Ginger Nuts of Horror
started out a gritty punkish street metal band...stepped a time or two over the N.W.O.B.H.M. line before grabbing the rulebook and tearing it in two.
When Powerslave was released I was fourteen. I had only the summer before begun showing an interest in heavy metal music, after growing up on 70's hard rock and old country and trucker music--all genres I still adore. But what began in early 1983, with a listen to Quiet Riot's "Metal Health" and Motley Crue's "Too fast For Love" was now a growing growling thing. So when my friend, Tommy, brought over this album and we sat one afternoon and listened to it, it changed the game. Metal no longer had to be the party on anthems of the denim and leather clad hooligans.It wasn't all shout along choruses to drinking, fighting and fucking. Iron Maiden were smart, and also had a keen sense of wit. Maiden lyrics were like a history lesson. And with repeated listens after I procured myself a copy on cassette for myself, my brain cracked open.
I’m not ashamed to admit that I bought ‘Live After Death’ years before I finally invested in ‘Piece of Mind’.
SUMMER OF MAIDEN - PIECE OF MIND