1. Ides Of March, The
3. Murders In The Rue Morgue
4. Another Life
5. Genghis Khan
6. Innocent Exile
8. Prodigal Son
10. Twilight Zone
Producer: Martin "Headmaster" Birch
Distributor: Ryko Distribution
Recording type: Studio
Recording mode: Stereo
SPAR Code: n/a
This is an Enhanced CD which contains regular audio tracks and multimedia computer files. The Enhanced portion includes music videos for "Wrathchild" and "Killers."
Iron Maiden: Paul DiAnno (vocals); Dave Murray, Adrian Smith (guitar); Steve Harris (bass); Clive Burr (drums).
Engineers: Martin "Headmaster" Birch, Nigel Hewitt.
Recorded at Battery Studios, London, England.
Digitally remastered by Simon Heyworth (Chop 'Em Out).
This is an Enhanced CD, which contains both regular audio tracks and multimedia computer files.
KILLERS is based on more straight-ahead heavy metal, departing from Iron Maiden's 1980 self-titled debut, which had more of a punk edge (a facet often cited as an important stepping stone for "thrash metal" years later). Nonetheless the first album was a huge surprise hit in the band's native England, debuting within the Top Five upon release. The group's second release one year later, KILLERS sets its sights on making inroads in America, touring stateside for the very first time. The album was also the first for guitarist Adrian Smith, who replaced Dennis Stratton.
The best-known track remains the renegade rocker "Wrathchild," but other lesser known compositions prove just as strong, such as the gruesome "Murders in the Rue Morgue;" the singles "Purgatory" and "Twilight Zone;" plus the fan favorites "Innocent Exile," "Genghis Khan," "Prodigal Son," and the title track. KILLERS cemented Maiden's standing as one of heavy metal's most promising up-and-coming bands.
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Full throttle follow up proving a point...
Iron Maiden's second studio album, and the first to feature guitarist Adrian Smith. It's also the first to feature Martin Birch's very crisp production.
I've read many reviews over the years which bemoan the fact that this contains material which the band had been playing for years and so wasn't really new, which misses the point really. Sure, Ides of March, Wrathchild, Another Life, Innocent Exile, Killers and Drifter had been played during their previous tours, but at least three of these are Maiden classics, Wrathchild in particular being played at most of their gigs up to and including the 2005 'Early Days' tour and remaining a firm fan favourite.
Killers is a more all out full throttle album than their debut with only the accoustic Prodigal Son easing the pace (and to be honest the only song I really don't have much time for). As for the rest, Wrathchild, Murders in the Rue Morgue, Killers and Drifter are essential Maiden; Another Life and Innocent Exile hint at bassist Steve Harris's progressive rock influences without easing the pace; and Genghis Khan and Purgatory are frantic (I can attempt most of the Maiden back catalogue on guitar but these two utterly defeat me).
The ECD version includes Twilight Zone which was released as a double A-side single with Wrathchild and which was not on the original album (but was on the Canadian release) or original CD release.
Perhaps not as immediate as their debut album, this is nevertheless still a studio document of a band out for blood and giving it 110%. And as for that cover...
Killers - Iron Maiden
Solid second album from Maiden! This album is a progression from the punk-influenced songs of the debut and the fully-formed metal masterwork "The Number of the Beast." The songs are a bit more complex than on the first album and Steve Harris begins indulging his interest in history on tracke like "Murders in the Rue Morgue." Outstanding tracks include: "Wrathchild", "Prodigal Son" and the instrumental "Genghis Khan."
As a Maiden fan, I've always preferred Bruce Dickinson, but Paul DiAnno does a capable, if not spectacular, job handling the vocals. The addition of Bruce to the line-up on subsequent albums allowed Harris to write more sweeping epics ("Hallowed Be Thy Name", "Rime of the Ancient Mariner") that lend themselves to Bruce's larger-than-life vocals. DiAnno gave Maiden a rougher, less polished feel. Regardless of the vocalist, the galloping bass lines and intricate guitar work let you know this is an Iron Maiden album.
Killers [ECD] - Iron Maiden (CD 2006)
This is Iron Maiden's second album in which one can begin to hear the band evolve into the band we will come to know. First, Adrian Smith replaces Dennis Stratton on guitar. Second, Paul Di'anno's last album on vocals. The Album is heavier and faster than the first. The highlights of this album are the The Ides of March and Gengis Khan.
The debut of Adrian Smith on guitar
I like how the band was starting to come together, but this release is still pretty weak compared to the mid to late 80's when Bruce Dickenson became the vocalist. I don't think that Maiden has made a bad album, but this (the the debut) are definately at the bottom of my list as far as my personal favorites. I love the guitar work on this, but most of the rest of it is just pretty average and absolutely in a lesser league than "Powerslave", "Piece Of Mind" "Number Of The Beast" or even "Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son".
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