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No Prayer for the Dying

Iron Maiden Audio CD
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (14 July 1994)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B000006RHS
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 78,528 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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IRON MAIDEN No Prayer For The Dying (Long out of print original 1990 UK 8-track CD the eighth studio album by the British heavy metal band and their first to feature Janick Gers who replaced Adrian Smith including the singles Holy Smoke andBring Your Daughter... To The Slaughter [the groups only number one hit single]; lyric booklet picture sleeve with the original artwork by Derek Riggs of Eddie bursting from his grave and grabbing a grave-digger by the neck later replaced with just Eddie CDP7951422)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not A Prayer 22 July 2010
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The biggest reason why this is such a disappointing album is evident when listening to any of Maiden's previous 7. They are all so very, very good. The writing comes across as being poured over, revised and corrected and bettered again and again. No Prayer... just sounds like the band thought that the songs will do. It feels rushed and it feels lazy. And, unfortunately, it feels of its time - the herald of grunge and britpop and the coming of the heavy metal wasteland of the 90s.

The album itself is not terrible. There are a handful of good tracks but no classics at all. 'Tailgunner' is probably the most Maiden sounding track on the album and is one of the better ones. But there is a new edge to the sound, somehow. As 'Seventh Son...' seemed very prog-influenced, 'No Prayer...' seems to be finding its voice as a striaghtforward rock album. The guitars are crisper and a bit dirtier sounding and there is no overall epic quality, like in 'Piece of Mind', 'Powerslave' or the 'fuzziness' of 'Somewhere in Time'.

'Holy Smoke' is ok but not really single material. The title track is very good but a million miles away from their best. 'Public Enema', 'Fates Warning', 'The Assassin' and 'Run Silent...' range from ok to mediocre which has never happened to a run of 4 tracks on a Maiden album - EVER! 'Hooks in You' is actually my favourite song on the album, which is strange as it is more reminiscent of their B-sides from 'Somewhere in Time', 'That Girl' and 'Juanita' and very un-Maidenesque. Still, a good song is a good song.

'Bring your Daughter...' is a bit of fun but it isn't really THAT good, which is probably why it got so high up in the charts. Ironic that Maiden had their biggest commercial result from their least creative album. And 'Mother Russia' is awful.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Below par, but not that bad 29 Sep 2006
Format:Audio CD
Certainly not one of their best, and i used to hate this album. But as time has gone on and i've listened to it more, i've grown to appreciate this album, and realise it's quite good. Just dissapointing by Maidens astronomically high standards.

Tailgunner is a great opener, followed by Holy Smoke which i love as it rightly slaughters the frauds that are TV preachers. The title track is OK , maybe ruined for me by Bruce's vocal performance on it. Hooks In You and Mother Russia are both very good too.

Believe it or not though, my favorite song on the album is The Assasin. I know alot of people think this is one of Maidens worst, and i would think so too if it was meant to be taken seriously, but it isn't!. Think about it, do you really think the guy who bought us gems such as Hallowed Be Thy Name, Aces High, Infinite Dreams and Alexander The Great meant it when he wrote this song? no, he meant it to be funny/lighthearted. So take it that way, and you'll appreciate it more.

The other songs pretty much do nothing for me. I know Bring Your Daughter.. was meant to be a novelty song too. I suppose it's its popularity that puts me off, and i can't help but feel its trying to be a little more serious than The Assasin.

If you're new to Iron Maiden, by no means buy this album first. Start with Powerslave, Seventh Son, Number Of The Beast or Dance Of Death. Get this once you've established yourself as a fan ;)
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 10 Bitesized Maiden gems 13 Nov 2001
By "paulias" VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
What makes this Maiden album special is that all the songs are so short but packed full of great ideas. The title track and 'Mother Russia' sound like epics but they're both only about 5 minutes long. There are great hooky tracks like 'Holy Smoke', 'Bring Your Daughter...' and 'Hooks in You'(which has some intentionally hilarious lyrics) alongside growers like 'The Assassin' and 'Run Silent Run Deep'. It's a fun rock album played with great energy and enthusiasm. It's a very different but most welcome addition to the Maiden discography.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Quick Reviews! 19 Oct 2010
By carlosnightman VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
Maiden, like many metal and rock bands who found success in the eighties had problems continuing their form into the Nineties. Guitar music was going through massive changes and a lot of the old bands now seemed out of date and obsolete. On top of this many tried to change their style to suit the new sounds and either lost their fanbase or their own sound. Maiden have always tried to find a new sound for each new release whilst keeping that unique Maiden flavour, but some of the new directions Maiden were taking here would displease many fans. Shorter, more stripped songs, a change in Dickinson's singing style each conspired to forcing Adrian Smith to leave the band. How much he would have inputted creatively is open for debate, but it is clear something is lacking. The two most apparent features are a drop in invention (which in turn would convey a lack of ambition) and a loss of strong melodies. Having said that, this is still Maiden and even their most lacklustre albums have a few good songs and ironically this one has their only number 1 UK hit.

`Tailgunner' opens the promisingly enough with building chunky guitars, an underlying bass riff overturned by a strong lead riff. The drums blast off to a quick rhythm while Dickinson tells another tale of war, this time dedicated to the warriors of the sky. The chorus is fairly strong making this one of the few songs from the album to feature in later live shows while the solo is as strong as ever. It is unusual as there is a bit of swearing and Dickinson sings in a more growling fashion. A strong opener which would rarely be emulated throughout the album.

`Holy Smoke' continues the good start to the album leading us to believe that the band had made another classic.
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Published 1 month ago by Stewart Barry
4.0 out of 5 stars Bring Your Daughter...To The Slaughter
This is an Album like Marmite you either love it or hate it, I "like" it Maiden's sound has changed slightly and that's not a bad thing, if you listen to it with an open mind and... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Jordan119
5.0 out of 5 stars Great piece of music.
There's nothing better, than having a collection of recrds of one of ones' favourite bands. :)
Just buy it and enjoy!
Published 5 months ago by fenrir
2.0 out of 5 stars Bring this album to the slaughter.
This album isn't a complete disaster. It isn't as much off a drop off in standard when you compare St Anger to Metallica's first five or the latter Sabbath albums to say Paranoid. Read more
Published 7 months ago by H.E.Cox
4.0 out of 5 stars No prayer for the dying
Great album, but i give 4 stars, but it is great! . . . . .. . . . . .
Published 11 months ago by Jarand Barkved
5.0 out of 5 stars very good
a very good album, that will go well in any heavy metal fans cd collection. a must have for true fans, but a must listen too for all others
Published 12 months ago by lloydie4
5.0 out of 5 stars Iron Maiden
Been more than happy with the album, the cd came through quickly been in the car / van with the other since it arrived
Published 12 months ago by Mr. Nigel Booker
4.0 out of 5 stars Something Different from Iron Maiden...
If there's one single thing this album lacks, it's accessibility; it isn't easy to appreciate many of the tracks on first listen. Read more
Published on 21 May 2012 by Richard Owen
3.0 out of 5 stars What happened?
The great tragedy with this Maiden album is that it is let down by the production. The sound is poor, completely unlike all that came before it and much of their output since. Read more
Published on 12 May 2012 by Mangetout
5.0 out of 5 stars Underated and overlooked...
This was the last great Iron Maiden album before they lost track somewhat with 'Fear Of The Dark' and Bruce left the band. Read more
Published on 25 April 2012 by Mr Nostalgia
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