Iron Maiden … Every Studio Album Reviewed & History (Heavy Metal) [Music/Discography/Review]

The History Begins …

Iron Maiden are an English heavy metal band formed in Leyton, East London, in 1975 by bassist and primary songwriter Steve Harris. The band’s discography has grown to 41 albums, including 17 studio albums, 13 live albums, four EPs, and seven compilations.

Pioneers of the new wave of British heavy metal (N.W.O.B.H.M.), Iron Maiden achieved initial success during the early 1980s. After several line-up changes, the band went on to release a series of UK and US platinum and gold albums, including 1982’s The Number of the Beast, 1983’s Piece of Mind, 1984’s Powerslave, 1985’s live release Live After Death, 1986’s Somewhere in Time, and 1988’s Seventh Son of a Seventh Son. Since the return of lead vocalist Bruce Dickinson and guitarist Adrian Smith in 1999, the band has undergone a resurgence in popularity, with a series of new albums and tours.[2] Their 2010 studio offering, The Final Frontier, peaked at No. 1 in 28 countries and received widespread critical acclaim. The sixteenth studio album, The Book of Souls, was released on 4 September 2015 to similar success, topping the charts in 24 countries.[3][4]

After the discography the bands history continues…

(1980) Iron Maiden

8/10

I love the opening track “Prowler” and “Phantom of the Opera”, but I have never been a fan of the liveshow favourite “Running Free”, that to me is too repetitive. “”Charlotte The Harlot” and “Iron Maiden” are other masterpieces. Great classic first album by the soon to become legends.

Favourite track: Prowler

  • Prowler
  • Remember Tomorrow
  • Running Free
  • Phantom Of The Opera
  • Transylvania
  • Strange World
  • Charlotte The Harlot
  • Iron Maiden

Versions: Discogs

(1981) Killers

6/10

The album with my favourite cover artwork, but not the songs. “Wrathchild”, “Murders in the Rue Morgue”, “Killers” and “Purgatory” are the favourites here. The iconic opening “The Ideas of March” is always great, but there are several “just okey” tracks and it doesn’t go the whole way. Still a good album, but with Iron Maiden standards, not in my Top 10.

Favourite track: –

  • The Ides Of March
  • Wrathchild
  • Murders In The Rue Morgue
  • Another Life
  • Genghis Khan
  • Innocent Exile
  • Killers
  • Prodigal Son
  • Purgatory
  • Drifter

Versions: Discogs

(1982) The Number of the Beast

10/10

This album is awesome the whole way through. “Hallowed Be Thy Name” I would put at number 1 on my all-time favourite Maiden song list, and “Children of the Damned” is not far behind. But as I said, there’s not a track that isn’t fantastic.

I had a period where I almost throw-up when I heard “Run to the Hills” since it’s been kind of played to death on every rockradio station and more or less on every Maiden liveset, but for some reason I have bounced back and I love it again.

Favourite track: Hallowed Be Thy Name

  • Invaders
  • Children Of The Damned
  • The Prisoner
  • 22 Acacia Avenue
  • The Number Of The Beast
  • Run To The Hills
  • Gangland
  • Hallowed Be Thy Name

Versions: Discogs

(1983) Piece of Mind

8/10

Amazing 4th album, the 2nd with Bruce on vocals. My first Maiden album that I bought. I still remember taking my bicycle to the local record store. Wondering about what had happened to Eddie and why they would eat his brain, feeling sorry for him 🙂 … “The Trooper” is ofcourse the obvious masterpiece, but it’s just full of them here, especially the first five tracks.

Favourite track: The Trooper

  • Where Eagles Dare
  • Revelations
  • Flight Of Icarus
  • Die With Your Boots On
  • The Trooper
  • Still Life
  • Quest For Fire
  • Sun And Steel
  • To Tame A Land

Versions: Discogs

(1984) Powerslave

What can I say about this masterpiece that haven’t already been said? Probably nothing. I love it from start to finish and together with “Killers” holds my number #1 spot when it comes to the cover art. Also the title track would probably be on a 10-track Iron Maiden mixtape for me.

9/10

Favourite track: Powerslave

  • Aces High
  • 2 Minutes To Midnight
  • Losfer Words (Big ‘Orra)
  • Flash Of The Blade
  • The Duellists
  • Back In The Village
  • Powerslave
  • Rime Of The Ancient Mariner

Versions: Discogs

(1986) Somewhere in Time

7/10

My relationship to this album is kind of strange. I really like this album, but it’s not my all-time favorite album that many Maiden fans seems to think. I like more or less all of the tracks but none of them are 10/10 tracks. For example, “Heaven can’t Wait” is amazing, apart from the chorus which is just repetitive and annoying, and the same goes for “Caught Somewhere In Time”. If I would make a 20 track mixtape with Iron Maiden, I don’t think any of the tracks from this album would make it. But I still think it’s great.

Once again my favorite track-of-the-album goes to the longest … “Alexander the Great”. On a second place I have a favorite spot for “Deja-Vu”, a track I never hear mentioned by other fans.

Favourite track: Alexander the Great

  • Caught Somewhere In Time
  • Wasted Years
  • Sea Of Madness
  • Heaven Can Wait
  • The Loneliness Of The Long Distance Runner
  • Stranger In A Strange Land
  • Deja-Vu
  • Alexander The Great

Versions: Discogs

(1988) Seventh Son of a Seventh Son

10/10

Seven albums in and they make their best album ever, how many bands do that today? Probably no band, they want get a chance, the label would already have dumped them. In regular Maiden fashion they open with a high energy track in “Moonchild” and goes on from there, classic after classic!

Favourite track: Seventh Son of a Seventh Son

  • Moonchild
  • Infinite Dreams
  • Can I Play With Madness
  • The Evil That Men Do
  • Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son
  • The Prophecy
  • The Clairvoyant
  • Only The Good Die Young

Versions: Discogs

(1990) No Prayer For The Dying

7/10

One of the Maiden albums that are usually ranked lowest among the bands studio albums. But again, this is a petty good album. The title track is crazy good, Tailgunner is also a great opener, and many of the others are good Maiden tracks. Although I could do without the two closing tracks Bring your Daughter… and Mother Russia.

