I will admit to being pretty super excited to learn that deathless heavy-metal icons Iron Maiden (who we love around here, as you may have heard) were suddenly taking public shots at Jay-Z’s favorite Brooklynites. Confused? Yeah, that too. Skeptical? Definitely. And yet here it was, allegedly pulled from a band press release:
“[Iron Maiden’s] last record, A Matter Of Life And Death, sold a million copies worldwide in its first week, with 56,000 sold in the United States.” Compare that to, say, a Pitchfork darling like Grizzly Bear, whose 2009 release, the nearly unpronounceable Veckatimest, sold 33,000 copies in the U.S. in its initial week. It’s a metaphorical wedgie from metal fans to wussy indie kids everywhere”.
Thus did word of the great Iron Maiden/Grizzly Bear beef spread — here and here, for example, with both dispatches noting additional shots fired at Metallica (!) and Wheatus (?). To wit:
“[Maiden] don’t stop doing what they do best…That’s a good thing — where other bands muck around with their formula in an attempt to be progressive (see [Metallica’s] Load and Reload, if you must), these dudes know what their fans want and how to do it well, ensuring that their legacy will be a lot more than being mentioned in that awful Wheatus song ‘Teenage Dirtbag.'”
Delightful. Except said release isn’t anywhere on Iron Maiden’s official site. In fact, other than blogs touting the feud, those disses only show up in one place: an article by our friends over at Phoenix New Times. Is someone with the band passing the piece around approvingly? Maybe. But we’d like to think if Maiden did deign to go after Grizzly Bear, they’d write their own insults. Which hopefully they are, like right now.