IRON MAIDEN

Heavy Metal / NWoBHM • United Kingdom
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Iron Maiden are an English heavy metal band formed in Leyton, east London in 1975 by bassist and primary songwriter Steve Harris. The band's discography has grown to thirty-seven albums, including fifteen studio albums, eleven live albums, four EPs, and seven compilations. Pioneers of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal, Iron Maiden achieved initial success during the early 1980s. After several line-up changes, the band went on to release a series of US and UK platinum and gold albums, including 1982's The Number of the Beast, 1983's Piece of Mind, 1984's Powerslave, 1985's live release Live After Death, 1986's Somewhere in Time and 1988's Seventh Son of a Seventh Son. Since the return of lead vocalist Bruce Dickinson and guitarist Adrian Smith in 1999, the band have undergone a resurgence in popularity, with their latest studio offering, The Final Frontier, peaking at No. 1 in 28 different countries and read more...

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IRON MAIDEN Discography

IRON MAIDEN albums / top albums

IRON MAIDEN Iron Maiden album cover 4.03 | 157 ratings
Iron Maiden
NWoBHM 1980
IRON MAIDEN Killers album cover 3.92 | 149 ratings
Killers
NWoBHM 1981
IRON MAIDEN The Number Of The Beast album cover 4.38 | 199 ratings
The Number Of The Beast
NWoBHM 1982
IRON MAIDEN Piece Of Mind album cover 4.21 | 172 ratings
Piece Of Mind
NWoBHM 1983
IRON MAIDEN Powerslave album cover 4.52 | 222 ratings
Powerslave
NWoBHM 1984
IRON MAIDEN Somewhere In Time album cover 4.36 | 170 ratings
Somewhere In Time
Heavy Metal 1986
IRON MAIDEN Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son album cover 4.46 | 193 ratings
Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son
Heavy Metal 1988
IRON MAIDEN No Prayer For The Dying album cover 3.01 | 115 ratings
No Prayer For The Dying
Heavy Metal 1990
IRON MAIDEN Fear Of The Dark album cover 3.38 | 128 ratings
Fear Of The Dark
Heavy Metal 1992
IRON MAIDEN The X Factor album cover 3.24 | 105 ratings
The X Factor
Heavy Metal 1995
IRON MAIDEN Virtual XI album cover 2.67 | 103 ratings
Virtual XI
Heavy Metal 1998
IRON MAIDEN Brave New World album cover 4.12 | 151 ratings
Brave New World
Heavy Metal 2000
IRON MAIDEN Dance Of Death album cover 3.85 | 112 ratings
Dance Of Death
Heavy Metal 2003
IRON MAIDEN A Matter Of Life And Death album cover 3.87 | 114 ratings
A Matter Of Life And Death
Heavy Metal 2006
IRON MAIDEN The Final Frontier album cover 3.70 | 117 ratings
The Final Frontier
Heavy Metal 2010
IRON MAIDEN The Book Of Souls album cover 4.29 | 70 ratings
The Book Of Souls
Heavy Metal 2015

IRON MAIDEN EPs & splits

IRON MAIDEN The Soundhouse Tapes album cover 3.68 | 14 ratings
The Soundhouse Tapes
NWoBHM 1979
IRON MAIDEN Live!! + One album cover 3.70 | 6 ratings
Live!! + One
NWoBHM 1980
IRON MAIDEN Maiden Japan album cover 3.67 | 20 ratings
Maiden Japan
NWoBHM 1981
IRON MAIDEN No More Lies: Dance Of Death Souvenir EP album cover 3.50 | 6 ratings
No More Lies: Dance Of Death Souvenir EP
Heavy Metal 2004

