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Iron Maiden: the studio albums

Gene Kodadek "2handband"
The list author says: "If there's one classic metal band that doesn't need any introduction, it is probably Iron Maiden. The most enduring band of the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal, Maiden has been releasing great albums since 1980 and maintaining a very high standard all the way. Led by bass player and principal songwriter Steve Harris, the band has survived numerous line-up changes and shifts in the marketplace without ever changing their sound to follow trends or selling out their hardcore fanbase. I'm going to list the fourteen Iron Maiden albums in chronological order and give each one a rating out of ten. Ratings are assigned as follows:
10/10: perfect; every track is brilliant
9/10: almost perfect; almost every track is brilliant
8/10: excellent; brilliant more often than not
7/10: very good; most tracks are good and a few are brilliant
6/10: good; a moment or two of brilliance, some good songs, and some filler
5/10: decent; an enjoyable listen but not much more than that
4/10: half-decent; enjoyable at times
3/10: bad; rarely enjoyable
2/10: awful; maybe one enjoyable track
1/10: utter crap; no enjoyable tracks""
Iron Maiden [Enhanced]
Iron Maiden [Enhanced]
"One of the great classic debut albums. The production is a bit rough, but the songs are terrific. Maiden's rawest album. Features Paul D'ianno (vocals), Steve Harris (bass), Dave Murray (guitar) Dennis Stratton (guitar), and Clive Burr (drums). Released 1980. Best Song: Phantom Of The Opera Rating: 8/10"
Killers [Enhanced]
Killers [Enhanced]
"Maiden's second album, and the last to feature Paul D'ianno on vocals. It was also the first to feature Adrian Smith on guitar, thus completing the classic Murray-Smith guitar team. Most of the tracks are great, but a few sound like left-overs from the first album (which in fact they are). Very raw and in-your-face. Released 1981. Best Song: Innocent Exile Rating: 7/10"
The Number Of The Beast [Enhanced]
The Number Of The Beast [Enhanced]
"This was the album that broke Maiden to a mainstream audience, featuring a couple of radio hits and generating a great deal of controversy regarding alleged satanism. This was also the first Maiden album to feature vocalist Bruce Dickinson. Released 1982. Best Song: Hallowed Be Thy Name Rating: 8/10"
Piece Of Mind [Enhanced]
Piece Of Mind [Enhanced]
"This classic album was the first to feature drummer Nicko Mcbrain, thus completing what fans consider to be the "classic" line-up. Full of brilliant songs, this is an album no metal record collection should be without. Released 1983. Best Song: Revelations      Rating: 9/10"
Powerslave [Enhanced]
Powerslave [Enhanced]
"This album represents the culmination of the early Maiden sound, as though everything that came before was just leading up to it. Maiden's best album, and one of the best metal albums of all time. Released 1984. Best Song: Rime Of The Ancient Mariner Rating: 10/10"
Somewhere In Time [Enhanced]
Somewhere In Time [Enhanced]
"On this album they started experimenting with synthesizers and a more polished sound. Technically it's brilliant, but the old magic is missing. It's still a good album, and the title track is stunning. Released 1986. Best Song: Caught Somewhere In Time Rating: 6/10"
Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son [Enhanced]
Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son [Enhanced]
"A classic concept album. In the same vein as Somewhere In Time, but with better songs. Released 1988. Best song: Infinite Dreams Rating: 8/10"
No Prayer For The Dying [Enhanced]
No Prayer For The Dying [Enhanced]
"The first Maiden record to feature guitarist Janick Gers (replacing Adrian Smith), and an attempt to return to the raw, gritty sound of the first two albums. Not, I might add, a very successful attempt. One of Maiden's weakest releases. Released 1990. Best Song: Run Silent Run Deep Rating: 5/10"
Fear Of The Dark [Enhanced]
Fear Of The Dark [Enhanced]
"This album contains some excellent material, but it's got way to much filler to be considered a great album. Vocalist Bruce Dickinson left the band shortly after this was recorded. Released 1992. Best Song: Afraid to Shoot Strangers Rating: 6/10"
X Factor
X Factor
"This album features Blaze Bayley on vocals, Bruce Dickinson having left at the end of the Fear Of The Dark tour. Although controversial amongst Maiden fans this is in fact a very good album. Dark, brooding music. Released 1995. Best Song: Sign Of The Cross Rating: 7/10"
Virtual Xi
Virtual Xi
"This was the second and last Maiden album with Blaze Bayley on vocals, and it was a major let-down after The X-Factor. Maiden's worst album. Released 1998. Best Song: The Clansman Rating: 4/10"
Brave New World
Brave New World
"This was the first of the 21st century "reunion" albums which brought the classic '80s line-up together once more. The band also chose to retain '90s guitarist Janick Gers, making for a six-piece, three-guitar line-up. Coming at a time when metal seemed all but dead this album was a godsend. A modern classic. Released 2000. Best Song: Dream Of Mirrors             Rating: 8/10"
Dance of Death
Dance of Death
"This album is a bit of an oddball in the Maiden catalog. The band got sort of experimental on this, with mixed results. The good stuff is absolutely brilliant, but some of the others fall kind of flat. Overall a very good album. Released 2003. Best Song: Paschendale Rating: 7/10"
A Matter Of Life And Death
A Matter Of Life And Death
"Who says an old band can't record great new music? Maiden's newest release is awesome. The band's progressive rock influences come to the fore on this one, and it's got a dark feel similar to that of The X Factor. Released 2006. Best Song: The Legacy Rating: 8/10"