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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!!!!!"''
-->-- '''Bruce Dickinson'''

'''Iron Maiden''' is a British HeavyMetal band. They are one of the most successful metal bands in the world and were a major part of the NewWaveOfBritishHeavyMetal.

The band takes its name from a fabled medieval torture device, allegedly used to dish out {{Cruel and Unusual Death}}s to witches and the similar, as an alternative to [[BurnTheWitch burning at the stake]]. If you're ''really'' interested in how it worked, all we're going to say is that it involves a human-sized canister with a hinged lid, and SpikesOfDoom on the inside of the lid. [[ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice You know where this is going]].

It was founded in 1975 by bassist Steve Harris. The band went through a lot of line-up changes before the release of their first album, simply called ''[[Music/IronMaidenAlbum Iron Maiden]]'', in 1980, recorded by Harris, singer Paul Di'Anno, guitarists Dennis Stratton and Dave Murray, and drummer Clive Burr. In the follow-up, ''Music/{{Killers}}'' from 1981, Stratton, due to CreativeDifferences, was replaced by Adrian Smith, from the band Urchin. This was also the last album with Di'Anno, who was fired for drinking problems but wanted to leave the band anyway and shows no animosity for it.

The real success came a year later, in 1982, with ''Music/TheNumberOfTheBeast'', which marked the debut in the band of Music/BruceDickinson, Di'Anno's replacement. The band's classic line-up came full circle in 1983 with the arrival of drummer Nicko [=McBrain=], replacing Clive Burr, for personal problems. With this line-up, the band recorded four studio albums (''Piece of Mind'', ''Powerslave'', ''Somewhere in Time'', and ''[[ConceptAlbum Seventh Son of]] [[MagicalSeventhSon a Seventh Son]]'') and a live album, (''Live After Death'') which marked the climax and end of the so-called "Golden Years".

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.

He was replaced by [[ReplacementScrappy Blaze Bayley]], who wasn't well received. Not only that, but the band also changed their RecordProducer, and thus, everything was set for the band's DorkAge. The two albums released in the Bayley-era (1995's ''The X Factor'' and 1998's ''Virtual XI'') weren't so well received, and it seemed that the band was going to broke...

...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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!!Principal Members (Founding members in '''bold''', current members in ''italic''):

* Clive Burr - drums (197982, died 2013)
* Paul Cairns - guitar (197879)
* "Blaze" Bayley Cook - lead vocals (199499)
* Paul Di'Anno - lead vocals (197881)
* ''Music/BruceDickinson'' - lead vocals, guitar (198193, 1999)
* ''Janick Gers'' - guitar (1990)
* '''''[[LeadBassist Steve Harris]]''''' - bass, vocals, synthesizer, keyboard (1975)
* ''Michael Henry "Nicko" [=McBrain=]'' - drums, percussion (1982)
* ''Dave Murray'' - guitar, synthesizer (197677, 1978)
* Doug Sampson - drums (197779)
* ''Adrian Smith'' - guitar, backing and lead vocals, synthesizer (198090, 1999)
* Dennis Stratton - guitar, vocals (197980)

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!!Early Members/Fill-Ins:

* Paul Day - lead vocals (197576)
* Ron Matthews - drums (197577)
* Tony Moore - keyboard (1977)
* Tony Parsons - guitar (197879)
* Barry Purkis (Thunderstick) - drums (1977)
* Terry Rance - guitar (197576)
* Bob Sawyer - guitar (197677)
* Dave Sullivan - guitar (197576)
* Paul Todd - guitar (197879)
* Terry Wapram - guitar (197778)
* Dennis Wilcock - lead vocals (197678)

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!!Studio Discography:

* 1979 - ''The Soundhouse Tapes''
* 1980 - ''[[Music/IronMaidenAlbum Iron Maiden]]''
* 1981 - ''Music/{{Killers}}''
* 1982 - ''Music/TheNumberOfTheBeast''
* 1983 - ''Piece of Mind''
* 1984 - ''Powerslave''
* 1986 - ''Somewhere in Time''
* 1988 - ''Seventh Son of a Seventh Son''
* 1990 - ''No Prayer for the Dying''
* 1992 - ''Fear of the Dark''
* 1995 - ''The X Factor''
* 1998 - ''Virtual XI''
* 2000 - ''Brave New World''
* 2003 - ''Dance of Death''
* 2004 - ''No More Lies''
* 2006 - ''A Matter of Life and Death''
* 2010 - ''The Final Frontier''
* 2015 - ''The Book of Souls''

