IRON MAIDEN-albums mostly consist of two different groups of songs. First off there are the good to very good songs and then there are the immortal killers, the classics. This is no different with their 1983-album "Piece Of Mind".
The first track "Where Eagles Dare" is "only" a good song. The track is pretty wild and could just as well have stood on "The Number Of The Beast". In the middle-part we get beautiful guitar-harmonies and a nice solo. But it's not really catchy, it takes a while to unfold.
Completely different is the following "Revelations". A rather taken-back, yes almost epic number with atmosphere. Especially Bruce Dickinson's vocals are a big goose-bump-factor. For sure a hit that the band should play live again.
After that we get the super-catchy single "Flight Of Icarus", a typical MAIDEN-singalong-hymn. With "Die With Your Boots On" MAIDEN then show their rocking side, could almost have stood on "Killers". "The Trooper" then is one of the really big hits that every Metalian should know. Catchy, superb hooklines and just straight ahead. This is what I could imagine a ride on a wild boar like. The last four songs of the album are rather among the "less known". "Still Life" and "Sun And Steel" are quite cool, if no killers. These songs are among the mentioned "good" ones, which would have deserved more attention, because of their catchy character and nice melodies. This leaves us with "Quest For Fire" and "To Tame A Land". The first one is nice, but no killer, while "To Tame A Land" is closing off the album in an a bit calmer way again, goes into the "Revelations"-direction, but is neither as catchy nor has its hit-character. But still anything but a bad song.
All in all you could say that "Piece Of Mind" has not fully reached the previous classic. Still the album contains some big numbers like "The Trooper" or "Flight Of Icarus", which simply are classics. The music overall is a but calmer and less rough than on "The Number Of The Beast", but Mr. Dickinson has topped off his vocal performance and just plainly rules. Also in the guitar-department we have both thumbs up, are there still any guitar-duos that fight such grandiose guitar-duels like Smith and Murray? For sure only very few. The rhythm-section is flawless and the bass-play of Steve Harris is cult anyway. "Piece Of Mind" is yet another milestone in the history of MAIDEN-albums and ranks among their best. Even almost twenty years later it still is great, timeless I would call it!
Check-out-tips: "Revelations", "The Trooper", "Flight Of Icarus"...