History Music / IronMaiden

16th Sep '16 9:26:30 AM igordebraga
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* {{Biography}}: The band has a few, such as '' . Paul Di'Anno also wrote an autobiography, titled ''The Beast'', which fit the title by showing a lot of SexDrugsAndRockNRoll.

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* {{Biography}}: The band has a few, such as '' .''Run to the Hills, the Authorised Biography'', ''Running Free, The Official Story of Iron Maiden'' and ''30 Years: The Ultimate Unauthorized History of the Beast''. Paul Di'Anno also wrote an autobiography, titled ''The Beast'', which fit the title by showing a lot of SexDrugsAndRockNRoll.
16th Sep '16 9:24:20 AM igordebraga
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%% Musician-specific tropes go in Characters/IronMaiden.



*GratuitousPanning: With 2 or 3 guitarists, they had to use it.



* StepUpToTheMicrophone: Adrian Smith sings lead vocals on "Reach Out", the B-side to "Wasted Years".

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* StepUpToTheMicrophone: Adrian Smith sings lead vocals on "Reach Out", the B-side to "Wasted Years". On a PlayedForALaughs sense, there's [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mMOZIPvcQUY Nicko "singing" "Age of Innocence"]]. And immediately before Maiden's second ever gig, Paul Di'Anno was arrested outside the club they were due to perform in for carrying a concealed switchblade, forcing Steve to sing on the basis that he was the only one who knew all of the lyrics.



[[folder:Eddie the Head]]
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Arguably, the true FaceOfTheBand. He started as a creation of Derek Riggs for a punk band, which got rejected. Harris then picked him up, and the rest is history. Eddie has been part of the band since their very beginnings.

*ALadyOnEachArm: In the Women In Uniform single cover.
*AnAxeToGrind: In Killers.
*AndShowItToYou \ Beat Still, My Heart: Part of ''The Book of Souls artwork'' has Eddie [https://web.archive.org/web/20160804000647/https://maidenrevelations.files.wordpress.com/2015/09/iron_maiden-the_book_of_souls-booklet.jpg doing this with his own heart.]
*ArtEvolution: With many artists - creator [[http://www.metal-archives.com/images/7/4/74.jpg Derek]] [[http://derek.server311.com/derekriggs.com/images/14fright667.jpg Riggs]], second adopter [[http://www.maiden-world.com/live/images/2/2e/Fear_of_the_dark_cover.jpg Melvyn]] [[https://minutohm.files.wordpress.com/2011/03/from-fear-to-eternity.jpg Grant]], [[http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-iZqc66Tek7Y/VYW1X37l0EI/AAAAAAAAhNo/BkkbWbPHwgs/s1600/iron-maiden-live-at-donington.jpg Mark]] [[http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-_pTmU9UrH68/VYW6pxYbW-I/AAAAAAAAhOw/v-eNZBcxGs0/s1600/iron-maiden-the-book-of-souls-2015.jpg Wilkinson]]...
*CGIActor: In the Dance of Death cover.
*EvilAlbino
*EvilOverlooker: In ''[[http://www.metal-archives.com/images/1/8/2/182.jpg Brave New World]]'' and ''[[http://www.metal-archives.com/images/1/2/2/5/1225.jpg Rock in Rio]]''.
*GlowingEyelightsOfUndeath
*TheGrimReaper: In Dance of Death and one of the covers of "Bring Your Daughter to the Slaughter".
*HumanoidAbomination: In ''The Final Frontier''. Artist Mel Grant said the alien “is not Eddie, as such”, but the band still takes it as Eddie.
*ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice: The "Hallowed Be Thy Name" single from 1993 depicts him as a devil impaling Bruce Dickinson, who was leaving the band, with a pitchwork.
*MetalBandMascot: Although Music/{{Motörhead}}'s War-Pig precedes him, Eddie is the Trope Codifier.
*NinjaPirateZombieRobot: He takes this trope Up to Eleven. Eddie is already a zombie, but throughout the years he has been a cyborg, the devil, the Grim Reaper, The Phantom of the Opera, Pharaoh, bounty hunter, WWII pilot, dinosaur hunter, evil tree, king, alien....
*OffWithHisHead!: The original [[https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/8/8d/MaidenJapan-alt.jpg Maiden Japan]] cover had him decapitating the departing Paul Di'Anno.
*OurZombiesAreDifferent
*PeoplePuppets: He's controlling the devil (who in turn seems to control a regular human) in The Number of the Beast.
*RedEyesTakeWarning: Depending on the album cover.
*RiseFromYourGrave: In the covers of ''Live After Death'' and ''No Prayer for the Dying''.
*TheSavageIndian \ Tribal Face Paint: A Maya-inspired version in The Book of Souls.
*TakeThat: In the cover of Sanctuary he's seen murdering Margaret Thatcher (who eventually returns to stalk him on the cover of Women In Uniform for revenge). He's also used a bit more lightheartedly when a band member departs, such as Paul Di'Anno and Bruce (though the latter came back).
*TeamPet
*TheUndead: He's often portrayed as a zombie of some form.
*VerbalTicName: He started as a head that hanged above the drum kit. When the band members mentioned it, the London accent made it sound like "'ead", which soon evolved into "Eddie".
*WriterRevolt: He's much destroyed in ''Seventh Son of a Seventh Son'' because Derek Riggs wanted to have less and less of Eddie to draw. But a kind of ContinuityReboot occurred as the band asked a "full" Eddie in the follow-up ''No Prayer for the Dying''.
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[[folder:Band tropes (musician and performances)]]
Bruce-specific stuff goes in [[Music/BruceDickinson his page]].

