Over the last year, heavy metal legends Iron Maiden have been entrenched in a legal battle over the songwriting credits to their 1982 song, ‘Hallowed Be Thy Name’, often considered one of the greatest metal songs of all time. Now, the group have settled their lawsuit.
Back in May of 2017, it was announced that Iron Maiden were being sued over a breach of copyright for allegedly using segments of the track ‘Life’s Shadow’ by Beckett for their song ‘Hallowed Be Thy Name’. The track was originally written by Brian Quinn (who went by Brian Ingham at the time), before being recorded by Robert Barton at a later date.
As a statement from the band’s management at the time explained, “The dispute concerns the song ‘Life’s Shadow,’ a song originally written in the early 1970s, credited to Robert Barton and Brian Ingham, and recorded by the band Beckett. Steve Harris was a fan of Beckett and some six lines from ‘Life’s Shadow’ were referenced in Steve’s song, ‘Hallowed Be Thy Name,’ which was recorded by Iron Maiden and appeared on the album The Number Of The Beast which was released in 1982.”
“As far as Steve is concerned, this matter was settled some years ago by agreement with Robert Barton, but there now appears to be a dispute between the two original writers as to their respective shares in ‘Life’s Shadow,'” the statement continued.