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Release date: 2 February 1981
Style: New wave of British heavy metal

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Disc I
01. The Ides Of March
02. Wrathchild
03. Murders In The Rue Morgue
04. Another Life
05. Genghis Khan
06. Innocent Exile
07. Killers
08. Prodigal Son
09. Purgatory
10. Twilight Zone [1998 remaster bonus]
11. Drifter

Disc II [1995 reissue bonus disc]
01. Twilight Zone
02. Women In Uniform [Skyhooks cover]
03. Invasion
04. Phantom Of The Opera [live]

Top 20 albums of 1981: 8

Review
Lyrics (13)


Line-up
Paul "Di'Anno" Andrews - vocals
David Michael "Dave" Murray - guitars
Adrian Frederick Smith - guitars
Clive Burr - drums
Stephen Percy "Steve" Harris - bass


Additional info
Recording: Battery Studios, London.
Producer & engineer: Martin "Headmaster" Birch.
Engineer: Nigel Hewitt.
Cover, cover concept & photography: Derek Riggs & Dave Lights.

The song "Murders In The Rue Morgue" is inspired by Edgar Allan Poe''s story with the same name.

Staff review by
Pierre Tombale

Rating:
7.5
Fantastic successor Killers, you might think of it as Iron Maiden Volume II for the sound developed on the Iron Maiden album has not changed, just improved.

Starting off with the Instrumental Ides Of March you know from the first second you can expect something familiar, because the song is a different version from Samson's 'Thunderburst' (right, Samson was Bruce Dickinson's first band before Maiden). I always wondered why at live performances Ides Of March isn't used as intro for Wrathchild, the second album track, because it's obviously meant as intro for this song. But there is of course more to Killers than one song and an instrumental. In fact this album is as diverse as the predecessor using effects and clean sound in between. The Voice of Paul Di'Anno and the Metal parts come slightly more aggressive than on Iron Maiden. The production is a bit tighter. One will find the bass often highlighting the drums or playing the same fast lines as the guitars. 'Killers' is a killer album same as 'Iron Maiden'. Both are unique in sound and voice of Paul Di'Anno who had left Iron Maiden after this album. Both paved the way for Iron Maiden's further success. 'Killers' contains the two live classics 'Wrathchild' and the title track 'Killers'.

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Mr. Sizzle - 27.09.2010 at 23:54  
Rating: 9 This album is filled with great Maiden attitude and it's filled with EXCELLENT bass. This album reinstates how much Steve Harris kicks ass!!
lordbeherit666 - 17.03.2011 at 17:39  
Rating: 10 The second album from the British, after a magnificent debut Maiden raised the bar even higher brilliant album in every form apsolutny classic
RavenKing - 17.03.2011 at 20:54  
 
Written by lordbeherit666 on 17.03.2011 at 17:39

The second album from the British, after a magnificent debut Maiden raised the bar even higher brilliant album in every form apsolutny classic


I find this kind of comment funny in their inaccuracy. "Killers" is in fact mostly a collection of Maiden's very old songs, many of them written before the debut album. It's not exactly a second album in the way we usually conceive it.
Void Eater - 17.03.2011 at 23:57  
  Funny how this album is basically a collection of filler songs, yet still manages to be great. I'd place it as Maiden's second best, behind the almighty Somwhere in Time-which for some reason is perhaps the least known of their 80's albums.
tea[m]ster - 20.03.2011 at 17:55  
Rating: 8
Written by Void Eater on 17.03.2011 at 23:57

Funny how this album is basically a collection of filler songs, yet still manages to be great. I'd place it as Maiden's second best, behind the almighty Somwhere in Time-which for some reason is perhaps the least known of their 80's albums.


eww...someone else who shares my opinion of Somewhere In Time but I digress...as far as Killers goes "Drifter" is on my list of top 5 Iron Maiden Songs of ALL TIME.
BeastOfMetal456 - 26.07.2011 at 02:35  
 
Written by Void Eater on 17.03.2011 at 23:57

Funny how this album is basically a collection of filler songs, yet still manages to be great. I'd place it as Maiden's second best, behind the almighty Somwhere in Time-which for some reason is perhaps the least known of their 80's albums.

It is a collection of filler song, but IMO they don't manage to be that great. Better than anything post-Seventh, but not their second greatest.
Dentura - 13.08.2012 at 00:09  
Rating: 9 Out of the first two Di'Anno era albums, I personally love this more than the debut (even though i love that album too). There are more songs on here and they all kick ass. Iron Maiden for life \m/
megadeath13 - 09.11.2012 at 23:07  
  After the magnificent debut Maiden didnt diassapoint with Killers. This album is so underrated that it makes me feel sick!
Maco - 13.12.2012 at 19:44  
Rating: 8 Love the title track
Bad English - 21.02.2013 at 01:55  
Rating: 4
Written by Guest on 22.12.2012 at 15:01

Very good but not the best maiden alb


because it is weekest album, ok maybe last one is weekest , but this is secend weekest

Butr now I just change my mind, I didnt like this album some time ago, IMO it was werry week, of corse it is not so strong than 1th one, but its sortha catchy, speedy, punky...weird my muisc taste changing LOL
Jaeryd17‍ - 01.04.2013 at 12:42  
Rating: 8 I don't get a lot of the hate that this album gets. I think it's great; definitely one of their better albums.
deadone - 15.01.2014 at 05:12  
Rating: 9 Never understood why this one isn't that popular.

I've always thought of this one as an album for Iron Maiden fans as opposed the Bruce fronted ones which have more mainstream appeal.

Personal favourite songs are The Ides Of March, Wrathchild, Murders In The Rue Morgue, Killers, Prodigal Son and Purgatory.

In fact Killers is one of my top 5 favourite Iron Maiden tracks.
Paw!! - 15.05.2014 at 02:45  
Rating: 8 Simple.I love all tracks.

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