No band embodies the sound of British Metal quite like Iron Maiden, from their East End beginnings with Paul Di’Anno on vocals through to the mega-selling band of later years with the classic Bruce Dickinson line up. Of course, the band has always been Steve Harris’s baby really, from the formative line ups in the seventies up to the present day, and his writing, up to the last album, has dominated the band’s material, with its blend of straight ahead metal encompassing more than a hint of prog in the longer pieces. In examining their long career, the author gives a very balanced assessment of the band’s ups and downs over the years, and isn’t afraid to name and shame below par filler songs or even whole sub standard albums for that matter – stand up No Prayer For The Dying and Virtual XI. The band has gone through many changes from that original punky NWOBHM outfit in the pubs of East London to the globe straddling titans they eventually became, with unit shifting albums and sell out world tours. It’s been a pleasure to relisten to their albums chronologically while reading this book – they really have produced more than their fair share of enduring metal classics, and unusually they are one of the few bands of this genre that have actually enjoyed something of a renaissance and return to form in their most recent albums, regalvanised by Dickinson returning to the fold. At the end of the day though, if you play a Maiden track you have a pretty good idea what you’re going to get – and that suits their fans down to the ground!
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It’s been five years since their last studio album now. Hopefully they have another one in them, but as time passes one begins to wonder if Book of Souls was their swansong and if they will just concentrate on live shows for the remainder of their career.