The greatest metal band of all time. A NWOBHM
band that has defined all metal we know today (excluding Nu-Metal). Iron Maiden (along with the also immortal Judas Priest
, Thin Lizzy
, and Motorhead
) influenced every 80s and 90s thrash band (including Metallica
, and most noticeably Iced Earth
) and invented the Power Metal genre (even though technically IM is neither thrash metal nor power metal). Their best albums are the golden trio: Number of the Beast, Piece of Mind, and Powerslave. Their two new albums, Brave New World and Dance of Death, also kick fucking ass. Their best song, fuck it, THE BEST METAL SONG EVER MADE is Hallowed be Thy Name.
Iron Maiden is the beginning. Iron Maiden is the reason. Bruce Dickinson is the best singer. Dave Murray and Adrian Smith (and Janick too) are the best guitarists. Steve Harris is the all-time best songwriter and a damn good bassist, and Nicko McBrain is a fucking amazing drummer. Iron Maiden can't be fought.