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“2 Minute to Midnight” is the second and arguably best song on Iron Maiden’s “Powerslave”, and the first single for the album. The song begins with the main riff playing quietly with louder drum intervals by Nicko. It gets going quickly, and you’ll hear some excellent singing from Bruce for a while. He sings most of the verses in a very catchy way, with a touch of evil at times. This song has one of the catchiest (If not the catchiest!) Maiden chorus ever. This chorus, which consists mainly of Bruce yelling, “Two… minutes… to midnight!!!” is one of the only heavy metal choruses I would actually consider the highlight of a song. The solo is typical Maiden style, being fast and powerful, except done even better than usual. The outro is great too, consisting of Bruce yelling, “Midnight… is all night!” in a glorious way. The song retains a constant beat, with the exception of a slower section following the solo. Despite how fun this is, the atmosphere is pretty dark. The lyrics also aid this darkness, as some of them sound pretty evil. The atmosphere, the catchy chorus, and the great solo make this one of Maiden’s best. Score 96%
The B-side here, A Rainbow’s Gold, is pretty solid. My main problem with this song is that it is way too repetitive. Both the vocals and the guitars lack variety, and end up repeating themselves for most of the song. The lyrics are pretty interesting, despite the repetitive way they’re sung, so that’s a plus. The solo was short, but quite good, and the song is fun, despite its lack of creativity. Iron Maiden covers are always interesting of course, making for another plus. Summed up, this B-side is entertaining but flawed. Score 63%
The other B-side, Mission from ‘Arry, is a recording; not a song. The seven-minute recording contains an argument between Steve, Bruce, and Nicko during the World Piece Tour. I won’t spoil it if you haven’t heard it, (Or read the “lyrics” here on the Archives) but do expect plenty of “cunts”, “bollocks”, and many variations of the word “fuck”. It is a rather silly argument, but it’s fun to listen to. Score 80%
This is a very good single for the Maiden collectors, containing a classic song, interesting B-sides, and great artwork. The band has shown that they really knew what they were doing when they decided to release this. Back in the day, this probably led many people to buying “Powerslave” and becoming fans themselves. If you want a notable and good Iron Maiden single, this is exactly what you’re looking for.