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!!Live Discography:

* 1980 - ''Live!! +one''
* 1981 - ''Maiden Japan''
* 1985 - ''Live After Death''
* 1993 - ''A Real Live One''
* 1993 - ''A Real Dead One''
* 1993 - ''Live at Donington''
* 2002 - ''Rock in Rio''
* 2002 - ''BBC Archives''
* 2002 - ''Beast Over Hammersmith''
* 2005 - ''Death on the Road''
* 2009 - ''Flight 666''
* 2012 - ''En Vivo!''
* 2013 - ''Maiden England '88''

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!! Iron Maiden has examples of:
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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.
* AgeOfTitles: "Age of Innocence", from ''Dance of Death''.
* AndIMustScream: "Futureal", from ''Virtual XI'', is about being locked in virtual reality.
* ApocalypticLog: "Satellite 15... The Final Frontier", from ''The Final Frontier''.
* 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.
* AudienceParticipationSong: Plenty of them, such as the {{Ear Worm}}s and "The Wicker Man", from ''Brave New World''. [[CrowdSong Sometimes Bruce leaves the lyrics to the audience.]]
** 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.
* BattleCry: From "The Clansman", from ''Virtual XI''.
--> '''FREEEDOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOM!!!'''
* BittersweetEnding: "The Talisman". The crew finally reached their golden promised land, but many ships and men were lost on the way, and the protagonist is dying from sickness.
* BloodKnight: "The Mercenary" from ''Brave New World (2000)''.
* BookEnds: ''Seventh Son of a Seventh Son'', the album, starts (in "Moonchild") and ends (in "Only the Good Die Young") with the same paragraph:
--> ''SevenDeadlySins''
--> ''[[RuleOfSeven Seven]] ways to win''
--> ''Seven holy paths to hell''
--> ''And your trip begins''
--> ''Seven downward slopes''
--> ''Seven bloody hopes''
--> ''Seven are your burning fires''
--> ''Seven your desires''
** There's also "Fear of the Dark", from the eponymous album ''Fear of the Dark'', where the order of the first two lines is reversed at the end of the song, for a truly symmetric feel:
---> ''I am a man who walks alone''
---> ''And when I'm walking a dark road''
---> ''...''
---> ''And when I'm walking a dark road''
---> ''[[LastChorusSlowDown I am a man who walks alone]]''
** "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".
* CallingTheOldManOut: "Wrathchild", from ''Killers''.
* CanonDiscontinuity:
** Averted: while most fans are not at all enamoured of Blaze Bayley's run, the band continue to perform the best and most memorable material of that era, namely "Lord of the Flies", "Man on the Edge", "Sign of the Cross", (All of them from ''The X Factor'') "Futureal" and "The Clansman". (From ''Virtual XI'') All of these live versions appeared in live albums or singles.
** 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]]
* ChildrenForcedToKill: "Sun and Steel", from ''Piece of Mind'':
--> Well, you killed your first man at 13,
--> Killer instinct, Animal supreme,
--> By 16 you had learned to fight
--> The way of the warrior, you took it as your right.
* ChronologicalAlbumTitle: ''Seventh Son of a Seventh Son'', ''The X Factor'', and ''Virtual XI''. ''The Final Frontier'', the fifteenth, has as its opening track "Satellite '''15'''... The Final Frontier".
* ClearMyName: "The Fugitive", from ''Fear of the Dark''.
* ConceptAlbum: ''[[MagicalSeventhSon Seventh Son of a Seventh Son]]''.
** ''Somewhere in Time'' deals with different aspects of time (time-travel, history, racing against the clock).
** ''A Matter of Life and Death'' is mostly about war and religion.
* CorruptCorporateExecutive: "El Dorado", from ''The Final Frontier'', is sung from this point of view.
** "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.
** If Bruce performing guest vocals counts, he's performed ''[[Music/BlackSabbath Sabbath Bloody Sabbath]]'' on the first Nativity in Black tribute album with Godspeed.
* CrystalBall: "Can I Play With Madness?", from ''Seventh Son of a Seventh Son''.
* DarkerAndEdgier:
