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Fear of the Dark [Enhanced, Import]

Iron Maiden Audio CD
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Nay sayers are Wrong!! I'm RIGHT!!! April 12 2004
Format:Audio CD
This album is completely underrated and overllooked, the only lame songs on this album are childhood's end, and Fear Is The Key, and evend they are not as bad as anything on say.. The X Factor.
So, In Conclusion avoid the Nay-sayers!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars An excellent album Aug. 28 2003
Format:Audio CD
With Maiden's 1990 release, No Prayer For The Dying, there was no denying it - many of the band's long-time fans thought they were finished. For some reason, people seem to have a strong dislike toward Janick Gers, but he's every bit as good a guitarist as Adrian smith. This point was beautifully demonstrated on the 1992 album, Fear Of The Dark. Read on for track-by-track summaries and opinions, as well as my thoughts on the remastering.
Be Quick or Be Dead - The opening track is a fast and furious rock assault you'd have to be a fool not to love. Arguably the best track here.
From Here to Eternity - Part Four (and to date, the final part) in the Charlotte series. Of the two nineties songs in this series, this is the superior of the two.
Afraid to Shoot Strangers - Slow, dark, gloomy, and hard - this song is a regular masterpiece. Who would've thought an ANTI-war song could be so cool?
Fear Is the Key - Not the best track on the album, but a highly underrated little gem. DON'T SKIP IT!
Childhood's End - Ditto.
Wasting Love - Probably Maiden's most overrated post-eighties song, but it's still a pretty good one that often goes underappreciated by the band's die hard fans.
The Fugitive - This is the tale of a man accused of a crime he didn't commit, who must clear his name. Once again, it's an underrated little gem.
Chains of Misery - ARGUABLY THE BAND'S MOST UNDERRATED SONG EVER. THIS IS NOT A FILLER, PEOPLE!
The Apparition - Yet another one of the "underrated but cool" songs on the album.
Judas Be My Guide - Lyrics are the main strength of this one, especially in the chorus.
Fear Of The Dark - The title track is a hard and gloomy masterpiece. It's no wonder it's become a fan favorite!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Better than its predecessor April 19 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
After dropping the ball on the previous release "No Prayer For The Dying", Iron Maiden attempted to get things right with this 1992 release. Ironically they'd get even worse as the 90's progressed with the horrible Blaze Bailey offerings.
There are stronger tracks on this effort. "Be Quick Or Be Dead", "From Here To Eternity", Weekend Warrior", and the soon to be live favourite "Fear Of The Dark" certainly rate mentioning. Not quite a complete comeback for Eddie's boys but an overall better effort. The starred review says 3 stars, but I would rate it 3.5 stars.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Better than No Prayer for the Dying July 28 2006
Format:Audio CD
This was the second Iron Maiden album I ever owned, mostly because it was on sale and I didn't know any better. It's actually a pretty solid album, especially the title track, "Afraid to Shoot Strangers", and "Judas Be My Guide". However, there are a few total dogs on this album, namely "Weekend Warrior" and "Chains of Misery", two songs which go nowhere and aren't up to Maiden's lyrical or musical standards. I still went out and bought the rest of the catalogue after listening to this but it's not the best introduction to Maiden. Stick with any of the albums from the 80's before picking this one up.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Fear of the 90's July 27 2004
Format:Audio CD
The last album featuring Bruce Dickinson on vocals (before his return in 1999), this album markes the end of an era of greatness that was fading away with the album before (No prayer for the dying). With his singer aiming a solo career and the birth of the grunge movement, Iron Maiden was at a crossroad in his history.
