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 ;))))
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The absolute masters of metal!!
Oh world ,where ever,where ever you are,
Iron Maiden`s gonna get ya,no matter how far!!!
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Thee greatest metal band, ever! Along with kickass Judas Priest, Maiden kicks the shit out of any of the shitty new bands. Iron Maiden, we salute you!
Iron Maiden kicks fuckin ass!
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Gods with guitars (And drums). If you haven't heard of them, get the songs '2 Minutes To Midnight', Aces High, Hallowed Be Thy Name, The Number Of The Beast, Powerslave, and go on from there.

Seriously, these guys kick ass.
If you haven't heard of Iron Maiden you don't deserve to live.
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iron maiden. quite simply the greatest most talented band ever to put music to a record.
Likely to be seen wearing tight lycra pants (even a wwf wrestler wud say 'now they are gay') whilst throwing off rock star shapes not seen since your uncle got up dancin 2 thin lizzy at a wedding reception. A lead singer with an operatic voice reminisant of an air raid syren thats just been kicked in the bollocks(he really can sing high!) whilst showing off his 3rd leg concealed in his lycra pants. Add a mental drummer that even animal from the muppets is like' that guys got a screw loose' a bassist who is more like a lead guitarist and the best trio of guitarists to ever write a riff. You have iron maiden been going twenty odd years and my god they still run around on stage like a buch of townies high on pcp and mcdonalds strawberry milkshake. for more info on maiden see the words 'genius' 'legend'
man 1. 'Hello do u like Iron Maiden'

man 2 (Pauses.....then air guitars the riff to the trooper....nuff said
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iron maiden are legends. the fact that they can still play better than sabbath with that bitch sharon turning their power off and throwing bottles at them says it all. every album they've done is great but the 3 masterpieces are number of the beast, piece of mind and SSOASS.
iron maiden can't be fought, iron maiden cant be sought
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A torture/execution device from Medieval Germany, which consists of an iron coffin lined with spikes on the inside of the doors. The doors were closed SLOWLY so that the accused criminal would suffer maximum pain and anguish, sometimes for days, before finally dying of the resulting puncture wounds and suffocation.
Legend has it that a German coin counterfeiter was sentenced to the Iron Maiden. For the last two days of his life, the forger cried in vain while the spikes went through his body.
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A great rock band from britain. Songs include Aces High, Phantom of the Opera, and The Trooper.
Iron Maiden kicks Creed's ass.
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