Iron Maiden



by MusicTrap USER (3 Reviews)
August 1st, 2010 | 9 replies

Release Date: 1981 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Though not possessing the top-to-bottom quality the debut had, Killers is still a solid album with several excellent tracks.

A good follow up to the classic debut, Killers features some of the best forgotten tracks of the Paul DiAnno era, such as the title song and Murders in the Rue Morgue. There are a few songs that are skippable but other than that this is a great metal album. And who isn't familiar with that cover? For a lot of people, that is the first image that pops up when they hear Iron Maiden. The album, though lower rated than its predessecor, only increased Iron Maiden's ever-growing fame.

We start everything with Ides of March. This brief, instrumental opener has a good, heavy marching sound. The guitar work is nice, and Clive's drumming really powers it along for the whole minute 45 playing time. However, it's hard to call such a short forgettable track great. Not only that but it's really unecessary, as there were other songs on the album that would've worked fine as the opener. 3.5/5

Like Wrathchild, for example. Kicking off with a deep bass line and soft drumming, this song soon explodes with energy as the guitars and Paul come in. The raw aggression and vicious atmosphere have made this song a true classic and a perennial fixture in concerts. It's hard to put your finger on just what gives this song its charm, but whatever the reason is this song will always be fun to listen to. 4.5/5

An eerie bass line sets up an eerie atmosphere, before high-pitched guitar wails join in. Then at about a minute in Murders in the Rue Morgue explodes into the traditional heavy sound. Paul dominates this trac kwith his singing, quickly racing through the verses before the catchy chorus. I really mean it when I say catchy, by the way. This is likely the best song on the album, and its a real shame this isn't played live very much as it is a classic. 5/5

Another Life is one of the definite weaker tracks, there isn't really anything special here. It has the regular Di'Anno sound but it doesn't hook you at any part. The opening is pretty cool, however. Clive has a booming drum line before strange guitar licks joins in. What brings this song down, however, is its repetativeness. There is only one verse and it's repeated three times and the instruments aren't enough to make up for it. 3/5

After one of the lesser songs, Killers then takes you into one of the best. Genghis Khan is the second instrumental on the album, following Ides of March, and is clearly the superior. The guitars go from one pace change to another, which drawns listeners in. What really steals the show is Clive's drumming. This is one of his best performances with Iron Maiden, and he changes from frantic smashing to rhythmic beats in the blink of an eye. One of the best on Killers, so don't let it being an instrumental repel you. 4.5/5

Another wicked bass line from Steve Harris heads the sixth song, Innocent Exile. Again, after his bass intro the song kicks into full gear with aggressive guitars and Paul howling away like usual. Similar to Another Life, this is another forgettable, mediocre song which has no real special parts. 3.5/5

The album's titular track, Killers, delivers as one of the best early Maiden ever made. This is the closest thing Killers had to an "epic", and though it wasn't one it had most of the elements. There was the slow, build-up intro followed by brilliantly written verses by Steve (Killer behind you/his blood lust defines all his needs), then we get one hell of a solo, and then back to the verses before the song ends. This is the best guitar work on the whole album save for maybe Genghis Khan. You can tell a lot of effort was put in here. 5/5

A speedy, catchy little track called Twilight Zone folows up the brilliant title track. You can really tell this is filler as it is only 2 and a half minutes and the lyrics/intruments are very simple. For a filler song, though, this one delivers. The opening riff is enough to draw some fans in, and its still a fun song to hear. Plus it is short enough to where it ends before it gets repetative. A solid track but there are better ones here. 4/5

The one slow, ballad-esque song on Killers, Prodigal Son, is next up. This song is beautiful at times, but a bit boring at others. Paul sings in the same soft voice heard on Remember Tomoorow and Strange World. This is one of the better listens, as it provides a good change of pace from the speedy, heavy hitters while not completely abandoning the metal sound. 4.5/5

