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How good is Seventh Son of a Seventh Son (album) on a scale of 1 - 10?

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Diesel 11

As you scream into the web of silence...
Taken from the 100,000 posts thread:

So I couldn't find a general thread in which to discuss the entirety of SSOASS, so I thought I'd start one.

Seventh Son of a Seventh Son is the gem in Maiden's discography. There's no other way to say that. This album is a masterpiece.

It all starts off the "seven deadly sins" intro. Bruce over quiet acoustics. And then the synths kick in. Build-up. Slowly but surely. Electricity enters the scene. It gets a little faster. Drums and guitar, working together. Faster. Faster. Faster AND THEN - NOW! And is the payoff worth it? Yes it fucking is. Moonchild takes us on a trip through the devil's intentions with the seventh son. There is evil here. Good has no chance.

Then comes Infinite Dreams. This one is such an introspective piece. Why are we here? Is there an afterlife? Is Death the end? All the questions many people, including myself, have asked at one time or another. The scream loses this a little bit, but not by much. This song took a few listens to grow on me, but boy did it fucking grow. Amazing.

And once ID ends... Can I Play With Madness? Yes, let's! Such an underrated song. I'm not surprised that the band called it "a bit of magic" in interviews. That's what it is. The chorus is excellent. Such a light, fun little song interspliced amongst some of the biggest impacting songs in the band's career.

But the high of CIPWM is soon forgotten because The Evil That Men Do turns everything up to 11. Oh my god, if my heart wasn't racing already! I love this song, nay, I adore it. It's one of the greatest songs in the history of music. That chorus makes you wanna melt. My god.

And of course, then you're thrown right into one of the greatest epics in metal. Seventh Son of a Seventh Son has very little lyrics, but the few that you're given are just enough. Then of course, there's the middle section, reminiscent of ROTAM, only a little heavier. And finally, one of the greatest solos in Maiden's discography. Rivaled only by Powerslave and Alexander, in my mind.

The Prophecy is the only song that could be considered weak in any way, yet it still holds up. The beginning is calm and slow, but then it builds. The vocals are great, the solo is awesome, and the ending is just... wow.

The Clairvoyant and I have an interesting relationship, even more so than Juanita (see my list for context). Some days I'll think it's one of the best Maiden songs ever, other days I'll think it barely makes the Top 100. But at the end of the day, it's a great song with one of the best synopses in the catalogue.

And finally, if it couldn't get any better, Only The Good Die Young. God. The chorus is stellar, the music is amazing, and the ending, where it all comes full circle, is the final proof that this album is special.

Abigail and Operation: Mindcrime are the only two concept albums that can rival this one. Abigail, however, whilst having the best story of all three of them, falls short because the songs aren't as good as some others (title track being the exception). Operation: Mindcrime is the most blemish-free of them, combining an intriguing tale with great music. But SSOASS, which falls short only because there's too much focus on the first son on Side 1 and thus the second isn't given much of a chance to shine, is still nonetheless the best of the three as an album. As an album, it's a masterpiece. Plainly and simply, a 10/10.

Anyways, interested in seeing the thoughts of the rest of this congregation on one of the greatest albums in the history of music.

Also added a poll for fun and stuff.


Educated Fool
For a long time, Seventh Son was my favourite Maiden album.

A lot of that had very little to do with it *sort of* being a concept album, or about what any of the songs were about. As far as that goes it's honestly not that well planned out, what with Moonchild and the title track sharing so much common ground and being so weirdly placed. Indeed, as far as concept albums go it doesn't even begin to hold a candle to Dream Theater's Metropolis Pt II: Scenes From A Memory, my personal favourite - or the very divisive The Astonishing, for that matter.

For me SSOASS stands solely on the average strength of its individual songs. Of the 8 songs, The Prophecy is the only one I'd ever skip if it came on shuffle - though I often skip the ending verse of Only The Good Die Young as well. It has a fantastic run of songs in the first five, and it does pick up again after The Prophecy, even if not quite to the same level as before. It's one of Maiden's most consistently entertaining albums, with only Somewhere In Time and The Book of Souls beating it in that regard. I wouldn't rank the former higher, because I think the best songs on SSOASS are better than the ones from SIT. As for TBOS...well, there's a reason I said SSOASS was my favourite "for a long time". :p

Diesel 11

As you scream into the web of silence...
It's the 30th birthday of one of the most iconic albums in metal...


Number 6

Ancient Mariner
This album is utterly perfect (despite being their most accessible and commercial effort to date, IMO). It's certainly the best album released in 1988 and one of the best ever, in addition to being Maiden's very best. For a long time, Powerslave was my favorite Iron Maiden album, until I heard Seventh Son... in its entirety for the first time. I immediately fell in love with it and never once looked back.


Ancient Mariner

Some people dared to place it as 2nd(!) best album of 1988. The monotone Metallica album won that title.
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Diesel 11

As you scream into the web of silence...
It's definitely tough to choose the best album - not because of ...AJFA, but because Operation: Mindcrime was also released in that year. Two of my all-time favourites.