** Some songs work as darker counterparts of earlier songs. Compare "Charlotte the Harlot" (1980) to "[[Music/TheNumberOfTheBeast 22 Acacia Avenue]]" (1982); and "The Trooper" (1983) to "Paschendale" (2003).
** ''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.''
** Somewhat ironically, Bruce's solo music after his departure is quite a bit darker than his music with Iron Maiden.
** The entirety of ''A Matter of Life and Death'' is quite a bit darker musically than previous albums, though the lyrics are still pretty much what you'd expect from Iron Maiden with possibly a more focused emphasis on [[HumansAreBastards humans being bastards]]. The album's dark feel is largely due to the complex and melancholic melodies, and the quality of Dickinson's voice as he gets older.
* TheDeadCanDance: "Dance of Death", from, well... ''Dance of Death''.
* DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment: Mother of Mercy, from ''The Final Frontier'': "I'll die a lonely death, of that I'm certain of".
** "Now we need to know the truth now" from "The Man of Sorrows".
* DoomsdayClock: "2 Minutes To Midnight", from ''Powerslave''.
* DownerBeginning: "Satellite 15... The Final Frontier" opens an album with an ApocalypticLog of a doomed astronaut, which to enhance the discomfort has its first part be percussion-heavy {{progressive rock}}.
* DownerEnding: Maiden just seems to love this trope.
** "To Tame a Land" ends ''Piece of Mind'' with a very unhappy sounding final part.
** 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".
** ''Seventh Son of a Seventh Son''[='=]s final track, "Only the Good Die Young", is about the devastation of a town from a disaster, and Lucifer planning to cancel the rest of mankind.
*** The second to last track, "The Clairvoyant" ends with the revelation that despite the power to see into the future, the Clairvoyant "for all his power, couldn't foresee his own demise". This effectively closes the story arc on the main character, the titular Seventh Son.
** ''Virtual XI'' ends with "Como Estais Amigos", about the Falklands War. It even sounds depressing.
** ''The Final Frontier'' ends with "When the Wild Wind Blows", about a couple who commits suicide mistaking an earthquake for the start of a nuclear war.
** "The Trooper" is about the "Charge of the Light Brigade" and those who know history knew how that ended.
*** On that note, most of their songs sung from the perspective of soldiers end with their narrators' death.
** Since it is a tribute song to Creator/RobinWilliams, "Tears of a Clown" has the titular comedian commit suicide.
** "Empire of the Clouds", based on the maiden voyage of the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/R101 R101]].
* {{Dystopia}}: "Literature/BraveNewWorld", from, well... ''Brave New World''.
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: The two albums with Paul Di'Anno, but the self-titled debut in particular. It has more a punk rock vibe that ultimately lead to Steve Harris' derision.
* EpicRocking: All their albums have an epic, usually as the closer. The following are their longest songs.
** "Rime of the Ancient Mariner", (13:36) from ''Powerslave''.
** "Seventh Son of a Seventh Son", (9:53) from ''Seventh Son of a Seventh Son''.
** "Sign of the Cross", (11:16) from ''The X Factor''.
** "The Angel and the Gambler", (9:52) and "The Clansman" (9:02) from ''Virtual XI''.
** "Dream Of Mirrors" (9:21) and "The Nomad" (9:06) from ''Brave New World''.
** "For the Greater Good of God" (9:24) and "The Legacy", (9:23) from ''A Matter of Life and Death''.
** "When the Wild Wind Blows", (11:01) "Isle of Avalon" (9:06) and "The Talisman", (9:03) from ''The Final Frontier''.
** ''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]]
* FaceDeathWithDignity:
** "Die With Your Boots On", from ''Piece of Mind''.
** The second part of "Satellite 15... The Final Frontier", too! It's also works as Facing Death With Optimism.
* FilkSong: An enormous amount of their discography, on a wide variety of subjects. Examples can be found [[ShoutOut/IronMaiden here]].
* FiveManBand:
