After eight years of knuckle-hard rockin’, Iron Maiden has released a concept album about ESP and clairvoyance, the very qualities they use to achieve their incredible guitar chemistry. It’s called Seventh Son of a Seventh Son; it’s Iron Maiden’s seventh studio album, their seventh with producer Martin Birch.
After 30-plus years and 15 albums, Iron Maiden have left their mark on heavy metal. The band, which was founded on galloping rhythms, harmonized guitars, dark lyrical themes and operatic vocals, is still going strong today.
This Iron Maiden feature is from the November 1983 issue of Guitar World magazine. The story -- by Tim Bradley -- recounts the history of the band through 1983 and then catches up with guitarists Adrian Smith and Dave Murray, who discuss their new album, Piece of Mind.
When you think of albums from 1982, it's difficult not to think of that certain "biggest-selling album of all time." But, of course, that was a pop record, and although it contains one of guest guitarist Eddie Van Halen's most celebrated solos, Michael Jackson's Thriller isn't exactly what guitar fans gush over when they look back to 29 years ago.
If you're a Maiden fan worrying that The Final Frontier might have been the band's final album, you can rest easy. Frontman Bruce Dickinson recently told the U.K.'s Daily Star that the band will make "at least one more album."
Last night, at the ninth annual Metal Hammer Golden Gods, the best-of-the-best from this years metal class were honored. In the guitar field, Down's Pepper Keenan and Kirk Windstein won in the "Riff Lord(s)" category and Firewind/Ozzy Osbourne guitarist Gus G walked away with the Dimebag Darrell Shredder award.