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 albums / top albums

IRON MAIDEN Iron Maiden album cover 3.99 | 144 ratings
Iron Maiden
NWoBHM 1980
IRON MAIDEN Killers album cover 3.88 | 136 ratings
Killers
NWoBHM 1981
IRON MAIDEN The Number Of The Beast album cover 4.36 | 184 ratings
The Number Of The Beast
NWoBHM 1982
IRON MAIDEN Piece Of Mind album cover 4.22 | 161 ratings
Piece Of Mind
NWoBHM 1983
IRON MAIDEN Powerslave album cover 4.51 | 208 ratings
Powerslave
NWoBHM 1984
IRON MAIDEN Somewhere In Time album cover 4.37 | 160 ratings
Somewhere In Time
Heavy Metal 1986
IRON MAIDEN Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son album cover 4.46 | 183 ratings
Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son
Heavy Metal 1988
IRON MAIDEN No Prayer For The Dying album cover 2.97 | 106 ratings
No Prayer For The Dying
Heavy Metal 1990
IRON MAIDEN Fear Of The Dark album cover 3.33 | 119 ratings
Fear Of The Dark
Heavy Metal 1992
IRON MAIDEN The X Factor album cover 3.16 | 98 ratings
The X Factor
Heavy Metal 1995
IRON MAIDEN Virtual XI album cover 2.53 | 95 ratings
Virtual XI
Heavy Metal 1998
IRON MAIDEN Brave New World album cover 4.11 | 143 ratings
Brave New World
Heavy Metal 2000
IRON MAIDEN Dance Of Death album cover 3.88 | 104 ratings
Dance Of Death
Heavy Metal 2003
IRON MAIDEN A Matter Of Life And Death album cover 3.86 | 105 ratings
A Matter Of Life And Death
Heavy Metal 2006
IRON MAIDEN The Final Frontier album cover 3.70 | 110 ratings
The Final Frontier
Heavy Metal 2010
IRON MAIDEN The Book Of Souls album cover 4.29 | 57 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 3.63 | 19 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 4.13 | 55 ratings
Live After Death
NWoBHM 1985
IRON MAIDEN A Real Live One album cover 3.40 | 25 ratings
A Real Live One
Heavy Metal 1993
IRON MAIDEN A Real Dead One album cover 3.46 | 23 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 | 30 ratings
Rock In Rio
Heavy Metal 2002
IRON MAIDEN Death On The Road album cover 3.50 | 21 ratings
Death On The Road
Heavy Metal 2005
IRON MAIDEN Flight 666: The Original Soundtrack album cover 3.53 | 18 ratings
Flight 666: The Original Soundtrack
Heavy Metal 2009
IRON MAIDEN En Vivo! album cover 3.80 | 10 ratings
En Vivo!
Heavy Metal 2012
IRON MAIDEN Maiden England '88 album cover 4.20 | 11 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 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 4.45 | 7 ratings
BBC Archives
NWoBHM 2002
IRON MAIDEN Beast Over Hammersmith album cover 4.33 | 5 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 3.17 | 6 ratings
Ed Hunter
Heavy Metal 1999
IRON MAIDEN Edward The Great album cover 3.06 | 9 ratings
Edward The Great
Heavy Metal 2002
IRON MAIDEN Eddie's Archive album cover 4.55 | 7 ratings
Eddie's Archive
NWoBHM 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 | 4 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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3.25 | 2 ratings
Purgatory
NWoBHM 1981
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3.50 | 2 ratings
Wrathchild
NWoBHM 1981
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3.33 | 3 ratings
Run To The Hills
NWoBHM 1982
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4.00 | 4 ratings
The Number Of The Beast
NWoBHM 1982
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4.00 | 4 ratings
Flight Of Icarus
NWoBHM 1983
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4.00 | 4 ratings
The Trooper
NWoBHM 1983
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3.67 | 3 ratings
2 Minutes To Midnight
NWoBHM 1984
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4.20 | 5 ratings
Aces High
NWoBHM 1984
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2.75 | 2 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 | 2 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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3.88 | 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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3.05 | 7 ratings
El Dorado
Heavy Metal 2010
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3.50 | 2 ratings
Coming Home
Heavy Metal 2010
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3.50 | 5 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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4.25 | 4 ratings
Live At The Rainbow
NWoBHM 1981
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4.00 | 3 ratings
Video Pieces
NWoBHM 1983
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3.75 | 4 ratings
Behind The Iron Curtain
NWoBHM 1984
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4.73 | 29 ratings
Live After Death
NWoBHM 1985
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4.50 | 2 ratings
12 Wasted Years
NWoBHM 1987
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4.54 | 12 ratings
Maiden England
Heavy Metal 1989
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4.62 | 4 ratings
The First Ten Years: The Videos
NWoBHM 1990
.. Album Cover
0.00 | 0 ratings
From There To Eternity
Heavy Metal 1992
.. Album Cover
3.88 | 4 ratings
Donington Live 1992
Heavy Metal 1993
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3.08 | 8 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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4.47 | 22 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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4.62 | 12 ratings
The History Of Iron Maiden Part 1: The Early Days
NWoBHM 2004
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3.82 | 11 ratings
Death On The Road
Heavy Metal 2006
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4.24 | 22 ratings
Flight 666: The Film
Heavy Metal 2009
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4.23 | 7 ratings
En Vivo!
Heavy Metal 2012