*AerithAndBob: Inverted: Paul, Adrian, Dave, Michael, Steve... and Janick.
*AllDrummersAreAnimals: Nicko, who even kicks the bass drum instead of using a double bass pedal!
*BadassBeard: Adrian.
*BadassBiker: Paul Di'Anno is a member of the famous motorcycle club, The Hells Angels.
*BadassBookworm: While none of them have superior education, all are well read (the sheer number of {{Filk Song}}s is a great indicative) and managed great feats, such as both Bruce and Nicko learning to fly aircraft.
*BerserkButton: Do not suggest that Iron Maiden was influenced in any way, shape, or form by punk rock when Steve Harris is around. His contempt for the punkish debut album shows perfectly.
*{{Bishonen}} \ ChickMagnet: [[http://www.giffygif.com/characters/thumbs/dave_murray.jpg Dave]]. In the early days of the band he earned quite some mail from female fans (and their jealous boyfriends...).
*CoolOldGuy: All the band members are now in their late 50's or early 60's and still going strong.
*CoolPlane: They go on tours in a customized Boeing (first a 757, then a 747) called "Ed Force One", piloted by Bruce Dickinson himself (who works as a commercial pilot between rocking).
*CreativeDifferences: Dennis Stratton was composing things that didn't fit Maiden, and Adrian was tired of Iron Maiden's heavy sound, so he went to do his own project.
* DigitalPiracyIsOkay: The band couldn't give less of a flying rat's behind if you downloaded their music. In fact, they encourage downloading of their music, and have even gone so far as to state "We're not like Metallica".
** In an interview with Steve Harris, when asked about bootlegs
-->"I have some... I collect them."
**The band also asked fans attending the first leg of Somewhere Back in Time to send over any video footage they took during the concerts, as they were hoping to include it in their documentary Flight 666.
** In the Give me Ed 'Til I'm Dead Tour, Bruce said this once:
-->"... if you wanna record this song and you wanna put it on a world wide web - on the internet, so all your friends could listen to it - as long as you buy the album in September - we don't give a fuck my friends!"
*DistaffCounterpart: The all-female, California-based tribute band The Iron Maidens. Special mention should go to the lead singer, Bruce Chickinson. Rather than being just a novelty act, all of the members of the Iron Maidens are accomplished musicians who do such a good job covering Maiden's songs that they've received praise from the group itself.
*FiveManBand
**TheLeader: Steve, the LeadBassist.
**TheLancer: The lead singer, both for band importance and songwriting.
**TheBigGuy: The drummer.
**TheSmartGuy: Adrian, to the point his solos are heavily planned compared to the improvisation of Dave and the dirty sound of Janick.
**TheChick \ TheHeart: Dave. who's the only guy aside from Steve in every album, so no doubt he's the one that connects the band, and his guitar has the signature Maiden sound. It's even truer regarding the other guitarists: Janick said that despite never playing with another guitarist before, with Dave "we just got together and it seemed to gel"; and Adrian added that "If I write a song I’ll usually play the solo in it and then Davey or Jan will do the other solo - usually Davey - and then again if Jan writes a song Davey will play the solo - so Davey gets to play everything "
**SixthRanger: Janick after Dickinson and Smith returned to the band. Specially as Smith asked to Harris that Gers shouldn't leave the band in order for him to return.
*FunPersonified: Nicko, as the [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UQr_DqWcjjg&list=PLHztckHGm25tg2gcqRiGDRT9uOAqGC38y "Listen With Nicko"]] recallings of the singles up to 1989 show, complete with FunnyAnsweringMachine codas.
*{{Garfunkel}}: Nicko can be seen as this, considering that all the other 5 members are prolific composers but he has only written one album track ("New Frontier"). But he compensates by being one of the best drummers in the business.
*AGoodNameForARockBand: The band is named after a torture device, which appeared in the 1938 version of ''The Man in the Iron Mask'' and caught Steve's eye.
*GreatBallsOfFire: In addition to pyrotechnics, their shows include elaborate setpieces, a guy dressed as Eddie, and sometimes Bruce in costume and/or mask.
* HairTriggerTemper: Paul Di'Anno, as evidenced with an infamous show in Ukraine where Paul was going to beat up a fan who suggested that Bruce Dickinson was a better singer than him (even though Paul made a similar statement in the early days).
*HarshVocals: Paul Di'Anno due to his punk background, and was probably one of the earliest heavy metal examples.
*HellBentForLeather: Paul Di'Anno also wore a jacket.
*IAmTheBand: Steve is the leader, founder, and only constant member of the band. In some albums, he even wrote or collaborated in all songs.
*IWasQuiteALooker: [[https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/564x/0f/e3/b3/0fe3b3561c852b3b2e78ea0f6c3e2dc8.jpg The current band]], not so much. [[http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_BKtG6pLw-do/TIVBs0vLiLI/AAAAAAAAALw/iLuzFd_G7I8/s1600/blaze.JPG Blaze]] [[http://thenationalstudent.com/admin/images/tinymce/2592/Robert%20Hucko%20Blaze%20Bayley.jpg too]], even if he decided to shave his head. [[http://www.songfacts.com/bjpg.php?i=1610:220 Paul Di'Anno]], [[http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-9Tk1fjUbTdU/VZbYFODUtAI/AAAAAAAAM_E/-0SZ78Lyf9s/s1600/pauldianno.png on the other hand]]...
*{{Keet}}: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0AZxHRNFgl8 Janick]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bUL7jGj0e5o is]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vUEWAAVQ5Vk really]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ioZbfGM5ud8 hyperactive]]. No wonder Eddie normally chases him on stage.
* LargeAndInCharge: Paul, in every band he's been in since he left Maiden. He's also still a very large and imposing man, despite being nearly 60.
* LittlestCancerPatient: Clive Burr left music due to multiple sclerosis. Maiden has since founded a research fund on that disease to help him. It stands even after his 2013 death.
*LongRunnerLineUp: Hasn't changed since 1999.
*TheNapoleon: Steve is not as grumpy as most examples of the trope, still hot-blooded, short (the same height as Napoleon himself!), and in a position of power.
*NotChristianRock: Steve said he's not religious, even if many songs deal with spirituality. But the band is far from being Satanist.
*OnlyInItForTheMoney: Dennis Stratton joined the band because he had a wife and daughter to support. Soon found he didn't quite fit.
*PerpetualFrowner: Adrian scowls constantly, in contrast to...
*PerpetualSmiler: Dave, who's always seen with a grin. .
*RatedMForManly
*RealMenLoveJesus: Nicko is a rather devout Christian.
*RealMenWearPink: As badass and manly as they are, they're not afraid to put out really weepy songs from time to time.
*RevolvingDoorBand: The early days of the band were very tumultuous. In fact, it took several albums before they even had the same lineup on two consecutive recordings.
*ScaryMusicianHarmlessMusic: Inverted. They don't attempt to look intimidating (the horror is left for Eddie), but the music is often ominous.
* StageNames: Paul Andrews: Paul Di'Anno; Michael "Nicko" [=McBrain]; and Bayley Cook added "Blaze" before his name.
* StartMyOwn: Many of the departed members, be it solo work (Bruce and Blaze), new projects (Paul's Battlezone, Killers and the band Di'Anno; Adrian's "Adrian Smith And Project", aka [[FunWithAcronyms A.S.A.P.]]) or joining other bands (Clive joined Nicko's former band Trust, and Paul's band Gogmagog).
*TeamChef: Nicko is a lover of American barbecue cuisine, and he even owns a restaurant called "Rock N Roll Ribs" in Coral Springs, Florida.
*TheUglyGuysHotDaughter: Steve Harris looks ok, but not spectacular. [[http://s217.photobucket.com/user/headbanger_2008/media/vlcsnap-2584418B.jpg.html These are his daughters.]]
*WildHair: Everyone, though Bruce has kept his hair short ever since the reunion.
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Musician-specific stuff goes in the [[Characters/IronMaiden musician sheet]].

