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Review: The Debut Album of Iron Maiden Called "Iron Maiden"

Updated on May 1, 2022
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Ara is a journalism graduate from California State University, Northridge, who is always looking to explore his writing opportunities.

When was the album Iron Maiden Released?

Iron Maiden is one of the bands that is synonymous with the genre of rock called The New Wave of British Heavy Metal. Their 1980 debut album called “Iron Maiden” is one of the earliest albums of this sub-genre and it is pretty good.

What makes Iron Maiden's debut album different than their later releases?

The album "Iron Maiden" has a largely punk rock feel to it and it is really different from albums such as Piece of Mind, Powerslave, or their other 1980’s albums.

"Iron Maiden" Album Cover

Analysis of the Songs Prowler, Remember Tomorrow, and Running Free

The first song called Prowler is about a person that is focused on just taking a walk through the streets and looking at all the ladies that he sees as so beautiful. Remember Tomorrow and Phantom of the Opera are two of the most memorable songs from this album for this metal fan. Remember Tomorrow is a song about someone that is convinced that he will emerge from his hard times and sorrows and become a mentally stronger person. Running Free is about a teenager that has just a pickup truck with no money and no place to call home. He ends up running wild and free only to end up on the wrong side of the law. If you are going to have a life of freedom, make sure that you live responsibly. One interesting side-note for this song is that it is similar lyrically to Judas Priest's 1980 song called "Breaking the Law." Perhaps it is no coincidence that both of these bands started their rise to superstar status in the heavy metal genre.

The song Phantom of the Opera and what came after and contributed to the greatness of Iron Maiden

Phantom of the Opera is the best song in the album. It has one of the most exotic riffs even for Iron Maiden standards. The song switches to a different style of riffing as Paul Di’anno sings “don’t you stray, don’t fade away.” Then some very impressive lead guitar comes in which only adds to greatness of Iron Maiden. Steve Harris starts playing his bass very repetitively but he really makes it work as the guitar is a good accompaniment in this song. Keep in mind that Iron Maiden would get even better in 1983 and maintain that level of greatness at least through 1995. If we start covering the career of Iron Maiden from the band’s inception (1975) that means the band was very solid for a good 20 years!

Personnel that played on the album Iron Maiden

Paul Di'anno
Dennis Stratton
Dave Murray
Bass Guitars
Steve Harris
Clive Burr (He died in 2013).

"Phantom of the Opera" (one of the finest songs in the history of Iron Maiden

Iron Maiden: songs 5-8

Transylvania is the first instrumental in the band’s career and it is a good one. However, it is not as good of a song as Losfer Words on the Powerslave album. Strange World is an interesting song about someone that is in a world that if you live there, you will see nothing but green grass that is clean. Girls are drinking wine and in this strange world, people will never grow old. The song describes the kind of society known as Shangri-La. The punk based song called Charlotte the Harlot is about a prostitute that charges very little money for her services. Unfortunately it means that so many have died at her expense.

The song called "Strange World"

How is Iron Maiden's debut album overall?

Overall, Iron Maiden is a decent album from one of the finest British bands of all time. The strongest songs are Remember Tomorrow, Phantom of the Opera, Strange World, and Charlotte the Harlot.

The Song Called "Remember Tomorrow"

Favorite song on the album Iron Maiden

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How Does "Iron Maiden" Feel Musically as an Album Now?

Some of you may be asking how does the album “Iron Maiden” feel listening to it in 2020, 40 years after it came out? One thing is for sure: Paul Di’anno was not the right vocalist for Iron Maiden because his vocals are hard to understand as they feel like they are kind of strained or drowned out in the music. Remember Tomorrow has that nice, soft kind of atmospheric feel to it even as it gets heavy. Paul’s range in this song is respectable and one of his better vocal performances. Even so, this album was just the start for Iron Maiden, one of the most melodic and creative heavy metal bands in British history. The songwriting would definitely improve drastically hitting a peak somewhere around 1983 as Iron Maiden would be really at their best in this 9-year period.

This content reflects the personal opinions of the author. It is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and should not be substituted for impartial fact or advice in legal, political, or personal matters.

© 2017 Ara Vahanian


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