Nut Suite. Mini reviews of albums old and new. Minimum words. No fuss. No spoilers [?]. Occasional smugs.

Sunday, April 14, 2013

IRON MAIDEN / Powerslave (1984)

Powerslave opens with all guns firing, and ends even stronger.  In between are some classics and some lesser known tracks that don’t make it onto best of compilations but are nevertheless constructed with the same care as the hits.
The production is astonishing; it sounds as good today as it did in ’84.
The album is most notable for having the ambitious 13+ minute track Rime of the Ancient Mariner, which is a retelling of Samuel Taylor Coleridge's poem of the same name.  It takes the listener on a journey of shifting moods and poetical allusions.  If you’re really lucky they’ll play it live next time you see them.

Songs of Note: Aces High; Rime of the Ancient Mariner

4 slain and risen out of 5

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