IRON MAIDEN live albums

IRON MAIDEN Live After Death album cover 4.16 | 61 ratings
Live After Death
NWoBHM 1985
IRON MAIDEN A Real Live One album cover 3.48 | 29 ratings
A Real Live One
Heavy Metal 1993
IRON MAIDEN A Real Dead One album cover 3.44 | 26 ratings
A Real Dead One
Heavy Metal 1993
IRON MAIDEN Live At Donington album cover 3.16 | 16 ratings
Live At Donington
Heavy Metal 1993
IRON MAIDEN Rock In Rio album cover 4.04 | 33 ratings
Rock In Rio
Heavy Metal 2002
IRON MAIDEN Death On The Road album cover 3.52 | 21 ratings
Death On The Road
Heavy Metal 2005
IRON MAIDEN Flight 666: The Original Soundtrack album cover 3.55 | 20 ratings
Flight 666: The Original Soundtrack
Heavy Metal 2009
IRON MAIDEN En Vivo! album cover 3.82 | 11 ratings
En Vivo!
Heavy Metal 2012
IRON MAIDEN Maiden England '88 album cover 4.19 | 12 ratings
Maiden England '88
Heavy Metal 2013
IRON MAIDEN The Book of Souls: Live Chapter album cover 5.00 | 1 ratings
The Book of Souls: Live Chapter
Heavy Metal 2017
IRON MAIDEN Nights of the Dead, Legacy of the Beast: Live in Mexico City album cover 3.00 | 1 ratings
Nights of the Dead, Legacy of the Beast: Live in Mexico City
Heavy Metal 2020

IRON MAIDEN demos, promos, fans club and other releases (no bootlegs)

IRON MAIDEN Where Eagles Dare album cover 3.50 | 2 ratings
Where Eagles Dare
NWoBHM 1984
IRON MAIDEN Justice Of The Peace album cover 3.00 | 2 ratings
Justice Of The Peace
Heavy Metal 1995
IRON MAIDEN Wrathchild album cover 3.33 | 3 ratings
Wrathchild
Heavy Metal 1999
IRON MAIDEN BBC Archives album cover 4.50 | 8 ratings
BBC Archives
NWoBHM 2002
IRON MAIDEN Beast Over Hammersmith album cover 4.40 | 6 ratings
Beast Over Hammersmith
NWoBHM 2002
IRON MAIDEN Best Of The B'Sides album cover 3.55 | 7 ratings
Best Of The B'Sides
Heavy Metal 2002
IRON MAIDEN The Final Frontier album cover 2.75 | 2 ratings
The Final Frontier
Heavy Metal 2010

IRON MAIDEN re-issues & compilations

IRON MAIDEN The First Ten Years album cover 4.12 | 4 ratings
The First Ten Years
NWoBHM 1990
IRON MAIDEN Best Of The Beast album cover 3.90 | 13 ratings
Best Of The Beast
Heavy Metal 1996
IRON MAIDEN A Real Live Dead One album cover 3.32 | 16 ratings
A Real Live Dead One
Heavy Metal 1998
IRON MAIDEN Eddie's Head album cover 3.00 | 1 ratings
Eddie's Head
NWoBHM 1998
IRON MAIDEN Ed Hunter album cover 3.11 | 5 ratings
Ed Hunter
Heavy Metal 1999
IRON MAIDEN Eddie's Archive album cover 4.58 | 8 ratings
Eddie's Archive
NWoBHM 2002
IRON MAIDEN Edward The Great album cover 3.11 | 10 ratings
Edward The Great
Heavy Metal 2002
IRON MAIDEN The Essential Iron Maiden album cover 4.00 | 6 ratings
The Essential Iron Maiden
Heavy Metal 2005
IRON MAIDEN Somewhere Back In Time: The Best Of 1980-1989 album cover 2.70 | 9 ratings
Somewhere Back In Time: The Best Of 1980-1989
NWoBHM 2008
IRON MAIDEN From Fear To Eternity: The Best Of 1990-2010 album cover 3.42 | 6 ratings
From Fear To Eternity: The Best Of 1990-2010
Heavy Metal 2011

IRON MAIDEN singles (42)

