1) One of the defining bands of Heavy metal through the 80's. Famous for songs such as "Number of the Beast" "Bring your Daughter to the Slaughter" and "2 Minutes to Midnight". They show some of the highest levels of instrumental talent known to Metal. A major inspiration to metal bands through the 90's to present day. They continue to churn out amazing and consistant hits (apart from during the mid 90's). Contrary to popular American belief, they are NOT satanists.
2) A medieval torture and execution device which was made of iron. A person was placed inside the box of the iron maiden while the door (which had impaling spikes on the inside) was closed slowly to to maximise pain and injury, while the prisoner died over the next few hours to few days from their injuries.
1) "I just picked up Iron Maiden's new album, it's amazing!"
2) "Throw him in the Iron Maiden!"