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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best metal band ever. best songs are flight of icarus and murders in the rue morgue.
dave murray is an amazing guitarist
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The greatest fucking metal band ever. They completely revolutionized music, pumping out hits such as "The Trooper" and "Hallowed be thy Name" which are two of their, arguably, best songs.

PS- look at this fucking faggot ass kid making tons of definitions to express his hate for a band that fucking owns the shit out of him. it's all one fucking loser kid who likes hardcore faggot shit, just spamming horrible definitions of Iron Maiden.
Iron Maiden... just fucking rules. The end.
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One of the greatest metal bands of all time, and definately the greatest that came out of England. Only drunks, druggies and lesser morons disagree with the scientific fact that Maiden rock with the soul of the 80's.
Moron: iRoN mAiDeN sUcK.
Genius: *fires gun with perfect aim, then goes and plays the starting riff from the trooper*
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A fucking great metal band. Im getting Peice of mind on vinyl soon woo, and powerslave. Mmmm vinyl. My ambition in life is to get all their albums. There best songs are probably, Children of the damned, The wicker man, Fear of the dark or the trooper.
Some lucky bastard: Did you see Iron maiden live recently?
Me: No, i wasnt allowed and i had no money dammit, and when i had money it had sold out.
Some Lucky bastard: Ahh pity there fucking great live, best metal act ever and there British, woo!

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wicked metal band who ever says its not is a dumbass



METALLICAS FUCKIN SHIT
best metal band ever
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1)A british heavy metal band. Often considered the greatest of its time, it was and still is one of the most influential groups to this day. The best songs are too numerous to list here, but some of their best are 2 minutes to midnight, the Trooper, Run to the Hills, Wratchchild, and Hallowed be thy name. Currently, there are 3 guitarists in this band. Dave murray, Janick Gers, and Adrian Smith. The other members are the leader of the band and bass player, Steve Harris, vocals Bruce Dickinson, and drummer Nicko Mcbrain. After decades of being a band, the group has not slowed down and they are still making albums. They are considered legendary along with bands such as Judas Priest, Black Sabbath, and Motorhead. MAny people underestimate this great band.

2)A medieval device of torture from the movie Man in the Iron mask i believe. It is a coffin with spikes on the inside

3)A song by the british metal group Iron Maiden
This new Iron Maiden Cd is kickass!

Dude, that sucks, he got thrown in an iron maiden.

UP THE IRONS!!! (Diehard Iron Maiden fan)

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The best metal band ever, the only people who actually hate it are dumbass slipknot fans who spam the metal forum every time someone tells them to shut the fuck up about maggots, seriously.

The best they've ever made is the best album I've ever seen: Seventh Son. Also check out Powerslave and Somewhere In Time.
Anyone who says Iron Maiden suck obviously have no taste in music, so ignore them.
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