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3.25 | 4 ratings
Running Free
NWoBHM 1980
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3.56 | 5 ratings
Sanctuary
NWoBHM 1980
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2.88 | 4 ratings
Women In Uniform
NWoBHM 1980
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3.00 | 3 ratings
Twilight Zone
NWoBHM 1981
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3.33 | 3 ratings
Purgatory
NWoBHM 1981
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3.88 | 4 ratings
Wrathchild
NWoBHM 1981
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3.60 | 5 ratings
Run To The Hills
NWoBHM 1982
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4.08 | 6 ratings
The Number Of The Beast
NWoBHM 1982
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4.08 | 6 ratings
Flight Of Icarus
NWoBHM 1983
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4.17 | 6 ratings
The Trooper
NWoBHM 1983
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4.00 | 5 ratings
2 Minutes To Midnight
NWoBHM 1984
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4.08 | 6 ratings
Aces High
NWoBHM 1984
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2.67 | 3 ratings
Running Free (Live)
NWoBHM 1985
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2.75 | 2 ratings
Run To The Hills (Live)
NWoBHM 1985
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4.00 | 3 ratings
Wasted Years
Heavy Metal 1986
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3.83 | 3 ratings
Stranger In A Strange Land
Heavy Metal 1986
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3.33 | 3 ratings
Can I Play With Madness
Heavy Metal 1988
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3.50 | 4 ratings
The Evil That Men Do
Heavy Metal 1988
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3.88 | 4 ratings
The Clairvoyant
Heavy Metal 1988
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3.67 | 3 ratings
Infinite Dreams
Heavy Metal 1989
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3.00 | 2 ratings
Holy Smoke
Heavy Metal 1990
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3.00 | 3 ratings
Bring Your Daughter... To The Slaughter
Heavy Metal 1990
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3.00 | 2 ratings
Be Quick Or Be Dead
Heavy Metal 1992
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3.21 | 3 ratings
From Here To Eternity
Heavy Metal 1992
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2.00 | 2 ratings
Wasting Love
Heavy Metal 1992
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2.00 | 1 ratings
Fear Of The Dark (Live)
Heavy Metal 1993
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2.00 | 1 ratings
Hallowed Be Thy Name (Live)
Heavy Metal 1993
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3.50 | 2 ratings
Man On The Edge
Heavy Metal 1995
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3.50 | 3 ratings
Lord Of The Flies
Heavy Metal 1996
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2.25 | 2 ratings
Virus
Heavy Metal 1996
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3.50 | 2 ratings
The Angel & The Gambler
Heavy Metal 1998
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3.50 | 3 ratings
Futureal
Heavy Metal 1998
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3.67 | 3 ratings
The Wicker Man
Heavy Metal 2000
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3.25 | 2 ratings
Out Of The Silent Planet
Heavy Metal 2000
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3.00 | 2 ratings
Wildest Dreams
Heavy Metal 2003
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3.25 | 2 ratings
Rainmaker
Heavy Metal 2003
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3.50 | 4 ratings
The Reincarnation Of Benjamin Breeg
Heavy Metal 2006
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3.00 | 2 ratings
Different World
Heavy Metal 2006
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3.00 | 8 ratings
El Dorado
Heavy Metal 2010
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3.50 | 2 ratings
Coming Home
Heavy Metal 2010
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3.33 | 6 ratings
Speed of Light
Heavy Metal 2015
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0.00 | 0 ratings
Empire of the Clouds
Heavy Metal 2016

IRON MAIDEN movies (DVD, Blu-Ray or VHS)

