Your track-by-track guide to this week's exclusive free Iron Maiden tribute CD by the bands themselves!
1. Black Tide
Written by Steve Harris. (P) 2008 Interscope Records. Licensed courtesy of Interscope Records. www.blacktidemusic.com
Zachary Sandler (bass): "We hope Maiden like the track as much as we liked recording it. Being part of this album is such an honour for us. We're in such amazing company. We heard Metallica actually wanted to choose this song, but instead we got it. Ha ha, Black Tide one Metallica zero!"
Written by Steve Harris/Paul Di'Anno. (P) 2008 Metallica. Licensed courtesy of Warner Bros Records Inc, A Warner Music Group Company. www.metallica.com
Lars Ulrich (drums): "Iron Maiden have been the blueprint for everything that we have ever wanted to do. I have always had an incredible amount of respect and admiration for them and obviously getting a chance to be part of this feels that that has come a full circle. We had so much fun with this."
3. Avenged Sevenfold
Flash Of The Blade
Written by Bruce Dickinson (P) 2008 Warner Bros. Records Inc. Licensed courtesy of Warner Bros Records Inc, a Warner Music Group Company. www.avengedsevenfold.com
M Shadows (vocals): "This gives us a chance to expose this great song to some of our younger fans who maybe aren't as familiar with Iron Maiden. Maiden are by far the best live band in the world and their music is timeless, so we are very honoured to be part of this release."
4. Glamour Of The Kill,
2 Minutes To Midnight
Written by Adrian Smith/Bruce Dickinson. (P) 2008 Glamour Of The Kill. Licensed courtesy of Siege Of Amida Records. www.myspace.com/glamourofthekill
Davey Death (vocals/bass): "I remember hearing the chorus to 2 Minutes To Midnight when I was 15 and being kicked in the sack by the epic vocals, so this is the song I knew we had to do. Being asked to do this was an honour, as I think it's important that everyone recognises what a key part Maiden played in shaping rock and metal into what it is today!"
5. Coheed & Cambria
Written by Steve Harris. (P) 2008 Columbia Records. Licensed courtesy of Columbia Records. www.coheedandcambria.com
Travis Stever (guitar): "Somewhere In Time was the first vinyl record I bought when I was seven years old at a flea market with my mom, so it's a band that has always been in my collection since day one. We chose this song for Maiden Heaven because we have been playing it in our live set for the past year in a medley of songs we put together for the set. It fits well!"
Written by Adrian Smith. Produced by DevilDriver. Recorded and mixed by Mark Lewis. (P) 2008 The All Blacks B.V. Licensed courtesy of Roadrunner Records. www.devildriver.com
Jeff Kendrick (guitars): "When I get worn down and tired, I throw this song on and it rejuvenates me and gets me excited about being on the road again. It has become a staple in our pre-show listening routine and we chose the song for this reason. It is an honour to have anything to do with Maiden and share a CD with many bands I admire and love."
Run To The Hills
Written by Steve Harris. (P) 2008 R&R Music. Licensed courtesy of R&R Music. www.sign.is
Zolberg (vocals/guitar): "I'm a big Iron Maiden fan. I've always admired how epic they are, every song is a story all by itself and with the [galloping] horse-beat and alluring guitar harmonies you can't help but be dragged into the adventures. To be a part of this compilation is a great honour for us."
8. Dream Theater
To Tame A Land
Written by Steve Harris. Recorded by Randy Lane at various soundchecks throughout Australia. Additional Engineering by Rich Chycki. Mixed by Kevin Shirley. (P) 2008 The All Blacks BV. Licensed courtesy of Roadrunner Records. www.dreamtheater.net
Mike Portnoy (drums): "When picking a song, we wanted to go with the more underrated, obscure choice and it's prog metal style seemed perfectly suited for us. Maiden still rule - even 30 years later! Up the Irons, muthafucka!"
9. Madina Lake
Caught Somewhere In Time
Written by Steve Harris. (P) 2008 The All Blacks B.V. Licensed courtesy of Roadrunner Records. www.madinalake.com
Nathan Leone (vocals): "There are people out there that think that you should make a cover sound as close as possible to the original version - but we wanted to do it as an interpretation. It was so fun. When you actually pick a song apart and learn what they are actually doing, you find a whole new level of respect for the artist."
Written by Steve Harris. Recorded, engineered & mixed by Tom Mitchener.
Produced By Mitch & Gallows. Recorded at Broadfields Recording Studio, Watford.
(P) 2008 Warner Music UK Ltd. Licensed courtesy of Black Envelope Records.
Managed by Craig Jennings for Raw Power Management. www.gallows.co.uk
Laurent Barnard (guitar): "We're all huge Maiden fans and while learning Wrathchild we discovered a new-found respect for the band as musicians. Some of their riffs are pretty fast and Steve Harris has definitely earned his place as a bass legend! We're so happy we were asked to be included."
Fear Of The Dark
Written by Steve Harris. Recorded and mixed by Carl Bown. (P) 2008 Fightstar. Licensed courtesy of Raw Power Management. www.fightstarmusic.com
Charlie Simpson (vocals/guitar): "I think that Iron Maiden are one of those bands that both the rock and metal scene owe a lot to. They have managed to influence not only bands of a younger generation but entire genres, some of which have been a huge influence on me growing up. To be asked to do a track for this Iron Maiden tribute means an awful lot to us."
12. Machine Head
Hallowed Be Thy Name
Written by Steve Harris. Produced by Robert Flynn and Juan Urteaga. Recorded & Mixed at Trident Studios. (P) 2008 Machine Head. Licensed courtesy of Roadrunner Records. www.machinehead1.com
Robb Flynn (vocals/guitar): "When I was a kid Iron Maiden were a very big deal to me and the influence they had on Machine Head has been huge. We decided to cover this track because it's just such a great song, in fact it's a classic. I just love the way the vocal line goes up and down, so dramatic. If someone who'd never heard them wanted to know what Iron Maiden sounded like I'd point them in the direction of Hallowed Be Thy Name."
Written by Steve Harris. (P) 2008 The All Blacks BV. Licensed courtesy of Roadrunner Records. www.trivium.org
Matt Heafy (vocals/guitar): "Iron Maiden helped create what we know as heavy metal. Their influence can be heard on classic and contemporary bands alike; their fanbase spans across the youngest and newest of heavy music recruits all the way to the diehard, life-long metal elite. Without Iron Maiden, Trivium surely wouldn't exist. We hope everyone has as much fun listening to it as we did making it!"
14. Year Long Disaster
Written by Steve Harris/Paul Di'Anno. (P) 2008 Year Long Disaster. Licensed courtesy of Volcom Entertainment. www.yearlongdisaster.com
Daniel Davies (vocals/guitar): "Like all careless, angry men we love fucking to hard rock, and nothing fucking rocks harder than Iron Maiden. Year Long Disaster is balls-out motherfucking shit-dicked exxxstatic to be included on this release!"
Brave New World
Written by Dave Murray/Steve Harris/Bruce Dickinson. (P) 2008 Ghostlines. www.myspace.com/ghostlinesband
Ryan Richards (keyboards): "Nobody can do Iron Maiden songs better than Maiden so we decided to put our own spin on it rather than try to outdo the masters. I hope our inclusion on the CD shows how much Maiden have influenced, and continue to influence, musicians and bands of all genres."