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Musician-specific stuff goes in the [[Characters/IronMaiden musician sheet]].



* {{Biography}}: The band has a few, such as '' . Paul Di'Anno also wrote an autobiography, titled ''The Beast'', which fit the title by showing a lot of SexDrugsAndRockNRoll.



* RecordProducer: Martin Birch from ''Killers'' to ''Fear of the Dark'', Kevin Shirley since ''Brave New World''.

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* RecordProducer: Martin Birch from ''Killers'' to ''Fear of the Dark'', Kevin Shirley since ''Brave New World''. Steve also co-produces most since ''The X Factor''.



* StudioChatter: Nicko has [[LastNoteHilarity one closing]] ''Brave New World'', and two opening ''Dance of Death'' ("1, 2, 1, 2, 3, 4...") and ''A Matter of Life and Death'' ([[BigYes "AIEEE!"]]).



* UpToEleven: They have ''three guitarists'' in the current line-up. That's practically unheard of.

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* UpToEleven: They have ''three guitarists'' in the current line-up. That's practically unheard of.of - the closest was Music/LynyrdSkynyrd, who aren't as metal as Maiden.
15th Aug '16 9:23:35 PM gewunomox
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** "Dream Of Mirrors" (9:21) and "The Nomad" (9:06) from ''Brave New World''.

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** "Dream Of of Mirrors" (9:21) and "The Nomad" (9:06) from ''Brave New World''.



** ''The Book of Souls'' has "The Red and the Black" (13:33), "The Book of Souls" (10:27), and "Empire of the Clouds" ('''18:01'''). In fact, no songs are below 5 minutes. [[note]]Though "Tears of a Clown" misses that by one second.[[/note]]

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** ''The Book of Souls'' has "The Red and the Black" (13:33), "The Book of Souls" (10:27), and "Empire of the Clouds" ('''18:01'''). In fact, no songs are below 5 minutes. [[note]]Though [[note]] Though "Tears of a Clown" misses that by one second.second. [[/note]]



** "Die With Your Boots On", from ''Piece of Mind''.

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** "Die With with Your Boots On", from ''Piece of Mind''.



** TheLeader: Steve
** TheLancer: Bruce (and the other singers)
** TheSmartGuy: Adrian
** TheBigGuy: Nicko

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** TheLeader: Steve
Steve.
** TheLancer: Bruce (and the other singers)
singers).
** TheSmartGuy: Adrian
Adrian.
** TheBigGuy: NickoNicko.



** SixthRanger: Janick

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** SixthRanger: JanickJanick.



** "Nail that [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fokker fokker]], kill that son" in "Tailgunner", from ''No Prayer for the Dying''.
** "I'm a clever banker's face with [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wanker just a letter out of place]]" in "El Dorado", from ''The Final Frontier''. In at least one bootleg, Bruce just flat out spoiled the latter ("I'm a clever ''wanker''[='=]s face, just a banker out of place.")

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** "Nail that [[http://en.[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fokker fokker]], kill that son" in "Tailgunner", from ''No Prayer for the Dying''.
** "I'm a clever banker's face with [[http://en.[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wanker just a letter out of place]]" in "El Dorado", from ''The Final Frontier''. In at least one bootleg, Bruce just flat out spoiled the latter ("I'm a clever ''wanker''[='=]s face, just a banker out of place.")



** "Fear Is the Key", from ''Fear of the Dark'', was written after the band learned about the death of [[Music/{{Queen}} Freddie Mercury]].

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** "Fear Is is the Key", from ''Fear of the Dark'', was written after the band learned about the death of [[Music/{{Queen}} Freddie Mercury]].



* HotBlooded: Many of their songs, especially "Die With Your Boots On".

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* HotBlooded: Many of their songs, especially "Die With with Your Boots On".



** "Bring Your Daughter... to the Slaughter". Though Bruce also said it's about menstruation.

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** "Bring Your Daughter... to To the Slaughter". Though Bruce also said it's about menstruation.



* {{Instrumentals}}: "Transylvania" (which Bruce Dickinson once introduced as "a song I've never sung before, and probably never will"), "Genghis Khan" and "Losfer Words (Big 'Orra)"
* JustBeforeTheEnd: "2 Minutes to Midnight"

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* {{Instrumentals}}: "Transylvania" (which Bruce Dickinson once introduced as "a song I've never sung before, and probably never will"), "Genghis Khan" and "Losfer Words (Big 'Orra)"
'Orra)".
* JustBeforeTheEnd: "2 Minutes to Midnight"Midnight".



* LighterAndSofter: "Heaven Can Wait" could, in some respects, be seen as a LighterAndSofter version of "Hallowed Be Thy Name"--they've got a number of similarities musically and lyrically, but "Heaven Can Wait" features a more upbeat tone, and the character in it lives, whereas the one in "Hallowed Be Thy Name" dies. In general, Somewhere in Time can be considered this, thanks to the synths giving it a poppier feel.

