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Release date: 12 May 1992
Style: Heavy metal

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Disc I

01. Be Quick Or Be Dead
02. From Here To Eternity
03. Afraid To Shoot Strangers
04. Fear Is The Key
05. Childhood's End
06. Wasting Love
07. The Fugitive
08. Chains Of Misery
09. The Apparition
10. Judas Be My Guide
11. Weekend Warrior
12. Fear Of The Dark

Disc II [1995 Reissue Bonus CD]

01. Nodding Donkey Blues
02. Space Station No. 5 [Montrose cover]
03. I Can't See My Feelings [Budgie cover]
04. Roll Over Vic Vella
05. No Prayer for the Dying [live]
06. Public Enema Number One [live]
07. Hooks In You [live]

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Additional info
Space Station No. 5" Contains a hidden track entitled "Bayswater Ain't a Bad Place to Be" (Previously available as a hidden track on the UK Single of 'Be Quick Or Be Dead').

Guest review by
Spyroid

Rating:
7.3
Damn! How do you rate an album like this? 'Fear Of The Dark' must be one of the most uneven albums released, and for sure the most uneven Iron Maiden album. There are really two sides of this album, and before I can even talk about the rating I have to evaluate them.

First of all we have the good side. And it's a really good side. There are some tracks on 'Fear Of The Dark' which are just brilliant and deserve very high ratings. They are not only good, but also show that the band has developed, they have very well written lyrics and incredible solos - 'From Here To Eternity' contains my favourite Maiden solo ever. Other tracks that belong to this side are of course the title track, 'Afraid To Shoot Strangers' and 'Wasting Love', plus some other unknown tracks like 'Chains of Misery' and 'Judas Be My Guide' which I like a lot.

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Viesturs - 03.02.2011 at 23:03  
  Rock On!!!:metal:
JohnDoe - 04.02.2011 at 02:22  
 
Written by Viesturs on 03.02.2011 at 23:03

Rock On!!!:metal:


like I said, you give 10s way too easily.
Scumbagrr - 12.08.2011 at 09:41  
  Hail....damn its a great songs..on of my memories here with all my fella....
in 1994.....when im still in first graduate.....
jhhahahahahhaa.......love this...buaangeettt...\m/
Mountain King - 17.09.2011 at 19:48  
  I just don't get how this can get lower ratings than the total crap of Somewhere in Time or the average Brave New World!
Lit. - 09.11.2011 at 05:16  
 
Written by Mountain King on 17.09.2011 at 19:48

I just don't get how this can get lower ratings than the total crap of Somewhere in Time or the average Brave New World!


Think you're a little backwards there.
Fear Of The Dark better than Somewhere In Time and Brave New World? What 'chu talkin' aboot, Willis?
Angelic Storm - 09.11.2011 at 13:10  
Rating: 8
Written by Lit. on 09.11.2011 at 05:16
Think you're a little backwards there.
Fear Of The Dark better than Somewhere In Time and Brave New World? What 'chu talkin' aboot, Willis?


Agreed. Both those albums are far stronger overall than the ocassionally brilliant, but mostly patchy "Fear Of The Dark"...
Mountain King - 09.11.2011 at 14:00  
 
Written by Lit. on 09.11.2011 at 05:16

Written by Mountain King on 17.09.2011 at 19:48

I just don't get how this can get lower ratings than the total crap of Somewhere in Time or the average Brave New World!


Think you're a little backwards there.
Fear Of The Dark better than Somewhere In Time and Brave New World? What 'chu talkin' aboot, Willis?