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4.40 | 5 ratings
Live At The Rainbow
NWoBHM 1981
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4.00 | 3 ratings
Video Pieces
NWoBHM 1983
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4.00 | 5 ratings
Behind The Iron Curtain
NWoBHM 1984
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4.77 | 31 ratings
Live After Death
NWoBHM 1985
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4.67 | 3 ratings
12 Wasted Years
NWoBHM 1987
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4.58 | 13 ratings
Maiden England
Heavy Metal 1989
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4.75 | 6 ratings
The First Ten Years: The Videos
NWoBHM 1990
.. Album Cover
0.00 | 0 ratings
From There To Eternity
Heavy Metal 1992
.. Album Cover
3.70 | 5 ratings
Donington Live 1992
Heavy Metal 1993
.. Album Cover
3.15 | 9 ratings
Raising Hell
Heavy Metal 1994
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3.31 | 7 ratings
Classic Albums: Iron Maiden - The Number Of The Beast
NWoBHM 2001
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4.48 | 23 ratings
Rock In Rio
Heavy Metal 2002
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3.91 | 12 ratings
Visions Of The Beast
Heavy Metal 2003
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4.65 | 13 ratings
The History Of Iron Maiden Part 1: The Early Days
NWoBHM 2004
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3.83 | 12 ratings
Death On The Road
Heavy Metal 2006
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4.26 | 23 ratings
Flight 666: The Film
Heavy Metal 2009
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4.25 | 8 ratings
En Vivo!
Heavy Metal 2012

IRON MAIDEN Reviews

IRON MAIDEN Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son

Album · 1988 · Heavy Metal
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Tupan
I think this is their best album. Iron Maiden always flirted with prog rock, and Seventh Son... is the best example of how to make a prog metal album with mass appeal without being over indulgent or losing its edge. There are short and anthemic songs (Can I Play With Madness, The Evil That Men Do, The Clairvoyant), and most complex but catchy tracks (Infinite Dreams, the eponymous epic song).

After this album, they changed the direction and tried to make something more simple, a nod to the two first albums (I believe), but the music sounded a bit forced and the results weren't that great. Seventh Son is still the pinnacle of Maiden music in the 80's, and possibly their best album ever. Check it out!

IRON MAIDEN Nights of the Dead, Legacy of the Beast: Live in Mexico City

Live album · 2020 · Heavy Metal
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Pekka
There are two viewpoints for looking at the way Iron Maiden operates nowadays, of which one is to see them as an endlessly cashgrabbing nostalgia act milking the fans with a live release after another. This is of course wrong since the other, better, opinion is that if there's no live release from every tour, there's not enough! Plus they've had a continuous cycle of album tour -> hits tour -> album tour -> hits tour going on since 98, so it's not a thing they started doing in their old days.

So for me, being a semi-obsessive semi-diehard, every live release is a reason for celebration. Frankly I did not see this one coming since apart from Flight 666 they have not done any official releases from the retrospective tours despite some of them containing very strong era-specific themes that people like me would love to have. Extremely loosely based on a Maiden themed mobile game Legacy of the Beast this tour fleshes out the regular hit list with deep cuts from different points in the past, even including the Blaze era.

I saw the show in Helsinki and absolutely loved it. The stage presentation with the airborne spitfires and stained glass cathedrals was the most stunning I'd ever seen them do, and the setlist is indeed a treat. But one thing I noticed clearly was that, finally, age was starting to catch up with them. It just so happens that the person setting the tempo and keeping the beat is also the oldest member of the band, and Nicko McBrain's performance was regrettably sloppy with many a fill going sorta almost like it should but stumbling halfway.

Taken by itself the all the deficiencies of this release are not too obvious, but I happened to listen to Nights of the Dead right after the brilliant Flight 666 the other day, and compared to that one the tempos seem a bit sluggish in places, band performance less than airtight, bass sound is thin, guitars pretty quiet and Bruce, while hitting the notes, is laboring like hell. You get used to the mix after a few songs, but in comparison to the older release the difference was very obvious. One thing is the audience noise which sounds like some weird synthetic din, and as this release was a covid-19 stopgap it might even be possible that they never recorded the audience properly in the first place and had to manufacture something in its place.