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* LighterAndSofter: "Heaven Can Wait" could, in some respects, be seen as a LighterAndSofter version of "Hallowed Be Thy Name"--they've Name" -- they've got a number of similarities musically and lyrically, but "Heaven Can Wait" features a more upbeat tone, and the character in it lives, whereas the one in "Hallowed Be Thy Name" dies. In general, Somewhere in Time can be considered this, thanks to the synths giving it a poppier feel.



** "TheWickerMan", about the [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt Apocalypse]].
* LoudnessWar: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KMNJEC1G-fE The albums from the nineties on]], sans ''A Matter of Life and Death'' and ''The Final Frontier''.
* MagicalSeventhSon: referred to in (of course) ''Seventh Son of a Seventh Son''.

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** "TheWickerMan", "Film/TheWickerMan", about the [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt Apocalypse]].
* LoudnessWar: [[http://www.[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KMNJEC1G-fE The albums from the nineties on]], sans ''A Matter of Life and Death'' and ''The Final Frontier''.
* MagicalSeventhSon: referred Referred to in (of course) ''Seventh Son of a Seventh Son''.



* MohsScaleOfRockAndMetalHardness: Usually at Level 7, sometimes goes into 6 or 8 - and once with a 3, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dAQ0wWSfAao "Journeyman".]]

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* MohsScaleOfRockAndMetalHardness: Usually at Level 7, sometimes goes into 6 or 8 - -- and once with a 3, [[http://www.[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dAQ0wWSfAao "Journeyman".]]



* NightmareSequence: Quite a few songs are inspired by Steve Harris' nightmares, such as "Music/TheNumberOfTheBeast," "Infinite Dreams" and "Dream of Mirrors"
* NothingIsScarier: "The Great Unknown" utilizes the second variant to great effect. It just builds and bulds and builds and the minute you think it's gonna explode into one more big chorus... it just goes back to the calm, eerie, creepy intro and then just ends. And it is ''creepy''.

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* NightmareSequence: Quite a few songs are inspired by Steve Harris' nightmares, such as "Music/TheNumberOfTheBeast," "Infinite Dreams" and "Dream of Mirrors"
Mirrors".
* NothingIsScarier: "The Great Unknown" utilizes the second variant to great effect. It just builds and bulds builds and builds and the minute you think it's gonna explode into one more big chorus... it It just goes back to the calm, eerie, creepy intro and then just ends. And it is ''creepy''.



* ObligatoryBondageSong: "Hooks In You" from "No Prayer for the Dying".

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* ObligatoryBondageSong: "Hooks In in You" from "No Prayer for the Dying".



** ClusterFBomb: Aside from Bruce live, a few B-sides filled with VulgarHumor... and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C90AURC1SGg another]] that's not a song, but a recording of Steve and Nicko having an argument after a concert.

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** ClusterFBomb: Aside from Bruce live, a few B-sides filled with VulgarHumor... and [[http://www.And [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C90AURC1SGg another]] that's not a song, but a recording of Steve and Nicko having an argument after a concert.



** A self-referential pun is ''From Fear to Eternity''... even if "From Here to Eternity" is ''not'' on the album although it could fit.

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** A self-referential pun is ''From Fear to Eternity''... even Even if "From Here to Eternity" is ''not'' on the album although it could fit.



** "Time to live"/"Time to die" (and the combination), for "The Clairvoyant", from ''Seventh Son of a Seventh Son''.

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** "Time to live"/"Time live" / "Time to die" (and the combination), for "The Clairvoyant", from ''Seventh Son of a Seventh Son''.



** "I'm On My Way", for "Wildest Dreams", from ''Dance of Death''.
* ReligionRantSong: "Starblind," from ''The Final Frontier'' and "Holy Smoke" from ''No Prayer For the Dying''.

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** "I'm On on My Way", for "Wildest Dreams", from ''Dance of Death''.
* ReligionRantSong: "Starblind," from ''The Final Frontier'' and "Holy Smoke" from ''No Prayer For for the Dying''.



* ScrewDestiny: "Die With Your Boots On":

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* ScrewDestiny: "Die With with Your Boots On":



* ShownTheirWork: Possibly not all of their great many songs based on history, literature, or whatever it is are entirely faithful and accurate. The number that ''are'', the sheer volume of them, and the actual possibility of discussing whether a metal song is historically accurate mean they more than qualify anyway. Bruce Dickinson having a degree in history from London University doesn't hurt. When the lyrics of "Alexander The Great" talk about the Scythians fleeing across the River Jaxartes, you know they've done their research.

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* ShownTheirWork: Possibly not all of their great many songs based on history, literature, or whatever it is are entirely faithful and accurate. The number that ''are'', the sheer volume of them, and the actual possibility of discussing whether a metal song is historically accurate mean they more than qualify anyway. Bruce Dickinson having a degree in history from London University doesn't hurt. When the lyrics of "Alexander The the Great" talk about the Scythians fleeing across the River Jaxartes, you know they've done their research.



* SurprisinglyGentleSong: "Wasting Love," "Journeyman," and "Out of the Shadows"

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* SurprisinglyGentleSong: "Wasting Love," "Journeyman," and "Out of the Shadows"Shadows".



* VulgarHumor: A few of the B-sides, such as "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qgvFge-Go0U Nodding Donkey Blues]]" (about a BigBeautifulWoman - "She was fucking huge! Enormous! You could have sailed the Hindenburg through her legs and never even had landing permission!") and "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ViJm5Ru5r-4 Sheriff of Huddersfield]]" (a joke on the band's manager).

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* VulgarHumor: A few of the B-sides, such as "[[http://www."[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qgvFge-Go0U Nodding Donkey Blues]]" (about a BigBeautifulWoman - -- "She was fucking huge! Enormous! You could have sailed the Hindenburg through her legs and never even had landing permission!") and "[[http://www."[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ViJm5Ru5r-4 Sheriff of Huddersfield]]" (a joke on the band's manager).



