The Iron Maiden group was founded in London in 1976 by bassist Steve Harris. Apart from him, the current line-up includes Dave Murray, Nicko McBrain, Bruce Dickinson, Adrian Smith and Janick Gers. Iron Maiden is one of the most important, most influential and successful heavy metal bands in history. To date, they have sold over 100 million albums around the world.
Iron Maiden’s music is inspired by the achievements of Deep Purple, Thin Lizzy or UFO, but the band has developed their own style over the years. The name of the group comes from the seventeenth-century torture tool. From the first incarnation of the group to this day, only the founder Steve Harris and guitarist Dave Murray remain.
The first years of the band’s activity did not bring any registered recordings, only after a few years the first demo was created.
The real debut took place in 1980, when the first album was released, simply named “Iron Maiden”. The album gained excellent reception thanks to songs such as “Prowler” and “Running Free”, and the band became one of the leaders of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal.
In retrospect, the album is rated as one of the most important debuts in the history of heavy playing. She skillfully combined the power of metal and punk riffs, which for years has been an inspiration for subsequent generations of bands.