We were talking about Iron Maiden headlining the Saturday evening of Download Festival 2013 and we were all at odds over what the best Maiden album was. Obviously, with 15 (fifteen!) studio albums in their arsenal, there are a lot of different styles to choose from, not even considering the variation in quality. We figured we’d ask our resident Maiden fan what his favourite was. From the era of record shops [read his wicked article on long-gone Soho dive, Shades], Tony Hampton’s a lot older than the rest of us, so he actually remembers (pretty much, anyway) the release of every single Iron Maiden album. Props.
Here’s what Tony has to say about his favourite Maiden album:
“My favourite Iron Maiden album is 1988’s Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son. I had the previous albums, and loved them, but this was the first time I’d been caught up in the pre-release buzz, the anticipation, the sheer fuck off Maiden-ness of it all. From the moment the folky intro of ‘Moonchild’ ends and the pace builds to the Harris ‘thump thump thump thump’, it was sealed. They were unquestionably my band.
“It has the heaviness, the melody, and all the drama of classic Maiden. ‘Evil That Men Do’, ‘Can I Play With Madness’, the title track – every track is one you can burn your lungs screaming along to. I know every second of this record, and since the day it came out there’s not a week when I don’t listen to it again and get that same pleasure. When the words ‘concept album’ were about as insulting as it got, this album stuck a middle finger up to all that po-faced attitude.
“The tour was epic, seeing them at Hammersmith and Wembley was life changing, even when Nicko narrowly missed decapitating me with a frisbee-drum-skin. I had a huge backpatch on my denim jacket of the album cover, and I wish I still had it!”
Now it’s your turn to tell us what you think. Vote for your favourite Iron Maiden album in the poll below and tell us your own tales in a comment below.