Favourite track: No Prayer For The Dying

  • Tailgunner
  • Holy Smoke
  • No Prayer For The Dying
  • Public Enema Number One
  • Fates Warning
  • The Assassin
  • Run Silent Run Deep
  • Hooks In You
  • Bring Your Daughter…To The Slaughter
  • Mother Russia

Versions: Discogs

(1992) “Fear of the Dark”

8/10

I think this album gets a bad rap, I mean what’s not to like? The first part is amazing. Afraid to Shoot Strangers is one of my all-time favourites, Childhood’s End is awesome and ofcourse the closing title track. The problems as I see it, it also have two of Maidens worst ever tracks. Yes, I’m looking at you Chains of Mystery and The Apparition.

Favourite track: Afraid To Shoot Strangers

  • Be Quick Or Be Dead
  • From Here To Eternity
  • Afraid To Shoot Strangers
  • Fear Is The Key
  • Childhood’s End
  • Wasting Love
  • The Fugitive
  • Chains Of Misery
  • The Apparition
  • Judas Be My Guide
  • Weekend Warrior
  • Fear Of The Dark

Versions: Discogs

(1995) The X Factor

5/10

Singer Blaze Bayleys first album, and it opens up great with “Sign of the Cross”, “Lord of the Flies” and “Man on the Edge”, then the fun ends, or should I say it goes okey instead of great. “Blood on the World’s Hands” is Maiden at absolut rock bottom, it sounds very 1995 confused Heavy Metal, and not at all like Iron Maiden. Towards the end it gets on the right track again with “The Edge of Darkness”, a song that also has that epic Maiden feeling.

Favourite track: Sign of the Cross

1. Sign Of The Cross
2. Lord Of The Flies
3. Man On The Edge
4. Fortunes Of War
5. Look For The Truth
6. The Aftermath
7. Judgement Of Heaven
8. Blood On The World’s Hands
9. The Edge Of Darkness
10. 2 A.M.

Versions: Discogs

(1998) Virtual XI

4/10

F**k this album, the only really good track here is “The Clansman”. I liked “The Angel And The Gambler” upon its release, but today it feels really dated, and not in a good way.

Favourite track: –

  • Futureal
  • The Angel And The Gambler
  • Lightning Strikes Twice
  • The Clansman
  • When Two Worlds Collide
  • The Educated Fool
  • Don’t Look To The Eyes Of A Stranger
  • Como Estais Amigos

Versions: Discogs

(2000) Brave New World

9/10

Rushing out in full speed with “The Wicker Man”, then goes in to Epic-Maiden territory with the absolutly excellent “Ghost of the Navigator”. It’s followed by yet another masterpiece of a song, “Brave New World” and the rest of the album follow that lead.

Favourite track: Ghost Of The Navigator

  • The Wicker Man
  • Ghost Of The Navigator
  • Brave New World
  • Blood Brothers
  • The Mercenary
  • Dream Of Mirrors
  • The Fallen Angel
  • The Nomad
  • Out Of The Silent Planet
  • The Thin Line Between Love And Hate

Versions: Discogs

(2003) Dance of Death

8/10

I have no idea why so many Maiden fans doesn’t seem to like this album. I think it’s really, really good. The only track I don’t like is the opening ”Wildest Dreams” which was the choice for the single release and the choice for a promo video. ”Age of Innocence” is no favourite either. But that makes 8 out of 10 tracks that are really great.

Favourite track: Rainmaker

  • Wildest Dreams
  • Rainmaker
  • No More Lies
  • Montségur
  • Dance Of Death
  • Gates Of Tomorrow
  • New Frontier
  • Paschendale
  • Face In The Sand
  • Age Of Innocence
  • Journeyman

Versions: Discogs

(2006) A Matter of Life and Death

9/10

When this one came out I thought it was ok, but not much more. But it grew on me and now I just love it. Although I love ”Epic Iron Maiden”, the only thing I could complain about is that here all songs are just that. That’s the only thing that keeps me from giving this a 10/10, it would have been even better with a bit more variation, Towards the end when you think it can’t get any better, we get the absolute best track ”For the Greater Good of God”.

Favourite track: For the Greater Good of God

  • Different World
  • These Colours Don’t Run
  • Brighter Than A Thousand Suns
  • The Pilgrim
  • The Longest Day
  • Out Of The Shadows
  • The Reincarnation Of Benjamin Breeg
  • For The Greater Good Of God
  • Lord Of Light
  • The Legacy

Versions: Discogs

(2010) The Final Frontiers

7/10

Upon its release in 2010 I was in a “tired of metal” phase and never listen to this upon its arrival at the record stores … I bought it ofcourse, but it probably took 2 years before I listened to it. And I have surely made up for that in the last decade. Like “A Matter of Life and Death” (2003) this has more mid-tempo songs and I like the album but it’s not as strong as just mentioned album, but still great. “Mother of Mercy”, “Coming Home”, “Isle of Avalon”, “Starblind”, “The Talisman” are all really great tracks.

Favourite track: Mother of Mercy

  • Satellite 15… The Final Frontier
  • El Dorado
  • Mother Of Mercy
  • Coming Home
  • The Alchemist
  • Isle Of Avalon
  • Starblind
  • The Talisman
  • The Man Who Would Be King
  • When The Wild Wind Blows

Versions: Discogs

(2015) The Book of Souls

6/10

What hit med when I listen to this album is that the production feels old school and not the polished 2010’s sound many bands have right now. I can see this will annoy a lot of people, but personally I love it. I also love the opening track “If Eternity Should Fail”. Another favourite is “The Red and the Black”, an epic masterpiece. The song, without analyzed the lyrics makes you feel like your riding a horse on your way to battle. After that it kind of dies down, not that the songs are bad, they are okey but not much more. Here we also have this problem that more or less every track goes in the same mid-tempo, some variation would have been nice.

Favourite track: If Eternity Should Fail

  • If Eternity Should Fail
  • Speed Of Light
  • The Great Unknown
  • The Red And The Black
  • When The River Runs Deep
  • The Book Of Souls
  • Death Or Glory
  • Shadows Of The Valley
  • Tears Of A Clown
  • The Man Of Sorrows
  • Empire Of The Clouds

Versions: Discogs

(2021) Senjutsu

8/10

Six years and 5000 live albums later (or at least two) since their last studio album, the longest gap we have had to wait for a studio album from the metal legends. In my opinion, Iron Maiden is one of the few Metal bands (together with Judas Priest, Motörhead, Candlemass, Sodom and Saxon) from the 1980’s that still releases high quality records.

