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GMD Poll: Iron Maiden Albums Ranked

Discussion in 'General Metal Discussion' started by crimsonfloyd, Jun 10, 2017.

  1. crimsonfloyd

    crimsonfloyd Active Member

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    Directions: Rank Iron Maiden’s 16 studio albums. Order and number each album 1-16. Ties are not allowed. Your first place album earns 16 points, your second place album earns 15 points, etc.

    You may rank as few as 8 albums. Lists with less than 8 albums will not be counted. If you list less than 16 albums, the first placed album will still get 16 points, the last placed album will still get 1 point, and the albums in between will have points distributed proportionately.

    At the end, the albums will be ranked based on their average number of points per vote.

    You have until June 25th to finalize your list, re-familiarize yourself albums you haven’t heard in a while, familiarize yourself with albums you haven’t heard at all, lobby for any albums you think are underrated, and lobby against any albums you think are overrated.

    And please, no pseudo-Machiavelli shit. Just rank them as you see them.

    List of albums:
    Iron Maiden (1980)
    Killers (1981)
    Number of the Beast (1982)
    Piece of Mind (1983)
    Powerslave (1984)
    Somewhere in Time (1986)
    Seventh Son of Seventh Son (1988)
    No Prayer for the Dying (1990)
    Fear of the Dark (1992)
    The X Factor (1995)
    Virtual XI (1998)
    Brave New World (2000)
    Dance of Death (2003)
    A Matter of Life and Death (2006)
    The Final Frontier (2010)
    The Book of Souls (2015)
     
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  2. Vegard Pompey

    Vegard Pompey ALLY TO GOOD, NIGHTMARE TO YOU

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    Piece of Mind
    Somewhere in Time
    Powerslave
    Killers
    Iron Maiden
    Number of the Beast
    The Final Frontier
    Seventh Son of Seventh Son
    A Matter of Life and Death
    No Prayer for the Dying
    The X Factor
    Dance of Death
    Brave New World
    Fear of the Dark
    Virtual XI
    The Book of Souls

    Consistent fucking band. I greatly enjoy the top 13 albums on this list, and Fear of the Dark is at least interesting in that it feels like a collection of B-sides, with several songs that resemble nothing else in their discography. (The Apparition? Wasting Love? Be Quick or Be Dead? Some peculiar songs on that one.)

    The Final Frontier is super underrated imo, and I think the reason for that is that it starts with a run of really bad songs which makes you zone out and leaves you unreceptive to the second half of the album which is fucking amazing and the best thing they ever recorded past their golden years. I myself didn't realize the album was secretly amazing until years after its release.
     
  3. RadicalThrasher

    RadicalThrasher Active Member

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    Subject to change


    1. Somewhere in Time
    2. Powerslave
    3. Seventh Son of a Seventh Son
    4. Piece of Mind
    5. Number of the Beast
    6. Killers
    7. Iron Maiden
    8. Fear of the Dark
    9. A Matter of Life and Death
    10. Dance of Death
    11. Brave New World
    12. The X Factor
    13. No Prayer for the Dying
    14. Virtual XI
    15. Book of Souls
    16. The Final Frontier

    Need to listen to Final Frontier a little more and haven't listened to Book of Souls yet. The order might flip flop a little in the top 5, Somewhere in Time will stay at #1. Everything else can possibly change, haven't listened to some of those albums in a while.
     
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  4. The Ozzman

    The Ozzman Melted by feels

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    This is going to be harder than Priest imo. I will probably have most of their post 2000 material in my Top 10. AMOLAD is underrated. I checked it out again last week and was surprised at how much better it seemed.
     
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  5. Krow

    Krow Garbage Connoisseur

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    I actually havent heard the albums from 95-06 so I guess I'll need to get on that.
     
  6. The Ozzman

    The Ozzman Melted by feels

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    ...the fuck?
     
  7. Oblivious Maximus

    Oblivious Maximus I am the worm

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    Yeah same here. I love the newer stuff, AMOLAD in particular.
     
  8. Krow

    Krow Garbage Connoisseur

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    I've probably listened to a song or two and never purchased the albums so yeah, never heard the whole things because I dont download full albums.
     
  9. The Ozzman

    The Ozzman Melted by feels

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    The only ones I don't own are Virtual XI and No Prayer for the Dying but I should probably buy them soon.
     
  10. TechnicalBarbarity

    TechnicalBarbarity -TheNightsBane-

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    Iron Maiden
    Killers
    Piece of Mind
    The Number of the Beast
    Powerslave
    Somewhere in Time
    Seventh Son of a Seventh Son
    The Book of Souls
    The Final Frontier
     
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  11. Oblivious Maximus

    Oblivious Maximus I am the worm

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    Seventh Son of a Seventh Son
    Somewhere in Time
    Powerslave
    A Matter of Life and Death
    Brave New World
    Piece of Mind
    Dance of Death
    The Book of Souls
    The Final Frontier
    Number of the Beast
    Iron Maiden
    Killers
    Fear of the Dark
    No Prayer for the Dying
    The X Factor
    Virtual XI
     
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  12. EspaDa

    EspaDa World Kekxtermination

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    Haven't listened to The Book of Souls. I might change that soon.

