The first re-release of the ninth full-length studio album by the legendary British Heavy Metal band.
It’s the third band's studio release to top the UK albums chart and last to feature Bruce Dickinson as lead vocalist until his return in 1999.
While 1992's "Fear Of The Dark" was definitely more of a return to form for Iron Maiden, it still wasn't quite on par with their exceptional work from the '80s. Easily an improvement over 1990's lackluster "No Prayer For The Dying", the album debuted on the U.K. charts at number one.
The opening "Be Quick or Be Dead" proved Maiden could easily hold their own with younger Thrash Metal bands, "From Here to Eternity" contained lyrics that seem better fitted for Mötley Crüe, while the expected epic album-closing title track would become a concert staple (all three tracks were released as U.K. singles). The serene "Wasting Love" proves to be one of Maiden's better ballads of the '90s, while the rockers "Fear Is the Key" and "Afraid to Shoot Strangers" are also standouts.
It was the first album to be produced by bassist and band founder Steve Harris, and last to feature the work of producer Martin Birch (who retired after its release).
The cover of album was the band's first not to be designed by artist Derek Riggs, whose contributions were rejected in favour of Melvyn Grant's. According to Iron Maiden's manager, Rod Smallwood, the band began accepting contributions from other artists as "We wanted to upgrade Eddie for the 90s. We wanted to take him from the sort of comic-book horror creature and turn him into something a bit more straightforward so that he became even more threatening". Melvyn Grant has since drawn several more covers for Iron Maiden, making him the band's second most-frequent artist after Riggs.
"Fear Of The Dark" ended up being the last album in eight years to feature Bruce Dickinson. This is a good thing, as Bruce admitted that he was not totally into singing for Maiden, and wanted to focus more on his solo career. This album is certainly different. They display what we all love about Iron Maiden. Maybe it's not the best horse in the Iron Maiden stable, but still a Rock-hard classic for most HM-fans! From other side this is a very good record, if not a great record like the Iron Maiden offerings before it!!
Iron Maiden LLP/Parlophone Records Limited, A Warner Music Group Company, 1992/2017 (0190295852344). Made in Germany. 180 g vinyl. Remaster 2015.
1. Be Quick Or Be Dead 3:24
2. From Here To Eternity 3:39
3. Afraid To Shoot Strangers 6:56
4. Fear Is The Key 5:35
5. Childhood's End 4:41
6. Wasting Love 5:51
1. The Fugitive 4:54
2. Chains Of Misery 3:37
3. The Apparition 3:55
4. Judas Be My Guide 3:09
5. Weekend Warrior 5:39
6. Fear Of The Dark 7:17
Total playing time: 58:37 min.