Afraid To Shoot Strangers, Title Track, Wasting Love, Be Quick Or Be Dead, Judas My Guide are all some of the best songs Maiden have ever done, and honestly they make me like the band. While the songs i really like from Somewhere In Time are Caught Somewhere in Time, Sea Of Madness and Alexander The Great and all 3 don't come close to some of the aforementioned songs from FOTD. Everyone has his opinion, Maiden was never my favorite band and i tend to pick a few songs from each album and i really think FOTD and Number Of The Beast are their best albums...
LordHypnos - 13.10.2012 at 23:58  
Rating: 5 Weak album.
Dentura - 12.11.2012 at 21:47  
Rating: 8 Definitely an improvement over No Prayer for the Dying, but still not as good as an album like Brave New World or 7th Son. I really like the acoustic work scattered throughout the album in songs like "Wasting Love" or the intro to "Weekend Warrior". It has more standouts than the previous release with songs like the title track, "Wasting Love", "Fear is the Key", and one of my all-time favorite Maiden songs "Afraid to Shoot Strangers". Still, "From Here To Eternity" (one of the worst songs i've ever heard from Maiden) among other unimpressive songs is one of the reasons this album won't get more than an 8 from me.
Illog1cal - 30.01.2013 at 00:44  
  Mostly bad.
Azarath - 30.01.2013 at 19:58  
Rating: 7 It basically breaks down like this:

Great: Afraid to Shoot Strangers, Judas Be My Guide, Fear of the Dark
Good: Be Quick or Be Dead, Childhood's End, Wasting Love
Decent: Fear Is the Key, The Fugitive, Chains of Misery
Bad: From Here to Eternity, The Apparition, Weekend Warrior

Half of the album is good / great. The weaker half is what makes it an average album. The decent enjoyable-"filler"-track is a Maiden album staple, but Fear of the Dark has 3 of them and that's simply too many. And just as the great songs are great, the bad songs are really bad. "The Apparition" has a really cool bass solo though.
JÄY - 31.01.2013 at 00:31  
Rating: 8
Written by Azarath on 30.01.2013 at 19:58

It basically breaks down like this:

Great: Afraid to Shoot Strangers, Judas Be My Guide, Fear of the Dark
Good: Be Quick or Be Dead, Childhood's End, Wasting Love
Decent: Fear Is the Key, The Fugitive, Chains of Misery
Bad: From Here to Eternity, The Apparition, Weekend Warrior

Half of the album is good / great. The weaker half is what makes it an average album. The decent enjoyable-"filler"-track is a Maiden album staple, but Fear of the Dark has 3 of them and that's simply too many. And just as the great songs are great, the bad songs are really bad. "The Apparition" has a really cool bass solo though.

Nice breakdown
Azarath - 31.01.2013 at 20:34  
Rating: 7
Written by JÄY on 31.01.2013 at 00:31

Nice breakdown

Cheers. Breaking down is what I do. Wait...
JÄY - 01.02.2013 at 00:30  
Rating: 8
Written by Azarath on 31.01.2013 at 20:34

Written by JÄY on 31.01.2013 at 00:31

Nice breakdown

Cheers. Breaking down is what I do. Wait...

You and Whitechapel
Bad English - 28.02.2013 at 02:33  
Rating: 8 After bI hera this one , I am thinking maybe it was better Bruce left IM and Blaze came, otherwise there would not be good news IM whit Bruce, this is week, good it is from that time and werry proffesional mussican what makes it stronger than if its would be nowdays band

fear of the chick, thay she will bite of your dick .... new parody version
Bad English - 28.02.2013 at 02:33  
Rating: 8 After bI hera this one , I am thinking maybe it was better Bruce left IM and Blaze came, otherwise there would not be good news IM whit Bruce, this is week, good it is from that time and werry proffesional mussican what makes it stronger than if its would be nowdays band

fear of the chick, thay she will bite of your dick .... new parody version
pkillerjp - 24.02.2014 at 22:36  
Rating: 8 The title track, Afraid to Shoot Strangers, and Wasting Love are amazing..the rest borders between good and acceptable...that being said, this albums smokes No Prayer for the Dying and easily.
deadone - 26.02.2014 at 00:23  
Rating: 7
Written by Azarath on 30.01.2013 at 19:58

It basically breaks down like this:

Great: Afraid to Shoot Strangers, Judas Be My Guide, Fear of the Dark
Good: Be Quick or Be Dead, Childhood's End, Wasting Love
Decent: Fear Is the Key, The Fugitive, Chains of Misery
Bad: From Here to Eternity, The Apparition, Weekend Warrior

Half of the album is good / great. The weaker half is what makes it an average album. The decent enjoyable-"filler"-track is a Maiden album staple, but Fear of the Dark has 3 of them and that's simply too many. And just as the great songs are great, the bad songs are really bad. "The Apparition" has a really cool bass solo though.



