Sunday, June 30, 2013

Iron Maiden - No Prayer For The Dying (1990)

Every rock fan know that the 90's saw some surprisingly weak albums from some of the greatest names in the 80's, and sadly, Iron Maiden was no exception. The 1990 release "No Prayer For The Dying" saw the start of a downward slope for the band. Besides the fact that Adrian Smith left the band and was replaced by Janick Gers, the band took a step back from their epic sound that they had developed in "Seventh Son of A Seventh Son".

So it is back to basics for the Maiden then, and the big guns are the fast songs "Holy Smoke" and Bring Your Daughter... To The Slaughter". Two songs that has had its plays in rock radio stations all around the world, but are not mentioned as some of Maiden's greatest works. For me, these two songs may be catchy and groovy, but there is no depth in the music to make them long lasting. But surprisingly, those two are on the stronger side of this album, which is a proof that "No Prayer For The Dying" is weaker than the average Maiden album.

Other strong parts of the album are the adventurous "Tailgunner", the beautiful title track, the epic closer "Mother Russia" and the underestimated "The Assassin". But just like the rest of the album, these songs are very pale compared to what the band has created before. But at the same time, there are no really bad songs in "No Prayer For The Dying". Sure, "Run Silent Run Deep" is pretty sluggish and "Hooks In You" is a little corny, but the overall standard is acceptable.

"No Prayer For The Dying" is not a complete train wreck, but it was the weakest Maiden album at that time. It has some satisfaction factor, but in the end, it does not fulfill ones need for great music. I definitely miss Adrian Smith's furious guitar playing on this album, but Janick Gers is doing his best, and it is not easy too be new in the gang that has made some amazing records in the past couple of years.  So "No Prayer For The Dying" is an ok album. No more, no less.

Songs worthy of recognition: Bring Your Daughter... To The Slaughter, Tailgunner, Holy Smoke

Rating: 6/10 Assassins

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