Iron Maiden - Killers
The must anticipated 2nd album from Iron Maiden. It never got the succes of its predecessor, that charged into the UK charts at #4. Killers never got higher than #12, but that didn't stop Maiden. They promoted the album with their first world tour. There were many "firsts" on this tour. First European headline tour. First tour of Japan. And of course first time in USA. The Killers album also saw a change in personel. Dennis Stratton had left the band and Adrian Smith, a mate of Dave Murray, joined the Maiden army.

The Ides Of March: Not much to say about this track. A sort of intro to the album, but of course with some killer guitars. No vocals, but a lot of raw power.

Wrathchild: The "intro" jumps straight into "Wrathchild". A classic Maiden track with a great bass intro. Very nice guitar work in this song. Nice work by Adrian Smith.

Murders In The Rue Morgue: Will the row of classics never end? NO, apparently not. Lovely quiet intro, and then all hell breaks loose. The vocals can be a bit difficult to figure out at times, but the splended guitar work makes up for it!

Another Life: Simple drum intro, but otherwise not a track that is played often. Sad, 'cause its a smashing number with some some great riffs and solos!

Genghis Khan: One of the before mentioned instrumental tracks. Not as hard and raw as "Transylvania", but equally good. Very nice time changes in this one. I love the guitar at the end. One my favorites on this album. In fact one of my all time favorite songs with Maiden.

Innocent Exile: Cool song. Again a song that don't get played so often. I pitty the fool, that robs himself/herself the change to listen to some kickass bass playing. Not to mention the guitars! Did I mention the drums??

Killers: One of two songs that is not written entirely by Steve Harris. Frontman Paul Di'Anno helped on this one. Very cool intro that sets the mood for kill (or something like that), and the main riff rips your balls off. If I could rate Dave Murrays solo in this song it would be: 10/10. Amazing! Followed by Adrian Smiths's more laid back bluesy/melodic solo part! Oh my God its good.
I think I just soiled myself!

Prodigal Son: What is this? A quiet song!? After approx. 25 minutes of Maiden mayhem theres a quiet song? Not SH's finest hour, but not a bad song either. Great drums and guitar work. Again the vocals are a bit behind the rest of the band.

Purgatory: Now this is more like it. The 2nd single of the album, and as the album it didn't do very well. Chart position #52. Why? I just don't know!! A killer track with a lot of energy and power. Probably the fastest track on the album. I like it!

Twilight Zone: Again one of these tracks that did not make it onto the original album. Originally released as a double A-side(!) with "Wrathchild" in Europe and included on the album for overseas releases. 2nd song where the Steve Harris gets help. This time from Dave Murray. Not a very good track, but not the worst song the band has written.
Cool intro-riff though.

Drifter: A classic for the old school Maideners. Always played live in the old days, and works better live. But it still has its charme. Check out the middle part where drummer Clive Burr shows what he is made of. I wonder if he has 6-8 arms?!

Again the album is filled with videos, pictures and blah blah blah.

All in all a great album. Somehow not so aggressive as the first record. Its seems like they put more thought into this, but still a brilliant album. The production has improved, but the vocals are still the bands week point. Not that Di'Anno didn't do a good job. Lets not forget he was one of the reasons that Maiden got the succes. But that still doesn't make him the greatest heavy metal singer of all time.

Clive Burr though really proved himself on this album. A star on his way up. He was great on the first album, but he just gets even more technical on this album!

Written by Ulrick
Wednesday, July 10, 2002
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Comment by Jenny Warren (Anonymous) - Monday, July 14, 2003
You should do a write up on The Iron Maidens: World's Only Female Tribute to Iron Maiden. They have tons of endorsements and are a national act. www.theironmaidens.com has more info.

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JEN


Comment by mads (Anonymous) - Wednesday, August 27, 2003
a killer album... remember what Kashmir said... Official killer limited edition... hmmm it's called killers you s.o.b well anyway... hope to hear some of these tracks live on the dance of deat world tour in nov...


Comment by E. G. (Anonymous) - Wednesday, September 24, 2003
I am a big fan of the Dickinson era of Maiden, but I really love this album. All the songs are great.


Comment by iron maiden (Anonymous) - Friday, October 10, 2003
hey you missed out saying something about prodigal sons solo! now i found that amazing!


Comment by Maximus (Anonymous) - Wednesday, December 10, 2003
What an amazing album, makes my skin tingle every time i hear it. Ides of March is a perfect opener, Ghengis Kahn .... wipe me dry. The music is amazing. After more than 20 years it still seems as fresh now as it did when it came out.


Comment by Mester Ferenc (Anonymous) - Saturday, January 17, 2004
I LOVE YOU IRON MAIDEN
YOU'RE BEST!!!!!!!!!!!!