* WarIsHell: Many of the war-inspired songs ("The Trooper", "2 Minutes to Midnight", "Afraid to Shoot Strangers", "Paschendale", "The Longest Day", "Mother of Mercy" - for that matter, all but "Different World" in ''A Matter of Life and Death'').
* UsefulNotes/WorldWarI ("Paschendale") and UsefulNotes/WorldWarII ("Aces High", "Tailgunner", "The Longest Day")

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* WarIsHell: Many of the war-inspired songs ("The Trooper", "2 Minutes to Midnight", "Afraid to Shoot Strangers", "Paschendale", "The Longest Day", "Mother of Mercy" - -- for that matter, all but "Different World" in ''A Matter of Life and Death'').
* UsefulNotes/WorldWarI ("Paschendale") and UsefulNotes/WorldWarII ("Aces High", "Tailgunner", "The Longest Day")Day").



--> The light of the Blind - you'll see

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--> The light of the Blind - -- you'll see



--> The Eyes of the Nile are opening - you'll see

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--> The Eyes of the Nile are opening - -- you'll seesee
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* AnimatedMusicVideo: "Wildest Dreams", from ''Dance of Death''; "Different World", from ''A Matter Of Life And Death''; and "The Final Frontier", from, well... ''The Final Frontier''.[[note]]Just for the sake of it, the video is named "Satellite 15... The Final Frontier", but the only part which is played is that of "The Final Frontier".[[/note]] And now in ''Book of Souls'' there's [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-F7A24f6gNc Speed of Light]] which mixes 8-bit, 16-bit and various forms of 3d animation.

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* AnimatedMusicVideo: "Wildest Dreams", from ''Dance of Death''; "Different World", from ''A Matter Of of Life And and Death''; and "The Final Frontier", from, well... ''The Final Frontier''.[[note]]Just [[note]] Just for the sake of it, the video is named "Satellite 15... The Final Frontier", but the only part which is played is that of "The Final Frontier". [[/note]] And now in ''Book of Souls'' there's [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-F7A24f6gNc Speed of Light]] which mixes 8-bit, 16-bit and various forms of 3d 3D animation.



** The poster for the promotional ''Somewhere Back In Time'' tour has Mummy!Eddie from ''Live After Death'' being resurrected, and the pyramid has three Eddie statues, referencing the albums ''Somewhere In Time'', ''Powerslave'' and ''Seventh Son of a Seventh Son''.

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** The poster for the promotional ''Somewhere Back In in Time'' tour has Mummy!Eddie from ''Live After Death'' being resurrected, and the pyramid has three Eddie statues, referencing the albums ''Somewhere In in Time'', ''Powerslave'' and ''Seventh Son of a Seventh Son''.
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[[caption-width-right:350:From left-to-right: Dave, Adrian, Janick, Bruce, Steve, Nicko, and of course, [[MetalBandMascot Eddie]] in the background.]]

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->''"People talk about PowerMetal, [[HeavyMetal Classic Metal]], DeathMetal, BlackMetal... but when someone asks us what kind of music we do, I say: We're the Iron [[PrecisionFStrike fucking]] Maiden!!!!!"''

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->''"People talk about PowerMetal, [[HeavyMetal Classic Metal]], DeathMetal, BlackMetal... but But when someone asks us what kind of music we do, I say: We're the Iron [[PrecisionFStrike fucking]] Maiden!!!!!"''



Unfortunately, from this point onwards, the things weren't going so well for the band. Adrian Smith left the band due to CreativeDifferences (although it was in good terms, it was just that he wanted to play in a softer mood than that one of Maiden) and he was replaced by Janick Gers, who played in the band White Spirit, and with Fish (former singer of Marillion) and [[Music/DeepPurple Ian Gillan]] before Bruce Dickinson brought him as guitarist of his solo career. The follow-up to ''Seventh..'', ''No Prayer for the Dying'', was considered inferior to the former albums, despite having the band's first #1 hit. ("Bring Your Daughter... to the Slaughter") The follow-up, ''Fear of the Dark'', charted in #1, but after it, Bruce Dickinson left the band.

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Unfortunately, from this point onwards, the things weren't going so well for the band. Adrian Smith left the band due to CreativeDifferences (although it was in good terms, it was just that he wanted to play in a softer mood than that one of Maiden) and he was replaced by Janick Gers, who played in the band White Spirit, and with Fish (former singer of Marillion) and [[Music/DeepPurple Ian Gillan]] before Bruce Dickinson brought him as guitarist of his solo career. The follow-up to ''Seventh..'', ''No Prayer for the Dying'', was considered inferior to the former albums, despite having the band's first #1 hit. ("Bring Your Daughter... to To the Slaughter") The follow-up, ''Fear of the Dark'', charted in #1, but after it, Bruce Dickinson left the band.



...but 1999 brought the biggest news: Bruce Dickinson and Adrian Smith returned to the band, but only Blaze left, thus making Maiden a sextet with three guitarists. Not only that, but the follow-up to ''Virtual'', ''Brave New World'', was a big hit, with a lot of people claiming the album as another classic album of the band. This line-up ([=Dickinson-Smith-Gers-Murray-Harris-McBrain=]) [[LongRunnerLineUp continues to our days]], having recorded other three albums: 2003's ''Dance Of Death'', 2006's ''A Matter Of Life And Death'' and 2010's ''The Final Frontier'', the band's most recent #1 album. After Dickinson's successful recovery from throat cancer, ''The Book of Souls'' was released in September 2015. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-F7A24f6gNc A music video has been released]].

Their sound is characterized by twin guitar (later triple guitar) harmonization and galloping bass, as well as the operatic vocals of Bruce Dickinson. Their most notable songs fall into three themes: ominous ("Music/TheNumberOfTheBeast", "[[PrimalFear Fear of the Dark]]"), historical (war songs such as "The Trooper" and "Aces High", historical events such as "Run to the Hills" and the biographical "Alexander the Great") or [[FilkSong derivative]] ("TheWickerMan", "[[Myth/GreekMythology Flight of Icarus]]", "Literature/BraveNewWorld"). Also notable is the band's promotional imagery, featuring zombie [[MetalBandMascot mascot]] Eddie the Head.