Going right from the slow ballad is the relentless Purgatory. This song went into rapid fire from the very beginning and never strayed far from it. It has a runtime of 3:20, but the pure speed makes it go by even faster. There are a few minor breakdowns to keep it from becoming tedious and everything is executed very well, which may have been why it was released as singel. 4.5/5

Closing out Killers, and the Di'Anno era, is Drifter. It's fitting that this would be the last song Di'Anno made with Maiden as the song is mostly a display for his vocal talents. It is not the best song here, but Paul gives one of his best performances and saves this song from mediocrity. 4/5

Bringing in almost the same sound as the debut, this album is a bit lower in overall quality. Its mainly a it and miss album, though the misses are still solid tunes. It's difficult what to make of Killers, because it isn't a great album but it isn't a mediocre one either. It would say it's better than average, as tracks like Murders in the Rue Morgue, Wrathchild and Killers are some of my favorite Iron Maiden pieces. Skipping a few tracks here and there, Killers ranks in as an above-average Maiden album.

Best Songs:
Murders in the Rue Morgue

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August 1st 2010


Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

If you consider becoming a serious reviewer, I'd advice you NOT TO WRITE TRACK-BY-TRACKS. They're boring to read, do not provide a proper overview of the album most of the time, and are therefore frowned upon. What I don't get is that all the new users seem to think it's the way to go. What you should do is read some of the approved reviews on the site and see how stuff works, then start writing. If you really want to improve I can help you out as well.

August 1st 2010


Album Rating: 4.0

I don't understand what everyone has against track by track reviews. I prefer both reading and writing them to reviews that just state information about the album in general. They provide scripture and insight on the songs. And I have read many of the approved reviews for this album and others alike and the majority that I've seen are track by tracks.

Edit: Come to think of it, I see what you mean. I'm going to try a different approach for my Number of the Beast review.

August 1st 2010


Album Rating: 4.0

your rating is too low

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August 1st 2010


5 it

August 1st 2010


Album Rating: 4.0

album is a 5.3

August 1st 2010


Album Rating: 4.0

prodigal son GUYS

August 1st 2010


Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

I don't understand what everyone has against track by track reviews. I prefer both reading and writing them to reviews that just state information about the album in general.

Overall reviews are not about stating information in general at all; they provide a full overview of an album, best done by citing songs and their qualities as examples.

They provide scripture and insight on the songs.

People will mostly want to experience the songs themselves. We really don't need to know how fast every song is, for example. You'll find yourself saying the exact same things about every song, making it very repetitive to both write and read. A few examples of your writing:

It's hard to put your finger on just what gives this song its charm

This is just about the worst thing you can do to make a review convincing. You're in charge here, you are the authority on the album in this review. Don't come in saying you can't put your finger on what makes the song great. You'd be better off not mentioning it at all. Write what you are knowledgeable about.

This song is beautiful at times, but a bit boring at others.

An opinion always needs to be backed by an argument. You can't just go claiming this and that without giving a good reason for it. That is the cornerstone of any good review.

I've advised tons of new users, and mostly they just do anything with it while they should, so A) you actually use my pointers, or B) stop reviewing because you'll not be a contributing factor to the site if you continue in this way. I may sound harsh, but I'm only telling the truth. Any other experienced writer will tell you the same things. No offence meant.

And I have read many of the approved reviews for this album and others alike and the majority that I've seen are track by tracks.

Tbt's were all the rage a few years ago here, then people realized they were actually very unprofessional.

August 1st 2010


Yeah, and you can still detail plenty of the tracks in an overall review, I usually end up describing 3/4 of the tracks in my reviews. But like Nag said, it makes for a better read and is less monotonous than a simple tbt (which is what I did for my first review too btw). You can have paragraphs about the various strengths and weaknesses of the album and use songs as examples.

Digging: Alter Bridge - The Last Hero

August 1st 2010


Album Rating: 4.0

I like track by track reviews, and I love this album. Great review.

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