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Readers' Poll: The 10 Best Metal Albums of the 1980s

Your picks include Slayer's 'Reign in Blood,' Metallica's 'Master of Puppets' and Iron Maiden's 'Powerslave'
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Iron Maiden-Powerslave
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10. Iron Maiden – 'Powerslave'

Iron Maiden didn't record 1984's Powerslave to win over tons of new fans. Their audience was pretty massive by this point, and they wanted to give them something to absolutely cherish. Singles "Aces High" and "Two Minutes to Midnight" did crack the US Rock charts, but this was an album of long, complex tracks that show off Iron Maiden's stunning virtuosity. It was also the first time they released an album with the same lineup as their previous LP. This was finally the ideal Iron Maiden lineup, and it would last through the rest of the 1980s. There were many great albums in that time, but nothing quite as majestic as Powerslave

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