Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son
Review by Tobias on January 21, 2002.
"Seventh Son of a Seventh Son" is probably the finest zenith that metal has ever seen. Its release epitomized all that great metal was to date and opened the gates for much of what metal was soon to become.
Track after track, the lyrics of Steve Harris and Bruce Dickinson provide the listener with one fantastically surreal experience after another. And like an energy-based symbiotic being, the music slides itself in coils around the words that Bruce delivers with torrential potency.
From the opening notes of Moonchild, the music is branded with Iron Maiden’s name, and more importantly with the name of this album; to clarify, while being uniquely Iron Maiden, it is also uniquely recognizable as Seventh Son of a Seventh Son.
If you’ve been around metal for more than a year, you know about this album. Most people speak of tracks such as 'The Evil That Men Do', 'The Clairvoyant' or the hit single 'Can I Play With Madness'. But there are other tracks on this album that I believe need some attention! Particularly, the track that delivers one of the greatest Dickinson performances of all time, 'The Prophecy', as well as the title track which quite possibly is the best cumulative representation of Maiden’s musicianship could use more recognition.
And it’s that musicianship that renders this one of the all time greats. The harmonies of Dave Murray and Adrian Smith have never created such perfect double helixes, while the dynamic rhythms provided by Harris and the stoic Nicko rile up an aggressive and flawless dance to carry the rest of the music.
Considering that I’ve been listening to this album regularly since 1988 (14 years?!?! Holy crap) and it has never lost its luster, I could write a dissertation on this disc. But the longevity of such a classic and all the best words I could muster would never do justice to owning this album.
Bottom Line: This is the most enduring and fantastic metal album of all time.
Categorical Rating Breakdown
Rating: 10 of 10