BEST IRON MAIDEN STUDIO ALBUM

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Best Maiden Studio Album? Are you a Paul , Bruce or Blaze fan?

Poll Results

OptionVotes
Iron Maiden (1980) 15
Powerslave (1984) 13
Killers (1981) 9
The Number of the Beast (1982) 8
Somewhere in Time (1986) 3
Piece of Mind (1983) 3
Seventh Son of a Seventh Son (1988) 1
Brave New World (2000) 1
Dance of Death (2003) 0
Virtual XI (1998) 0
The X Factor (1995) 0
Fear of the Dark (1992) 0
No Prayer for the Dying (1990) 0
A Matter of Life and Death (2006)0


The Twisted Pollstarter, Monday, 16 July 2007 21:20 (ten years ago) Permalink

Killers, with Seventh Son as a very close runner-up.

Siegbran, Monday, 16 July 2007 21:44 (ten years ago) Permalink

killers to 7th son are all so solid.

chaki, Monday, 16 July 2007 21:51 (ten years ago) Permalink

Yeah 2nd Killers with albums 1, 4, and 5 fighting for the runner-up spot.

Alex in SF, Monday, 16 July 2007 21:52 (ten years ago) Permalink

Nah Somewhere In Time is weak.

Alex in SF, Monday, 16 July 2007 21:52 (ten years ago) Permalink

Powerslave (easiest poll yet)

Jordan, Monday, 16 July 2007 21:58 (ten years ago) Permalink

Piece of Mind is also weak. Powerslave for me.

everything, Monday, 16 July 2007 22:01 (ten years ago) Permalink

Essentially we also need a poll on their live albums. Or would Live After Death simply win by a landslide?

everything, Monday, 16 July 2007 22:02 (ten years ago) Permalink

Yes.

Alex in SF, Monday, 16 July 2007 22:03 (ten years ago) Permalink

Piece of Mind's got some really good tracks on it. Killers is the only totally dud free record of the bunch.

Alex in SF, Monday, 16 July 2007 22:04 (ten years ago) Permalink

I had to vote Powerslave because that's the only one I've heard in its entirety. This in no way makes it any less awesome; I just don't know if I'd like any of the others more.

"Aces High", though!!!!!

HI DERE, Monday, 16 July 2007 22:04 (ten years ago) Permalink

Their first seven albums are all great, and even A Matter of Life and Death is exceptionally strong. But I'm going with the sentimental selection of Powerslave...it was my introduction to Maiden in 84, and I still feel it's their strongest album front to back.

A. Begrand, Monday, 16 July 2007 22:45 (ten years ago) Permalink

piece of mind is kinda weak (with some great tracks, true), but I never understood why people dis somewhere in time. maybe it's the keyboards? I dunno, I like em. also, 'deja vu'! and the cover!

as for the best of em all... I'm gonna have to ponder this on the tree of woe. but my gut says powerslave for having two songs about fencing in a row. and yeah, 'aces high'!

original bgm, Monday, 16 July 2007 22:47 (ten years ago) Permalink

Why do I get the feeling this poll will be one of those ones where every one says "killers" then Number Of The Beast wins easily.

Brigadier Lethbridge-Pfunkboy, Monday, 16 July 2007 23:47 (ten years ago) Permalink

Powerslave trumps the 2 before it and the 1 after. The way the question's worded nothing else makes sense.

Noodle Vague, Monday, 16 July 2007 23:49 (ten years ago) Permalink

Somewhere in Time for me.

Probably because it was the first one I really got into. By the time I got into Iron Maiden I was already into Metallica and Slayer. I never really liked them for their "heaviness" - never found them to be very heavy when they were in full rock-out mode - so I went for the more atmospheric new agey albums. I preferred the lyrical themes on Somewhere in Time more than on previous albums, and the artwork was some of the coolest they did (I used to have this big very detailed Somewhere in Time poster on my wall, which I used to stare at while listening to the album on headphones). It was journey music, and I listened to it in the same way I listened to ambient music years later.

