I spend a lot of time writing about smaller and/or newer bands here, so I thought it was time I brought up some metal royalty. Today I wantEd to talk about not just one of the biggest metal bands around today, but one of the biggest metal bands of all time.
In the UK in the mid to late 70’s metal had yet to become a cohesive movement. But, as punk began to decline, a vacuum appeared which would in turn make way for newer metal bands that played a little faster, a little more powerful, and mostly offering escapism from the political and real world topics of punk. This was the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal, and no single band personifies this era more than Iron Maiden.
Iron Maiden’s career has been highlighted by consistent, iconic, juggernauts of songs. Songs that are among the most famous and beloved tracks in metal. These are songs that are chanted on unison, joyously and enthusiastically in filled arenas worldwide. They are a true cultural phenomenon and have been for decades.
Even through a handful of lineup changes, Iron Maiden have continued on, picking up new fans every year as they continue to release well-received new material (something many bands of this pedigree would find elusive) while their hugely successful world tours continue to roll around the planet.
Such is the influence Iron Maiden have had on heavy metal throughout the subsequent decades, they could probably be considered one of the most archetypal sounds in metal. There is likely only one band more influential, and that’s a certain quartet from Birmingham that I’m sure will come up again one day.
Iron Maiden’s legacy truly symbolises all that is good in heavy metal. They are a multigenerational band with admiration that is passed from father to son and beyond, with an incredible back catalogue spanning over 45 years.
To see how this band moves people, how it connects them, this little band from London, is to understand why Iron Maiden are one of the greatest heavy metal bands of all time.