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Seventh Son of a Seventh Son

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All Music Guide - Steve Huey
Seventh Son of a Seventh Son is the last great Iron Maiden album, reconnecting with the band's prog rock roots and reversing the signs of decline that had been evident on their previous record. By this point, Maiden had earned the respect of metalheads the world over with their steadfast adherence to unadulterated metal and their grandiose aesthetic. They'd made concessions neither to pop-metal nor to thrash, and their passionate fan base would never have tolerated a radical reinvention. But what do you do when your epic ambition itself has become a formula? You go even bigger and make a concept album, of course, and that's what Maiden does here, breaking out of the creative...
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All Music Guide - Steve Huey
Seventh Son of a Seventh Son is the last great Iron Maiden album, reconnecting with the band's prog rock roots and reversing the signs of decline that had been evident on their previous record. By this point, Maiden had earned the respect of metalheads the world over with their steadfast adherence to unadulterated metal and their grandiose aesthetic. They'd made concessions neither to pop-metal nor to thrash, and their passionate fan base would never have tolerated a radical reinvention. But what do you do when your epic ambition itself has become a formula? You go even bigger and make a concept album, of course, and that's what Maiden does here, breaking out of the creative rut they'd fallen into on Somewhere in Time. The concept is based on the European folklore which held that the seventh son of a seventh son would be born with special powers that could be used for good or evil and probably also in part by fantasy author Orson Scott Card, who'd touched on this idea in his own work. As such, the lyrics are Maiden at their most gothic, obsessed with supernatural mysticism of all stripes; the story line concerns the title character, born with a gift for prophecy but mistrusted by his village, which ignores his warnings of apocalyptic doom and makes him a tormented Cassandra figure. Musically, this is Maiden at their proggiest, with abrupt, stop-on-a-dime transitions between riffs, tempos, time signatures, and song sections. Yet nearly every song has a memorable chorus, with only "The Prophecy" falling short in that department. They've also switched from the guitar synths of Somewhere in Time to full-fledged keyboards, which are used here more to add atmosphere rather than taking center stage; this restores the crunch that was sometimes lacking in the shinier production of the previous album. No less than four of this album's eight songs reached the British Top Ten in some version concert standard "Can I Play with Madness," "The Evil That Men Do," "The Clairvoyant," and "Infinite Dreams", while the album became the band's first U.K. chart-topper since The Number of the Beast. The title track is this album's extended epic though the songs are longer in general, and it's moved out of the closing spot in yet another subtle statement about shaking things up. If Seventh Son doesn't epitomize their sound or define an era the way the first three Dickinson albums did, it nonetheless ranks among their best work. Adrian Smith left the band after this record, closing the book on Maiden's classic period and heralding a dire -- and distressingly immediate -- creative decline.
Blender - Carlo Twist
A metal classic.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/26/2002
  • Label: Sanctuary Records
  • UPC: 696998621527
  • Catalog Number: 86215
  • Sales rank: 37,877

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Iron Maiden Primary Artist
Bruce Dickinson Vocals
Adrian Smith Synthesizer, Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Vocals
Steve Harris Synthesizer, Bass, Bass Guitar, Vocals, Synthesizer Bass, Synthesizer Strings
Nicko McBrain Drums
David Murray Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Synthesizer Guitar
Dave Murray Guitar, Rhythm Guitar
Technical Credits
Bruce Dickinson Composer
Barry Guy Producer, Enhanced CD Design
Martin Birch Producer, Engineer
Steve Harris Composer
George Marino Mastering
Tony Wilson Producer
David Dade Engineer
Hugh Gilmour Art Direction, Reissue Design
Rod Smallwood Concept, Sleeve Design, Sleeve Idea
Derek Riggs Artwork, Concept, Sleeve Design, Sleeve Idea, Sleeve Illustration
Stephane "The Vardengrip" Wissner Engineer
Barrie Stjohn Jones Producer, Enhanced CD Design
Ian Shurmer Enhanced CD Design
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    the best metal album of the 80's!

    With this CD Iron Maiden finished a run of seven straight masterpieces of heavy metal in the 80's. The Iron Maiden trademarks are at their best here - fast, melodic music with lots of harmony guitars and instrumental sections, brilliant singing and intelligent, mystical lyrics, etc. The keyboards that slipped in around here add to the mystical effect without taking away from the metal. There's a lot of great haunting melodies on this CD. One of my all-time favorites.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    5 Stars of 5 Stars!

    Perfect album! Guitars and vocals has been well-done! The fast tracks are which I like "The Clairvoyant" and "Can I Play With Madness" and "Moonchild". The most interesting track is "Infinite Dreams" which is very varying. First it is slow and silent then louder and again silent and so on. The title track is long but it has good guitars! The lyrics are brilliant through the album!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Awsome

    A musical Masterpiece. I feel this is Iron Maiden's best C.D- Very Dynamic, Buy it!

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