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Killers
Killers
Studio album by Iron Maiden
Released February 2, 1981
Genre NWOBHM
Label EMI
Producer Martin Birch
Iron Maiden chronology
Live!! +one
(1980)
Killers
(1981)
Maiden Japan
(1981)

Track listingEdit

Original UK releaseEdit

  1. The Ides Of March (1:45)
  2. Wrathchild (2:54)
  3. Murders In The Rue Morgue (4:19)
  4. Another Life (3:22)
  5. Genghis Khan (3:06)
  6. Innocent Exile (3:53)
  7. Killers (5:01)
  8. Prodigal Son (6:11)
  9. Purgatory (3:21)
  10. Drifter (4:48)

Remastered releaseEdit

  1. The Ides Of March (1:45)
  2. Wrathchild (2:54)
  3. Murders In The Rue Morgue (4:19)
  4. Another Life (3:22)
  5. Genghis Khan (3:06)
  6. Innocent Exile (3:53)
  7. Killers (5:01)
  8. Prodigal Son (6:11)
  9. Purgatory (3:21)
  10. Twilight Zone (2:34)
  11. Drifter (4:48)

ReviewsEdit

The facade of the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal was nothing more than a front to the punk scene that erupted in Britain during the late seventies. This "New Wave" of bands were merely more spotty, they wore more leather, played faster but could not consume as much drink or drugs as the old wave of bands which including Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple, Budgie etc... For me the epitome of Heavy Metal (or even NWOBHM) can be summed in in too words. Iron Maiden. Synonymous with the whole Heavy Metal scene they have become an institution of that genre and could never ever even exist outside its one dimensional limitations. While they have made a career on rehashing the same tired and clíched formulas over and over again to a legion of petrol pump attendants they still carry that self styled sense of imperialism and still sit atop the Heavy Metal throne like a dictator.

Killers was the first heavy metal album proper I had ever heard. I was struck by its raw energy and fluid playability and dark themes of songs such as "Drifter" and "Murders In The Rue Morgue". Even before I knew what a morgue was so they were educational to a small extent. And though they may have been a metal band they had yet to be institutionalised into heavy metals short comings and here is a band willing to experiment. "Genghis Khan" is the very rare experience of a metal instrumental but it works so well in its surroundings. The twin guitar strains and descending notes of Dave Murray and Adrian Smith wail beautifully as they bring (bassist and chief song writer) Steve Harris's composition to life. Harris is something of a visionary as he more or less wrote everything on this album including the lyrics and he has through the years provided the drive, focus and stability for the band through the various line up changes. Singer Paul Di'anno looked like he would be more comfortable singing "God Save The Queen" but he exercises his singing ability to the extreme and really is the original metal vocalist. Those yells and screams must be his idiosyncratic trademarks but have been rented and robbed by every singer under the heavy metal banner since. Just listen to "Killers". Pure HM indulgence.

It had been something in the region of eighteen years after first experiencing Iron Maiden's second album that I returned to it, and giving it a spin brought back some memories but nothing much and none too important, but I had seen and experienced This Is Spinal Tap by this stage and it was finally starting to make some sense and I knew it was definitely not for real. The songs on Killers are catchy and at this stage Iron Maiden showed they were not afraid to try something different. Like the laid back and acoustic tinged "Prodigal Song". They would never be as experimental again. But without a doubt they would become safe in their long hair and leather fused with the mindless headbanging trappings of security and stagnant generic sound. The Martin Birch production leaves plenty to be desired and at times it sounds like a rough demonstration tape but certainly not as bad as their debut album which I absolutely detest along with much of their generic metal mayhem. For the era it was involved in and the time it was released I would certainly say Killers is a strong album with some good songs and a must for teenage dirtbags everywhere. User:RabidChild

Iron Maiden
Iron Maiden Members
Current Members: Bruce Dickinson - Steve Harris - Dave Murray - Adrian Smith - Janick Gers - Nicko McBrain
Iron Maiden Discography
Albums: Iron Maiden (album) - Killers - The Number of the Beast - Piece of Mind - Powerslave - Live After Death - Somewhere in Time - Maidenmania - Seventh Son of a Seventh Son - The First Ten Years - No Prayer for the Dying - Fear of the Dark - A Real Live One - A Real Dead One - Live at Donington - The X Factor - The Story So Far (Part One) - The Story So Far (Part Two) - Best of the Beast - Virtual XI - A Real Live Dead One - Eddie's 'Ed - Ed Hunter - Brave New World - Rock in Rio - Edward the Great - Eddie's Archive - Dance of Death - Death on the Road - The Essential Iron Maiden - A Matter of Life and Death
EPs: The Soundhouse Tapes - Live!! +one - Maiden Japan - No More Lies
Singles: Running Free - Sanctuary (song) - Women in Uniform - Twilight Zone - Purgatory - Run to the Hills - The Number of the Beast (song) - Flight of Icarus - The Trooper - 2 Minutes to Midnight - Aces High - Running Free (live) - Run to the Hills (live) - Wasted Years - Stranger in a Strange Land - Can I Play with Madness - The Evil That Men Do - The Clairvoyant - Infinite Dreams - Holy Smoke - Bring Your Daughter...to the Slaughter - Be Quick or Be Dead - From Here to Eternity - Wasting Love - Fear of the Dark (live) - Hallowed Be Thy Name - Man on the Edge - Lord of the Flies - Virus - The Angel and the Gambler - Futureal - The Wicker Man - Out of the Silent Planet - Run to the Hills (live '01) - Wildest Dreams - Rainmaker - The Number of the Beast (live) - The Trooper (live) - The Reincarnation of Benjamin Breeg - Different World
Iron Maiden Videography
Videos: Live at the Rainbow - Video Pieces - Behind the Iron Curtain - Live After Death (video) - 12 Wasted Years - Maiden England - The First Ten Years: The Videos - From There to Eternity - Donington Live 1992 - Raising Hell - Classic Albums: The Number of the Beast - Rock in Rio (video) - Visions of the Beast - The Early Days - Death on the Road (video)

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