Looking back as an adult, Somewhere in Time and Seventh Son were probably the result of Iron Maiden getting old, running out of ideas, and grasping to stay relevant, but that's OK. Full disclosure, I've never listened to any of their material later than Seventh Son. I went backward and collected their older stuff, then lost interest in them altogether.

rockapads, Tuesday, 17 July 2007 00:08 (ten years ago) Permalink

I know a lot of fans who really do believe their last album is on of their best.

Brigadier Lethbridge-Pfunkboy, Tuesday, 17 July 2007 00:11 (ten years ago) Permalink

It is really good. Best since Seventh Son, definitely.

Also, a collection of the best songs from the much-vilified Blaze Bayley era would actually make for a very strong album. Too bad the actual albums were so bloated and lacking in focus, because there are some hidden classics, stuff like "Sign of the Cross" and "The Clansman".

A. Begrand, Tuesday, 17 July 2007 00:53 (ten years ago) Permalink

I haven't heard anything after Fear Of The Dark apart from the newest one.

Brigadier Lethbridge-Pfunkboy, Tuesday, 17 July 2007 01:49 (ten years ago) Permalink

i'd say powerslave except i don't know if i ever want to hear "rime of the ancient mariner" again. so i go for brave new world. there's not a song on it that doesn't rule. it's one of my favorite rock albums of the 90s. "wicker man," "brave new world," "dream of mirrors," and "the nomad" can't be fucked with

kamerad, Tuesday, 17 July 2007 02:02 (ten years ago) Permalink

I voted for The Number of the Beast although I haven't heard it in its entirety in over 20 years. But boy did they ever become the worst band in the world for a while. Didn't they have a song called "Wasted Love?" That might be the worst song ever recorded.

Kevin John Bozelka, Tuesday, 17 July 2007 02:39 (ten years ago) Permalink

"Wasted Love" was pretty bad. My least favourite is still "Holy Smoke" from No Prayer. It was practically a novelty song...how far my heroes had fallen.

A. Begrand, Tuesday, 17 July 2007 02:49 (ten years ago) Permalink

"Wasted Years"

mulla atari, Tuesday, 17 July 2007 03:50 (ten years ago) Permalink

Oops, "Wasting Love" is the title I meant. "Wasted Years" is an undeniable classic.

A. Begrand, Tuesday, 17 July 2007 04:14 (ten years ago) Permalink

I wonder what would win a favourite Iron Maiden song poll.

The Twisted Pollstarter, Tuesday, 17 July 2007 10:10 (ten years ago) Permalink

Had to go for the debut, just edging out Killers. It all went downhill when The Foghorn joined, in retrospect.

Matt #2, Tuesday, 17 July 2007 12:51 (ten years ago) Permalink

This is tough. Those first five are just about as good as you can get (Seventh Son is great too). I heard "Flight of the Icarus" today at the gym. I actually like the studio version better than on Live after Death, it's slower, it works better. This poll is impossible, it's either Beast or Powerslave.

Bill Magill, Tuesday, 17 July 2007 13:49 (ten years ago) Permalink

Jeez, all these Killers votes are making me wish I gave that one a bit more attention back in the day. I do wish they kept their original singer, even tho I didn't find the earliest material as consistent. Powerslave and Number Of The Beast are my favourites, from which I guess I'll choose "Beast" for its occasional rhythmic trickery, and because "Mariner" was pretty damn tedious.

Myonga Vön Bontee, Tuesday, 17 July 2007 14:32 (ten years ago) Permalink

Also: Hated Somewhere In Time and never bought another Maiden album after that.