** TheLeader: Steve
** TheLancer: Bruce (and the other singers)
** TheSmartGuy: Adrian
** TheBigGuy: Nicko
** TheHeart: Dave (to the point that while composing, the other two guitarists relegate any extra solos to him!)
** SixthRanger: Janick
* FootballHooligans: "Weekend Warrior", from ''Fear of the Dark''.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar / StealthPun:
** "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.")
* GhostShip / AfterlifeExpress: "Rime of the Ancient Mariner" (based on [[Literature/TheRimeOfTheAncientMariner the poem]]), from ''Powerslave''.
** "Ghost of the Navigator", from ''Brave New World''.
* GreatestHitsAlbum: Plenty of them. And they all follow a three year interval!
* GriefSong: "The Clairvoyant", from ''Seventh Son of a Seventh Son'' is about the death of psychic Doris Stokes.
** "Blood Brothers", from ''Brave New World'', about Steve's father who died while he was touring.
** "Fear Is the Key", from ''Fear of the Dark'', was written after the band learned about the death of [[Music/{{Queen}} Freddie Mercury]].
** "Como Estais Amigos", from ''Virtual XI'', is a tribute to the dead soldiers in UsefulNotes/TheFalklandsWar in both sides of the conflict.
** "Face in the Sand", from ''Dance of Death'', is about the victims of 9/11.
** "Tears of a Clown", from ''The Book of Souls'', is an homage to Creator/RobinWilliams.
* AHellOfATime: "From Here to Eternity", from ''Fear of the Dark'':
--> ''Hell ain't a bad place!''
--> ''Hell is from here to eternity!''
* HeavyMithril: Among other examples, "Flight of Icarus", from ''Piece of Mind''; and "Isle of Avalon", from ''The Final Frontier''.
* HolierThanThou: "Holy Smoke", from ''No Prayer for the Dying''.
* {{Homage}}: Seen also [[ShoutOut/IronMaiden here]].
* HorribleHistoryMetal: They love this trope.
* HotBlooded: Many of their songs, especially "Die With Your Boots On".
* HumanPopsicle: The protagonist of "Stranger in a Strange Land".
* IncrediblyLongNote: Bruce is quite fond of them, usually closing the song. Stand-outs include "Run to the Hills", "Children of the Damned" and "Seventh Son of a Seventh Son".
* IntercourseWithYou:
** "Bring Your Daughter... to the Slaughter". Though Bruce also said it's about menstruation.
** Most of the "Charlotte" saga, such as the eponymous "Charlotte the Harlot" from ''Iron Maiden'' and ''22 Acacia Avenue'' from ''Music/TheNumberOfTheBeast''.
* {{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"
* LastChorusSlowDown: "Powerslave" and "Fear of the Dark".
* LastNoteNightmare: "Phantom of the Opera", in the pre-remaster release, where after 10 seconds of silence, Di'Anno shouts the song's final line again.
** Due to a production error, the intro to "Powerslave" haphazardly got stuck onto the ending of "Back in the Village" on the 1998 remaster of the album of the same name. So when one listens to Back in the Village, the song ends with the spooky intro to Powerslave.
* LightIsNotGood: "Lord of Light." [[AlternativeCharacterInterpretation Maybe.]]
* 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.
* LiteraryAllusionTitle:
** [[Theatre/JuliusCaesar "The Evil That Men Do"]] (''Seventh Son of a Seventh Son'') is one of the few that isn't actually about the literary work.
** "Literature/OutOfTheSilentPlanet", actually about ''Film/ForbiddenPlanet''.
** "Literature/StrangerInAStrangeLand", about [[MysteriousAntarctica antarctic explorers]].
** "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''.
* {{Mayincatec}}: ''The Book of Souls'' takes inspiration from Mayan myth. The artwork still mixes some Aztec symbols.
* MetalBandMascot: Eddie the Head.
* MohsScaleOfRockAndMetalHardness: Usually at Level 7, sometimes goes into 6 or 8 - and once with a 3, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dAQ0wWSfAao "Journeyman".]]
* MurderBallad: "Sanctuary".
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: Rather, "Oh God help me, what have I done?" in ''Killers''.
** "Brighter Than a Thousand Suns," from ''A Matter of Life and Death,'' seeing as it's about the nuclear arms race.
* NightmareSequence: Quite a few songs are inspired by Steve Harris' nightmares, such as "Music/TheNumberOfTheBeast," "Infinite Dreams" and "Dream of Mirrors"
