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2 stars Iron Maiden comes out of the (prog rock) closet ?

I regard this album as an oddity in Iron Maiden's discography. Mainly because it has some oddball songs. The title track, for example. There are also some ideas on this album Iron Maiden only fully developed on their Dance Of Death and A Matter Of Life And Death albums 20-25 years later. Listen to Prodigal Son. I only spotted this link when I started to listen to this album again some days ago.

Most off all; this is an oddity of an album in the NWOBHM scene. I cannot remember any other albums who sounded anywhere near Killers. I believe the main reason is that most of the tracks on Killers was written and rehearsed in the late '70s. The first Iron Maiden album written during the 1980s was the follow up album The Number Of The Beast from 1982.

So what do we get here ? Some strange tunes. Some of them are even good. Tracks like Killers, Prodigal Son and Murders In The Rue Morgue. The rest is best forgotten and that include Wrathchild. But the biggest problem is the vocals of Paul D'Anno. His vocals was never a match for Iron Maiden. Killers was therefore held back by the vocals and more or less a compromise between the limitations of Paul D'Anno and the aspirations of the band. Enter Bruce Dickinson; the only true Iron Maiden vocalist.

I regard this as an oddity-album and cannot recommend it to other than collectors and fans.

2.5 stars.

toroddfuglesteg | 2/5 |


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