I'd say that's a pretty good assessment, though I'd promote The Fugitive to good.
Dungeon Shaker - 26.02.2014 at 01:53  
Rating: 7 Not among Maiden's best, but I can definitely see it's appeal. Great performance from Dave.
Hex_Omega - 27.02.2014 at 16:54  
Rating: 9 Underrated album. I like it more than Piece Of Mind. It is as good as Somewhere In Time or Brave New World.
Paw!! - 01.05.2014 at 09:45  
Rating: 9 FEAR OF THE DARKKKKKK...... FEAR OF THE DARRRRRRRRKKKKKKKKKK
mikeprado30 - 05.06.2014 at 06:55  
Rating: 8 Nice album, but I prefer No Prayer, it seems IMHO a most consistent album than FOTD.
Angelic Storm - 05.06.2014 at 14:39  
Rating: 8
Written by mikeprado30 on 05.06.2014 at 06:55

Nice album, but I prefer No Prayer, it seems IMHO a most consistent album than FOTD.


It's nice to see someone else preferring No Prayer to this album.

I've always viewed FOTD as being very noticeably weaker than No Prayer, but I know I'm in a very small minority who holds that opinion.
Lit. - 05.06.2014 at 21:46  
  I for one agree with both of you. I find this album super overrated. The only tracks I enjoyed were the title track and Afraid To Shoot Strangers, and even the former drags on way too much for me.
deadone - 06.06.2014 at 02:54  
Rating: 7
Written by Angelic Storm on 05.06.2014 at 14:39

Written by mikeprado30 on 05.06.2014 at 06:55

Nice album, but I prefer No Prayer, it seems IMHO a most consistent album than FOTD.


It's nice to see someone else preferring No Prayer to this album.

I've always viewed FOTD as being very noticeably weaker than No Prayer, but I know I'm in a very small minority who holds that opinion.



Actually I prefer No Prayer as well! FOTD has always come across as inconsistent.
mikeprado30 - 06.06.2014 at 07:54  
Rating: 8
Written by Angelic Storm on 05.06.2014 at 14:39

Written by mikeprado30 on 05.06.2014 at 06:55

Nice album, but I prefer No Prayer, it seems IMHO a most consistent album than FOTD.


It's nice to see someone else preferring No Prayer to this album.

I've always viewed FOTD as being very noticeably weaker than No Prayer, but I know I'm in a very small minority who holds that opinion.


And is a thing very recent, Angelic I was listening this album along with FOTD recently (cause I wanna learn ONCE FOR ALL every Maiden's lyrics, he-heh!), and I found more charisma and catchiness in the NPFTD tracks (like Run Silent Run Deep, FATES WARNING, Public Enema #1 and others) meanwhile in FOTD we pass from an explosive starting (BE QUICK, From Here to Eternity and AFRAID) into a fest of nice and not-so-nice tracks (Fear is the Key is nice, Childhood's End touched my heart so much, Wasting Love is nice but lacks of force, The Fugitive is nice also, Chains of Misery I found it a bit simple, The Apparition I liked so much, Judas is nice but it could be better, and Weekend Warrior has a catchy and also some silly lyrics), ending with a trademark high anthem for the band (but IMHO I prefer over FOTD Run Silent Run Deep, I found the lyrics and the chorus more attractive for my tastes, and the guitar solo has a very nice work).

I insist, FOTD is not a bad album, yet I liked most than NPFTD a time ago, but revisiting those two albums I found better No Prayer in my preferences, maybe also in par IMHO with Piece of Mind and Powerslave

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