you just needed to have a hieroglyphics key to decipher them. I also recall there being a message scrawled on the vinyl's lead-out that said, "There's only one!" I'm not sure if that was just a random note or if there was anything to it. Who knows, maybe I had the winning album in some sort of meet the band contest.

Even though I had gotten a small sample of the music, I was a bit disappointed on first listen. I guess I was looking to be slapped in the face and bowled over by it, but that didn't happen. Maybe it was because the band's sound had become more technical, weaving together more intricate melodies, I'm not sure. Nevertheless, over the years, I've grown to really love the album.

In retrospect, this is a pretty good place to start if you've never heard a full album from the band's earlier days. I've always thought "The Number of the Beast" was better, but "Powerslave" shows a band reaching their creative peak.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Flawless album July 1, 2003
By Matt
Format:Audio CD
This is a prime example of what every album should be. There is not a weak point on this entire album. It starts off with Aces High, which in my opinion is their greatest opener and one of their best songs ever. With its fast paced drum beat, dueling guitars, and the high pitched wail of Bruce Dickinson, it makes for the perfect opening to this album. Steve Harris bass work as always is incredible, and it can actually be heard which is not true in most metal bands. 2 Minutes to Midnight is a catchy tune with a great chorus which can be stuck in your head for days. Losfer Words is a nice little instrumental which displays the musical talent of each of the members. Flash of the Blade and The Duellists are both great songs, both with incredible guitar harmonies of Dave Murray and Adrian Smith. The title track, Powerslave, is themed in Ancient Egypt during the time of the Pharaohs, and the guitar riff goes great with the theme. Powerslave also has one of the best solos ever. The album closes with the 13 minute epic, The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, also another Maiden classic. From beginning to end, this album is flawless.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome artist exceptional cd
this is the most definitely a top 5 album. this is the number 1 album up to this date by maiden. the best song is flash of the blade. Read more
Published 3 months ago by psycho headhunter
5.0 out of 5 stars \m/
A must have maiden album! I would suggest to buy the original capitol/EMI discs than the remastered ones, but maybe that's just me, if you enjoy louder album, then the remaster... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Jose Millan
5.0 out of 5 stars Powerslave is one of Iron Maiden's best albums
Bruce does it again in this beautifully crafted masterpiece. The cover art says it all. Its an amazing piece of musical work. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Joel
3.0 out of 5 stars 2 Minutes to Midnight
It's 1984 and I was dying to hear this, waiting with baited breath. I had been reading in the press that they were taking music to new frontiers, a 15 minute song, etc. Read more
Published 6 months ago by S. Mehaffey
4.0 out of 5 stars The last one
I grew up with Iron Maiden in the early eighties and Powerslave in my opinion was the last real good album they made. Killers is the best album they ever put out.
Published 7 months ago by Gretchen
5.0 out of 5 stars Heavy metal Juggernaut... I'm a Slave to the Power of Death...Bruce is...
Just plain awesome and music to the ears . I believe as this y-gen runs it's course with its throw away music they may discover this mighty metal Juggernaut for hard hitting riffs... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Eric J. Ambriz
5.0 out of 5 stars Bruce Dickinson. Yes, THE Bruce Dickinson.
I can't fault this album. It sounds like Iron Maiden. I like Iron Maiden and this is their best album (maybe tied with Piece Of Mind, they're about the same for me. Read more
Published 7 months ago by T. W. White
3.0 out of 5 stars meh
the cd arrived on time. for the prices you get on amazon, it cant be beat.
my kid loves this music, i have no idea why, i would rather listen to bats screech
all night
Published 9 months ago by kk
5.0 out of 5 stars Get the hard copy
Its cool to buy cds now, nobody wants them. Also the digital copy does not contain Rime of the Ancient Mariner.
Published 9 months ago by rbockus
5.0 out of 5 stars 4.5 Stars- Good Album
This is considered to be a classic metal album by many fans of the genre and considered to be one of Maiden's best. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Music 101
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