The pure golden setlist takes this one very far, but the performance and production keep it from reaching its full potential. For the first time I'm a bit concerned about the future of Iron Maiden.

IRON MAIDEN Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son

Album · 1988 · Heavy Metal
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SilentScream213
Another Maiden record and another set of fantastically composed pure Heavy Metal tracks. Maiden continue to retain a very signature sound all while laying down tracks that don’t sound like anything they’ve done. This is probably their most melodic album yet, and most accessible in a way – it’s almost pure fun all the way through. The opener “Moonchild” is full of catchy riffage and anthemic vocals, “Can I Play with Madness” almost sounds like a pop song, and even the epic “Seventh Son of a Seventh Son,” at almost 10 minutes, goes by in a flash thanks to its ever changing yet never boring structure. “The Evil That Men Do” and “Only the Good Die Young” also feature some of my favorite lyrics from Bruce and provide some dark, moody atmospheres contrary to the rest of the album.

The record is pretty much exactly what anyone can expect from Maiden, while at the same time continuing to surprise with the band’s songwriting abilities. All songs are great and full of memorable qualities.

IRON MAIDEN Somewhere In Time

Album · 1986 · Heavy Metal
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SilentScream213
Simply amazing. Iron Maiden continue to shock me with the amount of talent and songwriting ability they displayed at such an early time for metal. Every song has stand out riffs and fantastic vocals from Bruce, and more than a couple show off the individual talents of the rhythm section far beyond anything Maiden had done yet.

Some of the songs add a hint of progressive elements, technicality, and a bit more keys than they’ve used before. But there’s really no major change; this is Maiden just being Maiden, and instead of running out of ideas, they’ve simply gained wisdom and skill and created an entire album of bangers. No band at this time was using dual guitar harmonies to the extent and success of Maiden, and by the looks of how metal turned out, it’s pretty clear how influential this band was on the entire landscape of the genre.

It’s mind-blowing to me that Maiden, 6 albums into their career, were still crafting some of the most memorable songs in Heavy Metal. There’s not much else to say because they really aren’t doing anything different; just playing honest Heavy Metal, better than anyone else ever had, and maybe ever would.

IRON MAIDEN Powerslave

Album · 1984 · NWoBHM
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SilentScream213
The greatest pure Heavy Metal record of it's time. While Thrash, Speed, Doom and Black Metal were taking the genre into more extreme - and dare I say interesting - directions, Iron Maiden were sticking with the tried and true and perfecting it. Here, Maiden mix the fantastic guitar work and hooks they’ve always had with a slightly speedier and more progressive sound, and it works magically. Every song on here is great, but the bookends and title track are truly special. Bruce’s voice has always been fantastic, but he sounds better than ever here, and that’s not just his range – the notes he hits to harmonize with the music are really unique here, and he’s pulling off magnificent vocal lines while still changing things up every so often to keep your brain entertained. It really is a Heavy Metal masterpiece.

IRON MAIDEN Movies Reviews

IRON MAIDEN Live After Death

Movie · 1985 · NWoBHM
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siLLy puPPy
Universally cited as one of the absolute best live albums of all time, LIVE AFTER DEATH is the first live album / video release of IRON MAIDEN’s classic early Bruce Dickinson years and was recorded during their “World Slavery Tour.” Despite lasting a whopping 331 days, this double LP album only took two venues as their source for representing their electric live performances. The first 13 tracks were recorded at the Long Beach Arena in California, USA and the remaining five tracks were taken from a night at Hammersmith Odeon in London. While LIVE AFTER DEATH was released both as audio LP and video VHS in 1985, the two aren’t exactly identical in content. The audio LP originally contained 18 tracks (one of which is “Intro: Churchill’s Speech”) but the VHS visual experience only had 14 tracks. Unfortunately when LIVE AFTER DEATH was originally released on CD it was too long for a single disc and instead of simply issuing a double disc, EMI unwisely decided to cut the last five tracks which included the Odeon performance, therefore it is highly advisable to obtain the Sanctuary remastered version which was released as a double disc and retains the entire run of one classic song after another.

