Re: Priest v. Maiden
Personally, I'm caught in the middle.
I love alot of priest songs, especially their heavier stuff (like the album painkiller, not a single bad song on that album) but I also like most Maiden stuff up to Fear of the dark.
To me, the winner here is Priest, only because They are the beginning of a metal sound that has no connection to jazz or the blues at all. They are the founders of true heavy metal (even though the sound of heavy metal was started by Sabbath, Sabbath was still very jazz-influenced, something that does not exist in Priest's sound).