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70.
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
 
57.
1) A spell casted in Diablo 2 which returns all the damage a creature inflicts to it.
2) A kickass metal band
1) Shit, this guy has iron maiden maxed out, if I hit him I'll die!
2) Iron Maiden ROCKS, dude.
by Ice January 05, 2004
 
58.
The greatest band of all time. Fantastic muscisians and songwriters. In the 6 months I have been listening to them I have bouth all of their cd's except for The X Facter and Virtual XI.
Some of their best songs are: Hallowed be they Name, Run to the Hills, The Trooper, Bring your Daughter to the slaughter, Fear of the Dark, and many more.
by Pudgypenquin March 21, 2005
 
59.
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.
by theamazingbender November 15, 2006
 
60.
An extremely influential British metal band who got started as part of the NWOBHM. Largely owe their style to Judas Priest, but put their own spin on the form of metal that Priest established. Influenced a ridiculous amount of metal bands, and still going today. Basically one of those bands that is mandatory for metalheads.
"IRON MAIDEN'S GONNA GET AAAAAALLL OF YOU!"
-Bruce Dickinson
by Pyrus August 26, 2004
 
61.
A Very Good NWOBHM Band, that have influenced many modern day rock and metal bands.
Iron Maiden:indeed.vvvvvvvvvvv
by thgfhtxfdhtyjfghfhth August 31, 2006
 
62.
Fuck anyone who hasnt heard of them. Greatest metal band ever, you say no? Go eff yourself. El oh el.

Weeee sluts.
Sign of the Cross is the best song.
by Lumpy September 22, 2003
 
63.
1. A supposed medieval torture device consisting of a hollow iron statue or coffin in the shape of a woman that is lined with spikes which impale the enclosed victim.
2. One of the greatest band ever in the history of thy world
3. A spell from Diablo 2 which causes meele enemies
to get damage.
1. I dont want to go in the IronMaiden
2. Iron Maiden pwns other bands
3. Stupid oblivion knights! With thier Iron maiden!
by Masterhand666 March 22, 2006