1-Be quick or be dead : A good opener but not as good as what was done in the 80's. Bruce's voice is not as powerful. 8,5/10
2-From here to eternity : A bluesy kinda song that features again the voice of Bruce trying to imitate AC/DC's style. OK song but not memorable. 8/10
3-Afraid to shoot strangers : Another song about war written by Steve Harris. And a damn good one. 9,5/10
4-Fear is the key : This song reminds me a bit of the song Powerslave (but not as good !). There is a chaotic part in the middle of the song that is not Maiden's style but still good. 8/10
5-Childhood's end : A more traditionnal Maiden style song. Bruce's voice is back on top. 9/10
6-Wasting love : Iron Maiden first real attemp to do a ballad. The result is not cheesy but that's not with that kind of song that they made new fans. And maybe it was the reason why they released it as a single. 8/10
7-The fugitive : Same as Childhood's end. 9/10
8-Chains of misery : Good song with an OK chorus but not more. 8/10
9-The apparition : This song never picks up despite a good instrumental part. Very boring. 6/10
10-Judas be my guide : A catchy song with a good chorus. With the years it gets better and better. 8,5/10
11-Weekend warrior : This song should have been on Tattooed Millionaire (Bruce Dickinson first solo album) or on a B-side. It's not serious and it sounds like AC/DC.
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4.0 out of 5 stars "Be Quick Or Be Dead!"-3 1/2 Stars March 20 2008
By Tommy Sixx Morais TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
In 1990 Iron Maiden released "No Prayers For The Dying",an attemp to return to their roots which resulted in one of the band's worst album(Adrian Smith has said he left because he wasn't happy with the direction the band was taking,he did not participate in any way to it).Two years latter they return to a more traditionnal style for 1992's "Fear Of The Dark",obviously better than its predecessor.Fear Of The Dark was released without much promotion and at the time Grunge music had pretty much destroyed everything so there wasn't a lot left directionwise.Maiden still released an album true to themselves and managed to produce a few great songs with FOTD.Most fans were unhappy with the direction they took with their previous album and this one receved a better treatment from them.Fear is heavy,has the band being themselves and has some good songs and playing.

Fear would be the last album with Bruce Dickinson until 2000's "Brave New World" as he wouldn't return until 1999(Smith also rejoined with Bruce).You need to understand that there was a lot of tentions back ten in the band between Bruce and Maiden,so it was kind of Bruce versus Maiden in some ways.It's a band with a signer that they don't want there and a signer who doesn't want to be there either.It wasn't the best era of Maiden.The band would go on tour during 1992-1993,then record two live albums and Bruce would go on to make solo albums while Maiden would get a new singer,Blayze Bailey who would make two albums with them.The band wasn't fonctionning as a unit anymore it was the band in one side and Bruce in the other and let's face it,in those circumstances it is really hard to be committed at 100 % and do your best and give something great to your fans.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not the best , but it certainly doesn't suck!
Many are complaining that this doesn't sound like a Maiden album and a lot of the songs are out of character for them. Read more
Published on July 18 2004 by John
4.0 out of 5 stars fear of the dark is a great album
A lot of people hate this album because they think most songs here are fillers and the three bad songs. Read more
Published on May 29 2004 by Ren
5.0 out of 5 stars Bruce came back!
Bruce came back and this record sounded great! I was quite impressed. The songs here sounded like OLD maiden! Read more
Published on May 26 2004 by Lotus Scrum
2.0 out of 5 stars too slow for metal
sorry but I think it realy sucks it was the first iron madien cd I ever got and it almost made me think the band sucked. it is 2 slow for me and my metal needs.
Published on May 16 2004 by J H. Morris
4.0 out of 5 stars Solid, Underrated Offering
The 90s were a really hard time for not only Iron Maiden, but most 80s bands. Their first album of the era, No Prayer for the Dying, was a complete critical flop. Read more
Published on March 7 2004 by Ed
5.0 out of 5 stars Dont Listen To 'Em Its Great!
From what I've read of other peoples thoughts on this album i was pretty disappointed to read that so called "die hard fans" didn't like this album. Read more
Published on Jan. 2 2004 by E. Rogers
5.0 out of 5 stars UNAPPRECIATED ALBUM.
This album seems to get mixed reviews,but personally I think this is a very solid effort from the heavy metal masters known as Iron Maiden. Read more
Published on Oct. 21 2003 by Edgar Sanchez
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Album
Fear of the Dark is one of my favorite Maiden albums. Everyone sounds great and the songs are really strong. Read more
Published on Oct. 12 2003
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