You know what I DON'T like about Seventh Son? No, not the music. That absolutely rocks! I'm talking about the concept of the album. Now, I don't have anything against bands recording concept albums, either. But it's the concept that they chose for the album. Every song on it is more or less about the seventh son having to choose between the "good" or the "evil" paths. Then ofcourse, he decides to go for the "good" one, and ends up losing the faith of his people, and finally in a quest to defend the "good", he's met to death. Everything is fine, except one: How does one so explicitly know which is the "good" path and which one is "evil"? If you stop to think about it, a lot of maiden songs address the topic of "the good and the evil". "Revelations", "The evil that men do", "Seventh son of a seventh son", "Only the good die young", "The thin line between love and hate", and all the songs relating to satan or lucifer. What I've realized is maiden seem to address this philosophy in a very black-and-white way, except for "The thin line..", which is very later in their careers. Now, religion, I've belived, is a way for people to impose predefined morals upon the society to keep them from turning against each-other. But it seems to do the exact opposite of that intent. Where I live, people are killing each other in the name of religion. And I'm sure it's not exclusive to my place. People are so busy defending what they belive in, that they've forgotten why they belived in it in the first place. Steve has gone through a lot in his life. Especially in the recent year. This is also reflected in the way he has been writing his songs. He has had to borrow a lot less from religious texts and express more of his own feelings in the songs. The lyrics are no longer just literary ecxerpts renditioned to rhyming bits, but real personal emotions. There's no arguing that Peace of Mind through Seventh Son are the golden years of Maiden as a band, but in terms of maturity and depth of thoughts, the band has only grown ever since.