In 1999, Anton Maiden appeared on the internet with his covers of Iron Maiden. He downloaded MOD and General MIDI-files and put vocals on them. He received plenty of attention, and most of it made fun of him. His singing wasn’t great, and the combination with the lo-fi music was an obvious LOL-magnet. Some of it is very FM like Hallowed Be Thy Name but most of it is more normal GMIDI/MOD-trash like Run to The Hills:
Following all the online attention he released a CD and a DIY double-CD (torrent). After too much negative feedback, fuelled by a TV-segment and various media attention, he stopped his career to focus on other things. In October 2003 he looked for ways online to end his life and was found dead shortly after.
So, it’s a bittersweet enjoyment to listen to his music. He wasn’t the best singer, but in the style of true data it’s just about “downloading MOD and MIDI and just go for it, straight into the soundcard” like he says in the interview. There’s something very hardcore about it, compared to contemporaries like the art-project 386DX. Anton Maiden is not art, comedy or pop – it’s just good data.