Senjutsu (Japanese: 戦術 is loosely translated as “tactics and strategy”. This is their first studio album since Powerslave (1984) to have no songwriting contributions from guitarist Dave Murray in any way, as well as the first since Virtual XI (1998) to feature multiple songs written by bassist Steve Harris alone.

If we take a closer look at this album then, opening track and album title “Senjutsu” I have to say is probably the least good one on the album. Otherwise it’s the same Maiden we have heard since Bruce comeback, a more mid-tempo epic band, and the following “Strategy”, The Writing on the Wall” and “Lost In a Lost World” doesn’t disappoint, then we have “Days of the Future past”, my absolute favorite track of the album. Closer “Hell on Earth” is another one that almost qualified for that spot. All in all, this is a bunch of great epic-Maiden tracks. “Senjutsu” and “Darkest Hour” are the only ones that doesn’t really deliver for me.

  • Senjutsu
  • Stratego
  • The Writing On The Wall
  • Lost In A Lost World
  • Days Of Future Past
  • The Time Machine
  • Darkest Hour
  • Death Of The Celts
  • The Parchment
  • Hell On Earth

Favourite track: Days of Future Past

Versions: Discogs

ALBUM RANKING

MY ALBUM RANKING

  1. The Number of The Beast (1982) 10/10
  2. Seventh Son of A Seventh Son (1988) 10/10
  3. Powerslave 9/10 (1984)
  4. A Matter of Life And Death (2005) 9/10
  5. Brave New World (2000) 9/10
  6. Piece of Mind (1983) 8/10
  7. Iron Maiden (1980) 8/10
  8. Senjutsu (2021) 8/10
  9. Fear of the Dark (1992) 8/10
  10. Dance of Death (2003) 8/10
  11. Somewhere in Time (1986) 7/10
  12. No Prayer For The Dying (1990) 7/10
  13. The Final Frontier (2010) 7/10
  14. The Book of Souls (2015) 6/10
  15. Killers (1981) 6/10
  16. The X Factor (1995) 5/10
  17. Virtual XI (1998) 4/10

METAL ARCHIVE READERS ALBUM RANKING

  1. Powerslave (1984) 92%
  2. Somewhere in Time (1986) 92%
  3. Seventh Son of A Seventh Son (1988) 90%
  4. Piece of Mind (1983) 87%
  5. Iron Maiden (1980) 85%
  6. The Number of The Beast (1982) 85%
  7. Killers (1981) 84%
  8. Senjutsu (2021) 84%
  9. Brave New World (2000) 82%
  10. The Book of Souls (2015) 78%
  11. A Matter of Life And Death (2005) 77%
  12. Dance of Death (2003) 76%
  13. The X Factor (1995) 77%
  14. The Final Frontier (2010) 71%
  15. No Prayer For The Dying (1990) 65%
  16. Fear of the Dark (1992) 65%
  17. Virtual XI (1998) 63%

Rating taken från Metal Archives fantastic metal encyclopedia website. You find it HERE!

NOTES: I have a really hard time comparing the Dianno/Bruce/Blaze eras Iron Maiden . It almost feels like completly different bands, but I gave it a try. Before I sat down and compared all the albums I thought I would have put the Blaze era albums higher up, since I always defend him when he gets shit thrown at him, but sorry to say these are my bottom choices. I also thought instinctivly that “Piece of Mind” was my favourite album, probably because I bought that one first and have most memories around it. When an album have the same rating, I chosed between those two albums which one I would take with me to a desert island and put that one above the other on my list.

If I look on the fan favourites, I’m probably most surprised that most Maiden fans rate Fear of The Dark (1992) so low.

… And The Bands History Continues here

Iron Maiden are considered one of the most influential and successful heavy metal bands in history, with The Sunday Times reporting in 2017 that the band have sold over 100 million copies of their albums worldwide,[5][6] despite little radio or television support.[7] The band won the Ivor Novello Award for international achievement in 2002. As of October 2013, the band have played over 2000 live shows throughout their career. For 40 years, the band have been supported by their famous mascot, “Eddie”, who has appeared on almost all of their album and single covers, as well as in their live shows.

The Cart and Horses Pub, located in Maryland Point, Stratford, was
where Iron Maiden played some of their first shows in 1976.[8]

Early years (1975–1978)


Iron Maiden were formed on Christmas Day, 25 December 1975 by bassist Steve Harris shortly after he left his previous group, Smiler. Harris attributed the band’s name to a film adaptation of The Man in the Iron Mask from the novel by Alexandre Dumas, the title of which reminded him of the iron maiden torture device.[9] After months of rehearsal, Iron Maiden made their debut at St. Nicks Hall in Poplar on 1 May 1976,[10] before taking up a semi-residency at the Cart and Horses Pub in Maryland, Stratford.[11]

The original line-up was short-lived, with vocalist Paul Day being the first casualty as, according to Harris, he lacked “energy or charisma on stage”.[12] He was replaced by Dennis Wilcock, a Kiss fan who used make-up and fake blood during live performances.[12] Wilcock’s friend, Dave Murray, was invited to join, much to the dismay of the band’s guitarists Dave Sullivan and Terry Rance.[13] Their frustration led Harris to temporarily disband Iron Maiden in 1976,[13] though the group reformed soon after with Murray as the sole guitarist. Harris and Murray remain the band’s longest-standing members and have performed on all of their releases.

Iron Maiden recruited yet another guitarist in 1977, Bob Sawyer, who was sacked for embarrassing the band on stage by pretending to play guitar with his teeth.[14] Tension ensued again, causing a rift between Murray and Wilcock, who convinced Harris to fire Murray,[15] as well as original drummer Ron Matthews.[10] A new line-up was put together, including future Cutting Crew member Tony Moore on keyboards, Terry Wapram on guitar, and drummer Barry Purkis (better known today as Thunderstick). A poor performance at the Bridgehouse, a pub located in Canning Town,[16] in November 1977 was the line-up’s first and only concert. Afterwards, Iron Maiden fired Purkis and replaced him with Doug Sampson.[17] At the same time, Moore was asked to leave as Harris decided that keyboards did not suit the band’s sound.[17] A few months later, Dennis Wilcock decided to leave Iron Maiden to form his own band, V1, and Dave Murray was immediately reinstated.[18] As he preferred to be the band’s sole guitarist, Wapram disapproved of Murray’s return, and was also dismissed.[10]