LIVE AFTER DEATH is the absolute perfect live album. I very rarely put live albums high on my list of favorites because more often than not something or many things prevent them from capturing my attention and worthiness as essential. If it’s not the weak production values then it is the inability of the band to capture the magic that is manufactured in the studio. That is not the case here. IRON MAIDEN was at the pinnacle of their creative prowess at this point and after several outstanding and classic albums to mine for material, they perfectly execute these live performances and offer every little ounce of excitement heard on the studio releases. Bruce Dickinson nails the vocals and the thundering trio of Steve Harris’ bass and the guitar synergy of Dave Murray and Adrian Smith accompanied by Nikko McBrain’s stellar drumming style doesn’t get any better. While most of the tracks are performed rather faithfully to their studio versions, there is plenty of live improvisation taking places as well. Standout moments include Bruce’s attempt to get audience participation on “Running Free” and another great difference can be heard on “Revelations” where the tempo is upped and Bruce changes the vocal phrasing to make the track sound different and refreshed.

The video release offers all the theatrical visuals of the tour. The “Powerslave” album was based on ancient Egypt and likewise the stage was Egyptified to the max with sarcophagi, hieroglyphs and a mummified Eddie embellished with ridiculous amounts of pyrotechnics. The tour was a smashing success and this release whether it be audio or video is the perfect testimony to the genius that went into every single detail. The sound and mixing is perfect as well as Martin Birch found the perfect balance of every cast member and delivered one of the most satisfying production jobs for a live release that i have ever heard. In the visual department Jim Yukich perfectly captured two nights in Long Beach showing a great band doing great things at the peak of their game. Another piece of perfection with this one is the brilliant cover art of Derek Riggs surpassing previous album themes of Eddie as the mascot by incorporating those themes of previous albums covers and then putting it all on steroids. The spread of the album is breathtaking in content and color with the boldness of the yellows and blues. Every aspect of talent on board with this release guarantees to wake the dead. I cannot find one negative thing to say about it. It is true that Bruce doesn’t hit every note exactly as on the studio version every single time but when he doesn’t he offers interesting new ways of interpreting the classics. This is simply one of the most perfect live releases i have ever encountered and even MAIDEN themselves haven’t even come close to achieving similar results. Masterpiece.

IRON MAIDEN Flight 666: The Film

Movie · 2009 · Heavy Metal
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AtomicCrimsonRush
I enjoyed this rockumentary on the Irons thoroughly because it did not try to emulate the plethora of other rockumentaries we have all seen that focus on the infighting of stage crews and band members encountering one disaster after another (Metallica, Anvil) and then at the end they all make up and play their last song together. The Spinal Tappiness of such docos is worn out now. This doco on Maiden does the opposite, very little goes wrong and the band are always in high spirits, having fun and getting on. Now they have grown up, even their families go on the road with them. They commend each other in interviews as essential to the band and all have positive things to say as to the role of each member. They like to tease the air hostesses with annoying songs to the tune of Go West, and they play tricks on each other. They reference Monty Python and other British icons. They always have time for the fans, rabid for an autograph. The music is as good as ever and they are one of the bands who actually bother to visit cities or towns that are rarely visited by other massive groups. The fans are so grateful we see them pour out adoration and even tears for their beloved Irons. One cries his soul out when getting a drumstick during a show. It is a very moving scene, he has obviously been touched by the experience.

