.... I am getting really sick and tired listening to "opinions" that Aria is a clone of Iron Maiden. They are NOT. Since their second album they developed their unique style, which, surprise-surprise, as any real metal bands took them into opera and progressive rock field--inevitable when you master music theory and your instrument. The better you get, the more complex forms you desire--true for anyone. As I stated before, Russia recognized Valery Kipelov, and by default, Russian power metal as a cultural institution by awarding Valery the title of Merited Artist of Russia. This is huge. One may ask why not Iron Maiden? Well, they are British responsibility and Aria stopped being "Russian" Iron Maiden since the album Blood For Blood. To understand why they were never a "clone" of Iron Maiden.