IRON MAIDEN Reviews

IRON MAIDEN Maiden England '88

Live album · 2013 · Heavy Metal
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Run for the hills or die with your boots on! IRON MAIDEN is gonna get you so fret not over the wasted years. Heaven can wait while infinite dreams are running free in a sanctuary cursed by the number of the beast where thou art a prisoner of the clairvoyant of still life. The moonchild screams hallowed be thy name of the seventh son of the seventh son who remains a prisoner of the evil that men do like bloody killers while they are MAIDEN ENGLAND!!! Scream for me Birmingham! Screeeeeeeeeam for me Birmingham!!!

Oh yeah! The IRON MAIDEN guys were at their prime when they embarked on the Seventh Tour of a Seventh Tour that kept the indefatigable quintet of metal musicians on a tireless tour from April 1988 to the end of the year in December. While many shows were recorded for posterity none would be released until 1994 in the form of a limited VHS/CD combo edition that captured the last days of magic of the mighty MAIDEN before Adrian Smith quit the band and the gradual decline into the dregs of the 90s would fully sink in. And believe me. As spectacular as MAIDEN’s seven album stint from 1980-88 would be, the 90s would be the complete equal in opposition, namely dismal.

The original CD was basically the audio of the video presentation however due to limitations of the technology (and the unwillingness to add a second disc), it lacked the two tracks “Can I Play With Madness” and “Hallowed Be Thy Name.”) All of this was corrected however with the remastered reissuing titled MAIDEN ENGLAND 88 which was the first-time stand alone CD release which featured not only the missing two tracks but an additional three more including “Run To The Hills,” “Running Free” and “Sanctuary.” While most live albums are tacked together from performances over the course of the entire tour, MAIDEN ENGLAND limited itself to only two nights, both recorded and shot at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham, England on 27 and 28 November 1988.

Since i’ve never owned nor heard the original limiting version released in 1994, this review is strictly about the CD reissued in 2013 which due to the remastering and generous serving of extra MAIDEN yumminess, gets my vote as the ONLY version of this album to get. Of course, just like the earlier “Live After Death” album, you can totally opt to get the DVD and watch the concert visually as well but this album is perfect for driving time while stuck in traffic and when Bruce beckons for us to “Screeeeeam for me Birmingham!!!!,” suddenly i’m transported to the 80s and in the audience where i’m caught up in the frenzy of course with all the hindsight that this was the last leg of the magic golden years where MAIDEN could do no wrong. Until it all did of course.

