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Piece Of Mind by Iron Maiden
Released: Jan 1983
Label: Sanctuary
The album's cover art, "Flight of Icarus" and "The Trooper" make 1983's Piece of Mind a bona fide Maiden classic, but the fact is, the whole record is loaded with the sort of freight-train chug, multilayered harmonies and unapologetically dramatic subject matter that practically defined the New Wave of British Heavy Metal. With the lyrics to every single song inspired by either a book, poem or film -- from Alfred, Lord Tennyson and doomed Japanese writer Yukio Mishima to the weirdo French movie Quest for Fire -- Maiden prove themselves the heaviest of metal nerds.
Mike McGuirk

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