Sunday, July 8, 2007

Iron Maiden-Powerslave

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Iron Maiden's covers were almost as important and cool as the band's music. Their mascot Eddie was quite a sight when he first appeared under a street lamp on the debut. By Killers he had changed a little to the monster we would all know and love. After that he tended to be in whatever setting the band's album title implied. For the band's fifth studio album the setting was ancient Egypt and Eddie was the image on a huge pyramid when many worshippers coming to him. The image is one that I look at quite a bit even twenty some years after I first saw it. Iron Maiden covers were probably the standard by which other metal covers were judged in the 1980's. You might look at another band's album cover and say "it's good, but it's no Iron Maiden cover".


Anonymous Rhodeislandrock said...

Probably my favorite Maiden cover. It was different from the monster covers of the last four and I was into archaeology at the time so this really made me enjoy it more. This is also my favorite Maiden album musically so that helps.

I don't even think of it as an album cover anymore, I think of it as pure art. Derek Riggs is a one of the best.

July 8, 2007 at 8:53 AM  
Blogger Ray Van Horn, Jr. said...

That's correct, Mark, and Rhode. In high school, the guy I sat next to worked on replicating the entire Powerslave cover as his final term project, while I went for replicating the gatefold photo inside Kiss Alive II. He did a terrific job and it took him over a month just to draw it. Maiden covers are definitely pure art. Powerslave happens to be my favorite Maiden album on top of cover. Everything about it is perfect.

July 8, 2007 at 9:05 AM  
Blogger bob_vinyl said...

Iron Maiden set the standard for both metal album covers and metal mascots. This is one of my favorite Maiden covers also, because it's not the typical dark album cover. I like the same thing about Seventh Son. I also really like the look of the lightning in the bright sunshine. It's really a great cover even by Maiden's incredibly high standards.

July 8, 2007 at 9:08 AM  
Blogger dschalek said...

Just classic! Still one of the best. "Somewhere In Time" is also good.

July 8, 2007 at 2:35 PM  
Anonymous Fred Charles said...

This may be my favorite Maiden cover. It reminds me of the glory days of album art, and finding all the hidden jokes on the cover.

July 9, 2007 at 11:02 AM  
Blogger Metal Mark said...

Steve-It's probably my favorite cover too.

Ray-There is a lot of detail in their covers as well.

Bob-I like the blue sky as well. It's also I believ the first Maiden album to not use a red logo.

dshalek-Powerslave and Somewhere in time also have back covers that are better than most artist's front covers.

Fred Charles-Maiden were one of the very few bands where you knew you could look forward to the album cover.

July 9, 2007 at 3:17 PM  
Blogger David Amulet said...

My favorite of the Maiden covers (as others say) ... and that's saying quite a bit. Simply fantastic!!

-- david

July 11, 2007 at 3:38 PM  
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March 12, 2008 at 1:44 PM  
Blogger Darryl said...

Great LP cover. It is quite amusing if you stick it next to Earth Wind & Fire's All N' All LP

March 12, 2008 at 1:47 PM  

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