Now that the band have given up swimming against the tide of nu metal and resigned themselves to a fate of re-releases and greatest hits tours, they've acquired a kind of kitch cool
Traditionally, the closest Iron Maiden have got to irony is in the dictionary. They always took their brand of all-out balls-out schlock rock more seriously than the rest of us, so gravely serious that they must have thought 'Spinal Tap' was a real documentary about potential challengers to their cod metal crown - and why hadn't they thought of Stonehenge first?
But now that the band have given up swimming against the tide of nu metal and resigned themselves to a fate of re-releases and greatest hits tours, they've acquired a kind of kitch cool- and you don't need to be Alanis Morrisette to appreciate the irony. The charts are backing up with Maiden-influenced acts like British Whale and System Of A Down, and the originals are due a revival.
Hence 'The Trooper', originally released in 1983 and re-issued for a new generation of Maiden-heads. The galloping bassline, the twin-axe assault and Bruce Dickinson's air-raid siren vocals still sound ludicrously magnificent, and on the flipside a live version from 2003 highlights just how far the band have come: full circle. Worth a listen, provided you keep you keep your tongue firmly in your cheek.