Harris, Murray, and Sampson spent the summer and autumn of 1978 rehearsing while they searched for a singer to complete the band’s new line-up.[19] A chance meeting at the Red Lion pub in Leytonstone in November 1978 evolved into a successful audition for vocalist Paul Di’Anno.[20] Steve Harris stated, “There’s sort of a quality in Paul’s voice, a raspiness in his voice, or whatever you want to call it, that just gave it this great edge.”[21] At this time, Murray would typically act as their sole guitarist, with Harris commenting, “Davey was so good he could do a lot of it on his own. The plan was always to get a second guitarist in, but finding one that could match Davey was really difficult.”[22]

Record contract and early releases (1978–1981)

On New Year’s Eve 1978, Iron Maiden recorded a demo, consisting of four songs, at Spaceward Studios in Cambridge.[23] Hoping that the recording would help them secure more gigs,[23] the band presented a copy to Neal Kay, then managing a heavy metal club called “Bandwagon Heavy Metal Soundhouse”, located in Kingsbury Circle, northwest London.[24] Upon hearing the tape, Kay began playing the demo regularly at the Bandwagon, and one of the songs, “Prowler”, eventually went to No. 1 in the Soundhouse charts, which were published weekly in Sounds magazine.[25] A copy was also acquired by Rod Smallwood, who soon became the band’s manager,[26] and, as Iron Maiden’s popularity increased, they released the demo on their own record label as The Soundhouse Tapes, named after the club.[27] Featuring only three tracks (one song, “Strange World”, was excluded as the band were unsatisfied with its production)[28] all five thousand copies were sold out within weeks.[29]

In December 1979, the band secured a major record deal with EMI,[30] and asked Dave Murray’s childhood friend, Adrian Smith of Urchin, to join the group as their second guitarist.[31] Due to his commitment to Urchin, Smith declined and Dennis Stratton was hired instead.[32] Shortly afterwards, Doug Sampson left due to health issues, and was replaced by ex-Samson drummer Clive Burr at Stratton’s suggestion on 26 December 1979.[33] Iron Maiden’s first appearance on an album was on the Metal for Muthas compilation (released on 15 February 1980) with two early versions of “Sanctuary” and “Wrathchild”.[34] The release led to an ensuing tour which featured several other bands linked with the new wave of British heavy metal.[35]

Iron Maiden released their self-titled album in 1980, which debuted at No. 4 in the UK Albums Chart.[36] In addition to the title track (a live version of which would be one of the first music videos aired on MTV),[37] the album includes other early favourites such as “Running Free”, “Transylvania”, “Phantom of the Opera”, and “Sanctuary” – which was not on the original UK release, but appeared on the US version and subsequent remasters. The band embarked on a headline tour of the UK, before opening for Kiss on their 1980 Unmasked Tour’s European leg as well as supporting Judas Priest on select dates. Iron Maiden also appeared, to much acclaim, at the Reading Festival 1980. They were second to top of the bill on the Saturday, with UFO headlining. After the Kiss tour, Dennis Stratton was dismissed from the band as a result of creative and personal differences,[38] and was replaced by Adrian Smith in October 1980.

In 1981, Iron Maiden released their second studio album, Killers. Containing many tracks written prior to their debut release, only two new songs were written for the record: “Prodigal Son” and “Murders in the Rue Morgue”[39] (the latter’s title was taken from the short story by Edgar Allan Poe).[40] Unsatisfied with the production on their debut album,[41] the band hired veteran producer Martin Birch,[42] who would go on to work for Iron Maiden until his retirement in 1992.[43] The record was followed by the band’s first world tour, which included their debut performance in the United States, opening for Judas Priest at The Aladdin Casino in Las Vegas.[44]

Success (1981–1985)

By 1981, Paul Di’Anno was demonstrating increasingly self-destructive behaviour, particularly due to his drug usage,[10] about which Di’Anno comments, “it wasn’t just that I was snorting a bit of coke, though; I was just going for it non-stop, 24 hours a day, every day … the band had commitments piling up that went on for months, years, and I just couldn’t see my way to the end of it. I knew I’d never last the whole tour. It was too much.”[45] With his performances waning, Di’Anno was immediately dismissed following the Killer World Tour,[46] at which point the band had already selected his replacement.[47]

After a meeting with Rod Smallwood at the Reading Festival,[48] Bruce Dickinson, previously of Samson, auditioned for Iron Maiden in September 1981 and was immediately hired.[47] The following month, Dickinson went out on the road with the band on a small headlining tour in Italy, as well as a one-off show at the Rainbow Theatre in the UK.[46] For the last show, and in anticipation of their forthcoming album, the band played “Children of the Damned” and “22 Acacia Avenue”, introducing fans to the sound towards which they were progressing.[49]

In 1982, Iron Maiden released their third studio album, The Number of the Beast, which gave the band their first UK Albums Chart No. 1 record[50] and additionally became a Top Ten hit in many other countries.[51] At the time, Dickinson was in the midst of legal difficulties with Samson’s management, and was not permitted to add his name to any of the songwriting credits, although he still made what he described as a “moral contribution” to “Children of the Damned”, “The Prisoner” and “Run to the Hills”.[52] For the second time the band embarked on a world tour, dubbed The Beast on the Road, during which they visited North America, Japan, Australia, and Europe, including a headline appearance at the Reading Festival. A new and hugely successful chapter in Iron Maiden’s future was cemented; in 2010 The New York Times reported that the album had sold over 14 million copies worldwide.[53]

The Beast on the Road’s US leg proved controversial when an American conservative political lobbying group claimed that Iron Maiden were Satanic because of the new album’s title track,[51] to the point where a group of Christian activists destroyed Iron Maiden records as a protest against the band.[54] In recent years, Dickinson stated that the band treated this as “silliness”,[55] and that the demonstrations in fact gave them “loads of publicity”.[10]

In December 1982, drummer Clive Burr was fired from the band and replaced by Nicko McBrain, who previously played for Trust.[56] Although Harris stated that his dismissal took place because his live performances were affected by offstage activities,[57] Burr objected to this, and claimed that he was unfairly ousted from the band.[58] Soon afterwards, the band journeyed for the first time to The Bahamas to record the first of three consecutive albums at Compass Point Studios.[59] In 1983, they released their fourth studio album, Piece of Mind, which reached the No. 3 spot in the UK,[60] and was the band’s debut in the North American charts, reaching No. 70 on the Billboard 200.[61] Piece of Mind includes the successful singles, “The Trooper” and “Flight of Icarus”, the latter of which being particularly notable as one of the band’s few songs to gain substantial airplay in the US.[62]