    Piece of Mind
    Seventh Son of a Seventh Son
    Somewhere in Time
    Powerslave
    Dance of Death
    Iron Maiden
    Killers
    The Number of the Beast
    Brave New World
    The Book of Souls
    A Matter of Life and Death
    The Final Frontier
    The X Factor
    No Prayer for the Dying
    Fear of the Dark
    Virtual XI
     
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  13. HamburgerBoy

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    Definitely not the most consistent band, but with those first five albums they don't need to be.

    Killers - best rhythm section, highest level of energy, the album I enjoy most
    Piece of Mind - the definitive Iron Maiden album that represents everything amazing about them
    Powerslave - at their technical peak and most epic
    Number of the Beast - a couple of slightly weak points and recycled chord progressions hold it back slightly, two-thirds of the album are still them at their best
    Iron Maiden - as above but a couple less all-time greats
    No Prayer for the Dying - fuck the haters, the weak points are generally still fine even if the peaks are closer to 9s than 10s
    Somewhere in Time - at its best fantastic, Smith's contributions particularly help the album stand out as its own thing, but suffers from being the first Maiden album to be particularly bloated, choruses began going downhill here
    Brave New World - about as much as you can ask from a reunion album, band is in top form, there is a little in common with the classic material but for the most part it stands out both in writing and sound as something new for them, it's unfortunate how overlong this is though but makes sense with some of these songs being Virtual XI leftovers
    The X Factor - I really don't dislike anything about this album anymore, also a unique Iron Maiden album and probably their moodiest, have to be in the right nostalgic mood to really appreciate it however, and these days Sign of the Cross and Blood on the World's Hands are the only songs I'd call great though
    Seventh Son of Seventh Son - this was once my all-time favorite album, but the lack of riffs and failure to unify poppier songwriting with a more pompous and tired energy really hurts what could have been a great album
    The Final Frontier - what Vegard said, Isle of Avalon through The Talisman is an excellent run and Starblind is my favorite reunion-era Maiden song, but the bad parts are really shit
    Fear of the Dark - aside from Virtual XI this is their most embarrassing album, so many horrible songs, but Murray's contributions, particularly Chains of Misery and Judas Be My Guide, are excellent
    A Matter of Life and Death - tired dull album where nearly every song has an excessive intro/outro line, war theme becomes grating, but on the plus side Lord of Light and the first 5.5 minutes of The Legacy are 10/10 material
    The Book of Souls - Dickinson saved this one from total disaster, the non-bookend tracks are mostly mediocre and full of rehashery
    Dance of Death - big shitty vibes all over the place, even though the songs are relatively shorter and non-repetitive they don't change that the production is garbage, Dickinson's voice is at its worst, and it's chock full of absolutely stupid ideas, Age of Innocence is the only song I really enjoy
    Virtual XI - an even bigger joke than St. Anger, this album has a single harmony line in Como Estais Amigos that I enjoy, that's about it
     
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    1. Powerslave
    2. Killers
    3. Piece of Mind
    4. Somewhere in Time
    5. Iron Maiden
    6. No Prayer for the Dying (an album that has tracks like Tailgunner, Fates Warning, the Assassin, the title track and Mother Russia doesn't even remotely suck)
    7. Brave New World
    8. The Number of the Beast
    9. The X Factor (a surprisingly entertaining listen, I'll be honest)
    10. Fear of the Dark
    11. The Final Frontier (what HBB and Vegard said regarding the latter half)
    12. Seventh Son of a Seventh Son
    13. The Book of Souls
    14. A Matter of Life and Death
    15. Dance of Death
    16. Virtual XI
     
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    @HamburgerBoy

    Agreed. The X Factor is overlooked by everyone. Some really good stuff on there and The Sign of the Cross is a Top 30 Maiden song for me.
     
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    Damn straight (but you should replace The Assassin with Public Enema Number One).
     
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    Of all their '90s stuff, it's also the one I feel most obligated to give another chance. Frankly, I haven't.
     
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    Yeah I can see that. It's really not as bad as people say. Virtual XI I can understand.
     
  19. CiG

    CiG The Grand Calculation

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    1. Piece of Mind (1983)
    2. Somewhere in Time (1986)
    3. Powerslave (1984)
    4. Iron Maiden (1980)
    5. Number of the Beast (1982)
    6. Seventh Son of a Seventh Son (1988)
    7. Killers (1981)
    8. Brave New World (2000)
    9. Dance of Death (2003)
    10. A Matter of Life and Death (2006)
    11. The Book of Souls (2015)
    12. Fear of the Dark (1992)
    13. Virtual XI (1998)
    14. No Prayer for the Dying (1990)
    15. The Final Frontier (2010)
    16. The X Factor (1995)
     
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    Vilden From the holy kingdom of Harmonia

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

    I haven't really listened to The Final Frontier or The Book of Souls (the only ones I don't own) so left them out.
     
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