Iron Maiden were one of the leaders of the early-1980s New Wave of British Heavy Metal movement energized by the spirit of punk. Maiden built upon their initial cult success, eventually leading to global domination by the mid '80s. The band's singer for the first couple of albums was Paul Di'Anno, but the arrival of vocalist Bruce Dickinson marked the vintage Iron Maiden era. In the '90s, Dickinson was replaced briefly by Blaze Bayley before the classic lineup reunited at that decade's end. Besides the music, Maiden received extra publicity for their undead mascot, "Eddie," who graced numerous album covers, posters, and t-shirts.
DISC 1 for Number of the Beast (CD) Album
By Iron Maiden (Artist)
No Description Available No Track Information Available Media Type: CD Artist: IRON MAIDEN Title: NUMBER OF THE BEAST Street Release Date: 03/26/2002 Domestic Genre: HEAVY METAL
Throughout the 1980s, a damning generalization held true: British metal was essentially working man''s food, loosely descended from biker-meets and Northern pubs; whereas, in the States, it was an outgrowth of stadium rock, which traditionally subordinated substance to spectacle. Plug-ugly and cartoonishly morbid, Iron Maiden were typical of the Brit effort, since they effectively emphasized a driving, no-nonsense approach to the music. Among metal aficionados, this album ranks as one of the defining moments of the entire genre. Of the nine songs here--including Maiden classics like "Run to the Hills" and the title track--only "Gangland" falls flat, though it''s immediately overshadowed by "Hallowed Be Thy Name," acknowledged by many as this band''s apotheosis. --Andrew McGuire
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