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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. The band were one of the pioneers of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal movement of the early 80s, distinguishing themselves from their peers with literary subject matter and considerable musical talent. For these reasons and 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 raw edge. On their third and now classic album ...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. The band were one of the pioneers of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal movement of the early 80s, distinguishing themselves from their peers with literary subject matter and considerable musical talent. For these reasons and 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 raw edge. On their third and now classic album Number of the Beast, their long time and current vocalist Bruce Dickinson took up the 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 lead guitarists Dave Murray and Adrian Smith, who had been the lead guitar duo ever since the group's second release Killlers. This line-up would release a streak of consistently excellent albums, following up Piece of Mind with Powerslave, Somewhere in Time (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 Gers from Dickinson's solo 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, but received much poorer reviews than their previous material, and eventually Bruce himself jumped ship, being replaced by Blaze Bayley of Wolfsbane. Because of Bayley's far lower voice, many fans did not receive this change very well. The new singer couldn't perform the classics Maiden had originally created with Dickinson very well, and the two albums 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 a sextet, Iron Maiden was able to take a distinctly progressive-influenced slant, which grew and evolved over the course of the next 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. In August 2010, the group released their first new studio album in four years, entitled The Final Frontier. Whether this is or is not the final Iron Maiden album is as 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
1,191 Votes
The Final Frontier
2010

3.5
1,775 Votes
A Matter of Life and Death
2006

3.8
2,165 Votes
Dance of Death
2003

3.6
1,944 Votes
Brave New World
2000

4.1
2,467 Votes
Virtual XI
1998

2.4
1,486 Votes
The X Factor
1995

2.8
1,477 Votes
Fear of the Dark
1992

3.3
2,188 Votes
No Prayer for the Dying
1990

2.8
1,645 Votes
Seventh Son of a Seventh Son
1988

4.4
3,053 Votes
Somewhere in Time
1986

4.2
2,765 Votes
Powerslave
1984

4.5
4,118 Votes
Piece of Mind
1983

4.2
3,173 Votes
The Number of the Beast
1982

4.4
4,414 Votes
Killers
1981

4
2,718 Votes
Iron Maiden
1980

4.1
2,867 Votes
EPs
Empire of the Clouds
2016

4.1
40 Votes
No More Lies
2004

3.5
50 Votes
Maiden Japan
1981

3.9
148 Votes
Live!! + One
1980

3.4
39 Votes
The Soundhouse Tapes
1979

3.5
112 Votes
Live Albums
Nights of the Dead: Live in Mexico City
2020

3.2
19 Votes
The Book of Souls: Live Chapter
2017

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

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

4.1
69 Votes
En Vivo!
03/26/2012

3.8
95 Votes
Flight 666: The Original Soundtrack
2009

3.9
137 Votes
Flight 666 (DVD)
2009

4.3
195 Votes
Death on the Road (DVD)
2006

4
52 Votes
Death on the Road
2005

3.9
268 Votes
The Early Days
2004

4.6
32 Votes
Beast Over Hammersmith
2002

4.3
72 Votes
BBC Archives
2002

3.9
34 Votes
Rock in Rio (DVD)
2002

4.5
249 Votes
Rock in Rio
2002

4.3
394 Votes
A Real Live Dead One
1998

3.2
147 Votes
Raising Hell
1994

3.2
25 Votes
Donington Live 1992
1993

3
22 Votes
Live at Donington
1993

3.5
165 Votes
A Real Dead One
1993

3.2
99 Votes
A Real Live One
1993

3.2
95 Votes
Maiden England '88
1989

4.1
125 Votes
12 Wasted Years
1987

4.3
15 Votes
Live After Death (DVD)
1985

4.5
216 Votes
Live After Death
1985

4.6
658 Votes
Maiden Japan (Complete Concert)
1981

4.3
40 Votes
Live at the Rainbow
1981

4.3
35 Votes
Compilations
Legacy of the Beast Official Soundtrack
2016

4.5
3 Votes
From Fear To Eternity
2011

3.9
66 Votes
Somewhere Back in Time
2008

3.9
155 Votes
The Essential Iron Maiden
2005

3.7
62 Votes
Visions of the Beast
2003

3.8
23 Votes
Edward the Great
2002

3.9
242 Votes
Eddie's Archive
2002

4
23 Votes
Best of the B'Sides
2002

3.7
60 Votes
Ed Hunter
1999

3.5
47 Votes
Best of the Beast
1996

4.2
225 Votes
The First Ten Years
1990

4.5
22 Votes

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