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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 bassist Steve Harris.Theband were one of the pioneers of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal movement of the early 80s, distinguishing themselves from theirpeers with literary subject matter and considerable musical talent. For these reasons and others, countless metal acts have cited them as astrong influence. Maiden's first two albums, Iron Maiden and Killers, featured vocalist Paul Di'Anno, who gave the band's early sound a very raw edge. On theirthird and now classic ...read more

One of the greatest and most popular heavy metal bands to ever take the stage, Iron Maiden was formed in 1975 by bassist Steve Harris.Theband were one of the pioneers of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal movement of the early 80s, distinguishing themselves from theirpeers with literary subject matter and considerable musical talent. For these reasons and others, countless metal acts have cited them as astrong influence. Maiden's first two albums, Iron Maiden and Killers, featured vocalist Paul Di'Anno, who gave the band's early sound a very raw edge. On theirthird and now classic album Number of the Beast, their longtime and current vocalist Bruce Dickinson took up the microphone, redefiningMaiden'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 eventuallybecame known as their classic formation, and includes Harris, Dickinson, McBrain, as well as twin leadguitarists Dave Murray andAdrianSmith, who had been the lead guitar duo ever since the group's second release Killlers. This line-up would release a streak ofconsistently excellent albums, following up Piece of Mind with Powerslave, Somewhere in Time (on which they started to experience withguitarsynthesizers) 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 Gers from Dickinson'ssolo project. The next two Maiden albums, No Prayer for the Dying and Fear of the Dark, were meant to go back to the band's roots, butreceived much poorer reviews than their previous material, and eventually Bruce himself jumped ship, being replaced by Blaze Bayley ofWolfsbane. Because of Bayley's far lower voice, many fans did not receive this change very well. The new singer couldn't perform theclassics Maiden had originally created with Dickinson very well, and the two albums he appeared on, The X Factor and Virtual XI, were mostlycondemned despite having some solid material. Dickinson returned, however, bringing Adrian Smith back with him - and though Blaze would leave, Gers would not! Now a sextet, IronMaiden was able to take a distinctly progressive-influenced slant, which grew and evolved over the course of the next three albums in the2000'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. In August 2010, thegroup released their first new studio album in four years, entitled The Final Frontier. Whether this is or is not the final Iron Maiden album isas of the moment unclear, as Harris has claimed just to see where things will go from here. Iron Maiden is: Bruce Dickinson - Vocals Dave Murray - Guitars Janick Gers - Guitars Adrian Smith - Guitars Steve Harris - Bass Nicko McBrain - Drums « hide

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LPs
The Book of Souls
2015

3.8
1,027 Votes
The Final Frontier
2010

3.5
1,642 Votes
A Matter of Life and Death
2006

3.8
2,043 Votes
Dance of Death
2003

3.6
1,821 Votes
Brave New World
2000

4.1
2,298 Votes
Virtual XI
1998

2.4
1,359 Votes
The X Factor
1995

2.8
1,351 Votes
Fear of the Dark
1992

3.3
2,017 Votes
No Prayer for the Dying
1990

2.7
1,492 Votes
Seventh Son of a Seventh Son
1988

4.4
2,793 Votes
Somewhere in Time
1986

4.2
2,531 Votes
Powerslave
1984

4.5
3,802 Votes
Piece of Mind
1983

4.2
2,919 Votes
The Number of the Beast
1982

4.4
4,114 Votes
Killers
1981

4
2,487 Votes
Iron Maiden
1980

4.1
2,630 Votes
EPs
Empire of the Clouds
2016

4
32 Votes
No More Lies
2004

3.5
46 Votes
Maiden Japan
1981

3.9
138 Votes
Live!! + One
1980

3.4
38 Votes
The Soundhouse Tapes
1979

3.5
102 Votes
Live Albums
The Book of Souls: Live Chapter
2017

3.8
24 Votes
Maiden England '88 (DVD)
03/25/2013

4.3
63 Votes
En Vivo! (DVD)
03/27/2012

4.1
65 Votes
En Vivo!
03/26/2012

3.9
88 Votes
Flight 666: The Original Soundtrack
2009

3.9
128 Votes
Flight 666 (DVD)
2009

4.3
187 Votes
Death on the Road (DVD)
2006

4
51 Votes
Death on the Road
2005

3.9
257 Votes
The Early Days
2004

4.6
26 Votes
Beast Over Hammersmith
2002

4.3
64 Votes
BBC Archives
2002

3.9
31 Votes
Rock in Rio (DVD)
2002

4.5
247 Votes
Rock in Rio
2002

4.3
378 Votes
A Real Live Dead One
1998

3.2
133 Votes
Raising Hell
1994

3.2
22 Votes
Donington Live 1992
1993

3
20 Votes
Live at Donington
1993

3.5
156 Votes
A Real Dead One
1993

3.1
88 Votes
A Real Live One
1993

3.2
84 Votes
Maiden England '88
1989

4.1
107 Votes
12 Wasted Years
1987

4.3
13 Votes
Live After Death (DVD)
1985

4.5
212 Votes
Live After Death
1985

4.6
612 Votes
Maiden Japan (Complete Concert)
1981

4.3
29 Votes
Live at the Rainbow
1981

4.3
35 Votes
Compilations
Legacy of the Beast Official Soundtrack
2016

4.5
2 Votes
From Fear To Eternity
2011

3.9
62 Votes
Somewhere Back in Time
2008

3.9
149 Votes
The Essential Iron Maiden
2005

3.7
59 Votes
Visions of the Beast
2003

3.8
19 Votes
Edward the Great
2002

3.9
240 Votes
Eddie's Archive
2002

3.9
19 Votes
Best of the B'Sides
2002

3.7
51 Votes
Ed Hunter
1999

3.5
45 Votes
Best of the Beast
1996

4.2
221 Votes
The First Ten Years
1990

4.5
18 Votes

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