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...but But 1999 brought the biggest news: Bruce Dickinson and Adrian Smith returned to the band, but only Blaze left, thus making Maiden a sextet with three guitarists. Not only that, but the follow-up to ''Virtual'', ''Brave New World'', was a big hit, with a lot of people claiming the album as another classic album of the band. This line-up ([=Dickinson-Smith-Gers-Murray-Harris-McBrain=]) ([=Dickinson / Smith / Gers / Murray / Harris / McBrain=]) [[LongRunnerLineUp continues to our days]], having recorded other three albums: 2003's ''Dance Of of Death'', 2006's ''A Matter Of of Life And and Death'' and 2010's ''The Final Frontier'', the band's most recent #1 album. After Dickinson's successful recovery from throat cancer, ''The Book of Souls'' was released in September 2015. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-F7A24f6gNc A music video has been released]].

released]].

Their sound is characterized by twin guitar (later triple guitar) harmonization and galloping bass, as well as the operatic vocals of Bruce Dickinson. Their most notable songs fall into three themes: ominous Ominous ("Music/TheNumberOfTheBeast", "[[PrimalFear Fear of the Dark]]"), historical (war songs such as "The Trooper" and "Aces High", historical events such as "Run to the Hills" and the biographical "Alexander the Great") or [[FilkSong derivative]] ("TheWickerMan", ("Film/TheWickerMan", "[[Myth/GreekMythology Flight of Icarus]]", "Literature/BraveNewWorld"). Also notable is the band's promotional imagery, featuring zombie [[MetalBandMascot mascot]] Eddie the Head.
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!!Principal Members (Founding members in '''bold''', current members in ''italic''):

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[[folder:Song tropes]]

* AbortedArc: ''The Book of Souls'' starts with a song Bruce had written for a solo ConceptAlbum, "If Eternity Should Fail". Thus the [[SpokenWordInMusic spoken outro]] introducing two characters is setup for a plot that doesn't continue - Bruce even asked Steve if he should cut it, but the bandleader felt it fit the album's themes and mood.

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* AbortedArc: ''The Book of Souls'' starts with a song Bruce had written for a solo ConceptAlbum, "If Eternity Should Fail". Thus the [[SpokenWordInMusic spoken outro]] introducing two characters is setup for a plot that doesn't continue - -- Bruce even asked Steve if he should cut it, but the bandleader felt it fit the album's themes and mood.



* AssistCharacter: A rare non-videogame example: in the FightingGame part of the video for "Speed of Light" The Beast summons a Reaper as a special move.

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* AssistCharacter: A rare non-videogame example: in In the FightingGame part of the video for "Speed of Light" The Beast summons a Reaper as a special move.



** Special mention to "Heaven Can Wait", from ''Somewhere In Time'', where they invite some fans to the stage.
** "Fear Of The Dark", from the eponymous ''Fear of the Dark'', is a song that's been particularly adopted by the fans as an audience participation song, but is interesting in the fact that the fans don't sing along much to the lyrics, but vocalize to the guitar. It's become such an audience participation staple that pretty much every Iron Maiden compilation will have a live version of the song.

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** Special mention to "Heaven Can Wait", from ''Somewhere In in Time'', where they invite some fans to the stage.
** "Fear Of The of the Dark", from the eponymous ''Fear of the Dark'', is a song that's been particularly adopted by the fans as an audience participation song, but is interesting in the fact that the fans don't sing along much to the lyrics, but vocalize to the guitar. It's become such an audience participation staple that pretty much every Iron Maiden compilation will have a live version of the song.



** "When the Wild Wind Blows", from ''The Final Frontier'', opens and ends with... wind.
* BuffySpeak: From ''Live at Donington'', Bruce Dickinson refers to the live video as "the most mega Music/IronMaiden video-film-whatever".

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** "When the Wild Wind Blows", from ''The Final Frontier'', opens and ends with... wind.
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* BuffySpeak: From ''Live at Donington'', Bruce Dickinson refers to the live video as "the most mega Music/IronMaiden Iron Maiden video-film-whatever".



** While ''No Prayer for the Dying'' and ''Fear of the Dark'' are usually ignored on set-lists aside from the eponymous song from the latter album ("Bring Your Daughter... to the Slaughter" and "Afraid to Shoot Strangers" have also been played since Bruce's return), a Discontinuity is averted in ''From Fear to Eternity'', which contains three songs from each of those albums.[[note]]Albeit not "From Here to Eternity" even if it's the inspiration for the album title...[[/note]]

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** While ''No Prayer for the Dying'' and ''Fear of the Dark'' are usually ignored on set-lists aside from the eponymous song from the latter album ("Bring Your Daughter... to To the Slaughter" and "Afraid to Shoot Strangers" have also been played since Bruce's return), a Discontinuity is averted in ''From Fear to Eternity'', which contains three songs from each of those albums.[[note]]Albeit albums. [[note]] Albeit not "From Here to Eternity" even if it's the inspiration for the album title...title... [[/note]]



** "Be Quick or Be Dead" from ''Fear of the Dark''
* CoverVersion: They have covered songs by Skyhooks, Montrose, Music/JethroTull, Beckett, Nektar, The Entire Population of Hackney[[note]]A rather odd case, that "band" was composed by Adrian Smith, Nicko [=McBrain=], and several future members of Adrian's LighterAndSofter solo band [[FunWithAcronyms A.S.A.P.]][[/note]], FM, Marshall Fury, Music/ThinLizzy, Music/{{Stray}}, Music/GoldenEarring, Music/{{Free}}, Music/LedZeppelin, Music/ChuckBerry, Music/TheWho, Music/{{UFO}}, Focus and Music/DeepPurple. All of these, anyway, can only be found in singles, compilations or tribute albums.

