Anton Gustavsson was a "conspicuously uncool" 19-year-old in Sweden. He
was a computer programmer with an ordinary voice who nonetheless recorded his impassioned
vocals for Iron Maiden songs over simple computer MIDI music files in
His honest energy endeared him to an online audience, and he became the
prime example of a "DIY celebrity", even distributing a CD on an
alternative label. (Click here to listen to Anton Maiden mp3s).
Sadly, four years later Anton committed
suicide. He was 23 years old.
This April someone uploaded an Anton Maiden tribute
video to Youtube. As Anton sings "Run to the Hills," it flashes
pictures of him as a young boy...