The Texan band SANCTUS had a strong early Maiden influence.
A compilation of their unreleased '80's recordings is due out next year, but give this track a listen to see what i mean:
Amazingly, this was recorded in 1980, the year the first Maiden LP came out.
If you're interested in hearing where the signature Maiden sound came from you should give THIN LIZZY, WISHBONE ASH and AUTOMATIC FINE TUNING a listen.
They all excel in the harmony lead department and obviously influenced Harris & Co.
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