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Iron Maiden – Powerslave

Contributed by Matthijs Sluiter on Jan 29th, 2019. Artwork published in .
    Iron Maiden – Powerslave 1
    Source: http://www.maidenthebeast.com License: All Rights Reserved.

    The artwork for Iron Maiden’s Powerslave album (1984) consists of a monumental Egypt-inspired scene with Eddie as a pharaoh (with a utero?) as conceived and painted by Derek Riggs. Iron Maiden’s successful career would not have been the same without zombie, mascot and sixth band member Eddie, that Riggs created for them in 1980 based on a stage prop. The artwork seems to be completely unrelated to the lyrics and music.

    Artwork and logo are supported by typography using not Eddie, but Edda Solid, an Art Nouveau typeface originally designed by Heinz Keune and released in Germany by Schelter & Giesecke. It is an all caps design but with a lowercase h. There’s little width contrast between Edda’s letterforms and it comes with alternates for A, E, T. The original design uses the rounder forms for A and E. In the images some of the alternate shapes can be seen on the “Powerslave” flag — which was probably designed later on, after the Powerslave album and the World of Slavery tour.

    Iron Maiden – Powerslave 2
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    Iron Maiden – Powerslave cassette, 1984.

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    Iron Maiden Powerslave / World Slavery tour T-shirt, 1984.

    Iron Maiden – Powerslave 6
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    Action figure — not from 1984. “Powerslave” uses Edda broken down and staggered, but with same lettershapes as the original artwork.

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    Powerslave flag (undated), probably 2000s. “Powerslave” still using Edda, but with alternate A and E.

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    2 Comments on “Iron Maiden – Powerslave

    1. rkachowski says:
      Jan 29th, 2019  9:41 am

      The artwork seems to be completely unrelated to the lyrics and music.

      The title track “Powerslave” is told from the point of view of an Egyptian Pharaoh, the lyrics explicitly referencing ancient Egypt. There’s also a cool Egyptian guitar riff. And now you know.

    2. Jan 29th, 2019  9:50 am

      Thank you rkachowski, now I know. While listening the album by bits and pieces I heard about napalm, guns, swords, mariners and valleys but somehow completely overheard the title track.

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