* NonAppearingTitle: 5/8 in ''Piece of Mind''; other albums have it as well, mostly for self-describing titles, such as "The Prophecy", "The Mercenary", "The Reincarnation Of Benjamin Breeg".
* ObligatoryBondageSong: "Hooks In You" from "No Prayer for the Dying".
* OldMediaAreEvil: ''When the Wild Wind Blows'' is a loose deconstruction of a 1982 comic of the same name. An elderly couple is obsessed with the end of the world based on what they see on TV, and commit suicide during what they think is Doomsday, but is actually just an ordinary earthquake.
* PowerBallad: "Wasting Love", from ''Fear of the Dark''.
* PrecisionFStrike: "Holy Smoke", twice.
** 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.
* ProgressiveMetal: Their music borders on this at times, especially on ''Seventh Son of a Seventh Son'', ''A Matter of Life and Death'', and ''The Book of Souls'', as well as epics from other albums like "Powerslave", "Rime of the Ancient Mariner", "To Tame a Land", and "Hallowed Be Thy Name". Depending upon your definition of the style they will probably either qualify as one of the first genuine examples of the genre or as an UrExample instead. It's probably worth noting that Music/DreamTheater covered the album ''Music/TheNumberOfTheBeast'' in its entirety, to give an example of Maiden's prog credentials.
* ProtestSong: Sometimes they go into current world problems, such as the televangelists ("Holy Smoke"), the high crime rate ("Age of Innocence") and the economic crisis ("El Dorado"). And then there's the [[WarIsHell war-inspired songs]]...
* PunBasedTitle: ''Piece of Mind'' and "Public Enema Number One", from ''No Prayer for the Dying''. The live albums ''Maiden Japan'' (EP, referencing Music/DeepPurple's ''Made in Japan'') and ''Maiden England'' (released on DVD with a "'88" attached) too.
** A self-referential pun is ''From Fear to Eternity''... even if "From Here to Eternity" is ''not'' on the album although it could fit.
* RefrainFromAssuming: Considering their tendency for Title Only Choruses, sometimes people call the songs by the chorus line (and in other times, the bridge):
** "Sanctuary from the law", for "Sanctuary", from ''Iron Maiden''.
** "Please, take me away", "Take me away", "So far away" and any combination, for "Purgatory", from ''Killers''.
** "Gonna Sing My Song", for "Drifter", from ''Killers''.
** "Livin' on a Razor's Edge" and "Balancing on a Ledge", for "The Evil That Men Do", from ''Seventh Son of a Seventh Son''.
** "Time to live"/"Time to die" (and the combination), for "The Clairvoyant", from ''Seventh Son of a Seventh Son''.
** "Falling Down", for "Man on the Edge", from ''The X Factor''.
** "Freedom", for "The Clansman" from ''Virtual XI''.
** "Your time will come", for "The Wicker Man", from ''Brave New World''.
** "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''.
* RockOpera: ''Seventh Son of a Seventh Son'', and the Charlotte saga.
* RousseauWasRight: "The Thin Line Between Love and Hate" (''Brave New World'') is about this and {{Karma}}.
* SadClown: "Tears of a Clown" (''The Book of Souls'') is all about how Creator/RobinWilliams was one of those.
* ScienceIsBad: At least, according to Nicko, who wrote "New Frontier", from ''Dance of Death'' about his preoccupation of human cloning.
* ScrewDestiny: "Die With Your Boots On":
--> ''For the truth of all predictions''
--> ''Is always in your hands.''
** The narrator of "Heaven Can Wait" refuses God's orders to follow him to the afterlife and is returned to his body.
* SecondPersonAttack: The opening verse of "Killers".
* SelfTitledAlbum: With a self-titled song!
* ShoutOut: [[ShoutOut/IronMaiden Go this way]].
* 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.
* SinisterMinister: "Holy Smoke".
* SomethingBlues: B-sides "Black Bart Blues" and "Nodding Donkey Blues".
* SpokenWordInMusic: Occurs sometimes.
* StepUpToTheMicrophone: Adrian Smith sings lead vocals on "Reach Out", the B-side to "Wasted Years".
* SubduedSection: "Rime of the Ancient Mariner". Other EpicRocking songs have it too.
* SubliminalSeduction: In "Still Life" there's a TakeThat from the band towards MoralGuardians.
* SurprisinglyGentleSong: "Wasting Love," "Journeyman," and "Out of the Shadows"