Myonga Vön Bontee, Tuesday, 17 July 2007 14:37 (ten years ago) Permalink

the answer is number of the beast. fantastic closer ('hallowed'), and the most consistent thing they ever came up with. best track is 'the trooper', however.

genrally...an overrated and not great band ;/

Charlie Howard, Tuesday, 17 July 2007 15:21 (ten years ago) Permalink

actually i thought dance of death was the last one they put out...behind the times with these podgers

Charlie Howard, Tuesday, 17 July 2007 15:26 (ten years ago) Permalink

"genrally...an overrated and not great band ;/"

Totally wrong. And I don't understand the dislike for "Mariner"

Bill Magill, Tuesday, 17 July 2007 16:31 (ten years ago) Permalink

they aren't bad, and most of the output is fairly melodic and listenable. it's just that they constantly leave me cold on some level or another. perhaps it's because i've always thought the guitars should be a little bit louder and heavier in the mix. i dunno. maybe it's just because i'd rather listen to megadeth.

Charlie Howard, Tuesday, 17 July 2007 16:37 (ten years ago) Permalink

I kinda love them because the guitars aren't very loud/high in the mix! maybe it's the bass player inside me.

original bgm, Tuesday, 17 July 2007 16:51 (ten years ago) Permalink

Each to his own Charlie. I agree that they aren't "heavy" per se, and I still don't understand why they are currently a three guitar band, four if you count Harris, whose bass is essentially a lead instrument.

Bill Magill, Tuesday, 17 July 2007 17:28 (ten years ago) Permalink

i guess when they reintroduced dickinson and smith (and it was sort of necessary that BOTH came back into the fold, so as to fulfill the whole return-to-the-glory years mystique) they were confronted with a bit of a dilemma as to what to do with gers. i'm sure he's barely hanging in there and doesn't contribute a great deal. but i suppose the band's neither better or worse for it.

Charlie Howard, Tuesday, 17 July 2007 17:39 (ten years ago) Permalink

After careful consideration - Powerslave it is! Number was really the only thing close for me. And you know what? 'Matter of Life and Death' rules! It's a prog-metal masterpiece, it is. (and an old acquaintance from my college days - Tim Bradstreet - drew/designed the awesome cover! - yes the Derek Riggs covers are missed!).

BlackIronPrison, Tuesday, 17 July 2007 17:46 (ten years ago) Permalink

i'm grateful for this thread. haven't listened to maiden in probably more than a year.

listening to 'beast' and am really quite enjoying it. had forgotten all about 'children of the damned'!

Charlie Howard, Tuesday, 17 July 2007 17:47 (ten years ago) Permalink

perhaps it's because i've always thought the guitars should be a little bit louder and heavier in the mix. i dunno. maybe it's just because i'd rather listen to megadeth.

That's always been one of my favorite things about Maiden. They're sort of a finesse band, where it's quite obvious they could punch it up if they wanted to, but don't feel the need. That's what Judas Priest is for.

Johnny Fever, Tuesday, 17 July 2007 17:52 (ten years ago) Permalink

I'm down with keeping Gers in the lineup, I think. Loyalty should count for something. I saw them at the Meadowlands last year, and I had no idea where he was in the mix, though.

Bill Magill, Tuesday, 17 July 2007 18:51 (ten years ago) Permalink

Jeez, all these Killers votes are making me wish I gave that one a bit more attention back in the day.

you're not dead yet! I was huge a maiden fan in the early 80s and hadn't listened to them for at least a decade, last year I went back and listened to everything up through powerslave and decided killers is stone cold classic. dickinson's a little too dungeons and dragons for me, and I love the production job on killers. drums still have that 70s warmth.

Or would Live After Death simply win by a landslide?

the full length maiden japan ain't nothing to sneeze at, either.

Edward III, Tuesday, 17 July 2007 23:15 (ten years ago) Permalink

the thing is watching the 3 guitar players on stage at the same time shredding their asses off, fighting eddie and spinning the guitars around their necks is really exciting. along with steve and bruce running around doing their thing its almost like a 3 ring circus.

chaki, Wednesday, 18 July 2007 00:29 (ten years ago) Permalink

I'm glad to see some love for "A Matter of Life and Death"! I remember we had a couple of people return it/sell it back used on the grounds that it was a terrible album, that Bruce couldn't sing anymore, the band had totally lost it, etc.

I just couldn't understand where all that was coming from. My only real complaint is that the album is just too long -- a little editing could've gone a long way.

novaheat, Wednesday, 18 July 2007 02:22 (ten years ago) Permalink

nobody likes blaze right? please nobody?

