Iron Maiden was the brainchild of bassist Steve Harris. Taking their name from an ancient torturing device, they were formed in 1976 and were one of the very first bands of the NWOBHM scene. The line-up on their debut EP was Harris, Paul Di'anno on vocals, Dave Murray on guitar and Doug Sampson on drums. Clive Burr replaced Sampson, and second guitarist Dennis Stratton was recruited. Their debut self titled album, released in 1980, reached number four on the British album charts. Adrian Smith replaced Dennis Stratton and Bruce Dickinson ( Bruce Bruce ) from Samson ( the band! ) later replaced Di'anno. The stage was now set for one of the world's best heavy metal bands. Every album was a masterpiece, and "Somewhere in Time" was no exception. Smith left the band to form ASAP in the late eighties, his replacement being ex-White Spirit and Gillan guitarist Janick Gers. Dickinson also departed to continue with his solo career. Wolfsbane vocalist Blaze Bayley was his replacement, and this arrangement seemed to work very well. "Up the Irons!" was the cry when fans learnt that both Dickinson and Smith would return to the fold. The idea of Maiden with three guitarists is indeed tantalizing, and we eagerly await the new Iron Maiden CD with this awesome line-up. Should be a killer!
Matter of Life and Death is now the
third album with the current
line-up. Of the three albums it is
defnitely the best. The question to
be asked is: Is it really as good as
the Classic Rock magazine say it is.
" Here's an all-time band more than
living up to their reputation. A
Matter of life and Death is possibly
the album of the year ".
I have this album now for 3 weeks
and did not want to do a review on
this album. And I did not know why -
until last night. I listened to it
again while I was driving in my car.
Here are my final thoughts.
These are possibly the best ten
songs Iron Maiden has ever written
on one album. They move between the
dark (out of the shadows) and the
Light (Brighter than aThousand Suns
and Lord of Light) and between death
and life. They apply these themes
brilliantly with the instruments.
The fact that they have 3 guitarists
help a lot.
to be continued