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No Prayer for the Dying [Enhanced, Import]

Iron Maiden Audio CD
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
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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

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3.0 out of 5 stars It's just that. OK. April 19 2013
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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. The songs aren't bad they're just not great. There are 2 maybe 3 standout tracks. The lead in "Tailgunner" is a great kick off but we've been over the subject matter before (in a roundabout way) in the form of "Aces High".
"Hooks In You" is a catchy song that won't dissappoint. "Bring your Daughter..." is a good tune as well. If you're a maiden fan you'll want to have it in your collection. If you're more selective you may want to listen to it first before you buy (if you can do so). Then you'll know if this album is for you.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A tough follow-up July 26 2004
Format:Audio CD
At the peak of their career, Iron Maiden decided, in 1990 with No prayer for the dying, to return to the roots. They were looking to recapture the sound of Killers and the Number of the beast. So they went back to shorter songs, drifting away from epics that made them famous. The result is disappointing, yet the album is not bad. The follow-up to a masterpiece like 7th son is always hard and No prayer suffered a lot from that. Also the departure of guitarist Adrian Smith who was replaced by Jannick Gers hurt the band. Gers's fast and furious style is 180 degres from Smith's style who is more of a technician.
1-Tailgunner : Very good opener. Another song that has war as the main inspiration. 8,5/10
2-Holy smoke : A critic of the televangelists. The 1st single after 7th son. The sound and the structure of the song are very "basic". A tough start. 7/10
3-No prayer for the dying : A very nice song with a great riff that followed the chorus. Should be more recognized. 9 /10
4-Public enema number one : With a better chorus it could have been a very good song. 7,5/10
5-Fates warning : Same as above with a slow intro that you wonder what it's doing. 7/10
6-The assassin : The killers of the 90's. Entertaining. 8,5/10
7-Run silent, run deep : Overall, the voice of Bruce Dickinson on the album is very average. On this song he's pushing a bit more. Good chorus for an OK song. 8/10
8-Hooks in you : The continuing story of Charlotte the harlot. It should have ended at the 22, Acacia Avenue. 7/10
9-Bring your daughter...to the slaughter : Originally performed and written by Bruce Dickinson on the OST of Nightmare on Elm Street 5, this song was re-done by Maiden. Was it because of a lack of material or just to please Dickinson who was aiming at a solo career ?
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3.0 out of 5 stars unfortunetly average June 29 2004
Format:Audio CD
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. I love the title track however a great opening guitar riff, and public enema no1 is another great track, plus hooks in you, but that bout it, and janicks solo in bring your daughter.. is cool, but thats about it. A very weak album from an amazing rock band. Not the best, get seventh son of a seventh son or powerslave instead
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1.0 out of 5 stars I tryed, but... June 27 2004
Format:Audio CD
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...I can't stand to say this about Maiden, but bad. : (
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3.0 out of 5 stars Severly Underrated Maiden Outing June 20 2004
By Ed
Format:Audio CD
As the 80s closed and Grunge loomed in the horizon, many Metal bands were quickly losing the mainstream attention they had been recieving throughout the decade. However, since Maiden never aligned themselves with either the Hair Metal camp or the Thrash Metal camp, they weren't particularly affected by the changing musical climates. However, they decided (for whatever reason, we'll never know) to strip down their progressive Metal approach and go back to the more straight ahead thrashy punk of their early career. Don't get me wrong, this album is certainly not simplistic at all, and guitar-wise it's one of the most dominant of the bunch, but it did sacrifice the very complementing keyboards of their past albums.
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.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Unpolished gem. June 14 2004
Format:Audio CD
1990 was an awkward year for Metal. It was a new decade and some of the great Metal bands were starting to look tired and boring. I waited with anticipation for the release of this album, I knew that no matter how the music ambient was changing, Maiden would not let me down. At first, the album didint sink into me. I gave it a few spins, but after a quick listen, I would quickly slip in "Piece of Mind" or "Somewhere in Time". But some years back, I put it on and gave the album a chance. It was mind blowing to hear the power in this Maiden album. The songs are perfectly constructed, the production is crisp and the band just sounds very energetic. The title track is a true gem. "No prayer for the dying" is a song that hardly ever gets talked about, but it is beautifull "ballad". Other standout tracks in the true Maiden fashion are "Tailgunner", "Bring your daughter to the slaughter", and "Hooks in you". I have talked to many Maiden fans and they dont seem to enjoy or like this album, but considering the albums that came after this one, I think this album is to often over looked.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Average Maiden
After 1988's Seventh Son of a Seventh Son Steve Harris decided it was time for the band to go back to the sound of the early days and because of this guitarist Adrian Smith left... Read more
Published on Aug. 22 2010 by Tommy Sixx Morais
5.0 out of 5 stars Most underrated Maiden album ever
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 more
Published on July 2 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Really Good
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 more
Published on June 7 2004 by Johnny Danell
5.0 out of 5 stars why the hate... RULES
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 more
Published on April 29 2004
3.0 out of 5 stars No prayer
I was 10 when this album came out, my brother and I put the c.d. on, we thought, wow, what a good rocker album. Read more
Published on Dec 7 2003 by danny
5.0 out of 5 stars WORTHY OF YOUR CD COLLECTION.
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 more
Published on Oct. 21 2003 by Edgar Sanchez
5.0 out of 5 stars Why do people hate this album???
Everyone seems to hate this album...Why? I think it is one of the best!
Most people think that Janick Gers is not as good as Adrian Smith, but still Janick is good enough. Read more
Published on Oct. 15 2003
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