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 The rhythm inspiration? 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. 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. 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. This album seems to mark the point where like many a successful band, bad decisions emerge from simply being out of touch with the world which inspired them in the first place.
After a decade of unfathomable success the band just seemed to start making all the wrong decisions. The most hilarious of these ideas is the fact that this album was recorded in Steve Harris' barn.
Apparently the band was fearing the continuation of their ever growing progressive tendencies and got cold feet and made an attempt to regain their "street creds" of their early years. What a backfire. This caused Smith to leave and the fans to peg this as the biggest faux pas that a successful band could possibly make.
Well, there are always worse things Blaze Bailey anyone? While the lyrics stray away from the literary and fantastical and delve into the contemporary social issues such as religious zealotry and other social ills, the music isn't too far off the cuff from early MAIDEN releases, in fact the hooks and melodies are quite enjoyable and the salvation of this album which i personally don't find to be as bad as everyone makes it out to be.
Certainly a step down from previous efforts especially coming after the string of brilliance that peaked with "7th" but certainly not a flop that deserves to walk the plank.
There is no doubt that this album despite several strong tracks evokes a sort of disappointment. It almost seems like a tribute to the good old days that ended with "7th Son. I dunno. Certainly not as good as every other release before, yet this album still blows away a good portion of other melodic metal albums that came out in I still find myself listening to this one despite the mountain of masterpieces that eclipse its very existence.
While my favorite tracks are "Tailgunner," "Holy Smoke," "Mother Russia" and the title track, there are really no horrible tracks here but as we all know, when a favorite band reaches great heights and falls down a few notches we take it out on them with cutting critique and infra digs. Agreed that this effort is not their day in the sun, but neither is it the worst thing ever to grace the metal kingdom.
Personally i find this to contain rather well written MAIDEN tracks that would have fit well in their earlier years but if you listen to this after "7th Son" then you will surely be for a let down. While the dying may have no prayer left, at least there's still a pulse on this release.
For sure, the beginning of nineties were a turn difficult to negotiate for most traditional heavy metal bands, but here, internal musical divergences led to this half-failure. Adrian Smith, the second guitarist since the great "Killers", wanted to pursue the progressive approach started at the end of the 80's, whereas Steve Harris' intention was to go back to the rawer and raging tonality of the early years.
Smith left the quintet, replaced by Jannick Gers, guitarist on Bruce Dickinson's solo studio album "Tattooed Millionaire". As a result, "No Prayer For The Dying" logically abandons the fantasy melodic atmospheres developed in the two last records. The problem is that, despite simplified and shorter compositions and more political lyrics, musically speaking, this record doesn't possess the ferocity and the explosiveness of the first opuses either. Those who expect a quality and originality matching the Di'Anno era's will be greatly disappointed.
So, what happens when the band leaves both its primal ardour, its epicness, and its progressive composing? Not much really To be honest, there are 3 tracks worth to rescue.
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So this is the serious one. I think the line 'Running silent, running deep, sink into your silent sleep' is very poetic. A lot of Maiden titles are from films but they always give it their own special treatment rather than write based purely on the movie. Rate These Lyrics.Enjoy the videos and music you love, upload original content, and share it all with friends, family, and the world on YouTube.