BOOK ABOUT ‘PIECE OF MIND’ ALBUM (1983) | AUTHOR: STJEPAN JURAS | PUBLISHED: OCTOBER 2018 | HARDCOVER, 256 PAGES
‘Piece of Mind’ is a masterpiece, not only of Maiden, but a masterpiece of heavy metal. And this despite its release at a most unfortunate time – with the thankless task of being the follow up to ‘TNOTB’ and the precursor to the magnificent ’Powerslave’. To be sandwiched between two such cult albums and yet be able to overpower them in many aspects, that is the mark of the true classics. Many swear by ‘Piece of Mind’, citing it as a textbook example of heavy metal, or metal in its cleanest form, its influence and weight confirmed by the sheer number of covers by some of the biggest bands and performers, including the great Lemmy. It speaks for itself.