Powerslave: Album Discussion

This is right up there with NOTB as the two best albums thus far for me. When you have 7 of the 8 songs being 9's at worst, that shows how strong the album is. A fun listen every time. The guitars, bruce's vocals. Perfect.

I love the egyptian theme of most of the album and artwork.
 

SixesAlltheway

Ancient Mariner
Understandable. When I was 13 and listening to Rime of The Ancient Mariner I thought the narrator and the sounds behind his voice was him walking through cobwebbed passageways of Egyptian pyramids...wasn't until later I understood what the song was all about.
 

RTC

Libera et impera!
Most of the album? Only one song has an Egyptian theme.
Something about the production of the album really captures that heat-inducing atmosphere of the desert, which is associated with Egypt. Duellists and 2 Minutes To Midnight seem to capture it the most for me.

Anyway, this is hands down my favourite album of all-time. I don't think any of the songs fail to get into my Maiden top 60, 4 are easily in my top 15, and Aces High is my favourite Maiden song of all-time. Add to that a perfect flow and sublime production, and you have a classic.
 

The Flash

Dennis Wilcock did 9/11
Rime has an Egyptian sounding riff on it as well, around 10:47. But yeah, there's no actual theme apart from the title song and the artwork.
 

Brigantium

Paladin of Voltron
Staff member
It's probably one of those cases of not being able to get the artwork out of your head when listening to the album. It's like thinking futuristic while listening to Alexander the Great or space when listening to The Talisman.
 

Perun

Dominus et deus
Staff member
Rime has an Egyptian sounding riff on it as well, around 10:47.
I never thought of it that way, but you're right, it could be interpreted as oriental sounding.


This thread is making a very interesting point about artwork affecting the perception of the music of an album. I'll add some ramblings about that later, when I'm on another computer.
 
It's probably one of those cases of not being able to get the artwork out of your head when listening to the album. It's like thinking futuristic while listening to Alexander the Great or space when listening to The Talisman.
Yes I am experiencing this "issue" when I'm listening to each album. The artwork of the album gives me something to day dream about while listening to the music. That's not something most rock albums give you. I am currently listening to Somewhere in Time and imagining the futuristic, blade-runner dystopia alongside the music.
I personally love that imagery to compliment the songs.
 

Brigantium

Paladin of Voltron
Staff member
Yes I am experiencing this "issue" when I'm listening to each album. The artwork of the album gives me something to day dream about while listening to the music. That's not something most rock albums give you. I am currently listening to Somewhere in Time and imagining the futuristic, blade-runner dystopia alongside the music.
I personally love that imagery to compliment the songs.
This discussion might be better off in the Cover Art Survivor thread, but I think Somewhere in Time could be the first Maiden album to have artwork that ties in to more than one song, and the first to have something of a theme.
 

RTC

Libera et impera!
This discussion might be better off in the Cover Art Survivor thread, but I think Somewhere in Time could be the first Maiden album to have artwork that ties in to more than one song, and the first to have something of a theme.
You COULD make the argument that SiT is a concept album given that each song deals with time in some way or form.
 

SinisterMinisterX

Illuminatus
Staff member
It's a real stretch for Alexander. I don't buy the argument that placing a song at a specific point in history makes it about time. It's about Alex. To say it "deals with time" is really pushing it IMO.
 

Dr. Eddies Wingman

Brighter than thousand_suns
It's a real stretch for Alexander. I don't buy the argument that placing a song at a specific point in history makes it about time. It's about Alex. To say it "deals with time" is really pushing it IMO.
Agreed. To make that one about time, it would require a longer intro where the protagonist travels back in time to observe Alexander's army :D
 

Gk1

Ancient Mariner
Have you ever thought that in case Steve wrote ATG today,it would have been around 12 minutes with the choruses being repeated 8 to 16 times?lol
 

Brigantium

Paladin of Voltron
Staff member
You COULD make the argument that SiT is a concept album given that each song deals with time in some way or form.
My point, pretty much. :ok: The futuristic Blade Runner-esque artwork also works for the spacey sound of guitar synthesizers. I wouldn't go as far as to say SIT is a concept album, but 'time' works as very loose theme that could be conveniently used to connect the contents of the album. As subject matter, Alexander the Great comes across as quite misplaced on such a futuristic sounding album, unless you do look at it in terms of time, ie past/present/future, being a linking factor. That doesn't mean the song is about time. Maiden aren't known for doing much in the way of full concept albums. But as for looser themes or threads showing up in albums or being applied to tie songs together? Now that's not unheard of.

Anyway. This has stuff all to do with Powerslave and might be best moved elsehere. :p
 
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