is the fourth studio album by British heavy metal band Iron Maiden. It was originally released in 1983 (see 1983 in music) on Capitol in the US and later re-issued on Sanctuary/Columbia in the US whilst released on EMI elsewhere. It was the first album to feature drummer Nicko McBrain, who had recently left the Paris-based band Trust.
Lyrically, the album reflected the group's interest in books and film. For example, "To Tame a Land" is based on Frank Herbert's novel Dune. "The Trooper" is inspired by Tennyson's Charge of the Light Brigade. "Still Life" is inspired by fantasy/horror writer Clark Ashton Smith's pre-World War II short story Genius Loci. Other inspirations include "Where Eagles Dare", a film, and a novel by Alistair MacLean; "Quest for Fire", based on the film by Jean-Jacques Annaud; the writer G.K. Chesterton who is quoted at the beginning of "Revelations". More exotic influences include Greek mythology, albeit slightly altered for "Flight of Icarus", and samurai legend Miyamoto Musashi ("Sun and Steel"). Aleister Crowley influenced a good piece of the remaining lyrics of "Revelations," which was written by Dickinson.
This is the first Maiden album that was not named after a song featured on the album itself (though the words "peace of mind" appear prominently in the album's sixth song, "Still Life"). In its earliest phase the album was named Food for Thought but was changed so it would suit the artwork more. The name of the last track was meant to be "Dune," but Frank Herbert did not give permission to use his book's name and thus a new name had to be chosen.
Included in the liner notes is a slightly altered version of a passage from the Book of Revelation. As printed in the liner notes, it reads:
"And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more Death. Neither sorrow, nor crying. Neither shall there be any more Brain; for the former things are passed away."
The actual text (from Chapter 21, Verse 4) is nearly identical, except that it says "neither shall there be any more pain." . This change can be seen either as a reference to the album's name, or to drummer Nicko McBrain's inception into the band for this album.
Several songs from the album have remained in the band's setlist since the Piece of Mind tour. "The Trooper" has been played on every tour ever since, with the exception of the Somewhere in Time tour and the winter leg of the Seventh Son Tour. "Die with Your Boots On" has been played on five full tours since 1983, "Revelations" on three tours, "Where Eagles Dare" on three tours, "Flight of Icarus" on one, and "Still Life" on one.