Fear of the Dark [Enhanced]

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All Music Guide - Greg Prato
While 1992's Fear of the Dark was definitely more of a return to form for Iron Maiden, it was still wasn't quite on par with their exceptional work from the '80s. Easily an improvement over 1990's lackluster No Prayer for the Dying both musically and sonically, the album debuted on the U.K. charts at number one. The opening "Be Quick or Be Dead" proved Maiden could easily hold their own with younger thrash metal bands, "From Here to Eternity" contained lyrics that seem better fitted for Mötley Crüe, while the expected epic album-closing title track would become a concert staple all three tracks were released as U.K. singles. While Maiden records of the past would contain an ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Greg Prato
While 1992's Fear of the Dark was definitely more of a return to form for Iron Maiden, it was still wasn't quite on par with their exceptional work from the '80s. Easily an improvement over 1990's lackluster No Prayer for the Dying both musically and sonically, the album debuted on the U.K. charts at number one. The opening "Be Quick or Be Dead" proved Maiden could easily hold their own with younger thrash metal bands, "From Here to Eternity" contained lyrics that seem better fitted for Mötley Crüe, while the expected epic album-closing title track would become a concert staple all three tracks were released as U.K. singles. While Maiden records of the past would contain an album's worth of first-rate material, Fear of the Dark is again weighed down with too many drab compositions -- "Childhood's End," "Chains of Misery," "Judas Be My Guide," and more. The serene "Wasting Love" proves to be one of Maiden's better ballads of the '90s, while the rockers "Fear Is the Key" and "Afraid to Shoot Strangers" are also standouts. Fear of the Dark would be singer Bruce Dickinson's final studio album with the band until their late-'90s reunion, as he publicly voiced that he felt the band had run its course. [On all of Iron Maiden's 1998 reissues on Raw Power a multimedia section is featured on the CD, which includes videos, band biographies, tour date history, and photo galleries.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/26/2002
  • Label: Sanctuary Records
  • UPC: 696998621725
  • Catalog Number: 86217
  • Sales rank: 25,709

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Iron Maiden Primary Artist
Bruce Dickinson Vocals
Janick Gers Guitar
Steve Harris Bass
Michael Kenny Keyboards
Nicko McBrain Drums
Dave Murray Guitar
Technical Credits
Bruce Dickinson Composer
Martin Birch Producer
Janick Gers Composer
Steve Harris Composer, Producer
David Murray Composer
Hugh Gilmour Art Direction
Martin "The Ninja" Birch Engineer
Robert Smallwood Management
Phil Anstice Contributor
Melvyn Grant Illustrations
Andy Taylor Management
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    An album for the true Iron Maiden Fan.

    I thought it was a great album, a departure from their prior 80's style while at the same time a preview to their style after their reunion. Some really great (but seldom heard) tracks on this album comprised of powerful vocals and heavy, yet intricate, guitar, bass and drums accompaniment.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This is a good cd

    I think there are alot of good songs on this one. A few of the songs in the middle of the disk are kind of lame but other than that the others are good to very good. I would recommend it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Four Good Songs!

    "Fear of the Dark", "Afraid to Shoot Strangers", "Be Quick Or Be Dead" and "From Here to Eternity": these are the only ones which I listen to. Other tracks are all the way too simple ones.

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