Charlie Howard, Wednesday, 18 July 2007 03:18 (ten years ago) Permalink

There's a handful of Blaze songs that, as I said earlier, are actually very good. Sign of the Cross, The Clansman, Man on the Edge, Futureal, Lord of the Flies...that said, the Bruce versions of each of those songs slay the originals.

A. Begrand, Wednesday, 18 July 2007 03:28 (ten years ago) Permalink

can't recall those except for 'man on the edge'. 'virus' is another track i remember, though not with a great deal of fondness. for some reason i can't help but lump blaze in with the likes of danzig or lee ving. his delivery has a certain cock-rock stigma to it that's out of sync with the maiden mentality.

Charlie Howard, Wednesday, 18 July 2007 03:46 (ten years ago) Permalink

Yeah, Blaze was strong with Wolfsbane, but just a weird fit in Maiden. Held his own on the new songs, but he butchered the oldies.

"Virus" is a weird, ugly song...if I recall correctly it was a response to the critical drubbing the band took in those first few Blaze years. A career low point for a band that usually took the high road.

A. Begrand, Wednesday, 18 July 2007 04:15 (ten years ago) Permalink

Ha-ha. The lyrics for that song read like a Minor Threat song or something like that. Funny that a non-Bruce song includes the "rapier lies" line. Is that a reference to something Dickinson said?

everything, Wednesday, 18 July 2007 04:23 (ten years ago) Permalink

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

ILX System, Wednesday, 18 July 2007 23:01 (ten years ago) Permalink

get those votes in!

The Twisted Pollstarter, Thursday, 19 July 2007 16:49 (ten years ago) Permalink

All you have to do is listen Beast Over Hammersmith...D'Ianno's a nice change of pace, but he can't top Bruce in full wail. There's no way.

VegemiteGrrrl, Friday, 30 July 2010 01:38 (seven years ago) Permalink

Bruce also does a great job on the Dianno songs. Unfortunately have never had the chance to hear Dianno sing any of the Bruce songs, but I doubt it would be so good.

Chicago to Philadelphia: "Suck It" (Bill Magill), Friday, 30 July 2010 13:48 (seven years ago) Permalink

has anybody else noticed how woeful dickinson's vocals are on fear of the dark? that's perhaps not a very insightful question - it'd be impossible not to notice. he'd really reached the end of his tether by that point, and it was nice to see him gradually reclaim his fire on solo records and eventually return to the maiden fold in flying form.

charlie h, Friday, 30 July 2010 23:02 (seven years ago) Permalink

No question, Dickinson looked and sounded bored and apathetic around then, you can see it on the Donington footabe and the woeful Raising Hell. His snarly vocals certainly didn't help Fear of the Dark any, but it does sort of work on "Be Quick or Be Dead".

A. Begrand, Friday, 30 July 2010 23:13 (seven years ago) Permalink

Now that that's out of the way, let's get to the best W.A.S.P. studio album.

gato busca pleitos (Eazy), Friday, 30 July 2010 23:14 (seven years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

seventh son should've done way better. infinite dreams!

reggie (qualmsley), Monday, 10 October 2011 16:51 (six years ago) Permalink

The Clairvoyant!

ArchCarrier, Monday, 10 October 2011 17:13 (six years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

band name=record name=song name.

are there any more examples of this?
(except for black sabbath)

nostormo, Monday, 17 June 2013 19:13 (four years ago) Permalink

"Motorhead", by Motörhead, off Motörhead .

A. Begrand, Monday, 17 June 2013 20:48 (four years ago) Permalink

The Dianno years were very well-represented. Thank you, ILM-circa-2007!

Loud guitars shit all over "Bette Davis Eyes" (NYCNative), Monday, 17 June 2013 20:56 (four years ago) Permalink

Google search also revealed Angel Witch and Bad Company to have eponymous songs on eponymous albums.

Others are a stretch, including "Court of the Crimson King" et al.

