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1st June 2011

steve harris iron maiden

Iron Maiden's 'A Matter Of Life And Death' album has been voted greatest album released in the past ten years by readers of Sweden Rock magazine, the country's biggest-selling music magazine. The result appeared in the publication's ten-year-anniversary issue.

Maiden also polled at number two with 'Dance Of Death' and last year's 'The Final Frontier' came in at number five.

Maiden bassist and founder Steve Harris said; "Wow, that's amazing. There have been polls before where we've had albums in the top twenty or top ten, but never before top one and two. Three albums in the top five is outrageous."

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The June issue of Sweden Rock Magazine is on sale on June 14th and will carry an exclusive interview with Steve.

Top 10 albums 2001-2011 as voted by the readers of Sweden Rock Magazine:

1. Iron Maiden - 'A Matter Of Life And Death'
2. Iron Maiden - 'Dance Of Death'
3. Ghost - 'Opus Eponymous'
4. Metallica - 'Death Magnetic'
5. Iron Maiden - 'The Final Frontier'
6. AC/DC - 'Black Ice'
7. Watain - 'Lawless Darkness'
8. Kiss - 'Sonic Boom'
9. Dissection - 'Reinkaos'
10. Avantasia - 'The Metal Opera'

Maiden made the following statement regarding upcoming press features on their official site earlier this month. The articles mentioned are all well worth a read.

"As we have been quiet in the press for a while we thought you might like to be aware of some major Maiden articles soon to hit the newsstands here in the UK.

"First the Sunday Times Magazine, this Sunday, May 15 runs with an extensive article based around the band's first ever visit to play in Indonesia recently. Sunday Times Magazine is also available digitally on iPad with added film footage.

"This is followed on May 19 with an in-depth feature in Record Collector magazine, and on May 25 by Classic Rock magazine's extensive views on what makes Maiden tick. Also out on May 25 is a Stories Behind The Songs feature in Kerrang, and Metal Hammer's June 1 issue includes an On The Road piece from Buenos Aires and Santiago.

The band look forward to kicking off the European leg of the tour in Frankfurt on May 28 and coming home to finish the Final Frontier World Tour in the UK towards the end of July.



Wacken Winter Nights 2018 takes place between February 23rd and 25th 2018 and the great news is that you can now experience a full-on, top class German Metal Festival easily and affordably.

It only takes an hour to fly to Hamburg from London and we've had longer journeys than that within the capital and they were certainly more expensive than the £33 air ticket that just appeared in our 'flights to Wacken Winter Nights' search.


Wacken Winter Nights is organised by the same team who are responsible for the world's greatest Metal festival, Wacken-Open-Air and the 2018 bill includes Skyclad, Orphaned Land, Elvenking, Finntroll, Grave Digger, Aeverium, Comes Vagantes, Coppelius, Corvus Corax, Die Pressgëng, Elvellon, Heimataerde, Hell-O-Matic, Ignis Fatuu, Ingrimm, Irdorath, Johnny Deathshadow, Krayenzeit, Letzte Instanz, Mr Hurley und die Pulveraffen, Pampatut, Pat Razket, Schandmaul, Sündenrausch, The Aberlour's, The Moon And The Nightspirit, Torfrock, Visions Of Atlantis, Vroudenspil, Wind Rose and more.

Besides this rich billing of superb Metal bands, there is so much more to see in the festival area including the medieval market and also the walking acts and jugglers you will meet at the theme worlds, including Robert Blake, three-time World Cup winner of street magic.

Wacken Winter Nights is something not to be missed and you can check out the amazing ticket and accommodation prices right here.

We just priced up the whole four day trip with hotels, flights, shuttles and festival tickets for less than £300 and we don't think you will get a better value festival than that, anywhere.


MetalTalk recently sat down with Wacken founder and owner Thomas Jensen and that interview will be online next week and it's a fascinating insight into how Wacken originated from nothing to become the world's premiere Heavy Metal event.


Wacken 2018 takes place from 2nd to 4th August 20218 and as with Wacken Winter Nights, if you have never experienced all it has to offer, then you owe it to yourself to remedy that.

Already announced for Wacken 2018 are Judas Priest, Nightwish, Running Wild (exclusive), Arch Enemy, Dirkschneider, Doro (Special Anniversary Show), In Extremo, Sepultura, Amorphis, Amaranthe, Firewind, W.A.R., Belphegor, Mantar, Knorkator, Deserted Fear, Watain, Night Demon, Epica, Knorkator, Belphegor, Firewind, Deserted Fear and many more and we'll have more Wacken 2018 announcements during December.

As well as being the greatest Heavy Metal festival in the world, it is without a doubt the Mecca of Metal and the one thing that every single person who loves our music should have on their bucket list.

For 2018, MetalTalk have joined forces with Wacken-Open-Air to help you get to Wacken easily and inexpensively and you can peruse the ticket and travel options right here.

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