The doco is a powerful look at how to stay together as a band, they do not drink and do drugs liberally, instead take their music seriously and give everything to the fans and into the albums. They always seem upbeat in their approach to life, and I was quite taken aback by the optimism of all concerned and it was refreshing. Being in a band and making millions should be an experience to savour, not be burdened with. The crew seem to love their work and do not take it for granted. There are none of the obligatory shots of semi naked girls or demonised shots of angry band members. Instead the band are more role models, though they know how to swear as much as the fans do. The performances are snippets of their greatest tunes, played in various venues, such as my beloved all time favourite Rime Of The Ancient Mariner. To see Dickinson piloting the Ed Force One plane is surreal and it follows a map and we are on the journey. We are also treated to a lot of info about piloting, and it is quite astonishing to see how accomplished a pilot Dicko has become. Because of his skills, the band are able to fly quickly to their destinations with all their equipment on the same plane, and this is groundbreaking.

This is the best doco I have seen on Iron Maiden. The bonus disc consists of full versions of all the songs featured in the film. A must for fans of the monsters of metal.

IRON MAIDEN The History Of Iron Maiden Part 1: The Early Days

Movie · 2004 · NWoBHM
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friso
Iron Maiden - The Early Days (2004), subject (1976-1983)

Such an amazing band!

I'm in love with Iron Maiden now for 10 years, it al started when I was eleven years old. I saw the band live once, during the tour to promote this dvd. This was the best show I've ever seen and might see in my live.

On this super-complete dvd we've got lot's of interesting Iron Maiden material, covering the first four albums and some footage of the band before the first album.

The Early Days documentary. This 90 minutes of documentary that shows the prehistoric times of Iron Maiden. All former band members are discussed, the reason line-up changed, the circumstances they were in, who the material came to be, etc. This way we learn that there was an Iron Maiden that only had Steve Harris playing in it of all the current members. Interviews with the now unknown former members (1976-1979) are done in nice settings and it's nice to hear their stories. Steve Harris reflects on a lot of subjects and early member Dave Murray is also to be seen in some interviews. The old footage and photo's are nice for Iron Maiden fans. This documentary also shows a short making of of the first four albums and the line-up changes that occurred during that period. This dvd is a real threat for fans and it's fun to watch for people who are new to the band. The process of the creation of such an important band is interesting and fun to watch.

LIVE AT THE RAINBOW, Filmed at The Rainbow, London, December 1980 This is pure gold! This set shows Iron Maiden playing seven songs from their first two albums, though Killers wasn't record yet. This particular part of dvd is mega-essential because of the wild performance of lead singer Paul di'Anno. There isn't any better footage of the band in this phase of the band! Iron Maiden plays very motivated, the songs are great and the people enthusiastic. They were so good in their early days! As I said, essential for both fans and people who like the metal/hard rock genre.

BEAST OVER HAMMERSMITH, Filmed at Hammersmith Odeon, London, March 1982 One of the early shows Iron Maiden performed during the time Bruce Dickinson had joined the band and The Number of the Beast came to be. Iron Maiden plays unbelievably motivated and this can be seen as the one of the highlights of Iron Maiden's and vocalist Bruce Dickinson's career! Most tracks are from The Number of the Beast and the material is fresh! It's also nice the band included the important b-side Total Eclipse in their set. Essential metal footage.

LIVE AT DORTMUND, Filmed at Rock and Pop Festival, Dortmunde, Westenfalle, Germany, 1983 This concert was recorded during the Piece of Mind tour. Most songs originate from this album. Though the footage is almost as good as the Beast over Hammersmith from 1982, it's lacks some of it's bombastic enthusiastic power of Hammersmith. Still this is a very interesting show and fans will appreciate this very much!

EXTRA'S The first five clips of Iron Maiden and some top of the pops performances are nice, but they are less hard to find then the gigs on dvd one. Still a great bonus to complete the release.

LIVE AT THE RUSKIN, Home Video filmed at The Ruskin Arms, 1980 This is home video footage of the band in an early stage. This might only appeal to hard-core Iron Maiden fans for it's historical value.

Conclusion. This is the meaning of completeness! This is everything I could ever ask for, concerning the theme of this dvd. Five stars without doubt. Every fan should own this and others might be surprised on how energetic and complete this release is.

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