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Iron Maiden

One of the greatest and most popular heavy metal bands to ever take the stage, Iron Maiden was formed in 1975 by bassistSteve Harris. The band were one of the pioneers of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal movement of the early80s,distinguishing themselves from theirpeers with literary subject matter and considerable musical talent. For these reasonsand others, countless metal acts have cited them as a strong influence.

Maiden's first two albums, Iron Maiden and Killers, featured vocalist Paul Di'Anno, who gave the band's early sound a very rawedge. On their third and now c ...read more

One of the greatest and most popular heavy metal bands to ever take the stage, Iron Maiden was formed in 1975 by bassistSteve Harris. The band were one of the pioneers of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal movement of the early80s,distinguishing themselves from theirpeers with literary subject matter and considerable musical talent. For these reasonsand others, countless metal acts have cited them as a strong influence.

Maiden's first two albums, Iron Maiden and Killers, featured vocalist Paul Di'Anno, who gave the band's early sound a very rawedge. On their third and now classic album Number of the Beast, their longtime and current vocalist Bruce Dickinson took upthe microphone, redefining Maiden's sound with his high-register, operatic singing.

A more or less stable lineup emerged with fourth album Piece of Mind, on which drummer Nicko McBrain replaced Clive Burr.This eventually became known as their classic formation, and includes Harris, Dickinson, McBrain, as well as twin leadguitarists Dave Murray and Adrian Smith, who had been the lead guitar duo ever since the group's second release Killlers. Thisline-up would release a streak of consistently excellent albums, following up Piece of Mind with Powerslave, Somewhere inTime (on which they started to experience with guitar synthesizers) and Seventh Son of a Seventh Son.

This classic era ended when in 1989, Adrian Smith lost interest in playing and left the band, being replaced by Janick Gersfrom Dickinson's solo project. The next two Maiden albums, No Prayer for the Dying and Fear of the Dark, were meant to goback to the band's roots, but received much poorer reviews than their previous material, and eventually Bruce himself jumpedship, being replaced by Blaze Bayley of Wolfsbane. Because of Bayley's far lower voice, many fans did not receive this changevery well. The new singer couldn't perform the classics Maiden had originally created with Dickinson very well, and the twoalbums he appeared on, The X Factor and Virtual XI, were mostly condemned despite having some solid material.

Dickinson returned, however, bringing Adrian Smith back with him - and though Blaze would leave, Gers would not! Now asextet, Iron Maiden was able to take a distinctly progressive-influenced slant, which grew and evolved over the course of thenext three albums in the 2000's: Brave New World, Dance of Death, and A Matter of Life and Death.

Iron Maiden have still been actively touring in the past few years, and their live performances are as popular as ever. InAugust 2010, the group released their first new studio album in four years, entitled The Final Frontier. Whether this is or isnot the final Iron Maiden album is as of the moment unclear, as Harris has claimed just to see where things will go from here.

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Bruce Dickinson - Vocals Dave Murray - Guitars Janick Gers - Guitars Adrian Smith - GuitarsSteve Harris - Bass Nicko McBrain - Drums « hide

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LPs
The Final Frontier
2010

3.6
1,162 Votes
A Matter of Life and Death
2006

3.8
1,564 Votes
Dance of Death
2003

3.7
1,343 Votes
Brave New World
2000

4.1
1,637 Votes
Virtual XI
1998

2.5
944 Votes
The X Factor
1995

2.8
939 Votes
Fear of the Dark
1992

3.3
1,438 Votes
No Prayer for the Dying
1990

2.8
1,042 Votes
Seventh Son of a Seventh Son
1988

4.3
1,977 Votes
Somewhere in Time
1986

4.2
1,758 Votes
Powerslave
1984

4.5
2,789 Votes
Piece of Mind
1983

4.2
2,115 Votes
The Number of the Beast
1982

4.4
3,081 Votes
Killers
1981

4
1,781 Votes
Iron Maiden
1980

4.2
1,879 Votes
EPs
No More Lies
2004

3.5
47 Votes
Maiden Japan
1981

3.8
109 Votes
Live!! + One
1980

3.5
31 Votes
The Soundhouse Tapes
1979

3.5
83 Votes
Live Albums
Maiden England '88 (DVD)
03/25/2013

4.2
33 Votes
En Vivo! (DVD)
03/27/2012

4
52 Votes
En Vivo!
03/26/2012

3.8
63 Votes
Flight 666: The Original Soundtrack
2009

3.9
98 Votes
Flight 666 (DVD)
2009

4.2
161 Votes
Death on the Road (DVD)
2006

3.9
40 Votes
Death on the Road
2005

3.9
229 Votes
The Early Days
2004

4.4
9 Votes
Beast Over Hammersmith
2002

4.3
48 Votes
BBC Archives
2002

3.8
22 Votes
Rock in Rio (DVD)
2002

4.5
225 Votes
Rock in Rio
2002

4.3
329 Votes
A Real Live Dead One
1998

3.2
114 Votes
Raising Hell
1994

3.2
19 Votes
Donington Live 1992
1993

2.9
13 Votes
Live at Donington
1993

3.5
127 Votes
A Real Dead One
1993

3.2
70 Votes
A Real Live One
1993

3.2
62 Votes
Maiden England '88
1989

4.1
83 Votes
12 Wasted Years
1987

4.3
10 Votes
Live After Death (DVD)
1985

4.5
172 Votes
Live After Death
1985

4.5
473 Votes
Maiden Japan (Complete Concert)
1981

4.5
5 Votes
Live at the Rainbow
1981

4.1
21 Votes
Compilations
From Fear To Eternity
2011

3.7
53 Votes
Somewhere Back in Time
2008

3.9
133 Votes
The Essential Iron Maiden
2005

3.6
56 Votes
Visions of the Beast
2003

3.5
19 Votes
Edward the Great
2002

3.9
231 Votes
Eddie's Archive
2002

3.8
16 Votes
Best of the B'Sides
2002

3.6
42 Votes
Ed Hunter
1999

3.5
36 Votes
Best of the Beast
1996

4.1
202 Votes
The First Ten Years
1990

4.5
14 Votes

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