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** "Be Quick or Be Dead" from ''Fear of the Dark''
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* CoverVersion: They have covered songs by Skyhooks, Montrose, Music/JethroTull, Beckett, Nektar, The Entire Population of Hackney[[note]]A Hackney [[note]] A rather odd case, that "band" was composed by Adrian Smith, Nicko [=McBrain=], and several future members of Adrian's LighterAndSofter solo band [[FunWithAcronyms A.S.A.P.]][[/note]], ]] [[/note]], FM, Marshall Fury, Music/ThinLizzy, Music/{{Stray}}, Music/GoldenEarring, Music/{{Free}}, Music/LedZeppelin, Music/ChuckBerry, Music/TheWho, Music/{{UFO}}, Focus and Music/DeepPurple. All of these, anyway, can only be found in singles, compilations or tribute albums.



* CrystalBall: "Can I Play With Madness?", from ''Seventh Son of a Seventh Son''.

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* CrystalBall: "Can I Play With with Madness?", from ''Seventh Son of a Seventh Son''.



** ''Fear of the Dark'' and ''No Prayer for the Dying'' are this compared with any of the previous albums. The vocals, for example - less operatic, more raspy.
** ''The X Factor'' is by far Maiden's darkest album. When listening to it, one should keep in mind that Steve Harris [[CreatorBreakdown was going through a tough time]]: 1) Bruce left his band, 2) Martin Birch stopped producing his records, 3) his father had died, and 4) he was going through a divorce. How could one expect him to write up beat songs about literature and poetry when he was clearly going through a depression. It could be argued that Blaze Bayley, a baritone, was the fitting singer for that period of Iron Maiden's history. This becomes very clear once you read some of the lyrics:
--> [From "Fortunes of War"] ''I'm scarred for life/but it's not my flesh that's wounded.''
--> [From "Judgement of Heaven"] ''I've been depressed so long/it's hard to remember when I was happy.''

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** ''Fear of the Dark'' and ''No Prayer for the Dying'' are this compared with any of the previous albums. The vocals, for example - -- less operatic, more raspy.
** ''The X Factor'' is by far Maiden's darkest album. When listening to it, one should keep in mind that Steve Harris [[CreatorBreakdown was going through a tough time]]: 1) Bruce left his band, 2) Martin Birch stopped producing his records, 3) his His father had died, and 4) he He was going through a divorce. How could one expect him to write up beat songs about literature and poetry when he was clearly going through a depression. It could be argued that Blaze Bayley, a baritone, was the fitting singer for that period of Iron Maiden's history. This becomes very clear once you read some of the lyrics:
--> [From "Fortunes of War"] ''I'm scarred for life/but life / but it's not my flesh that's wounded.''
--> [From "Judgement of Heaven"] ''I've been depressed so long/it's long / it's hard to remember when I was happy.''



* DoomsdayClock: "2 Minutes To Midnight", from ''Powerslave''.

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* DoomsdayClock: "2 Minutes To to Midnight", from ''Powerslave''.



** Ditto "The Thin Line Between Love and Hate" (''Brave New World'')... if you ignore the StudioChatter.
** The last line of "Alexander The Great" (the final track on ''Somewhere in Time'') is "He died of fever in Babylon".

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** Ditto "The Thin Line Between Love and Hate" (''Brave New World'')... if If you ignore the StudioChatter.
** The last line of "Alexander The the Great" (the final track on ''Somewhere in Time'') is "He died of fever in Babylon".
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** The cover for ''[[https://www.ironmaiden.com/fromfeartoeternity/images/FFTE_800.jpg From Fear to Eternity]]'' has references to all the albums from the period.

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** The cover for ''[[https://www.ironmaiden.com/fromfeartoeternity/images/FFTE_800.jpg From ''From Fear to Eternity]]'' Eternity'' has references to all the albums from the period.



*** The first level references the covers for "Killers", "Iron Maiden" and "Bring Your Daughter... to the Slaughter"
*** The second level references the covers for "The Reincarnation of Benjamin Breeg", "Somewhere in Time", "Powerslave", "Stranger in a Strange Land" and two blink-it-and-you'll-miss-it references to "The Final Frontier" (Eddie passes the skull in the cover near the level's end) and "Seventh Son of a Seventh Son" (he passes one of Eddie's bits of flesh from that cover shortly therafter)
*** The third level is basically the cover of "Run to the Hills" in animated form, plus Eddie's fatality is directly taken from the single cover of "The Number of the Beast". Eddie comes back to life mid-fight in a manner reminiscent of the cover of "Live After Death". Plus an appearence of the Grim Reaper, which often shows up in album covers.

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*** The first level references the covers for "Killers", "Iron Maiden" and "Bring Your Daughter... to To the Slaughter"
Slaughter".
*** The second level references the covers for "The Reincarnation of Benjamin Breeg", "Somewhere in Time", "Powerslave", "Stranger in a Strange Land" and two blink-it-and-you'll-miss-it blink it and you'll miss it references to "The Final Frontier" (Eddie passes the skull in the cover near the level's end) and "Seventh Son of a Seventh Son" (he passes one of Eddie's bits of flesh from that cover shortly therafter)
thereafter).
*** The third level is basically the cover of "Run to the Hills" in animated form, plus Eddie's fatality is directly taken from the single cover of "The Number of the Beast". Eddie comes back to life mid-fight in a manner reminiscent of the cover of "Live After Death". Plus an appearence appearance of the Grim Reaper, which often shows up in album covers.



** The coverart for the ''Purgatory'' single foreshadows ''The Number of the Beast''.
** Bruce recorded with his solo band a version of "Bring Your Daughter... to the Slaughter" for the soundtrack of ''Film/ANightmareOnElmStreet5TheDreamChild'' before the band reworked it for ''No Prayer for the Dying''.

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** The coverart cover art for the ''Purgatory'' single foreshadows ''The Number of the Beast''.
** Bruce recorded with his solo band a version of "Bring Your Daughter... to To the Slaughter" for the soundtrack of ''Film/ANightmareOnElmStreet5TheDreamChild'' before the band reworked it for ''No Prayer for the Dying''.



* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: The coverart of ''Powerslave'' has phrases such as "Bolloks" and "Wot a load of crap" disguised as hieroglyphs.

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* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: The coverart cover art of ''Powerslave'' has phrases such as "Bolloks" and "Wot a load of crap" disguised as hieroglyphs.



