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No Prayer for the Dying

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  • No Prayer for the Dying is Iron Maiden’s 1990 follow-up album to the Seventh Son album, a hugely successful album. Steve Harris wanted to take a step back to the basics and produce more of a “Garage” type sound, instead of expanding on the huge and progressive nature of their last two albums, “Somewhere in Time” and “Seventh Son”. Adrian Smith disagreed with this approach and left the band. Janick Gers was brought in, and indeed brought a much more raw and hard edge to the rhythm and overall sound. The contrast between Gers and Dave Murray on guitar is extremely big. The two styles are extremely different, almost two much so. Harris’ vision is understood, but the result is a rather poor and lackluster effort from a band that we came to expect so much from. Not that it’s a bad album in anyway, just not up to the calibur of their previous seven albums. The first three songs are actually pretty good. “Tailgunner” is this albums fast paced energetic opener, followed by “Holy Smoke” one of the two singles from this album, a very good song with a great back to back solo where you can clearly hear the differences in style of the two guitarists. The title track follows and is a more melow but good song, similar to “Children of the Damned” from the “Number of the Beast” album. The album now proceeds to descend into a series of songs not worth mentioning. Assasin is just not a good song, not up to Maiden calibur. It does, however, pick up towards the end with the last three songs. “Hooks in you” is indeed a catchy song, with a cool chorus, and characteristic creepy vocals from Bruce Dickinson. Great guitar work as well. “Bring your Daughter to the Slaughter” in next, and was the other single released. A very catchy chorus with hysterical lyrics. “Mother Russia” is a descent attempt to end the album with a Maiden characteristic epic finale, but it falls short compared to “Alexander the Great” or “Hallowed be thy name”. In general, it’s a good album as far as Rock and Roll goes, but the worst Maiden album up until that point.

    Posted on December 6, 2009