- Paul Di'Anno, Scratch Records

Battlezone's "Children of Madness" is a 12" LP album released in 1987, featuring former Iron Maiden singer Paul Di'Anno. With a blend of heavy metal and hard rock, "Children of Madness" solidified Battlezone's place in the UK metal scene. Despite critical and commercial success, the album remains a cult favorite among fans of Di'Anno's work.

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Music Genre:

  Heavy Metal NWOBHM 
Album Production information: 

The album: "BATTLEZONE - CHILDREN of Madness with Paul Di'Anno (Iron Maiden)" was produced by: Ian Richardson

Sound/Recording Engineer(s): Ian Richardson

This album was recorded at: Village Recorders, Dagenham, London, England

Album cover design: Nick Waters for Peter Black Design

Album cover photography: Ray Palmer

Mastered by Jack Adelman

Jack Adelman is a mastering engineer who has mastered duing the 1980s "See You in Hell (LP)" by "Grim Reaper", "Rolling Thunder" by "Attila", "Stricken by Might" by "E-X-E (USA)", and "Children of Madness" by "Battlezone".

Record Label & Catalognr:

Scratch Records SCRATCH 805465-938

Media Format:

12" LP Vinyl Stereo Gramophone Record

Total Album (Cover+Record) weight: 230 gram

Year & Country:

  1987 Made in Germany
Personnel/Band Members and Musicians on: BATTLEZONE - CHILDREN of Madness with Paul Di'Anno (Iron Maiden)
    Band-members, Musicians and Performers
  • Paul Di'Anno - lead vocals

    Paul Di'Anno, born Paul Andrews on 17 May 1958, in Chingford, Essex, England, is an English singer best known as the original lead vocalist for the iconic heavy metal band Iron Maiden. From his early beginnings in the punk scene to his influential role in shaping Iron Maiden's early sound, Di'Anno has left an indelible mark on the history of heavy metal.


    Di'Anno's musical journey began in the late 1970s when he joined a punk band called The Phantom as their lead singer. This early experience allowed him to develop his raw and gritty vocal style, characterized by its punk sensibilities. However, Di'Anno's talents extended beyond the punk genre, and it wasn't long before he caught the attention of Steve Harris, the bassist and primary songwriter of a rising heavy metal band known as Iron Maiden.

    In 1978, Di'Anno officially joined Iron Maiden as their lead vocalist, replacing their original singer, Dennis Wilcock. With Di'Anno at the helm, the band released their eponymous debut album, "Iron Maiden", in 1980. The album featured Di'Anno's powerful and dynamic vocals, contributing to the band's distinctive sound and helping establish them as a force to be reckoned with in the emerging New Wave of British Heavy Metal (NWOBHM) movement.

    Following the success of their debut album, Iron Maiden released their sophomore effort, "Killers", in 1981. Once again, Di'Anno's charismatic presence and commanding vocals contributed to the album's critical acclaim and solidified the band's growing fan base. However, tensions within the band, combined with Di'Anno's personal struggles, led to his departure from Iron Maiden in 1981.

    Despite leaving Iron Maiden, Di'Anno's impact on the band's early sound and success cannot be overstated. His contributions helped lay the foundation for Iron Maiden's subsequent rise to global fame. After his departure, Di'Anno embarked on a solo career, releasing albums such as "Di'Anno" (1984), "Nomad" (2000), and "The Living Dead" (2006).

    Over the years, Di'Anno has faced personal challenges, including legal troubles and health issues. He has also undergone several surgeries related to a knee injury. Nevertheless, his passion for music and his loyal fan base have kept his legacy alive.

    Despite no longer being part of Iron Maiden, Di'Anno's influence as the band's original lead vocalist remains significant. His contributions during the early years helped shape the band's identity and sound, and his energetic stage presence and distinctive voice have left an enduring impact on the heavy metal genre as a whole.

    Today, Paul Di'Anno is regarded as a legendary figure in the history of heavy metal, known for his unique vocal style, stage charisma, and contributions to Iron Maiden's early success. His indomitable spirit and passion for music continue to inspire new generations of fans and musicians alike.

  • Graham Bath - guitar
  • John Wiggins - guitar
  • Pete West - bass
  • Steve Hopgood - drums
Complete Track-listing of the album "BATTLEZONE - CHILDREN of Madness with Paul Di'Anno (Iron Maiden)"

The detailed tracklist of this record "BATTLEZONE - CHILDREN of Madness with Paul Di'Anno (Iron Maiden)" is:

    Track-listing Side One:
  1. "Rip It Up" - 2:44
  2. "Overloaded" - 3:16
  3. "Nuclear Breakdown" - 4:48
  4. "Torch of Hate" - 2:58
  5. "Children of Madness" - 5:17
    Track-listing Side Two:
  1. "I Don't Wanna Know" - 3:18
  2. "The Promise" - 3:36
  3. "It's Love" - 3:35
  4. "Metal Tears" - 5:57
  5. "Whispered Rage" - 4:38
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