Iron Maiden has influenced virtually every metal band that followed them.
Their keen use of twin guitars and soaring falsetto vocals set the standards
for everyone from Anthrax to Metallica. Though Maiden's presence as one of
the key players in what would become known as the New Wave of British Heavy
Metal--abbreviated as NWOBHM--happened when singer Bruce Dickinson joined
the band in September 1981, the band enjoyed several years of creativity
when it was fronted by vocalist Paul Di'Anno.
Here, in another one of music journalist Greg Prato's superbly researched
books, the DiAnno years are dissected and examined through a series of
wonderfully constructed interviews. Prato has interviewed everyone from DiAnno himself
to Dennis Stratton (Iron Maiden guitarist,
1979-1980), Scott Ian (Anthrax guitarist), Dave Lombardo (former Slayer
drummer and current member of Philm), Biff Byford (singer for Saxon),
Richard Christy (Death and Iced Earth drummer), Charlie Benante (Anthrax
drummer), David Ellefson (Megadeth bassist), Mike Portnoy (former Dream
Theater drummer), and a host of others.
Through this narrative history, Di'Anno and this surrounding cast talk about
the importance of the early years, specific tracks, tours, and much more.
There are also some terrific black-and-white photos included.
Nobody handles this style better than Prato. You will read this one
front to back in just a couple sittings. A very revealing tale.