PS - I am a Killers guy!

Nate Carson, Monday, 17 June 2013 21:09 (four years ago) Permalink

If I didn't vote Powerslave, I would have.

誤訳侮辱, Monday, 17 June 2013 21:19 (four years ago) Permalink

"Lucifer's Friend", "Powertrip", "Saint Vitus" and "Belfegore" also qualify as doubly-eponymous. Interesting how it's only hard-rockers who do this.

Sir Lord Baltimora (Myonga Vön Bontee), Monday, 17 June 2013 21:50 (four years ago) Permalink

Another band who have done this is hard-rockers Living In A Box.

everything, Monday, 17 June 2013 22:16 (four years ago) Permalink

Piece of Mind (1983) 3

insane

Jimmywine Dyspeptic, Monday, 17 June 2013 22:24 (four years ago) Permalink

I think Piece of Mind is the 3rd best Maiden record. After the Dianno albums.

Nate Carson, Monday, 17 June 2013 23:16 (four years ago) Permalink

Powerslave got a good showing in this one. was my first Maiden album, and hell, I think it still gets unfairly overlooked sometimes (although ok, ok, it does have two of their biggest concert staples ever, so it isn't THAT overlooked).

Lol at BNW getting a vote.

Neanderthal, Monday, 17 June 2013 23:25 (four years ago) Permalink

It's not so much that POM got only three votes, but that it tied with the not-very-good SIT, well, I can't get behind that. Even SSOASS > SIT

Jimmywine Dyspeptic, Tuesday, 18 June 2013 00:10 (four years ago) Permalink

I love Seventh Son. I'd even consider voting for it as my fav depending on the day of the week.

SiT, though, is second tier Maiden.

Neanderthal, Tuesday, 18 June 2013 00:20 (four years ago) Permalink

Yeah, Seventh Son holds up, despite the synths. Great songs, not a dud on that album, really.

Jimmywine Dyspeptic, Tuesday, 18 June 2013 00:22 (four years ago) Permalink

An interesting poll would be the best Maiden album from 1990-2010.

A. Begrand, Tuesday, 18 June 2013 01:24 (four years ago) Permalink

i'd take brave new world, easy

reggie (qualmsley), Tuesday, 18 June 2013 02:10 (four years ago) Permalink

If Maiden were less stereotyped as a metal band they could have gain even more fans imo.
They have much more in them.

nostormo, Tuesday, 18 June 2013 04:40 (four years ago) Permalink

If Maiden were less stereotyped as a metal band they could have gain even more fans imo.

They're one of the biggest bands in the world. More than 85 million records sold.

A. Begrand, Tuesday, 18 June 2013 05:07 (four years ago) Permalink

Somewhere In Time and Seventh Son are both fantastic. Though the band pretty much ends right then and there for me.

Nate Carson, Tuesday, 18 June 2013 05:36 (four years ago) Permalink

To answer thread revive q in a not very metal way, "Living in a Box" by Living in a Box from the album Living in a Box.

Neil S, Tuesday, 18 June 2013 08:42 (four years ago) Permalink

I would've voted Piece of Mind although I'm a casual fan i.e. I've not heard anything past Somewhere in Time.

Gavin, Leeds, Tuesday, 18 June 2013 09:11 (four years ago) Permalink

An interesting poll would be the best Maiden album from 1990-2010.

Agreed - let's do it.

誤訳侮辱, Tuesday, 18 June 2013 14:05 (four years ago) Permalink

Best Iron Maiden Studio Album 1990-2010

誤訳侮辱, Tuesday, 18 June 2013 14:09 (four years ago) Permalink

eight months pass...

once again 'brave new world' gets robbed

http://www.stereogum.com/1667509/iron-maiden-albums-from-worst-to-best/list/

reggie (qualmsley), Thursday, 6 March 2014 16:58 (three years ago) Permalink

Nah, I stand by it. It's a really good album, but A Matter of Life and Death and Final Frontier benefit a great deal from their ambition and warranted placing a little higher.

