Iron Maiden: Bruce Dickinson (vocals); Dave Murray , Adrian Smith (guitar); Steve Harris (bass guitar); Nicko McBrain (drums).
PIECE OF MIND is the release cemented Iron Maiden firmly in the 1980s, making it one of the decade's most successful and enduring metal bands. This album includes such standards as the soaring "Flight of Icarus" and the barnstorming war tale "The Trooper." While the band had dabbled with epics on previous albums, PIECE OF MIND was the first to feature several complex tunes, like the album-opening "Where Eagles Dare," the contemplative "Revelations," and the album-closing "To Tame a Land," the last of which was inspired by the sci-fi novel series DUNE, by Frank Herbert. Personnel changes on this album include ex-Trust/Pat Travers drummer Nicko McBrain who took over for Clive Burr, but that shakeup did not hamper the success of PIECE OF MIND which, in keeping with Maiden's streak of hit releases, is another classic album.