Soon after the success of Piece of Mind and its supporting tour, the band released their fifth studio album, Powerslave, on 9 September 1984. The album features the singles “2 Minutes to Midnight”, “Aces High”, as well as “Rime of The Ancient Mariner”, based on Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s poem of the same name, and running over 13 minutes in length.[63]

The tour, following the album, dubbed the World Slavery Tour, was the band’s largest to date, and consisted of 193 shows in 28 countries over 13 months,[63] playing to an estimated 3,500,000 people.[64] Many shows were played back-to-back in the same city, such as in Long Beach, California, where the band played four consecutive concerts. Their first live album, Live After Death, was recorded, which became a critical and commercial success, peaking at No. 4 in the UK.[65] Iron Maiden also made their debut appearance in South America, where they co-headlined (with Queen) the Rock in Rio festival to an estimated 300,000 in attendance.[66] The tour was physically gruelling for the band, who demanded six months off when it ended (although this was later reduced to four months).[67] This was the first substantial break in the group’s history, including the cancellation of a proposed supporting tour for the new live album,[68] with Bruce Dickinson threatening to quit unless the tour ended.[69]

Experimentation (1986–1989)

Returning from their time off, the band adopted a different style for their 1986 studio album, entitled Somewhere in Time, featuring, for the first time in the band’s history, synthesised bass and guitars to add textures and layers to the sound.[70] The release charted well across the world, particularly with the single “Wasted Years”, but notably included no writing credits from Dickinson, whose material was rejected by the rest of the band.[71] While Dickinson was focused on his own music, guitarist Adrian Smith, who typically collaborated with the vocalist, was “left to [his] own devices” and began writing songs on his own, coming up with “Wasted Years”, “Sea of Madness”, and “Stranger in a Strange Land”,[72] the last of which would be the album’s second single.[71]

The experimentation evident on Somewhere in Time continued on their next album, entitled Seventh Son of a Seventh Son, which was released in 1988. A concept album, based on the 1987 novel Seventh Son by Orson Scott Card,[73] would be the band’s first record to include keyboards, performed by Harris and Smith,[73] as opposed to guitar synthesisers on the previous release.[74] After his contributions were not used for Somewhere in Time, Dickinson’s enthusiasm was renewed as his ideas were accepted for this album.[74] Another popular release, it became Iron Maiden’s second album to hit No. 1 in the UK charts,[75] although it only achieved a Gold certification in the US, in contrast to its four predecessors.[76]

During the following tour, the band headlined the Monsters of Rock festival at Donington Park for the first time on 20 August 1988, playing to the largest crowd in the festival’s history, with an estimated 107,000 in attendance.[77] Also included on the bill were Kiss, David Lee Roth, Megadeth, Guns N’ Roses, and Helloween.[78] The festival was marred, however, by the deaths of two fans in a crowd-surge during the aforementioned Guns N’ Roses performance; the following year’s festival was cancelled as a result.[77] The tour concluded with several headline shows in the UK in November and December 1988, with the concerts at the NEC Arena, Birmingham recorded for a live video, entitled Maiden England.[79] Throughout the tour, Harris’ bass technician, Michael Kenney, provided live keyboards.[80] Kenney has acted as the band’s live keyboard player ever since, also performing on the band’s four following albums before Harris took over as the group’s sole studio keyboardist from 2000’s Brave New World.[81]

Upheaval (1989–1994)

During another break in 1989, guitarist Adrian Smith released a solo album with his band ASAP, entitled Silver and Gold,[82] and vocalist Bruce Dickinson began work on a solo album with former Gillan guitarist Janick Gers, releasing Tattooed Millionaire in 1990,[83] followed by a tour.[84] At the same time, to mark the band’s ten-year recording anniversary, Iron Maiden released a compilation collection, The First Ten Years, a series of ten CDs and double 12-inch singles. Between 24 February and 28 April 1990, the individual parts were released one-by-one, each containing two of Iron Maiden’s singles, including the original B-sides.

Soon afterwards, Iron Maiden regrouped to work on a new studio record. During the pre-production stages, Adrian Smith left the band due to differences with Steve Harris, regarding the direction the band should be taking, disagreeing with the “stripped down” style that they were leaning towards.[85] Janick Gers, having worked on Dickinson’s solo project, was chosen to replace Smith, and became the band’s first new member in seven years.[84] The album, No Prayer for the Dying, was released in October 1990,[86] and contained “Bring Your Daughter… to the Slaughter”, the band’s first (and to date, only) UK Singles Chart No. 1, originally recorded by Dickinson’s solo outfit for the soundtrack to A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child.[87] The song was banned by the BBC and only a 90-second live clip on Top of the Pops was shown.

After another tour and some more time off, the band recorded their next studio album, Fear of the Dark, which was released in 1992 and included the stand-out title track, which is now a regular fixture in the band’s concert setlists. Achieving their third No. 1 in the UK albums chart,[88] the disc also featured the No. 2 single “Be Quick or Be Dead” and the No. 21 single “From Here to Eternity”. The album featured the first songwriting by Gers, and no collaboration at all between Harris and Dickinson on songs. The extensive worldwide tour that followed included their first ever Latin American leg (after a single concert during the World Slavery Tour), and headlining the Monsters of Rock festivals in seven European countries. Iron Maiden’s second performance at Donington Park, to an audience of 68,500 (the attendance was capped after the incident in 1988),[89] was filmed for the audio and video release, Live at Donington, and featured a guest appearance by Adrian Smith, who joined the band to perform “Running Free”.[89]

In 1993, Dickinson left the band to further pursue his solo career, but agreed to remain for a farewell tour and two live albums (later re-released in one package).[90] The first, A Real Live One, featured songs from 1986 to 1992, and was released in March 1993. The second, A Real Dead One, featured songs from 1980 to 1984, and was released after Dickinson had left the band. The tour did not go well, with Steve Harris claiming that Dickinson would only perform properly for high-profile shows, and that at several concerts, he would only mumble into the microphone.[91] Dickinson denied that he was under-performing, stating that it was impossible to “make like Mr Happy Face if the vibe wasn’t right”, saying that news of his exit from the band had prevented any chance of a good atmosphere during the tour.[92] He played his farewell show with Iron Maiden on 28 August 1993, which was filmed, broadcast by the BBC, and released on video under the name Raising Hell.[93]

