Posts Tagged ‘New Wave Of British Metal’

006Seventh Son of a Seventh Son – Iron Maiden  1988

 Side A
1. “Moonchild”   5:39 2. “Infinite Dreams”  6:09 3. “Can I Play with Madness” 3:31 4. “The Evil That Men Do”  4:34
Side B
1. “Seventh Son of a Seventh Son”  9:53 2. “The Prophecy” 5:05 3. “The Clairvoyant” 4:27 4. “Only the Good Die Young”  4:42

I got this on tape when I was in 5th grade and didn’t get it…For all the reasons I love it now. It’s progressive (the last Maiden album to have longer song structures) and is the first Maiden album with synths. They add a cruddy feel of an 80’s horror b movie in the middle of the classical/metal dueling lead guitar lines. The opening track “Moonchild” (see link at bottom) sets the table: A folk/Satanic tinged intro (“seven holy paths to hell, and your trip begins…”  and then Boom, the synths start and the song erupts, full of imagery that brings a smile to any fun-loving anti-Christ’s face). This was another “sort of concept album” by the boys, this time dealing mainly with insanity caused by the paranormal and astrological as well as my favorite…Lucifer. “Can I play with Madness ?”and “the Clairvoyant” are 2 more examples of the marrying of the 80’s synths and the “New Wave Of British Heavy Metal” sound they helped build. They caught a lot of shit for the synths, but listening today it sets this record apart from some of the other interminable shit that muddied the metal scene at the end of the eighties. Thank Lucifer for that!

005Of course, a huge reason to love Maiden albums on vinyl is the artwork. They basically created the badass, demonic cover art genre with their character “Eddie”. The only way to truly take it in is holding the 12 X 12 cover in your hands after you drop the needle. He is once again used to maximum sickness on the front and back cover, as well as on the label itself. The only thing scarier looking on this album is the band’s wardrobe…dig the Hard Rock Cafe shirt and the fucking COSBY sweater! Tragic!