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A worthy follow up to the great debut. Killers is a collection of great short songs with a similar style, with the lack of any extended songs. The musicianship is as strong as the predecessor, and anyone who enjoys the heavier and less symphonic side of the band should hear this album.

The Ides of March is a symphony of electric guitars that recalls Queen. This is used in great effect as an introduction to the album. Wrathchild is where the music actually starts, a catchy hard rock piece with a great hook in the chorus. murders in the Rue Morgue, Purgatory, Another Day are more standard hard rock pieces, but Another Day has a beautiful guitar solo. You could say that Innocent Exile is also a standard hard rock tune, but it has great riffs and hooks to keep you entertained. The same could go for the title track Killers which is even more memorable, with its unforgettable anthemic choruses. Drifter has a more symphonic sound and plenty of virtuosism for fans of technical playing. Genghis Khnan is another song that displays plenty of musicianship, this one being completely void of vocals. Pay attention to the soaring double guitar solo close to the ending of the song: it is spectacular! For me, the best song in the album is Prodigal Son , a softer song with beautiful melodies and slightly distorted guitars. The instrumental break by minute 3 is among the most beautiful sections of music I have ever heard, with simple musical arrangements supporting a jaw-droppingly gorgeous guitar solo.

Any fans of Iron Maiden should own this album without hesitation. For newcomers, I don't think this is the best way to start, especially if you are looking for the more sophisticated side of the band. There are a few songs that are average and don't have much to offer here, which is why I will round the 3.5 to 3 stars.

Zitro | 3/5 |


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