Blaze Bayley era, The X Factor and Virtual XI (1994–1999)

In 1994, the band listened to hundreds of tapes sent in by vocalists before convincing Blaze Bayley, formerly of the band Wolfsbane, who had supported Iron Maiden in 1990, to audition for them.[94] Harris’ preferred choice from the outset,[95] Bayley had a different vocal style from his predecessor, which ultimately received a mixed reception among fans.[96]

After a two-year hiatus (as well as a three-year hiatus from studio releases – a record for the band at the time), Iron Maiden returned in 1995. Releasing their next studio album, The X Factor, the band had their lowest chart position since 1981 for an album in the UK (debuting at No. 8),[97] although it would go on to win Album of the Year awards in France and Germany.[98] The record included the 11-minute epic “Sign of the Cross”, the band’s longest song since “Rime of the Ancient Mariner”, as well as the singles, “Man on the Edge”, based on the film Falling Down,[99] and “Lord of the Flies”, based on the novel of the same name.[100] The release is notable for its “dark” tone, inspired by Steve Harris’ divorce.[98] The band toured for the rest of 1995 and 1996, playing for the first time in Israel and South Africa,[101] and ending in the Americas. After the tour, Iron Maiden released a compilation album, Best of the Beast. The band’s first compilation, it included a new single, “Virus”, in which the lyrics attack the critics, who had recently written off the band.[102]

In 1998, Iron Maiden released Virtual XI, whose chart scores were the band’s lowest to date, failing to score one million worldwide sales for the first time in the band’s history.[103][104] The album peaked at No. 16 in the UK; the band’s lowest for a new studio record.[105] At the same time, Steve Harris assisted in remastering the band’s entire discography, up to and including Live at Donington (which was given a mainstream release for the first time).[106]

Bayley’s tenure in Iron Maiden ended in January 1999 when he was asked to leave during a band meeting.[107] The dismissal took place due to issues Bayley had experienced with his voice during the Virtual XI World Tour,[108] although Janick Gers stated that this was partly the band’s fault for forcing him to perform songs pitched outside the natural range of his voice.[109]

Return of Dickinson and Smith, Brave New World (1999–2002)

While the group were considering a replacement for Bayley, Rod Smallwood convinced Steve Harris to invite Bruce Dickinson back into the band.[110] Although Harris admitted that he “wasn’t really into it” at first, he then thought, “‘Well, if the change happens, who should we get?’ The thing is, we know Bruce and we know what he’s capable of, and you think, ‘Well, better the devil you know.’ I mean, we got on well professionally for, like, eleven years, and so … after I thought about it, I didn’t really have a problem with it.”[110]

The band entered into talks with Dickinson, who agreed to rejoin during a meeting in Brighton in January 1999,[111] along with guitarist Adrian Smith, who was telephoned a few hours later.[112] With Gers, Smith’s replacement, remaining, Iron Maiden now had a three-guitar line-up, and embarked on a hugely successful reunion tour.[113] Dubbed The Ed Hunter Tour, it tied in with the band’s newly released greatest hits collection, Ed Hunter, whose track listing was decided by a poll on the group’s website, and also contained a computer game of the same name starring the band’s mascot.[114]

One of Dickinson’s primary concerns on rejoining the group “was whether we would in fact be making a real state-of-the-art record and not just a comeback album,”[110] which eventually took the form of 2000’s Brave New World.[115] Having disliked the results from Harris’ personal studio, Barnyard Studios located on his property in Essex,[116] which had been used for the last four Iron Maiden studio albums, the band recorded the new release at Guillaume Tell Studios in Paris, France in November 1999 with producer Kevin Shirley.[115] Thematic influences continued with “The Wicker Man” – based on the 1973 British cult film of the same name – and “Brave New World” – title taken from the Aldous Huxley novel of the same name.[117] The album furthered the more progressive and melodic sound present in some earlier recordings, with elaborate song structures and keyboard orchestration.[117]

The world tour that followed consisted of well over 100 dates and culminated on 19 January 2001 in a show at the Rock in Rio festival in Brazil, where Iron Maiden played to an audience of around 250,000.[118] While the performance was being produced for a CD and DVD release in March 2002, under the name Rock in Rio,[119] the band took a year off from touring, during which they played three consecutive shows at Brixton Academy in aid of former drummer Clive Burr, who had recently announced that he had been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.[120] The band performed two further concerts for Burr’s MS Trust Fund charity in 2005,[121] and 2007,[122] before his death in 2013.[123]

Dance of Death and A Matter of Life and Death (2003–2007)

Following their Give Me Ed… ‘Til I’m Dead Tour in the summer of 2003, Iron Maiden released Dance of Death, their thirteenth studio album, which was met by worldwide critical and commercial success.[124] Produced by Kevin Shirley, now the band’s regular producer, many critics also felt that this release matched up to their earlier efforts, such as Killers, Piece of Mind and The Number of the Beast.[125] As usual, historical, and literary references were present, with “Montségur” in particular being about the Cathar stronghold conquered in 1244,[126] and “Paschendale” relating to the significant battle which took place during the First World War.[127] During the following tour, the band’s performance at Westfalenhalle, in Dortmund, Germany, was recorded and released in August 2005 as a live album and DVD, entitled Death on the Road.[128]

In 2005, the band announced the Eddie Rips Up the World Tour, which, tying in with their 2004 DVD entitled The History of Iron Maiden – Part 1: The Early Days, only featured material from their first four albums.[129] As part of this celebration of their earlier years, “The Number of the Beast” single was re-released[130] and went straight to No. 3 in the UK Chart.[131] The tour included many headlining stadium and festival dates, including a performance at Ullevi Stadium in Sweden to an audience of almost 60,000.[132] This concert was also broadcast live on satellite television all over Europe to approximately 60 million viewers.[133] Following this run of European shows, the band co-headlined the US festival tour, Ozzfest, with Black Sabbath, their final performance at which earned international press coverage after their show was sabotaged by singer Ozzy Osbourne’s family, who took offence to Dickinson’s remarks against reality-TV.[134] The band completed the tour by headlining the Reading and Leeds Festivals on the 26–28 August,[135] and the RDS Stadium in Ireland on 31 August. For the second time, the band played a charity show for The Clive Burr MS Trust Fund, which took place at the Hammersmith Apollo.[121] The same year, the band were inducted into the Hollywood RockWalk in Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles.[136]

