List: 15 Artists Who Have Covered Iron Maiden
Yesterday, February 8, signfied 37 years since Iron Maiden made their debut with their single, "Running Free." The band’s legacy and influence on modern metal is evident by the countless amounts of cover songs and tributes that have been released over the years. In honor of Iron Maiden’s impact on the music community, we’ve compiled a list of 15 artists who’ve paid tribute to the legends.
1. Metallica – “Remember Tomorrow”
Back in 2008, Metallica recorded a version of “Remember Tomorrow” for Kerrang’s “Maiden Heaven” tribute album. The band re-released the track on the deluxe edition of their most recent record, ‘Hardwired… To Self-Destruct.’
2. Lemmy Kilmister – “The Trooper”
Motörhead’s Lemmy Kilmister and Phil Campbell recorded this Maiden classic along with Suicidal Tendencies guitarist Rocky George, Alice Cooper/Quiet Riot bassist Chuck Wright and AC/DC drummer Chris Slade for the 2005 ‘Numbers from the Beast: An All Star Salute to Iron Maiden’ compilation album. Members of Testament, Twisted Sister, Judas Priest and many others also made contributions towards the effort.
3. Machine Head – “Hallowed Be Thy Name”
A cover of “Hallowed Be Thy Name” appeared on Machine Head’s 2007 release, ‘The Blackening.’
4. Avenged Sevenfold – “Flash of Blade”
Avenged Sevenfold’s version of this 1984 deep cut appeared on their fifth studio album, ‘Diamonds in the Rough,’ which was released as a combo package along with their debut live DVD, ‘Live in the LBC.’ The song features vocal contributions from late drummer Jimmy “The Rev” Sullivan, who passed away a year after the release in 2009.
5. Steve ‘N’ Seagulls – “Run to the Hills”
Steve ‘N’ Seagulls made a name for themselves by doing hillbilly versions of metal classics from artists that include, but aren’t limited to, Pantera, Metallica and of course, Iron Maiden. In addition to “Run to the Hills," the band have also covered "The Trooper" and "Aces High."
6. Cradle of Filth – “Hallowed Be Thy Name”
Cradle of Filth really make "Hallowed Be Thy Name" their own by giving it a touch of their signature darkness.
7. Opeth – “Remember Tomorrow”
Back when Opeth released their third studio album, ‘My Arms, Your Hearse,’ frontman Mikael Åkerfeldt seldom experimented with clean vocals as he was still very critical of his own work as a singer. However, the band closed out the album with a melodic and clean version of Maiden’s “Remember Tomorrow,” which Åkerfeldt nailed.
8. Testament – “Powerslave”
Testament have been known to occasionally slip a cover into their studio albums every now and again, including songs from Aerosmith and The Scorpions. The track they chose for 2012’s ‘Dark Roots of Earth’ is the title track off of Maiden’s ‘Powerslave.’
9. Dream Theater – “To Tame a Land”
Prog-legends Dream Theater paid homage to Iron Maiden on 2009’s ‘Black Clouds and Silver Linings’ album. The band chose to cover "To Tame a Land," which appears on Maiden’s 1983 release, ‘Piece of Mind.’
10. Arch Enemy – “Aces High”
Arch Enemy delivered a brutal version of this Maiden classic on their 1996 album, ‘Black Earth.’
11. Kreator – “Number of the Beast”
The limited edition 7” vinyl release of Kreator’s ‘Phantom Antichrist’ album offered their version of “Number of the Beast” as an exclusive B-side. While the vinyl has long since been sold out, digital versions of the track are available for streaming online.
12. Crowbar – “Remember Tomorrow”
This somber track from Iron Maiden’s debut self-titled album appears to be a popular tribute choice among artists. In addition to Metallica and Opeth’s versions of “Remember Tomorrow,” Crowbar offered a doomy version of the song on 1998’s ‘Odd Fellows Rest.’
13. Iced Earth – “Number of the Beast”
Very few vocalists can hold a candle to Bruce Dickinson’s vibrato. However, former Iced Earth singer Matt Barlow undisputedly nailed every note in the band’s cover of “Number of the Beast,” which appeared on 2001’s ‘Tribute to the Gods’ album.
14. Children of Bodom – “Aces High”
A cover of “Aces High” appeared on Children of Bodom’s 2000 release, ‘Follow the Reaper.’
15. Trivium – “For the Greater Good of God”
On Volume 2 of Kerrang’s ‘Maiden Heaven’ tribute to Iron Maiden, Trivium made an appearance with an acoustic version of “For the Greater Good of God,” a Maiden track from 2006’s ‘A Matter of Life and Death.’