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Forgotten Heavy Metal Albums: "Killers" by the British Band Iron Maiden

Updated on July 5, 2022
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Ara is a journalism graduate from California State University, Northridge, who is always looking to explore his writing opportunities.

What Songs is the Album Killers Known for?

In the history of heavy metal, can there be any albums released by Iron Maiden that some fans can possibly forget about? There is one such example of an album that I can think about that many fans of the band may tend to overlook or forget about. That album is the album "Killers" released in 1981. The album is known for hit songs such as the title track, Wrathchild, and Murders in the Rue Morgue. The bass guitar work of Steve Harris is superb in this title track!

The Album Cover for the Album Killers


Band Personnel That Play on the Album Killers

Paul Di'anno: vocals

Dave Murray: guitars

Adrian Smith: guitars and backing vocals

Steve Harris: bass guitars

Clive Burr: drums Note: he passed away in 2013 due to multiple sclerosis

The Album Has a Very Strong Beginning to It in Spite of Paul Di’anno’s Punk Style Vocals

The album starts with a nice and short instrumental song called The Ides of March before we get to what? The song Wrathchild is up next and this is one of my favorite songs written by the band and it should be on a Top 10 list of best Iron Maiden songs of all time. Killers is a heavy metal album with some punk influences as is the case with the song Murders in the Rue Morgue. This is the last studio album to feature vocalist Paul Di’anno. Bruce Dickinson is a much better fit for Iron Maiden.” Killers” is the only Iron Maiden album which has two instrumental songs on it.

Paul Di'anno Was Not the Right Vocalist for Iron Maiden

In my analysis of this album and the Paul Di’anno era, Paul had that punk style kind of voice which at times sounded like it was muffled and Iron Maiden was better off when they replaced him with Bruce Dickinson who is one of the best heavy metal vocalists to come from any European nation period!

Review and Analysis of the Songs Another Life and Genghis Khan

Another Life is a song about a person laying down on his bed as sweet voices are somehow coming into his head. He wants to escape from his mundane existence and he also feels like he wants to end it all.

Genghis Khan is the second instrumental song in this album. The song starts with some drumming and exotic riffing as it is a good mid-tempo kind of song. This song really speeds up to create a very interesting song for that time period. In the 1970s and early 1980s bands were really experimenting with punk style sound.

The Songs Innocent Life, Prodigal Son and Purgatory

Innocent Exile is a song that starts with a very interesting bass line. It is about a person that has nothing to live for, he is confused and he defied the law. Prodigal Son which has the bass guitar sounds audible and it is a song that has a sort of country and alternative influence in it and it is different than what we have all heard from Iron Maiden but give this one a chance and you may like it. The fast song Purgatory with some more creative bass guitar skill by Steve Harris is a song about a person that is thinking of an age old dream though there are certain places he has never seen before and he wants to be taken away from his fantasies. Is that really possible? The band at this early stage in their career was exploring with various lyrical themes and it is a formula that definitely works well.

What is the defining Moment for the Album Killers?

But the defining moment of this album is definitely the song called Wrathchild. The song was played LIVE at an Iron Maiden concert years later with Bruce Dickinson. It was featured on the album LIVE After Death. The song is about a man that was born into a world of selfish greed and dominance. He is on the hunt, on the prowl for a man that he has not found yet. He is a wrathchild, a rebel that wants to fulfill his selfish crazy desires. The best songs are many including The Ides of March, Killers, Wrathchild, Murders in the Rue Morgue and that's plenty of solid, strong tracks for one of the UK's finest heavy metal bands of all time.

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This content reflects the personal opinions of the author. It is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and should not be substituted for impartial fact or advice in legal, political, or personal matters.

© 2018 Ara Vahanian


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