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Piece of Mind vs. Powerslave

Discussion in 'Best of / Worst of Polls forum' started by nuno_c, Sep 12, 2015.


Higher, lower or equal?

  1. Higher

    16 vote(s)
  2. Lower

    22 vote(s)
  3. Equal

    4 vote(s)
  1. frus

    frus Barbed Wire Hen

    Well to me, Icarus is filler and Still Life and To Tame a Land are masterpieces

    You are of course welcome to make a compilation of your favourite songs from last 16 albums and it die instantly of awesomeness upon hearing :D but apparently people like very different things, as can be learned on this forum and elsewhere

    Hell, I think that Quest for Fire is the weakest song on those 2 albums, but I wouldn't want that they never had put it on the record
  2. Severian

    Severian Have a good time, all the time!

    There is nothing obvious about Powerslave, im guessing you mean: Aces High, 2 Minutes to Midnight, Powerslave & Rime but i say Losfer Words, The Duellists and Flash of the Blade are better songs than 2 minutes to midnight
  3. DJMayes

    DJMayes Educated Fool

    I agree that Flash of the Blade is better than 2 Minutes but most people would guess the four you did.
  4. viced92

    viced92 Nomad

    Duellists is my second favorite just after Powerslave.
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  5. JudasMyGuide

    JudasMyGuide Domini canis

    To me, Powerslave is stronger. But it's not as easy as it seems.

    When I was in high school, Piece of Mind was easily my favourite Maiden album (along with Brave New World... and AMOLAD, which came out later, so it doesn't count).
    I loved To Tame a Land (a great epic, and I liked the idea of a song based on Dune, which I loved then), I loved Revelations (still do, one of my favourite "early" Maiden tracks up until now), I loved Where Eagles Dare, I loved Die with Your Boots On...

    However, the years that passed have not been kind to the album - I can see now most of the songs are a tad filler-ish. Quest for Fire, Sun and Steel, The Trooper (which I've never liked that much)... Even Icarus (a song that doesn't sound that much like Maiden to me, to be honest)...

    Powerslave is definitely stronger. I mean, Aces High, Powerslave and Rime are all ten out of ten material, as far as I'm concerned. I even like the rest - it's all fun. I like the solos, I like the "dry" sound and I like the way the songs stick together and give the album a bit of a cohesiveness (POM had that, but only in the ways of sound... the songs on Powerslave fit together much more). The Duellists is a forgotten highlight - it's a shame it's never been played live.

    So, considering the original question - Powerslave is better. I like Piece of Mind, just as much as I like every other Maiden album, but Powerslave is probably one of the strongest albums in the 80's by Maiden. Okay, so maybe Somewhere in Time is better, but it's a close shave anyway...
    Last edited: Sep 15, 2015
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  6. Forostar

    Forostar Conjure the Death Star again

    Please only post such words in Unpopular opinions!
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  7. JudasMyGuide

    JudasMyGuide Domini canis

    I'm slowly getting used to the fact many of my opinions are unpopular, but... well...

    I guess the nickname was a better fit than I thought. :D
  8. CriedWhenBrucieLeft

    CriedWhenBrucieLeft Ancient Mariner

    It's because you're a Dave fan though, yes?
  9. JudasMyGuide

    JudasMyGuide Domini canis

    That song has been secretly written by Janick. Don't fool yourself.
  10. CriedWhenBrucieLeft

    CriedWhenBrucieLeft Ancient Mariner

  11. Viperlord

    Viperlord Nomad

    Powerslave is definitely my favorite of the two. Piece of Mind would probably be in the middle of my ranking somewhere, whereas Powerslave is top three or thereabouts for me.
  12. Sth2112

    Sth2112 Nomad


    POM have some of the best Maiden songs IMO (Revelations, Still life, Where eagles dare), and both The trooper and Flight of Icarus are brilliant live, but Quest for fire and Sun and steel pulls it way down.

    Poweslave is about as perfect as it is :) omly thing I dont' like so much on Pwerslave is the instrumental.
  13. frus

    frus Barbed Wire Hen

    there is a separate thread for statements such as this, you know...
  14. ghkghk

    ghkghk Trooper


    By the way, I will never understand how can anyone drop The Duellists out of Maiden's top 30 (even 20).

    Vocals and chorus are pretty good, and the instrumental part is absolutely awesome. Some of the best material Maiden has every written.
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  15. DJMayes

    DJMayes Educated Fool

    One of their worst songs in my opinion.
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  16. ghkghk

    ghkghk Trooper

    I know! I've been following your list daily. It's been real fun!!

    At the same time I must admit that we have really diferent ratings for a lot of songs. This being one of them. Starblind another. And most songs in AMOLAD will rank higher in mine.

    I'd love to make such a list someday, but being English my forth language... it will take ages.
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  17. Whooten

    Whooten Educated Fool

    These are my top two favorite albums with 11 songs in my personal top 30. POM gets the nod for me for the amazing guitar tones, sheer volume of all-time classic songs, and lack of repetition. Powerslave is very close in these matters too (hence the #2 ranking), but POM gets the edge due to the strength of my 5-6-7th ranked songs on POM (Boots/Icarus/Eagles) are better than my 5-6-7 on Powerslave (2 Mins, Village, Flash). Finally, POM probably has the least amount of filler of any Maiden album. Even if you consider Sun and Steel and Quest for Fire filler, there is still more filler to be found in The Red and the Black than all of Piece of Mind.
    Last edited: Aug 24, 2016
  18. TAY666

    TAY666 Invader

    POM is way above PS in my ranking.
    Of the first 7 POM comes in second to SIT.
    PS is fifth behind 3-NOTB and 4-SSOASS

    Yes. Powerslave has great songs on it. Yes, it was amazing when it first came out.
    But for me the glow soon wore off on that album. Everything sounds too much the same. It becomes boring to listen to it over time. So much so, that I really don't remember most of the songs on it. (by that, I mean, I cannot sing along to any but the ones on LAD)
    Piece has great variety and I never get tired of listening to it. So much so, that I prefer the studio versions over the live versions of the songs. On the flip side, whenever I hear Powerslave tunes, all my mind can think is the LAD versions.
    POM has 5 classics on it. Two other really good songs, and two clunkers.
    The only other album that has that many classics is NOTB

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