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Powerslave Import, Enhanced

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  • Audio CD (March 26 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Enhanced, Import
  • Label: Sanctuary
  • ASIN: B000063DFN
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 107 customer reviews
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It's way too easy to write off Iron Maiden as the preserve of maladjusted boys with fluffy, budding moustaches, stuck in the murk of the British 1980s. They were preposterous, they were anachronistic--in utterly appropriate Spinal Tap terms--and their growth rate could not even be charted. But they really do rock, which, as ever, lets them off the hook. Besides which, Powerslave is arguably the best Maiden album precisely because it's so bombastic and lugubrious; it achieves its effect with bludgeoning tactics. Obsessively fast and brutal riffing, interminable repetition and lyrics so epic and gruesome they're irresistible ("The body bags and little rags of children torn in two/And the jellied brains of those who remain, to put the finger right on you"). Grand and absurd, it's also pretty brilliant. --Taylor Parkes --This text refers to an alternate Audio CD edition.

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By T. Skylar TOP 100 REVIEWER on Nov. 29 2007
Format: Audio CD
In 1984 Heavy Metal band Iron Maiden once again released a great heavy metal album with "Powerslave".For this album the band explored Egyptian history with the title track,and tought the guitars on "Flash Of The Blade" do have an egyptian sound in one part of the song its not really related to Egypt that much so the cover art even if its really cool is not really appropriate for the album overral.Still don't judge an album by its cover as its what's in it that matters.Powerslave is filled with classic tracks such as the fast "Aces High" or the famous "Two Minutes To Midnight" and its the second of four albums by the classic lineup of Harris-Murray-Dickinson-Smith-McBrain.This album is weaker than its predeccesors "Piece Of Mind" and "The Number Of The Beast" but is still very good and its a timeless album.

The album starts out with what i consider the best opener track of any Maiden album,"Aces High" a fast song,fast guitars,drumming and signing and its not only one of the best songs of the album its one of Iron Maiden's best songs.Next is the catchy "Two Minutes To Midnight" with a great sing along chorus,its a classic."Losfer Words(Big Orra)" is a solid instrumental that features a great guitar solo,its the fourth and last instrumental done by the band up to this point.Then its "Flash Of The Blade" wich i beleve is a great track from this album and an underrated song of Iron Maiden."The Duelist" is nearly an instrumental with Bruce singing not sitting much here,it has a few tempo changes and its mostly good."Back In The Village",its good but i am not too crazy about this one."Powerslave" is another supurb song on this album,the title track is very good,Bruce's vocals and the guitars gives it an Egyptian feel.
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By Paul TOP 500 REVIEWER on Oct. 21 2015
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
This album is just absolutely mind blowing. From the high-flying opener 'Aces High' up to the epic 'Rime of the Ancient Mariner', this album just never stops. 'Aces High' is a fast, catchy song with blazing guitar solos. '2 Minutes to Midnight' is a powervul anti-war song about the doomsday clock that has some very gory imagery, not to mention, it also has some great guitar solos coming from Adrian Smith. 'Losfer Words' is Maiden's second best instrumental song (second only to the classical Transylvania). 'Flash of the Blade' is song about sword fighting that has one of the most memorable opening guitar riffs. 'The Duellist' is another sword fighting song, this one is mostly instrumental and reminds me a lot of 'Where Eagles Dare' from the Piece of Mind album. 'Back in the Village' is the worst song on the album, but is by no means bad at all. 'Powerslave' is the second best song that Bruce has written (second only to Revelations). 'Powerslave' has some memorable egyptian-sounding riffs and also has one of the best instrumental parts in the middle of the song. The instrumental part in 'Powerslave' starts out slow with a soft bass/guitar solo but then explodes into one of the best guitar solos you will ever hear. 'Rime of the Ancient Mariner' perfectly closes off this classic album. it is the longest Maiden song to the day, and with the exception of the poem in the middle of the song, the energy in this song just never stops.

Bottom line is, your metal collection isn't complete if you don't own this album. Powerslave, and every other Maiden album with the exception of a few, is the epitome of what good music really is. If you don't own this album, do yourself a favor and purchase it now!
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Format: Audio CD
...this CD is an amazing piece of work from the best of the NWOBHM bands. Sadly, a fellow by the name of "lucifer_666" doesn't appear to agree. He appears to prefer King Diamond, stating that "those guys [Note: He means King Diamond here, sadly, not Iron Maiden] are an awsome band with talent and originality and amazing solos with intense lirycs".
Now, I've never heard any King Diamond, so I can't judge them as opposed to Iron Maiden. But if this is the intelligence level of their average fan, I shall stay as far away from them as humanly possible. I don't know if Steve Harris ever has written "intense lirycs", but this is probably because I don't know what the hell a "liryc" is. Sigh. Still, I suppose that this is all you can expect from someone that calls themself "lucifer" in order to get attention. I AM TEH EVIL! PAY ATNETION TO MEEE!!1111!!!!1111 OMG LOL
Really, though, this album rules. You can't beat Rime Of The Ancient Mariner. Best Maiden song ever. Aces High, 2 Minutes To Midnight, The Duellists, and Powerslave (the title track) itself ain't exactly bad either. Second best Maiden album - nothing beats Number Of The Beast. Powerslave, however, is better than even the substantial achievements of Brave New World, Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son, Piece Of Mind, and Somewhere In Time. And I won't even go into how superior it is to the Blaze Bayley albums. To summarize: Get this album. But try to listen to other tracks than "Flash Of The Blade", which is horrendously overrated.
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Format: Audio CD
I must say that this is probably my all around favorite Iron Maiden album. I actually recieved this cd as a gift, and wasn't exactly sure it was going to be as good as other Maiden albums I had previously heard. To my delight i was WRONG!! some of its songs are different from old Maiden, but still amazing. The song (other than Powerslave) that caught my ear immediately was Flash of the Blade, simply an amazing sound all around, especially the vocals and the solo's.In fact the only song on here that i didnt think to be excellent is Back in the Village. It's still a pretty good song, but it just doesnt seem to fit with the others as well. Anyways, buy this album if your any bit interested in Maiden, and if your not than buy it anyway and you will be. heres my rating for each track:
Aces High 9.8
2 Minutes to Midnight 8.8
Losfer Words (Big 'Orra) 9.2
Flash of the Blade 10.0+
The Duellists 9.3
Back in the Village 7.6
Powerslave 10.0+
Rime of the Ancient Mariner 10.0
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