The Doomsday Clock Now Fulfills the Story of this Crucial Iron Maiden Song

Two minutes to midnight,

The hands that threaten doom.

Two minutes to midnight,

To kill the unborn in the womb.

So sang Bruce Dickinson back in 1984, when Iron Maiden released the first single on its iconic album, Powerslave. 2 Minutes to Midnight was Dickinson’s and guitarist Adrian Smith’s ode to the anxieties of nuclear annihilation. It’s a reference to the Doomsday Clock, which in 1984 had increased exponentially to three minutes to midnight as tensions between the Soviet Union and...

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