Piece of Mind: Album Discussion

Piece of Mind was a solid follow up to the great Number of the Beast. It started strong, remained so throughout it's middle, but did fizzle out slightly near the back end of the album.

I read that To Tame a Land was originally supposed to be named Dune, after the famous novel. The author of Dune threatened to sue them if they did not cease asking for his permission to name the song Dune. He hated rock bands and wanted no association with them.
 

SixesAlltheway

Ancient Mariner
I read that To Tame a Land was originally supposed to be named Dune, after the famous novel. The author of Dune threatened to sue them if they did not cease asking for his permission to name the song Dune. He hated rock bands and wanted no association with them.

This is true:

 

Gk1

Ancient Mariner
My onlh issue woth the album is that the sound is very...well sweet.I prefer the raw sound of TNOTB and Powerslave
 

Dr. Eddies Wingman

Brighter than thousand_suns
Piece of Mind was a solid follow up to the great Number of the Beast. It started strong, remained so throughout it's middle, but did fizzle out slightly near the back end of the album.

I disagree. To Tame A Land is a great song, and whereas Quest For Fire and Sun And Steel are no classics, they both are quite enjoyable. The instrumental part in Quest For Fire, after the second chorus, is really cool.
 

Jeffmetal

Ancient Mariner
Flight Of Icarus 10
Revelations 10
To Tame A Land 10
Sun And Steel 10
The Trooper 10
Die With Your Boots On 9
Where Eagles Dare 9
Quest For Fire 8
Still Life 7

Average: 9,22 (Funny thing is that the general sum is 83).
 

RueMorgue

Invader
I remember being a little disappointed with POM, as anticipation was high in the wake of TNOTB.
I felt that the first half of the album was strong, but the quality tailed off on side 2 (yes folks, I am old enough to remember buying the vinyl record on the day of release)
Where Eagles Dare was a quality opener, and over time I have come to see Revelations as a real Maiden classic. Die With Your Boots On I always loved, right from the get-go.
I never quite understood the love for Flight of Icarus, I thought it was a rather tired sounding Run To The Hills re-tread. Anybody think Maiden may have 'borrowed' a little from Thin Lizzy
on Sun And Steel? And of course the album contains a bona fide galloping Maiden classic in The Trooper.

My overall assessment is that it's a good, solid album but lacking the brilliance of Killers and TNOTB. I guess it all depends on which album was your introduction to Maiden.
If it's POM, it'll naturally be close to your heart.

And the part which for me was hard to get used to was my favourite member of the band (Clive) being replaced by Nicko.
I will always regard Clive as a better drummer than his replacement.
 
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Diesel 11

As you scream into the web of silence...
Piece of Mind (1982)
  • With The Number of the Beast, Bruce instantaneously become the definitive Iron Maiden singer. All thoughts of Di'Anno vanished as soon as he opened up his lungs. And with Piece of Mind, Nicko held nothing back as he once and for all established himself as the definitive Iron Maiden drummer. All respect to Clive, but we're on a whole 'nother level here with McBrain behind the drumkit. He royally erupts in the opening to "Where Eagles Dare" and then never. lets. up. again.
  • POM is a masterclass in how not to arrange an album. Shoving all the great stuff into the first two thirds and keeping the weak material for the very end makes for a rough balance. I definitely think it's overrated for this very reason.
  • The weak stuff isn't all that bad, to be fair. The problem with "Sun and Steel" is that the chorus is awesome, but the rest is only solid. It's also one of those songs that says a whole lot without saying anything at all. But it's fun. "To Tame a Land" starts out great. The music sounds like a space desert, which is cool. Although the verses are smooshed and the lyrics are way too on the nose, it's fun and Bruce executes it very well. Unfortunately the back half is just a copy and paste of Hallowed's instrumental section, and makes the song seem incomplete. But I still think these two are good Iron Maiden songs. "Quest for Fire" is only solid. It's uh... well it's pretty dumb. Catchy chorus though.
  • But the other six songs on here? Absolute classics. Before, I always thought that "Die With Your Boots On" loses its spark in the chorus, but this time the excitement and fire really won me over. "Revelations" has SO many shades and layers, it's amazing it was Bruce's first solo song for the band. "Still Life" is a beautiful work of darkness, I really love it. "Flight of Icarus" works slightly better live, but the studio version is still awesome. "Trooper" and "Eagles" are both awesome rockers.
There's not much more to say here. It's an awesome album held back by a weaker closing trio.

  1. Where Eagles Dare - 10/10
  2. Revelations - 10/10
  3. Flight of Icarus - 10/10
  4. Die With Your Boots On - 10/10
  5. The Trooper - 10/10
  6. Still Life - 10/10
  7. Quest for Fire - 7/10
  8. Sun and Steel - 8/10
  9. To Tame a Land - 8/10
Total: 92%
 

MindRuler

Ancient Mariner
Funny, to me the chorus of Quest For Fire is the weakest part. I don´t care for the lyrics, they never annoyed me. And that instrumental section is pure Maiden gold. Same with the instrumental part of Sun And Steel. And To Tame A Land is epic!
 

Kalata

Out of the Silent Planet
Funny, to me the chorus of Quest For Fire is the weakest part. I don´t care for the lyrics, they never annoyed me. And that instrumental section is pure Maiden gold.
Agree. The bass line is classic Steve and the instrumental section is indeed pure Maiden.
Same with the instrumental part of Sun And Steel.
The only problem with ''Sun And Steel'' is the heavy repetition (still good though) in such a short song at the expense of second solo. The galloping rhythm is vintage Maiden.
 

The_7th_one

Ancient Mariner
I love the whole album. Quest for fire musically is perfect. The first verses are awful but I like the vocal melody in that songs as the chorus. The same happens with Sun and Steel. It's an awesome short song but the chorus works amazing with Adrian on the backing vocals. I don't care if the chorus would repeat 100 times more. LOL.
 
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