** Eddie and his creator Derek Riggs are the namesake for Eddie Riggs, the protagonist of the game BrutalLegend.

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** Eddie and his creator Derek Riggs are the namesake for Eddie Riggs, the protagonist of the game BrutalLegend.VideoGame/BrutalLegend.



** The band was known for their very distinctive album artwork courtesy of Derek Riggs throughout most of their career, and he provided at least some artwork for most of their album covers until his involvement eventually waned entirely after the release of ''Brave New World'' (reportedly due to them being difficult to work with). After having these painted scenes for nine (studio) albums, fans were slightly surprised when the album cover for ''Dance of Death'' was revealed to be an episode of ''WesternAnimation/ReBoot'' [[http://i.imgur.com/WXtOitp.jpg gone horribly wrong]]. (Even artist David Patchet hated the cover. The image was only supposed to be a mock-up, not the finished product)

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** The band was known for their very distinctive album artwork courtesy of Derek Riggs throughout most of their career, and he provided at least some artwork for most of their album covers until his involvement eventually waned entirely after the release of ''Brave New World'' (reportedly due to them being difficult to work with). After having these painted scenes for nine (studio) albums, fans were slightly surprised when the album cover for ''Dance of Death'' was revealed to be an episode of ''WesternAnimation/ReBoot'' [[http://i.imgur.com/WXtOitp.jpg gone horribly wrong]]. (Even artist David Patchet hated the cover. The image was only supposed to be a mock-up, not the finished product) product).
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** Inverted with the hand-drawn [[http://img697.imageshack.us/img697/9310/eldorado.jpg coverart]] for the single ''El Dorado'', which many fans saw as a bad depiction of the Garbage Pail Kids. ''[[http://img101.imageshack.us/img101/8064/thefinalfrontiercover31.jpg The Final Frontier]]'' may be playing this straight as well.

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** Inverted with the hand-drawn [[http://img697.imageshack.us/img697/9310/eldorado.jpg coverart]] cover art for the single ''El Dorado'', which many fans saw as a bad depiction of the Garbage Pail Kids. ''[[http://img101.imageshack.us/img101/8064/thefinalfrontiercover31.jpg The ''The Final Frontier]]'' Frontier'' may be playing this straight as well.
14th Aug '16 9:46:32 PM gewunomox
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** The cover of ''[[http://derek.server311.com/riggsart/Pages/maiden.dir/12beast01.html Best of the Beast]]'' includes various Eddies.

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** The cover of ''[[http://derek.server311.com/riggsart/Pages/maiden.dir/12beast01.html Best ''Best of the Beast]]'' Beast'' includes various Eddies.



* PunnyName: "The Iron Maidens" - an all female Iron Maiden tribute band. [[FridgeLogic Just think about it for a minute.]]

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* PunnyName: "The Iron Maidens" - -- an all female Iron Maiden tribute band. [[FridgeLogic Just think about it for a minute.]]



* {{Revival}}: Three tours in the TurnOfTheMillennium \ TheNewTens, "The Early Days" (only songs from the first four albums, and a EarthShatteringPoster taken directly from the ''Piece of Mind'' tour), "Somewhere Back in Time" (besides "Fear of the Dark", only '80s songs, plus an Egyptian ''Powerslave''-like stage which also had references to the two albums that followed), and "Maiden England" (stage and set-list inspired by the eponymous live album, recorded during the ''Seventh Son'' tour)

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* {{Revival}}: Three tours in the TurnOfTheMillennium \ / TheNewTens, "The Early Days" (only songs from the first four albums, and a EarthShatteringPoster taken directly from the ''Piece of Mind'' tour), "Somewhere Back in Time" (besides "Fear of the Dark", only '80s songs, plus an Egyptian ''Powerslave''-like stage which also had references to the two albums that followed), and "Maiden England" (stage and set-list inspired by the eponymous live album, recorded during the ''Seventh Son'' tour)tour).



* TropeMaker: Along with Music/JudasPriest, of blending HardRock with HeavyMetal.

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* TropeMaker: TropeMakers: Along with Music/JudasPriest, of blending HardRock with HeavyMetal.



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7th Jul '16 9:28:07 PM SwimToTheMoon
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* NothingIsScarier: "The Great Unknown" utilizes the second variant to great effect. It just builds and bulds and builds and the minute you think it's gonna explode into one more big chorus... it just goes back to the calm, eerie, creepy intro and then just ends. And it is ''creepy''.
17th Jun '16 7:26:21 PM gewunomox
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Unfortunately, from this point onwards, the things weren't going so well for the band. Adrian Smith left the band due to CreativeDifferences (although it was in good terms, it was just that he wanted to play in a softer mood than that one of Maiden) and he was replaced by Janick Gers, who played in the band White Spirit, and with Fish (former singer of Marillion) and [[DeepPurple Ian Gillan]] before Bruce Dickinson brought him as guitarist of his solo career. The follow-up to ''Seventh..'', ''No Prayer for the Dying'', was considered inferior to the former albums, despite having the band's first #1 hit. ("Bring Your Daughter... to the Slaughter") The follow-up, ''Fear of the Dark'', charted in #1, but after it, Bruce Dickinson left the band.

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Unfortunately, from this point onwards, the things weren't going so well for the band. Adrian Smith left the band due to CreativeDifferences (although it was in good terms, it was just that he wanted to play in a softer mood than that one of Maiden) and he was replaced by Janick Gers, who played in the band White Spirit, and with Fish (former singer of Marillion) and [[DeepPurple [[Music/DeepPurple Ian Gillan]] before Bruce Dickinson brought him as guitarist of his solo career. The follow-up to ''Seventh..'', ''No Prayer for the Dying'', was considered inferior to the former albums, despite having the band's first #1 hit. ("Bring Your Daughter... to the Slaughter") The follow-up, ''Fear of the Dark'', charted in #1, but after it, Bruce Dickinson left the band.
7th Jun '16 7:07:29 PM Doug86
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* WorldWarI ("Paschendale") and WorldWarII ("Aces High", "Tailgunner", "The Longest Day")

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* WorldWarI UsefulNotes/WorldWarI ("Paschendale") and WorldWarII UsefulNotes/WorldWarII ("Aces High", "Tailgunner", "The Longest Day")
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