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5.0 out of 5 stars One of Metal's Old-School Classics!, October 9, 2004
This review is from: Iron Maiden (Audio CD)
While Bruce Dickinson is THE voice of Iron Maiden, I think Paul DiAnno's contribution during the early Maiden years is too often overlooked. "Phantom of the Opera" and "Sanctuary" are the first great tunes that turned me on to Iron Maiden, and alerted me to just what an incredible group they are.

I won't go as far to say that I like DiAnnio over Dickinson... there is nobody in all of heavy metal that could reproduce that melodic war-cry of a voice he lets rip! But DiAnnio was unique, and left enough of an impression on this album that I think he deserves a bit more of a nod than he gets.

If you have only heard the highlight CDs of Iron Maiden like "Number of the Beast" and "Powerslave," believe me, you are missing out. Those albums are excellent, true. This album is one of the finest beginnings of any band in the this genre of music.

"Phantom of the Opera" is such a unique piece in the heavy metal tunes of that era. There are so many terrible metal lyrics from that era, which makes this great song stand out. The combo of common mental torment, silent film references, and the classic Maiden guitar licks make everyday domestic-despair sound like gothic horror.

One of those rare albums that is every bit as good as Iron Maiden's later efforts! Worth the time and dough!
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Initial post: Jun 18, 2011 9:57:21 PM PDT
agreed on all points.

Posted on Dec 22, 2011 8:25:05 AM PST
I like Dianno better. It is much less commercial and that is good.

Posted on Dec 5, 2012 10:36:55 AM PST
Mmmh I don't know, back then DiAnno was Maiden and the two first records are incredible, while Bruce is an exceptional singer it took me a long time to finally accept that Maiden had changed lead singers and despite of the fantasic albums they put out with Bruce, to me they lost rawness and heavyness (I don't mean that in a bad way). If you became aware of Iron Maiden later on then DiAnno may seem like the odd singer to you, back then it was the other way around.
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