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One of the best Metal bands ever and my most favourite band ever. They are also one of the most influential bands ever to exist.

Formed on Christmas Day 1975 by Steve Harris. The band name was gained through the TV film 'The Man in the Iron Mask' which Harris saw.

Steve Harris and Guitarist Dave Murray are the only 2 members who have been there since the first album. Maiden became the leaders in NWOBHM along with the likes of Judas Priest with their first two albums 'Iron Maiden' and 'Killers' which had Paul Di'Anno on vocals until he left half way through the Killers World Tour because of cocaine abuse, during the recording of Killers Adrian Smith came in to replace Dennis Stratton. It was not until a certain Mr Bruce Dickinson replaced Di'Anno that Iron Maiden hit international success with the classic album 'The Number of the Beast' and then after that the band just grew and grew. It was also after Number of the Beast where long time drummer Nicko McBrain replaced the departing Clive Burr and made his album debut on 'Piece of Mind'.

After recording the exceptional 'Seventh Son of a Seventh Son' album guitarist Adrian Smith left the band due apparent unhappiness of the band's music direction, he was then replaced by Janick Gers who played guitar on Bruce Dickinson's first solo album, Janick's first recording with Iron Maiden was No Prayer for the Dying. The turn of a new decade began a dip in Iron Maiden's journey with the rise of grunge and alternative rock. After 1992's 'Fear of the Dark' Bruce Dickinson left the band to pursue a solo career and he was replaced by Wolfsbane lead singer Blaze Bayley which lead to mixed reactions from the fans. Both albums 'The X Factor' and 'Virtual XI' with Blaze didn't chart very well and in 1999 Blaze left by mutal consent. The music world would be shocked when Bruce Dickinson and Adrian Smith both returned and the band where they also decided to retain Janick Gers giving the band 3 guitarists.

Since the classic line up returned they have recorded 3 albums which are Brave New World, Dance of Death and A Matter of Life and Death with all 3 albums recieving critical acclaim. With a new album planned it is expected to be released sometime in 2009.

My favourite albums from the Beast have to be:
Iron Maiden
Number of the Beast
Seventh Son of a Seventh Son
A Matter of Life and Death
No Prayer for the Dying (a very underrated album to be fair)
Somewhere in Time

The band line up is:
Bruce Dickinson - Lead Vocals
Dave Murray - Guitar
Adrian Smith - Guitar
Janick 'Underrated' Gers - Guitar
Steve Harris - Bass/Band Leader
Nicko Mcbrain - Drums
And of course not forgetting the band's mascot Eddie The 'Ead
Iron Maiden's gonna get all of you ;))))
by HullCityAFC08 December 10, 2008
42 8
Medieval device of extreme torture.

Kickass band. I even have two of their albums.
Maiden rules!!!
by true October 09, 2003
63 31
The iron maiden was a torturing device used under the medieval age and forward in Germany. It is basically a coffin with alot of various spikes lining the door. It wasn't made for killing, it was made for inflicting pain, though I believe the victims quite oftenly died, after screaming a day or two.
Iron Maiden so roxx!
No what are you saying! It's awful! I cannot believe how cruel humankind is.
by Rishie April 02, 2005
50 21
One of the best bands in the history of music. Have influenced so many other bands to date including: Metallica, Iced Earth and Dream Theater to name a few. Have currently done 14 studio albums. Also most americans seem to think they are satanists - ummm no...
Last night i went to a fuckin awsome concert at brixton

cool who was it?


iron maiden - great live shows
by Albert Von Stranzenburger January 28, 2008
39 13
1. Instrument of torture during medieval times
2. Metal Band
3. A regenerator w/ spikes coming out of it in resident Evil 4.
Oh shit! it's the iron maiden!
by Adrian December 29, 2005
43 18
The greatest metal band in the world. People who say Metallica owe nothing to them because they started at the same time, YOU ARE WRONG. Steve Harris formed Iron Maiden in 1975, six years before James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich's first meeting.
The current lineup is:
Lead Vocals - Bruce Dickinson
Bass - Steve Harris
Guitars - Dave Murray, Adrian Smith, Janick Gers
Drums - Nicko McBrain
Each member is amazing in their own way, and the band has stood the test of time against punk, 80's pop, grunge and nu-metal (totally different to Maiden, and SHIT)
Steve Harris formed a band hoping to live up to his metal peers only to surpass them.
Nicko McBrain has a funny face :p
Phantom of the Opera and Hallowed Be Thy Name are amazing songs
by ScenestersCanDie June 06, 2005
28 5
One of my favourite british metal bands next to Judas priest, every album rocks even the x factor and virtual xi. One of the best bands to see live and I would see them every day if i could manage it.
Judas priest dug the road and layed the tarmac, Iron maiden drew the road lines and made the road signs.

Iron Maiden and Judas Priest go great together when chilling out to their music
by ben1987at November 18, 2007
29 9