Iron Maiden - No Prayer The Dying - 0190295852351 - LP Record
No Prayer for the
the eighth studio album by English heavy metal band Iron Maiden.
It marks their first line-up change since 1982; guitarist Adrian Smith left
the band during the pre-production phase, unhappy with the musical direction
it was taking, and only having contributed to one song, "Hooks in
You".Smith was replaced by Janick Gers, who had previously worked with
singer Bruce Dickinson on his first solo-album, Tattooed Millionaire, and had
also worked with Ian Gillan, former Marillion singer Fish,and new wave of British
heavy metal band, White Spirit.
Although it received
generally mixed to negative reviews, the album peaked at No. 2 in the UK
Albums Chart and contains the band's only UK Singles Chart No. 1, "Bring
Your Daughter... to the Slaughter".
The album departed
from the keyboard- and synthesiser-saturated progressive rock direction of
the band's two previous studio outings (1986's Somewhere in Time and 1988's
Seventh Son of a Seventh Son) in favour of a more "stripped down,"
straightforward style, reminiscent of the band's earlier material,which
ushered in a change of vocal style for Bruce Dickinson from the operatic
sound of the 1980s to a raspier way of singing.The idea to make a more
"street level" release also inspired the band to record in a barn
on bassist Steve Harris's property in Essex, using the Rolling Stones Mobile
Studio This means it is the first Iron Maiden album to be recorded in their
home country since 1982's The Number of the Beast. Dickinson states that this
idea was a mistake, commenting that "It was shit! It was a shit-sounding
record, and I wished we hadn't done it that way. At the time, I was as guilty
as anyone else in going, 'Oh great! Look, we're all covered in straw! What a
The album also
departed from literary and historical lyrical themes in favour of more
political content, with songs focusing on religious exploitation (such as in
the record's first single, "Holy Smoke") and social concerns
("Public Enema Number One").No Prayer for the Dying is the only
Iron Maiden studio album to date without a song exceeding six minutes in
length and the second one to contain profanity in the lyrics, the debut album
being the first to do so. It was also the band's first release with Epic
Records in the US, after the band left Capitol Records, but was sold through
EMI for all territories outside the US. Despite charting well in most
countries, particularly in the UK where it debuted at No. 2,it would be the
band's last album to receive gold certification in the US.
No Prayer for the
Dying includes the hit song "Bring Your Daughter... to the
Slaughter", which, in spite of a ban by the BBC, remains Iron Maiden's
only UK No. 1 single to date.A tongue-in-cheek song written by Dickinson and
originally recorded with his solo band for the A Nightmare on Elm Street 5:
The Dream Child film soundtrack, Harris decided that the song would be
"great for Maiden" and had the band re-record it.
Dickinson's departure from Iron Maiden in 1993, songs from No Prayer for the
Dying have been largely ignored at live performances. "Bring Your
Daughter... to the Slaughter" was the only song played on a post-1993
setlist, appearing on the band's 2003 summer tour.
No Prayer on the
Road was the tour in support of the album.
No Prayer for the
Dying does not follow the continuity of previous album covers, as Eddie no
longer exhibits either his lobotomy or cyborg enhancements.
Two versions of the
cover exist. The original 1990 version has Eddie bursting from his grave and
grabbing a gravedigger by the neck. As the band's manager, Rod Smallwood,
disliked the figure, he asked artist Derek Riggs to remove him from the cover
for the 1998 re-release,although the original artwork is used on the disc
itself. Additionally an inscription was added to the plaque on the tomb,
which Riggs had initially left blank to allow the band to add their own
words,and reads "After the Daylight, The Night of Pain, That is not
Dead, Which Can Rise Again." The picture disc LP shows Eddie firing a
weapon made of four machine guns (a reference to the album's opening track,
"Tailgunner"). It has the original cover on side two.
The album received
generally mixed to negative reviews, with AllMusic commenting that "the
songwriting wasn't up to snuff when compared to such classics as Killers or
Number of the Beast" and "as a whole doesn't measure up to the
hits." Sputnikmusic were equally negative, stating that "No Prayer
for the Dying is a plain, listless record that never really gets itself going."
Iron Maiden - No Prayer The Dying - 0190295852351
Steve Harris, Bruce Dickinson, Dave Murray,
Adrian Smith, Nicko McBrain, Del Bromham, George Kooymans, Barry Hay, Andy
Fraser, Paul Rodgers, Jimmy Page, John Bonham & John Paul Jones
Guitar, Bass Guitar, Drums & Keyboards
Dave Murray, Janick Gers, Steve Harris,
Nicko McBrain & Maichael Kenney