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3.0 out of 5 stars An all-time Metal classic....but with some filler...., February 1, 2004
This review is from: Piece of Mind (Audio CD)
How can I call an album a classic and yet give it 3 stars????
Well, I have to admit that I am a little inconsistant with the stars in my ratings, but with 5 stars an all time masterpiece, which only a few albums can rate and 4 stars in my book being a classic album that is a personal favorite and highlight of the bands career....I had to rate Piece of Mind just a little lower due to some filler material, the good but way overplayed songs, and some lyrics that are just plain stupid...here's a breakdown:
Where Eagles Dare - One of the best Maiden tracks of all time...This song has incredible drumming...great lyrics...awesome vocals...its one the best songs Maiden ever did...
Revelations - Another of Maidens all time gretest tracks....Once again great playing...vocals...lyrics...this song has it all...
Flight of Icarus .....One of Maiden's better known tracks and more widely played radio songs (At least in America)...The solo and the chorous are so good that I never tire of this song...no matter how often I here it..
After that great 1,2,3..howevre, the album begins to fade...
Die With your Boots On.....I know this is a fan facorite and it has a cool main riff and verse..but I always thought the chorus was kind of plain and uninteresting....Also...I can't figure out what the hell this song is suppossed to be about...
The Trooper - One of Maidens best known songs and it is good, but a bit like Sabbath's Paranoid...every teenager who picked up a guitar in the last 20 years learned this riff badly and that memory lingers when I hear the song...
Still Life - Musically this song rocks...very strong..Lyrically, although as a teenager I dug it...it sounds kind of ridiclus 20 years later...A guy having nightmares about his pool is like a bad Freddy Krueger movie...
Quest for Fire - A horrible song with stupid lyrics and uninteresting riff. The chorus is straight out of Spinal Tap...
Sunlight on your steel - This song is ok, but wayyy to bland..and once again the singing tries to make dumb sounding lyrics seem important...Very Spinal Tap...
To Tame a Land - The album concludes on an up-note with To Tame a Land, which is based on the novel Dune....It is one of the better Maiden epic closers, second maybe only to Rime of the Ancient Mariner and makes the previous two songs seem somewhat worth the effort once you get to it...
All and all I recomend this album and if your a Maiden fan you'll love it...Its one of their best...Personally...They have sevreal other releases that I find more complete, but the first 3 songs and To Tame a Land make it well worth the money...
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Initial post: May 3, 2010 12:37:02 PM PDT
Well, I'd be hard-pressed to call any Maiden song from the 80s filler, but I happen to like their style. Anyway, "Die With Your Boots On" gets a lot of criticism for having stupid lyrics. Let's analyze:
"another prophet of disaster . . . predicting war for millions, in the hope that one occurs ... terror, death, destruction pour from the eastern sands". Well, 20 years later there was a leader in America that was always talking up the terrorist threat from the desert lands of the middle-east. This allowed him to invade Iraq on false grounds, gave him power to override many constitutional rights, and send many people to "die with their boots on" in wars in those eastern sands.
There was a lot of terrorist threat from the middle-east in the 80s, too, and politicians have always used fear and war as ways to manipulate the masses.
So, these lyrics seem pretty pertinent to pretty major world events, in my mind!

"Sun & Steel" is about "the Book Of Five Rings" - a 17th century book of military philosophy written by a respected Samurai.

What you consider stupid lyrics obviously is your opinion, but I always considered Bruce Dickinson's lyrics to be some of the most intelligent and insightful in rock or metal. Even Steve Harris's story-telling songs give great imagery to the epic, energetic music. Surely this is much better than songs about groupies, fast cars, and rockin' (or Halford's thinly-disguised lyrics about gay escapades - and, I mean I like Judas Priest, but I'd say Iron Maiden's quite a step better), or the whiny poor-me Grunge/alternative lyrics that came a decade later?

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 27, 2014 8:21:39 PM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on Nov 24, 2014 2:16:35 PM PST
D. Mcroberts says:
The thing that drove me mad about Sun and Steel is that it came out in the US shortly after Conan The Barbarian was in theaters. It sounded like a horrible tribute to a horrible movie.
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