Interestingly MAIDEN ENGLAND 88 contains tracks from all of MAIDEN’s early albums with the sole exception of “Powerslave.” Presumably that album was ignored due to the fact that “Live After Death” was recorded during the “World Slavery Tour” which focused on the corresponding tracks. Given that this tour promoted the “Seventh Son of a Seventh Son” album, the performances include six of the eight tracks. Only “The Prophecy” and “Only The Good Die Young” are excluded. Surprisingly the 88 version a few of pre-Bruce tracks notably “Killers,” “Sanctuary” and “Iron Maiden” both brought to a new level of mastery with Dickinson taking over. All the tracks flow together perfectly with the band capturing every subtly flawlessly.

Overall the production and mixing jobs are spectacular as Steve Harris’ galloping bass lines are easily distinguished from Adrian Smith and Dave Murray’s twin guitar attacks and of course Nicko McBrain takes the metal madness to a new level with his unique percussive style which is equally audible and balanced. As with most MAIDEN live albums, the band does not improvise a lot and sticks to how the songs as presented on the albums. While this may rankle some, i have never found MAIDEN to be a band that i want to hear jam on for ridiculous amounts of time outside of the context of the compositions as all of that was calculated into their content in the first place. This does not mean that there isn’t energetic audience participation however on the track “Running Free,” Bruce really starts egging the audience on to sing the catchphrase and whips em up into a frenzy making it the rare exception where the band floats on for a while.

Generally speaking this album is excellent! It shows MAIDEN at their prime delivering to the fans some of the best heavy metal the 80s had to offer. The band played to one of its largest audiences during these nights and displayed exactly why IRON MAIDEN has virtually become the patron saint of the entire metal universe. During this tour the band hired the keyboardist Michael Kenney to bring the creepy atmospheres to life that were an integral part of the pseudo-progressive offerings of “Seventh Son of a Seventh Son” and as a result the tracks from that album stand out the most. The album shows how the chemistry between these five musicians was almost impeccable with each supporting the other and how subtle variations always kept the music fresh and best of all how perfectly the band performed these live as well as in the studio unlike many successful bands of the 80s.

While this album is a spectacular sampling of 80s MAIDEN in action, these live performances do suffer a bit of Bruce Dickinson’s vocals sounding a little strained at times. This is most clearly heard on tracks like “Number of the Beast” and “Run To The Hills” which have unusually high registers. Apparently several incessant years as well as these recordings occurring towards the end of this particular tour had taken its toll. However for the most part Bruce is right on key and his frontman charisma carries on. Perhaps the most awkward moment is on “Run To The Hills” where he drops the title lyrics and the audience is supposed to pick up the slack but don’t quite cut the mustard. Only a minor quibble though. This is one of the better live releases by the mighty MAIDEN just behind the flawless “Live After Death.” Get the 88 version!!! Just do it :)

IRON MAIDEN Live After Death

Live album · 1985 · NWoBHM
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Iron Maiden were on a roll. 1982’s ‘The Number of the Beast’ and 1983’s ‘Piece of Mind’ had shot the band to the top of the metal world, and if there was finally any doubters left that didn’t think the band belonged, then 1984’s ‘Powerslave’, the Brits’ fifth studio release, really established them as one of the top metal acts around. What followed was the “World Slavery Tour”, which saw Maiden embark on a trek around the globe with an elaborate stage show that encapsulated the energy and imagery of their music.

So what’s next? How about a live album to commemorate the tour? Which brings us to the first of many live albums the band would put out; ‘Live After Death’.

Split over two discs, the first recorded in California, USA while the second in London, England, ‘Live After Death’ highlights the energy and enthusiasm of the band in their early days. Featuring all the major hits from their first five albums, including ‘Aces High’, ‘Run to the Hills’, ‘The Trooper’, ‘The Number of the Beast’ and ‘Phantom of the Opera’, the performances and production are all of a high standard, however, the audience can be a little hard to hear at times, which kind of ruins the experience, but as a whole, this is a good live release.

Though, with that said, I’ve always preferred studio albums to live ones, and as it is, ‘Live After Death’ does seem a little outdated today, considering the wealth of live albums the band would go on to produce. Still, it has its moments and isn’t bad by any means, there just isn’t really anything to entice me to choose this over any of Iron Maiden’s studio efforts instead.