Comment by Leslie (Anonymous) - Sunday, April 18, 2004
Hear, hear! MAIDEN RULZ! Genghis khan is my favorite, and I LOVE the beginning of the song Killers. The Ides of March is brill too. and MITRM. who says that di'anno can't sing??? UP THE IRONS!


Comment by KELLY BEACHER (Anonymous) - Thursday, April 29, 2004
IF I WISH TO SAY YOU SING THE BEST HEAVY METAL, I WANT TO SEE YOUR BODY , YOU´RE OLD BUT YOU STILL ARE GOOD TOO


Comment by i.Ron S. (Anonymous) - Wednesday, May 19, 2004
Great album, I'm not a fan of Wratchild but songs like another life, Killers, Drifter are great, Murders... has one of the best intro's ever.
I think Maiden should become great too with Di'Anno's Vocals, if he wasn't such a problemguy(the beast). I agree with the rating.


Comment by I Maiden (Anonymous) - Saturday, May 22, 2004
my absolute favorite maiden album of all time, and Di'anno kicks some ass here.
Harris is a genius, he should be the prime minister of England with a brain like his, free maiden for all!
wrathchild is the best, Purgatory rocks
need i say more.


Comment by Tsippo Tsar (Anonymous) - Saturday, June 26, 2004
IRON MAIDEN KICKS ASS, BUTTOCKS, REAR, AND THE SHIT OUT OF THE GAY ASS PUNK BANDS OF TODAY LIKE THE PUSSY GOOD CHARLOTTE,SIMPLE PLAN,AND AVRIL LAVIGNE! OH LOOK AT ME I'M WEARING A TIE!! BIG FUCKIN' DEAL! THESE SHITTY-ASS BANDS MAKE ME NOT ONLY WANT TO BARF MY INTESTINES OUT, IT ALSO MAKES ME WANT TO RIP MY EARS OFF SO THEIR FILTH WILL NOT SOIL THEM OH, AND THE DI'ANNO ERA KICKS ASS BAYLEY SUCKS. ENJOY THIS BEAUTIFUL PIECE OF ART MY FRIENDS AND JERRY GARCIA (1942-1995) REST IN PEACE.


Comment by steve parris (Anonymous) - Friday, July 16, 2004
killers is avery great album.i like paul diannos era even more than bruce dickinssons stuff



Comment by steve parris (Anonymous) - Friday, July 16, 2004
i am a huge fan of paul dianno.if youre too,write here


Comment by J Leeson (Anonymous) - Monday, January 10, 2005
thank you Tsippo Tsar for making me chuckle. this album is actually awesome - at first i though it was average. then i realsied how awesome wrathchild is and from then i have loved every second of this album. i feel paul has a greater vocal scale, from melodic prodigal son to the groans on killers. this album is awesome. by the way bruce is great as well, paul is just that little bit better though. sorry. oh yea, blaze, you were crap. sorry!! UP THE IRONS!!!


Comment by Tsippo Tsar (Anonymous) - Wednesday, February 16, 2005
OH YES I RETURN TO LOVE DIANNO AND ALL HIS GLORY LIKE THE LATE PIGPEN, AND I TAKE BACK WHAT I SAID ABOUT BLAZE BAYLEY HE IS EVEN BETTER THAN DICKINSON AND PIGPEN, BUT NOT DIANNO.


Comment by Ashley (Anonymous) - Wednesday, May 18, 2005
Bruce Dickinson is regarded as one of the best rock singers of all time, and if you ask me Paul Di'Anno is right up there alongside him. This album is something special, Di'Anno is on fine form in tracks like 'Wrathchild' 'Murders in the Rue Morgue' and 'Purgatory. Ok so his voice wouldn't have been suited to the eventual Maiden sound, but have you heard his other work? 'The Living Dead' is one of the best semi-acoustic half ballads i've ever heard, this song of his 'Nomad' album is something that Steve Harris would surely want in his Maiden set. Di'Anno was the vocal catalyst for Maiden as they first found fame, hats off to him, he is gone but never ever forgotten amongst Maiden fans. Di'Anno you rule!!


Comment by FABRIZIO CASELLA (Anonymous) - Thursday, June 9, 2005
SONO ANCHE IO UN PICCOLO DEMONIO SENTO IL DIAVOLO DENTRO ME SI, VI UCCIDO TUTTI,


Comment by kiŁŁer girl (Anonymous) - Thursday, August 25, 2005
iron maiden i love IRON MAIDEN


Comment by kŁŁer girl (Anonymous) - Thursday, August 25, 2005
ja maidni so najbolsi!!











Review by Ulrick
Iron Maiden

Released by
EMI - 1981

Tracklisting
1: The Ides Of March
2: Wrathchild
3: Murders In The Rue Morgue
4: Another Life
5: Genghis Khan
6: Innocent Exile
7: Killers
8: Prodigal Son
9: Purgatory
10: Twilight Zone
11: Drifter


Style
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