At the end of 2005, Iron Maiden began work on A Matter of Life and Death, their fourteenth studio album, released in autumn 2006. While not a concept album,[137] war and religion are recurring themes in the lyrics, as well as in the cover artwork. The release was a critical and commercial success, earning the band their first top ten in the Billboard 200[138] and receiving the Album of the Year award at the 2006 Classic Rock Roll of Honour Awards.[139] A supporting tour followed, during which they played the album in its entirety; response to this was mixed.[140]

The second part of the “A Matter of Life and Death” tour, which took place in 2007, was dubbed “A Matter of the Beast” to celebrate the 25th anniversary of The Number of the Beast album, and included appearances at several major festivals worldwide.[141] The tour opened in the Middle East with the band’s first performance in Dubai at the Dubai Desert Rock Festival,[142] after which they played to over 30,000 people at the Bangalore Palace Grounds,[143] marking the first concert by any major heavy metal band in the Indian sub-continent.[142] The band went on to play a string of European dates, including an appearance at Download Festival, their fourth headline performance at Donington Park,[144] to approximately 80,000 people.[145] On 24 June they ended the tour with a performance at London’s Brixton Academy in aid of The Clive Burr MS Trust fund.[122]

Iron Maiden performing in Toronto during the Somewhere Back in Time World Tour 2008.
The stage set largely emulated that of the World Slavery Tour 1984–85.[146]

Somewhere Back in Time World Tour and Flight 666 (2007–2009)

On 5 September 2007, the band announced their Somewhere Back in Time World Tour, which tied in with the DVD release of their Live After Death album.[146] The setlist for the tour consisted of successes from the 1980s, with a specific emphasis on the Powerslave era for set design.[146] The first part of the tour, commencing in Mumbai, India on 1 February 2008, consisted of 24 concerts in 21 cities, travelling nearly 50,000 miles in the band’s own chartered aeroplane,[147] named “Ed Force One”.[148] They played their first ever concerts in Costa Rica and Colombia and their first shows in Australia and Puerto Rico since 1992

The tour led to the release of a new compilation album, entitled Somewhere Back in Time, which included a selection of tracks from their 1980 eponymous debut to 1988’s Seventh Son of a Seventh Son, as well as several live versions from Live After Death.[149]

The Somewhere Back in Time World Tour continued with two further legs in the US and Europe in the summer of 2008, during which the band used a more expansive stage-set, including further elements of the original Live After Death show.[150] With the sole UK concert taking place at Twickenham Stadium, this would be the first time the band would headline a stadium in their own country.[151] The three 2008 legs of the tour were remarkably successful; it was the second highest-grossing tour of the year for a British artist.[152]

The last part of the tour took place in February and March 2009, with the band, once again, using “Ed Force One”.[153] The final leg included the band’s first ever appearances in Peru and Ecuador, as well as their return to Venezuela and New Zealand after 17 years.[154] The band also played another show in India (their third in the country within a span of 2 years) at the Rock in India festival to a crowd of 20,000. At their concert in São Paulo on 15 March, Dickinson announced on stage that it was the largest non-festival show of their career, with an overall attendance of 63,000 people.[155] The final leg ended in Florida on 2 April after which the band took a break. Overall, the tour reportedly had an attendance of over two million people worldwide over both years.[156] At the 2009 Brit Awards, Iron Maiden won the award for best British live act.[157] Voted for by the public, the band reportedly won by a landslide.[158]

On 20 January 2009, the band announced that they were to release a full-length documentary film in select cinemas on 21 April 2009. Entitled Iron Maiden: Flight 666, it was filmed during the first part of the Somewhere Back in Time World Tour between February and March 2008.[159] Flight 666 was co-produced by Banger Productions and was distributed in cinemas by Arts Alliance Media and EMI, with D&E Entertainment sub-distributing in the US.[160] The film went on to have a Blu-ray, DVD, and CD release in May and June,[156] topping the music DVD charts in 22 countries.[161]

Iron Maiden’s mascot Eddie in the background during a
performance of “Seventh Son of a Seventh Son” in Madrid, May 2013

The Final Frontier and Maiden England World Tour (2010–2014)

Following announcements that the band had begun composition of new material and booked studio time in early 2010 with Kevin Shirley producing,[162] The Final Frontier was announced on 4 March.[163] The album, the band’s fifteenth, was released on 16 August,[164] garnering critical acclaim[165] and the band’s greatest commercial success in their history, reaching No. 1 in twenty-eight countries worldwide.[166] Although Steve Harris had been quoted in the past as claiming that the band would only produce fifteen studio releases,[167] band members have since confirmed that there will be at least one further record.[168]

The album’s supporting tour saw the band perform 98 shows across the globe to an estimated audience of over 2 million,[169] including their first visits to Singapore, Indonesia, and South Korea,[166] before concluding in London on 6 August 2011.[170] As the tour’s 2010 leg preceded The Final Frontier’s release, the band made “El Dorado” available as a free download on 8 June,[164] which would go on to win the award for Best Metal Performance at the 2011 Grammy Awards on 13 February 2011.[171] It was the band’s first win following two previous Grammy nominations (“Fear of the Dark” in 1994 and “The Wicker Man” in 2001).[172]

On 15 March, a new compilation to accompany 2009’s Somewhere Back in Time was announced. Entitled From Fear to Eternity, the original release date was set at 23 May, but was later delayed to 6 June.[173] The double disc set covers the period 1990–2010 (the band’s most recent eight studio albums),[173] and, as on Somewhere Back in Time, live versions with Bruce Dickinson were included in place of original recordings which featured other vocalists, in this case Blaze Bayley.

In a press release regarding From Fear to Eternity, band manager Rod Smallwood revealed that Iron Maiden would release a new concert video to DVD in 2011, filmed in Santiago, Chile and Buenos Aires, Argentina during The Final Frontier World Tour.[174] On 17 January 2012, the band announced that the new release, entitled En Vivo!, based on footage from the Chile concert, would be made available worldwide on CD, LP, DVD, and Blu-ray on 26 March, except for the United States and Canada (where it was released on 27 March).[175] In addition to the concert footage, the video release includes an 88-minute tour documentary, entitled Behind The Beast, containing interviews with the band and their crew.[176] In December 2012, one song from the release (“Blood Brothers”) was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance at the 2013 Grammy Awards.[177]

On 15 February 2012, the band announced the Maiden England World Tour 2012–14, which was based around the video of the same name.[178] The tour commenced in North America in the summer of 2012 and was followed by further dates in 2013 and 2014, which included the band’s record-breaking fifth headline performance at Donington Park,[179] their first show at the newly built national stadium in Stockholm,[180] a return to the Rock in Rio festival in Brazil,[181] and their debut appearance in Paraguay.[182] In August 2012, Steve Harris stated that the Maiden England video would be re-issued in 2013,[183] with a release date later set for 25 March 2013 in DVD, CD, and LP formats under the title Maiden England ’88.