IRON MAIDEN Somewhere In Time

Album · 1986 · Heavy Metal
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martindavey87
Fresh off of the success of 1984’s ‘Powerslave’ and the 1985 live album ‘Live After Death’, Iron Maiden were well and firmly at the top of the metal world, and their run of strong releases would continue with ‘Somewhere in Time’, an album which saw the band continue to enter progressive territory with their writing, with longer songs and the addition of keyboards.

However, stylistically this is still very much Iron Maiden. By this point the band have clearly defined their sound, and there’s not much point in tweaking what already works. With blistering guitar harmonies and wailing vocals, Maiden have clearly hit their stride by this point in their career. The use of keyboards adds an atmospheric, spacey feeling to the music, giving ‘Somewhere in Time’ its own identity amongst the bands discography.

With a solid production and some of guitarists Adrian Smith and Dave Murray’s finest guitar tones, the sound here is timeless. Even after all these years, the album holds up well for both its sense of melody and its metal edge. The lyrics are a lot more introspective than previously, a sign of the bands world-travelled weariness after their constant touring. But it also makes for some of their most sincere and personal songs, particularly in ‘Wasted Years’.

With highlights including the aforementioned ‘Wasted Years’, ‘Stranger in a Strange Land’, ‘Caught Somewhere in Time’, ‘Deja-Vu’ and ‘Heaven Can Wait’, there’s an abundance of quality material here, making ‘Somewhere in Time’ another in a string of classic albums.

IRON MAIDEN Edward The Great

Boxset / Compilation · 2002 · Heavy Metal
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martindavey87
Released in 2002, 'Edward the Great' is a compilation album by Iron Maiden that focuses mainly on the bands singles and "hits", as opposed to songs that are generally favored by fans. As a result, while it's a decent enough selection, it's also very predictable.

Of course, the music itself is still great! I mean, come on, it's Iron freaking Maiden! 'Run to the Hills', 'The Trooper', 'Can I Play With Madness', '2 Minutes to Midnight' and 'The Number of the Beast'... these are all iconic metal classics! However, there's a lot of songs missing, even by 2002, there was an absolute wealth of material that should have been included on a release such as this, but wasn't due to time limitations.

Overall, you're better off going for 'Best of the Beast', especially if you're new to the band. Despite being released six years earlier, it has a more well-rounded track listing, and the packaging as a whole is a lot nicer, with more pictures and detailed information on the band. Leave 'Edward the Great' to collectors like me.

IRON MAIDEN Best Of The Beast

Boxset / Compilation · 1996 · Heavy Metal
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martindavey87
Iron Maiden's first major compilation album, released in 1996, may seem dated today, but it contains some of the bands strongest and most memorable material up until that point, and seeing as this was released after Bruce Dickinson initially left the band (he'd rejoin them in 2000), this perfectly summarizes what many consider to be the groups "golden era".

As is always the case with compilations, there's the argument for which songs should have been included and excluded, and in this regard 'The Best of the Beast' pretty much covers all the essentials. There's maybe one or two things I'd have preferred, perhaps at least one Paul Di'Anno-era song to be featured (there is one, but it's a live version sang by Dickinson), but that isn't too much of a detriment to the overall product.

Featuring all the classics such as 'Aces High', 'Run to the Hills', 'Can I Play With Madness', 'Be Quick or Be Dead', 'Fear of the Dark', 'The Number of the Beast' and 'The Trooper', this is a great starting point for newcomers to the band (and I say this from experience, as this was my first Maiden album).

There's some fantastic artwork used for the covers and inlays, with plenty of photos, lyrics and liner notes in the booklet, and seeing as it featured most of Maiden's early hits, this makes for a nice overall package for fans of the band. However dated it may seem today, it's still a worthy addition to the collections of die-hard fans.

IRON MAIDEN Movies Reviews

IRON MAIDEN Live After Death

Movie · 1985 · NWoBHM
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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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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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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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