* SurvivorGuilt: "Murders in the Rue Morgue" is about a guy who hears a scream, when seeking where it came from ends up seeing the victims, and is haunted by the memories.
* ThroughTheEyesOfMadness: "Still Life", for one.
* TitleTrack: Besides "Iron Maiden", most albums have one (even if borderline such as "Caught Somewhere in Time" and "Satellite 15... The Final Frontier").
* TitleOnlyChorus: A few, such as "Caught Somewhere in Time" and "Seventh Son of a Seventh Son". The subversion became more frequent as band matured, as many choruses included others phrases along the title.
* UncommonTime: Used occasionally. The instrumental bridge of "Alexander the Great" is one example, being partially in 7/4.
* UnreliableNarrator: Although few if any expressly confirmed cases exist, the limited perspective of many of their songs, and some of the subject matter they cover, suggest that at least a few of them are subject to this.
* VillainSong: See the above. Evil narrators are used in songs such as "El Dorado" (executive bordering on con man), "Moonchild" (Lucifer), "Killers" (an AxCrazy guy), and many of the WarIsHell songs.
* 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).
* WanderlustSong: "Running Free".
* 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'').
* WorldWarI ("Paschendale") and WorldWarII ("Aces High", "Tailgunner", "The Longest Day")
* WordSaladLyrics: Quite a few, such as "Still Life", and "Revelations", quoted below:
--> The light of the Blind - you'll see
--> The venom that tears my spine
--> The Eyes of the Nile are opening - you'll see
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Musician-specific stuff goes in the [[Characters/IronMaiden musician sheet]].
* 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.
* BrainFood: ''Piece of Mind'''s [[http://ironmaidencommentary.com/pictures/pictures04_pom/piece3.jpg inner sleeve]] and [[http://ironmaidencommentary.com/pictures/pictures04_pom/album04_pom1998_cd.jpg CD art]] (probably referencing the cover with a post-lobotomy Eddie).
* CatchPhrase: The fans themselves have a CatchPhrase of their own -- the phrase "Up the Irons" is pretty much the Maiden fan salute.
** During live shows, Bruce is very fond of shouting "Scream for me!" followed by [[CheapHeat the name of the city where they're performing.]]
* ContemptibleCover: ''Dance of Death'' and ''The X Factor'' get this reaction thanks to {{art shift}}s GoneHorriblyWrong. See PolygonCeiling listing on this page for the details.
* ContinuityCavalcade:
** The cover of ''Somewhere in Time'' has a lot of Maiden references:
*** Ruskin Arms, The Rainbow Bar, Marquee Club, pubs where the band played on their first years.
*** The opera house is called "Phantom Opera House", as in "Phantom of the Opera".
*** "Maggie's Revenge" is a reference towards both the song and cover art of "Sanctuary", the cover art of "Women in Uniform" and, of course, Margaret Thatcher.
*** Some Japanese elements also reference the live album ''Maiden Japan''.
*** Eddie is in the "22 Acacia Avenue" street. Charlotte (reference to "Charlotte the Harlot") is found sitting in one of the windows of the avenue.
*** Bruce has a brain in his hands, reference to ''Piece of Mind''.
*** In front of Bradbury Hotel, there's a winged guy falling, his wings on fire. This is, of course, a reference to "Flight of Icarus".
*** "The Sand Dune grill (IMHO)" references "To Tame a Land". There's also "Herbert Ails", reference to Frank Herbert, author of Dune, the inspiration for the song.
*** Three pyramids reference the album ''Powerslave''.
*** There's a bar called "Aces High" and there's also a plane flying.
*** The clock marks 23:58 a.k.a. "2 Minutes to Midnight". Another reference is the laser eye Eddie has.
*** There's also the Eye of Horus (reference to "Powerslave") near Eddie.
*** "Ancient Mariner Seafood Restaurant", for "Rime of the Ancient Mariner".
*** The cinema plays "Live After Death". There's also "Long Beach Arena", which was the place where LAD was filmed.
*** "Tehe's Bar" is the place where Maiden gathered people in order to sing in the central piece of "Heaven Can Wait".
** The cover of ''[[http://derek.server311.com/riggsart/Pages/maiden.dir/12beast01.html Best of the Beast]]'' includes various Eddies.
** The cover of ''Somewhere Back in Time'' has the Cyborg Eddie from ''Somewhere in Time'' breaking out of the pyramid from ''Powerslave'', while the Maiden font has the colours seen in ''Seventh Son of a Seventh Son''.
** 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''.
** 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.
* ContinuityNod:
** The video for "Wasted Years" contains a lot of fragments from Maiden's older videos.
** "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-F7A24f6gNc Speed of Light]]" references just about every single other Iron Maiden artwork of the band's career. Namely:
*** Eddie is playing on an arcade with an interface that's taken from the cover of "Wasted Years".
*** 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.
*** Last level has references to "Powerslave", "A Matter of Life and Death", "2 Minutes to Midnight".
*** When he beats the game, the scoreboard has the names of every member of the band.
*** The arcades in the background are all named after album titles.
* DarkIsNotEvil: In an inversion of ScaryMusicianHarmlessMusic, their music is undeniably dark, but the band members themselves are pretty decent people for the most part, and they always portray the terrible topics in their songs as genuinely terrible, so there's never any sense that EvilIsCool.
* DemBones: The cover of ''A Matter of Life and Death'' has Eddie over a tank, leading an army of skeletons.
* EarthShatteringPoster: For the ''World Piece Tour'' of 1983 and the ''Early Days Tour'' of 2005.
* EveryEpisodeEnding: The last song before the encore is always "Iron Maiden", which also marks the entrance of an Eddie on stage.
* {{Foreshadowing}}:
** Before appearing in ''Killers'', "Wrathchild" appeared in the multi-band compilation ''Metal for Muthas''.
** A live version of "Drifter" was released as part of the ''Sanctuary'' single before appearing in ''Killers''.
** Adrian composed "22 Acacia Avenue" while he was in Urchin. The final version is different from this one.
** 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''.
** "Wildest Dreams" was presented in the ''Give me Ed 'Til I'm Dead'' tour, before the release of ''Dance of Death''.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: The coverart of ''Powerslave'' has phrases such as "Bolloks" and "Wot a load of crap" disguised as hieroglyphs.
* IconicLogo: That font is hard not to recognize.
* IdiosyncraticCoverArt: The box set "[[http://i.imgur.com/GRF2CSQ.jpg Eddie's Head.]]"
* LargeHam: Bruce Dickinson is not nicknamed "The Air Raid Siren" for nothing.
* LicensedGame: ''Ed Hunter''.
* MetalBandMascot: Eddie the Head, the albino zombie originally designed by Derek Riggs. Eddie appears on all album covers, and on most (if not all) of the band's merchandise.
** Eddie and his creator Derek Riggs are the namesake for Eddie Riggs, the protagonist of the game BrutalLegend.
* PolygonCeiling: An unusual non-game example!
** 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)
** Likewise, a previous 2-D to 3-D jump, ''[[http://i.imgur.com/bmWWHCV.jpg The X-Factor]]'' (though not hand-drawn to CGI, but hand-drawn to statue) was not well received.
** 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.
* PunnyName: "The Iron Maidens" - an all female Iron Maiden tribute band. [[FridgeLogic Just think about it for a minute.]]
* RecordProducer: Martin Birch from ''Killers'' to ''Fear of the Dark'', Kevin Shirley since ''Brave New World''.
* {{Rockumentary}}: ''12 Wasted Years'', ''The Early Days'' and ''Flight 666''.
** ''Live After Death'''s DVD edition has the second part of ''The Early Days'' as an extra. Part three comes in the DVD for ''Maiden England'', along with ''12 Wasted Years''.
* {{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)
* ShoutOut: Check [[ShoutOut/IronMaiden the page]].
* TropeMaker: Along with Music/JudasPriest, of blending HardRock with HeavyMetal.
* UpToEleven: They have ''three guitarists'' in the current line-up. That's practically unheard of.
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