Killers

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All Music Guide - Steve Huey
Iron Maiden's sophomore effort, Killers, is mostly composed of pre-existing material that had been left off the debut, with just a few new additions. It's certainly a better-sounding release than the debut, with new producer Martin Birch beefing up the band's studio presence and lending their instrumental attack a newfound clarity that throws their considerable skills into sharp relief. In fact, this helps mask the fact that the songwriting isn't quite as strong overall as it was on the debut. But the teaming of new guitarist Adrian Smith with Dave Murray forms the most formidable twin-guitar attack in heavy metal, outside of Glenn Tipton and K.K. Downing. Plus, bassist ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Huey
Iron Maiden's sophomore effort, Killers, is mostly composed of pre-existing material that had been left off the debut, with just a few new additions. It's certainly a better-sounding release than the debut, with new producer Martin Birch beefing up the band's studio presence and lending their instrumental attack a newfound clarity that throws their considerable skills into sharp relief. In fact, this helps mask the fact that the songwriting isn't quite as strong overall as it was on the debut. But the teaming of new guitarist Adrian Smith with Dave Murray forms the most formidable twin-guitar attack in heavy metal, outside of Glenn Tipton and K.K. Downing. Plus, bassist Steve Harris' busy, driving lines are now consistently audible in the mix. The resulting instrumental fireworks are what truly make the album tick. That said, there's a much smaller percentage of catalog standards here than on the previous album. "Wrathchild" is the standout, re-recorded here with Smith on guitar from an earlier version for the Metal for Muthas compilation. There's a fair bit of unity in the lyrical themes, with a parade of murderers, fugitives, and characters otherwise torn from their roots. "Murders in the Rue Morgue" is a first-person retelling of the Poe short story, and the title track is another highlight, with Paul Di'Anno turning in an especially menacing performance. The single "Purgatory" has a catchy singalong chorus and a tempo worthy of Motörhead, while "Twilight Zone" not included on the U.K. issue, but added to subsequent releases scraped the bottom of the British charts. The biggest departure here is the almost Supertramp-like prog-pop of "Prodigal Son," a melodic, uptempo offering with an arrangement based around acoustic guitars. Despite some inconsistency in the material, Killers is clearly the work of a top-notch ensemble, and in order to take the next step forward, their musical ambitions were clearly going to require a vocalist as technically accomplished as the band. It's worth noting that some Maiden fans actually prefer the rawness of the Di'Anno years to the polish of the Bruce Dickinson era though, it should also be noted, they're in the minority.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/26/2002
  • Label: Sanctuary Records
  • UPC: 696998620926
  • Catalog Number: 86209
  • Sales rank: 3,364

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Ides of March (1:46)
  2. 2 Wrathchild (2:55)
  3. 3 Murders in the Rue Morgue (4:19)
  4. 4 Another Life (3:24)
  5. 5 Genghis Khan (3:09)
  6. 6 Innocent Exile (3:54)
  7. 7 Killers (5:02)
  8. 8 Prodigal Son (6:13)
  9. 9 Purgatory (3:20)
  10. 10 Twilight Zone (2:34)
  11. 11 Drifter (4:51)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Iron Maiden Primary Artist
Paul Di'Anno Vocals
Adrian Smith Guitar, Vocals
Clive Burr Drums
Steve Harris Bass, Vocals
Dennis Stratton Guitar, Vocals
David Murray Guitar
Dave Murray Guitar
Technical Credits
Iron Maiden Producer
Barry Guy Contributor
Martin Birch Producer, Engineer
Doug Hall Producer, Sound Man
Tony Platt Producer
Simon Heyworth Mastering, Remastering
Derek Riggs Artwork, Cover Illustration
Tony Webster Contributor
Barrie Stjohn Jones Contributor
AMX Studios Producer
Ian Shurmer Contributor
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    i love this album

    i got this album on vinyl record and i like it so i am going to get it on cd too

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great Album

    I just got into Maiden a few months ago and this is the first album of their's that I bought. This is an album that you can listen to day after day and not get tired of it. This is an essential metal album right up there with Metallica's Master of Puppets. Rock on.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    worthy of the crown

    the greatest of iron maiden's early attempts.key tracks-wrathchild,murders in the rue morge,prodigal son,twilight zone.long live king edward!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I loooove this record!

    This is my all-time favorite record of not just heavy metal, but any other type of music as well. It's so consistant all the way through it's amazing.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Killers Arrived Again

    Lyrics are about killing and Satan. Vocals are good. Very much Iron Maiden classic. Especially "Killers", "Wrathchild", and "Another Life" tell about killing. When you're listening these tracks again and again, you will think that killing may be fun.

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