No Prayer for the Dying Import, Enhanced
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Un album de ruptures. Rupture de la cohésion du groupe avec le départ du guitariste Adrian Smith, remplacé par Janick Gers. Rupture dans l'évolution musicale du groupe avec le quasi-abandon du "metal" sophistiqué, qui était la marque de fabrique d'Iron Maiden depuis quelques années, pour un hard rock plus brutal et direct, rappelant le style du groupe à ses débuts. Un brusque changement de cap qui déconcertera quelque peu les fans, et sera l'un des signes extérieurs de la tension qui se développe alors au sein du groupe entre son fondateur Steve Harris et son chanteur Bruce Dickinson. Avec le recul, No Prayer For The Dying s'avère être un bon album, probablement sous-estimé, contenant des titres particulièrement efficaces comme "Tail Gunner", "Holy Smoke" et le tubesque "Bring Your Daughter To The Slaughter". Un album de crise, certes, mais débordant de hargne et d'énergie, qui a sans doute permis au groupe de ne pas s'endormir sur ses lauriers et, surtout, de ne pas trop se ramollir. --James Petit --This text refers to an alternate Audio CD edition.
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The album opens with Tailgunner which is basically a different perspective on Aces High, solid intro to NPFTD. Holy Smoke follows and it's a great song as well. The title song is a slower and more melodic one, I really like this one. I could live without ever hearing Public Enema Number One and Fates Warning again, not that they're unlistenable but The Assassin is definitely a low point for me. The album gets considerably better with Hooks In You and Bring Your Daughter To The Slaughter, both catchy tunes and memorable ones.Read more ›
Regardless of the "black sheep" status of the album, it is clear this is a guitar-oriented Rock N Roll album, and when so it should be listened and reviewed as such. Taking this into acount, No Prayer for the Dying is a strong album. It features plenty of great harmonies and memorable choruses and it should definately please the average Rock/Metal fan that's not expecting a huge magnum opus..
Opener "Tailgunner" is an appropriate track, but it's not very memorable as far as Maiden goes, and is not on the same level as Aces High, Caught Somewhere in Time and the like. "Holy Smoke" is a humorous tune, followed by the intense power-ballad-styled Title Track, one of the finer cuts. Public Enema Number One and Fates Warning are simple, average songs. "The Assassin" you could say is the stinker of the album, the song goes nowhere and simply adds nothing to the album. However, after its lowest point, the closing 4 tracks are all very strong and are on par with the previous Maiden.Read more ›
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Not a great offering from this stellar band. There were some definite signs of fatigue after spending the 80's building up an enormous international fan base. Read morePublished on April 19 2013 by Sir Steven
At the peak of their career, Iron Maiden decided, in 1990 with No prayer for the dying, to return to the roots. Read morePublished on July 26 2004 by Jean-François Lévis
This was my first metal album, and i'm really glad it was. I think No Prayer for the Dying is a collection of the most underrated Maiden songs ever. Read morePublished on July 2 2004
I love maiden they really do rock, but this album really does need more variety, unlike most maiden albums these songs sound very samey and tiresome. Read morePublished on June 29 2004 by Kane Taylor
Some good guitar riffs, but just plain sub-par work from the boys. I theorize that they got burned out from doing 7th Son..., but this is just... Read morePublished on June 27 2004 by Matthew Charles
This cd is rally about 4.5 stars but I think i's worth 5 stars. To begin with I don't know why people don't like this album. As long as I have liked Maiden I have liked this album. Read morePublished on June 7 2004 by Johnny Danell
Ok, I have no clue why No Prayer For The Dying has bad ratings... its amazing! As is every album from Maiden! My favorite track is the title track... Read morePublished on April 29 2004
I dont get why this album has gotten alot of negative reviews because it plainly kicks ass.Most of the songs are excellent with one or two which are mediocre. Read morePublished on Oct. 21 2003 by Edgar Sanchez