After several lineup changes
, Iron Maiden members settled on vocalist Paul Di'Anno
, guitarist Dave Murray
and drummer Doug Sampson
. The band released an EP
as a four piece, before hiring guitarist Dennis Stratton
in 1979. Drummer Clive Burr
replaced Sampson and the band released their self-titled debut album
in 1980. Later that year, Stratton was replaced by guitarist Adrian Smith
, due to musical and personal differences. During the tour
supporting their sophomore effort
, Di'Anno was fired from the band, due to excessive cocaine
abuse. Vocalist Bruce Dickinson
, who had just left his previous band
auditioned for Iron Maiden in September 1981 and joined shortly afterwards. In 1990, prior to the recordings of their eight studio album
, Smith left the due to lack of enthusiasm with the musical direction it was taking. Janick Gers
, an old friend of Dickinson who played in his debut solo album
, became the new guitarist. This formation recorded one more album
, before Dickinson departed in 1993, to further pursue his solo career. Maiden auditioned hundreds of vocalists, before settling on Blaze Bayley
. After releasing two studio albums, Bayley departed from the band by mutual consent, due to creative differences. In 1999, Dickinson and Smith rejoined Iron Maiden, which has since become a six-piece band, with four studio albums released by this lineup.
Powerslave is the fifth studio album by the English heavy metal band Iron Maiden, released on September 2, 1984 on EMI in Europe and its sister label Capitol Records in the US (it was re-released by Sanctuary/Columbia Records in the US in 2002). It is notable for its Egyptian theme displayed in the album art, as well in the title track's musical style. It contains a musical re-telling of Samuel Taylor Coleridge's "Rime of the Ancient Mariner", which uses pieces of the original poem as lyrics, and is the longest song Iron Maiden have ever recorded at a length of 13 minutes and 38 seconds. The album is also notable amongst the band's albums as being the first album to feature the same lineup as the previous one. As of 2010, this is the last of the band's albums to contain an instrumental track: "Losfer Words (Big 'Orra)."
"2 Minutes to Midnight" and "Aces High" were released as singles, the former being a staple in nearly all of the band's concert tours. World Slavery Tour was the tour supporting the album.