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
Killers
Number of the Beast
Powerslave
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
A very OVERRATED and very unoriginal band who sounds like shit so what's the fuckin use?
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You can't disagree that they're overrated.Just look at all of these definitions these kids have made calling them the 'best band ever'.Uh,excuse me? How could they be anywhere near the best band ever when they sound like shit and are retarded?
Iron Maiden sounds like Homosexual Opera to me.It's like a more homosexual version of opera anyways.Sure the guitar work is pretty good but that's nothing unique.Lots of great guitar players in the world.Their bass players' alright too.So what.There's lots of good bass players out there.Their singer fucking sucks almost as bad as Axl Rose.Their songs are dumb.Their lyrics are retarded.They are not the best anything (not even the best metal band).
by YOU SHIT IN YOUR PANTS September 10, 2005
1. Iron Maiden: A medieval instrument of torture and death.

2. Iron Maiden: A heavy metal band also considered to be an instrument of torture and death.
1. Arrrgh no! Not the Iron Maiden!!
2. Arrrgh no! Not Iron Maiden!!!!!
by Verne December 03, 2003
Very crappy metal band. Most of their songs follow a cookie-cutter power-ballad: Each song starts mid-tempo or slow, then after a few very repetive verses there is a guitar solo which starts at a slow tempo then suddenly gets fast in the middle, at which point the solo becomes totally unrelated to the song (listeners are supposed to think its good though). Iron maiden songs often repeat the same chorus four or five times in the same song. Be warned that Iron Maiden fans might actually get violent if you point out to them that iron maiden songs generally exemplify poor musicianship.
"Stranger in a strange land" is a cooky cutter power-balad with a crappy guitar solo and an over-repeated chorus. When is Iron Maiden going to learn to write decent songs?
by Haggot May 22, 2005
I don't know what the fuck all of you freaks are talking about.Iron Maiden fucking SUCK!
Bruce D: "oooooh my weiner is the size of my pinky when it's hard,oooooh"
by groove or die January 14, 2005
A shitty band that makes shitty music (no matter how you want to label it) for tone-deaf fuckers with no taste in music and who wouldn't know REAL music if it bit them on the balls.
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First of all they're not the best anything so shut the fuck up you queers.
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Second of all they're not even the best metal band and even if they were who cares? Metal ain't all it's cracked up to be anyways.So being the best metal band would just be like being the biggest FAG or something.
Iron Maiden sucks and blows ass so shut up ya friggin nerd kids 'cause you don't know wht the fuck you are even talking about.It's okay if you like them and all but just shut the fuck up with this "they're the bestest ever" bullshit.
by you all lick anus ,ya friggin fags September 29, 2005
A band that needs to have three guitarists to help them not suck. Too bad this doesn't work.
Iron Maiden is for pussies who don't know hardcore. Listen to a good band like the Killers or Goo Goo Dolls.
by GooGoo Guy April 26, 2005
fuckers who killed rock & roll
metal sucks my fuckin nuts
by mtv destroys brain cells January 25, 2005

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