Killers FORMAT: CD
REALEASE DATE: 02.02.1981
USERS RATING: 25 votes

Top 1981: #1
Iron Maiden more
Paul Di'Anno - voce
Dave Murray - chitara
Adrian Smith - chitara
Steve Harris - bas
Clive Burr - tobe

01. The Ides of March02. Wrathchild03. Murders in the Rue Morgue04. Another Life05. Genghis Khan06. Innocent Exile07. Killers08. Prodigal Son09. Purgatory10. Drifter

Iron Maiden had one of the best debuts in rock history, despite the fact that not a lot of money was invested in their first record in 1980. Even so, one year later, a rather significant change would occur, when the difference between Iron Maiden and Killers with respect to audio technology was overwhelming in favor of the latter. There are several parts that led to this, and the first and most important was brining an experienced sound engineer, Martin Birch (Fleetwood MacDeep PurpleBlack Sabbath etc.). Another thing that made a great difference was the arrival of Adrian Smith, an extremely calculated guitar player, replacing Dennis Stratton – who was accused by Steve Harris that he was not on the same wavelength as the other band members.


Killers seems to me like that kind of rebel album, made without any compromise, combining several genres such as heavy metal, punk and progressive, a mix that no other band had used before. For this reason, I think that with their first two albums, the five Londoners set the mood for such bands from the United States that would, in the mid-80s, bring other sounds into metal that were less accepted by true fans of traditional metal. Bands such as Suicidal TendenciesRed Hot Chili PeppersCorrosion of ConformityFaith No More and other, I don’t know if they were influenced by Iron Maiden music from the Paul Di'Anno period, but they must have had them as a reference when combining metal with hardcore, punk, rap, alternative or funk.


At the time, Iron Maiden were still in the underground, and Steve Harris was hell-bent on getting out of it to conquer the heavy metal scene. The only obstacle to their success was Paul Di'Anno himself, who, in addition to the fact that he was a champion of punk music in the band (a thing Harris never agreed with), had a pretty tumultuous personal life, causing no less than nine shows to be cancelled during the promotional tour. In the end, Di'Anno would leave during the “Killer World Tour”, when Bruce Dickinson replaced him in the band, later becoming that special ingredient without which heavy metal would have probably be still rather unknown.


Nevertheless, Paul Di'Anno has undeniable importance, especially as a man who never knew the word “compromise”, something that was fully reflected in the band’s music. This is why I feel that the first two albums would not have had the same charm with a different vocal, as Paul Di'Anno and Iron Maiden were a match made in heaven for those years.

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