The Book of Souls, Legacy of the Beast, and Senjutsu (2015–present)

Following confirmation from the group that 2010’s The Final Frontier would not be their last album,[168] Bruce Dickinson revealed plans for a sixteenth studio record in July 2013, with a potential release date in 2015.[185] In February 2015, drummer Nicko McBrain revealed that a new album had been completed, although the release was put on hold as Dickinson was recovering from treatment for a cancerous tumour found on his tongue.[186] On 15 May, after Dickinson was cleared for activities, manager Rod Smallwood confirmed that the album would be released in 2015, although the band would not tour until 2016 to allow Dickinson to continue recuperating.[187] On 18 June 2015, the band’s website announced its title, The Book of Souls, and confirmed a release date of 4 September 2015.[188] It is the band’s first original studio album not to be issued by EMI outside North America, following Parlophone’s acquisition by Warner Music Group in 2013.[189] It was a critical and commercial success, becoming the band’s fifth UK No. 1 album.[190]

The new record was recorded at Guillaume Tell Studios, Paris, which they had previously used for 2000’s Brave New World, with regular producer Kevin Shirley in late summer 2014.[191] With a total run time of 92 minutes, it is the group’s first double studio album.[191] In addition, the release’s closing song, “Empire of the Clouds”, penned by Dickinson, surpassed “Rime of the Ancient Mariner” (from 1984’s Powerslave) as Iron Maiden’s longest song, at 18 minutes in length.[188] A music video for the song “Speed of Light” was issued on 14 August.[192]

In February 2016, the band embarked on The Book of Souls World Tour, which saw them play concerts in 35 countries in North and South America, Asia, Australasia, Africa, and Europe, including their first ever performances in China, El Salvador, and Lithuania.[193] As with 2008–09’s Somewhere Back in Time World Tour and 2010–11’s The Final Frontier World Tour, the group travelled in a customised aeroplane, flown by Dickinson and nicknamed “Ed Force One”, although they used a Boeing 747-400 jumbo jet.[194] The band completed the tour in 2017 with further European and North American shows.[195] On 20 September 2017, The Book of Souls: Live Chapter was announced. Recorded throughout The Book of Souls World Tour, it was released on 17 November 2017.[196]

In the summer of 2016, the group launched a mobile game, Iron Maiden: Legacy of the Beast[197] and a pinball game with the same name in 2018.[198] Inspired by the game’s title, the band would undertake the Legacy of the Beast World Tour, commencing in Europe in 2018,[199] with North and South American shows following in 2019.[200] On 23 September 2019, the band announced they would play the 2020 Belsonic Festival in Belfast and a headline show at Donington Park, England, as part of 2020 Download Festival.[201] On 7 November 2019, they announced Australian shows throughout May 2020 joined by Killswitch Engage.[202] However, in May 2020, the band announced that all concerts for the year had been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, with tour dates rescheduled for 2021.[203]

On 1 October 2020, the band announced that they will release a live album from the Legacy of the Beast World Tour called Nights of the Dead, Legacy of the Beast: Live in Mexico City. Recorded in Mexico City in late September 2019, it was released on 20 November 2020.[204] Iron Maiden have also been working on new material for the follow-up to The Book of Souls.[205]

In May 2020, the band announced that all concerts for the year had been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, with tour dates rescheduled for 2021. Nearly one million people bought tickets for all 35 shows originally booked for 2020.[18][339] In April 2021 it was announced that the 2021 tour was cancelled once again and most of the European shows were rescheduled for 2022.[340] In October 2020, the band announced that they would release a live album from the Legacy of the Beast World Tour called Nights of the Dead, Legacy of the Beast: Live in Mexico City. The double concert album was recorded during three sold-out concerts in Mexico City’s Palacio de los Deportes for a combined audience of over 70,000 people.[341] It was released worldwide on 20 November 2020.[342] That same month, Dickinson announced that Iron Maiden had been “been working together a little bit in the studio” for the follow-up to The Book of Souls.[343] On 15 July 2021, Iron Maiden released a video for their first song in six years “The Writing on the Wall”, which was directed by Nicos Livesey.[344] Four days later, the band announced that their seventeenth studio album, Senjutsu, would be released on 3 September 2021.[345][346] On 19 August 2021, the band released another single from the album, “Stratego”

Band Members

Current members

Steve Harris – bass, backing vocals (1975–present), keyboards (1988, 1998–present)
Dave Murray – guitars (1976–1977, 1978–present)
Adrian Smith – guitars, backing vocals (1980–1990, 1999–present), keyboards (1988)
Bruce Dickinson – lead vocals (1981–1993, 1999–present), piano (2015)
Nicko McBrain – drums (1982–present)
Janick Gers – guitars (1990–present)

Former members

Doug Sampson – drums (1977–1979)
Paul Di’Anno – lead vocals (1978–1981)
Dennis Stratton – guitars, backing vocals (1979–1980)
Clive Burr – drums (1979–1982)
Blaze Bayley – lead vocals (1994–1999)

Touring musicians

Michael Kenney – keyboards (1988–present)

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  161. Bezer 2009f.
  162. Masters 2009.
  163. Bezer 2010a.
  164. Blabbermouth.net 2010c.
  165. MetaCritic1.
  166. Coleman 2011.
  167. Daily Star 2009.
  168. Bezer 2010b; Dawson 2011.
  169. Blabbermouth.net 2011a.
  170. Blabbermouth.net 2010f.
  171. Blabbermouth.net 2010g.
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  175. Blabbermouth.net 2012.
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  180. Nilsson 2012.
  181. Childers 2012; Rocha 2012.
  182. Crónica 2013.
  183. Jaedike 2012.
  184. Hartmann 2013.
  185. Tez 2013.
  186. Kielty 2015a; Kaufman 2015.
  187. Munro 2015.
  188. Grow 2015.
  189. Morris 2013.
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  193. Lach 2015b; Alfa.lt 2015.
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  197. Lach 2016a.
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