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NO PRAYER FOR THE DYING

Iron Maiden

 

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2.52 | 258 ratings

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ZowieZiggy
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2 stars I believe it is time to pay tribute to this band.

They have released seven good to very good albums in a row. Even if some tiredness could be felt here and there during "Seventh Son". This type of performance is not frequently achieved and deserves to be mentioned. Especially when one of their weakest opus falls short.

But bearing in mind that they almost evenly travelled through the eighties is rather remarkable. The band was releasing one album every year up till 86. The rhythm (inspiration ?) will be less frequent after this productive period, but this has been mostly the case for all bands. So, the Maiden cannot be blamed for this in particular.

This album is not bad even if it is much more a simple and straight-forward heavy-metal one. Gone are the epics ("Rime of the Ancient Mariner", "Alexander The Great", "Seventh Son of a Seventh Son") or simply the longer and most elaborate numbers which peppered their last three studio albums.

IMHHO, this album holds two very good songs "No Prayer For The Dying" and "Public Enema Number One", a great guitar solo during "The Assassin" and that's basically it. You can maybe add "Bring Your Daughter... To The Slaughter" with its rather sexual oriented lyrics like : "If there's some living to be done , Before your life becomes your tomb. You'd better know I'm the one , So unchain your back door invite me around".

Rather explicit. This single will peak at the first spot in the UK charts. "Mother Russia" is also quite alright with its pleasant Oriental sounds.

Counting it correctly, that's still half of good to very good numbers. A lot of bands would be more than happy to reach this level after so many releases. Still, it would not be fair to rate it as a good album. Five out of ten probably. I will come back to this rating if ever the half star one will finally make its way (I'll have some homework to do in this case, but I'll do it with a lot of pleasure).

For the time being : two stars.

ZowieZiggy | 2/5 |

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