2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
give this more of a chance,
This review is from: Fear Of The Dark (Audio CD)
released in 1992 and the last album before bruce left the band,we all know he returned in 1999,dont we?,fear of the dark is an album that wouldnt be the first maiden album to divide the fans,despite being a success,the album has burnt with a mixture of horror and love from maiden fans and all thats in between as well,im in the latter parts of very good and there is certainly a part of me that thinks this album has too many filling moments and for that my review is circled in the 3.5 out of 5 range.
When i first heard this album back as a young cub in 1992 i remember thinking that at first it didnt have the melodies or the chorus' of the album that came before it,i remember thinking that this was a darker album,some of that remains today of course but i think its catchier than i first gave it credit for.The albums first three tracks race through with glory and confidence,no problems there,the fourth track 'fear is the key' is a tad generic but has a bite or two in it for sure,'childhoods end is a solid track as is 'wasting love' which although a power ballad,still sounds powerful to this day,'the fugitive is decent and 'chains of misery' is a bit wasterful in its execution,and the remaining tracks until the albums rightful closer all range from good to very good,but its the final track and the title track that bring this album its place in our hearts,a real anthem that is still played to this day,an anthem that is brooding and yet uplifting.
Bruce as we know left after this,actually adrian smith left as well for seven years,but some will have you believe that bruce had to go,his voice here isnt as powerful but in many ways but not all ways of course he was missed on the next two maiden albums but if those albums arent as good then its as much to do with the songwriting of steve harris as the inclusion of blaze on vocals,but thats a seperate issue,whats worth noting is that fear of the dark is a good,if not a world class album.