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3.53 out of 5
Media: Audio CD|
ISBN/ASIN : B0000251W5
Manufacturer : Emi|
Release data : 14 September, 1998
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10 Bitesized Maiden gems
What makes this Maiden album special is that all the songs are so short but packed full of great ideas. The title track and 'Mother Russia' sound like epics but they're both only about 5 minutes long. There are great hooky tracks like 'Holy Smoke', 'Bring Your Daughter...' and 'Hooks in You'(which has some intentionally hilarious lyrics) alongside growers like 'The Assassin' and 'Run Silent Run Deep'. It's a fun rock album played with great energy and enthusiasm. It's a very different but most welcome addition to the Maiden discography.
Maidens 3rd worst abum
Ok, I give this album 2 and a half stars. 3 is too many and 2 is a grade that just doesnt belong to a 10 star band like Maiden! May I just say, I read a erview that said this was Nicko's debut album?????? Hello!....what are you talkin about...Nicko has been around since POM man!
Maiden had lost the axe skills of Adrian on this album and he was replaced by Janick Gers....one of the messiest guitar players i've ever heard...his solos are pretty rough around the edges...(but he could through his guitar in the air 20 feet)....the Murray/Smith partnership was severed and you could really notice it on this effort.
Ok to the songs....A very promising start to the album..when I got it I was actally pretty excited about the album after the first 3 songs, Tailgunner, Holy Smoke (Maiden actually had a swearie in one of their songs....an absolute rarety, not that that makes the song good, the song makes the song good) and the absolute classic title track.
If the album followed suite to this pretty phenomenal start then the album would be another 5 starrer....but it doesn't i'm afraid :(
The songs to follow are of the weakest maiden have ever produced...with exception to Fates Warning and bring your daughter.
Assassin hits the edge of annoying songs like no other maiden track.. "better watch out!....better watch out!...better watch out!...cos im the assassin...?? Very poor if you ask me.
P.E. N0 1 is pretty much as forgettable as they come and Run Silent Run Deep is similar in forgetfulness.
Hooks in you is OK...I quite like that one and Mother Russia had great potential but falls way short....not an epic in comparison to Hallowed/Rhyme/Alexander...
So in summary. 1.) Tailgunner 10/10, 2.) Holy Smoke 10/10, 3.) NPFTD 10/10 (lookin good)..4.)P.Enema #1 2/10, 5.) Fates Warning 7/10, 6.) Assassin 4/10, 7.)Run Silent Run Deep 6/10 8.)Hooks in you 7/10, 9.) BYDTTS 8/10, 10.) Mother Russia 8/10.
I am one of Maidens biggest fans and have everything by them but even fans must recognise when their favourite bands material is sub-par. If you are lookin to get into Maiden...leave this album on the record store shelf...First purchase should be either NOB, POM or Powerslave....or even the phenomenal latest release Dance of Death.
Keep on rockin folks...Up the Irons!!
Not a great album... from THE greatest Heavy Metal band ever
I am quite surprised to read such positive reviews for "No prayer for the dying".
At the time, I was the first in my town to buy the album (about 30 seconds after our local dealer had opened the EMI box) and ran home to listen to it.
Honestly, the average level of this album is quite low, specially by Maiden standards. Some songs are good ("Tailgunner", "The Assassin") but the rest of the album is only "below average Maiden" (translation: better than most other bands but...)or even plain weak ("Hooks in you").
As a Maiden fan for about 20 years, I would strongly recommend starting with another album : "Live after Death", "The Number of the Beast", "Killers", "Powerslave", "Piece of Mind", "Somewhere in time", "Iron Maiden", "Fear of the dark", "7th son of a 7th son" (in that order).
There is a myriad of brilliant Iron Maiden albums waiting to be discovered so I guess "No prayer for the dying" is for completists only.
PS: Even the 2 albums with Blaze Bailey, which I don't particularly recommend, have each one great song that make them preferable to "No prayer for the dying" ("The Edge of Darkness" on "The X Factor" and "The Clansman" on "Virtual XI)