A. Begrand, Thursday, 6 March 2014 17:05 (three years ago) Permalink

I'd put Piece of Mind at number one myself. "Sun and Steel" is a solid song, "To Tame A Land" is classic, and the first half is a phenomenal stretch.

jmm, Thursday, 6 March 2014 17:13 (three years ago) Permalink

the hooks are so huge on 'brave new world' though. "dream of mirrors" is one of their best epics, a total trip. my favorite maiden album after 'powerslave' for sure

reggie (qualmsley), Thursday, 6 March 2014 17:21 (three years ago) Permalink

Good list. i can definitely live with that.

Prince Kajuku (Bill Magill), Thursday, 6 March 2014 19:02 (three years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

dear God. so far I feel like this new Maiden album is finally the album I've been wanting them to make since Bruce rejoined the band. I've been iffy on most of the post-Bruce reunion material other than BNW and Final Frontier (and don't consider either to be A-work). the epics aren't wearing out their welcome either!

I would have settled for good, but this shit's hitting me in all the right places. nervous tho as I still have yet to the closer which I've been told is ridiculous.

Hammer Smashed Bagels, Saturday, 5 September 2015 01:56 (two years ago) Permalink

there's riffs all over this thing too, which post-2000 Maiden has often been light on.

Hammer Smashed Bagels, Saturday, 5 September 2015 01:57 (two years ago) Permalink

I'm only up to the title track and I want to cry this thing is so fucking face melting

goddamn

just bloody blistering so far, i love it

Flamenco Drop (VegemiteGrrl), Saturday, 5 September 2015 03:33 (two years ago) Permalink

tempo changes! hooks! solos! yaaaaaaaah

Flamenco Drop (VegemiteGrrl), Saturday, 5 September 2015 03:34 (two years ago) Permalink

do we need a new thread for this album? is there a new thread?

Flamenco Drop (VegemiteGrrl), Saturday, 5 September 2015 03:35 (two years ago) Permalink

mebbe. finally getting my second listen in - "If Eternity Should FAil" is such a great opener.

Hammer Smashed Bagels, Sunday, 6 September 2015 21:49 (two years ago) Permalink

why not start a new thread? It might help other ilxors check it out and get it into ilx eoy polls

Cosmic Slop, Sunday, 6 September 2015 21:54 (two years ago) Permalink

THINK OF THE POLLS

:)

Flamenco Drop (VegemiteGrrl), Sunday, 6 September 2015 22:03 (two years ago) Permalink

Piece of Mind (1983) 3

madness

Wimmels, Sunday, 6 September 2015 23:06 (two years ago) Permalink

five months pass...

been re-spinning Number lately and while I've always loved it I always considered it overrated. but starting to believe that was due to overexposure to "Number of the Beast" and "Run to the Hills", etc, cos listening to it fresh after years of not hearing it, and I've enjoyed it a lot more.

btw they played "Children of the Damned" when I saw them the other night. I'm still shaking from that.....

you are no man. take the balls. (Neanderthal), Saturday, 27 February 2016 14:10 (one year ago) Permalink

Piece of Mind got so fucking jobbed in this thing.

Neanderthal, Saturday, 5 March 2016 15:37 (one year ago) Permalink

Live After Death is so far and away the best thing they did, but I think I would have gone Killers or Seventh Son.

Poacher (Chinaski), Saturday, 5 March 2016 15:47 (one year ago) Permalink

Really surprised POWERSLAVE is ranked so highly here. I mean, it's a fine record, but....

Alex in NYC, Saturday, 5 March 2016 17:58 (one year ago) Permalink

it's one of my favs, but it was also the first I heard

Neanderthal, Saturday, 5 March 2016 18:02 (one year ago) Permalink

Powerslave always sounds thin and laboured to me - especially next to the beefy wallop of Live After Death.

Poacher (Chinaski), Saturday, 5 March 2016 18:08 (one year ago) Permalink

one year passes...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ECbJdeh1VvA

reggie (qualmsley), Saturday, 17 June 2017 16:10 (five months ago) Permalink


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