Iron Maiden - No Prayer For The Dying

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Release date: 1 October 1990
Style: New wave of British heavy metal, Heavy metal


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Disc I
01. Tail Gunner
02. Holy Smoke
03. No Prayer For The Dying
04. Public Enema Number One
05. Fates Warning
06. The Assassin
07. Run Silent Run Deep
08. Hooks In You
09. Bring Your Daughter... To The Slaughter
10. Mother Russia

Disc II [1995 reissue bonus]
01. All in Your Mind [Stray cover]
02. Kill Me Ce Soir [Golden Earring cover]
03. I'm A Mover [Free cover cover]
04. Communication Breakdown [Led Zeppelin cover]

Paul Bruce Dickinson - vocals
Janick Robert Gers - guitars
David Michael "Dave" Murray - guitars
Michael Henry McBrain - drums
Stephen Percy Harris - bass

Guest musicians
Michael Kenney - keyboards

Additional info
Produced & mixing by Martin Birch.
Engineering by Martin Birch, Mick McKenna, Les Kingham & Chris "Wood" Marshall.
Mastering by George Marino.
Cover art & photography by Derek Riggs, Hugh Gilmour & Ross Halfin.

Staff review by
Pierre Tombale
1990 a new decade and a new sound for Iron Maiden, without keyboards again, much more direct in sound, but a different atmosphere from 'Somewhere…' and 'Seventh Son…'. This is 'No Prayer for the Dying'!

'Tailgunner' the first single from 'No Prayer' is definitely not the album's highlight, in fact I thought by the first listen: ok, but it can only get better! And it really does. The very sarcastic 'Holy Smoke' is a good start, direct, rocking and mocking. One of the album's highlights is the half-ballad and title track 'No Prayer For the Dying', nice melody, good vocals and great solo, even without Adrian Smith, who left after the 'Seventh Son' tour and who was replaced by Janick Gers, who had already worked with Bruce Dickinson on 'Tattooed Millionaire'. 'Public Enema Number One' is yet another solid performance, 'Fates Warning' is one of the more atmospheric songs, dark intro and guitars quite similar to those used on 'Somewhere' a good song. 'The Assassin' even darker, with the beat of a march in some passages. 'Run Silent Run Deep' is once again a song about a movie, or at least influenced by the same titled movie with Burt Lancaster and Clarke Gable from 1958. This makes sense as I've seen Bruce Dickinson in an interview on german television making the statement he likes those films about the war at sea and especially those with submarines. When you now take a look into the booklet you will find that the song is cooperatively written by Bruce Dickinson and Steve Harris.

published 17.02.2004 | Comments (17)

Guest review by
To call this album bad sure wouldn't be fair, but compared to other Iron Maiden albums 'No Prayer For The Dying' isn't really something to celebrate. I myself would call it the worst Maiden album with Dickinson on vocals. But I don't know any band who has released a great deal of albums like Maiden without failing a few times, so I'm not really blaming them. 'No Prayer For The Dying' is also the first Maiden album in more than 10 years that doesn't feature Adrian Smith, and even if Janick Gers is a great guitarist the chemistry wasn't really there yet, simply because he hadn't written any songs together with the band before.

published 13.06.2008 | Comments (18)

Guest review by
omne metallum
Iron Maiden came crashing into the 90s on the wave that was Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son, finding themselves washed up on the shores of a new decade with Adrian Smith being taken to new lands by the sea. No Prayer For The Dying is the sound of the band wanting to move forward with a new sound that only served to take two steps back as they took one forward.

published 20.06.2020 | Comments (7)

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04.06.2014 - 08:29
Rating: 8
Written by deadone on 04.06.2014 at 07:48

I love the harmony bridge - it's a nice piece of music as well as being reminiscent of a ship being tossed by the Atlantic waves (song is about submarine warfare in the Atlantic).

Another great part of the song!

Written by deadone on 04.06.2014 at 07:48

Very good album IMO.

It was intended to be a return to the earliest Maiden's roots (no more synth in the music and rougher music), sadly it was not (and still is not) well received by the people.

It's different at the other albums, maybe could be the reason of so many bashing.
26.07.2015 - 19:06
Rating: 10
Bad English
Tage Westerlund
Written by deadone on 17.04.2014 at 08:20

A personal favourite of mine. I think it's a really decent little Maiden album.

And I like Bring Your Daughter To The Slaughter!

and what is BIG maiden?
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05.09.2015 - 01:41
Rating: 7
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 23.07.2011 at 00:02

Really an average album at best with one of their, of no the, worst song ever. bring Your Daughter To The Slaughter. They still need to be shot for it after all these years.

Imagine how us Maiden fans felt when this atrocity was released after their firast seven (of which only Somewhere In Time was mediocre)

Wait what? How? To me it blows The Nunber Of The Beast and Powerslave
23.10.2016 - 19:25
Rating: 6
At best deranged
As a huge Maiden fan, I have to say that this is my least favourite album by them. It's a very mediocre album and mediocre is not what we expect from Maiden.

A few good songs on this album (I'm thinking of No Prayer For The Dying, Run Silent Run Deep and Mother Russia) but other then that most songs are quite disappointing tbh.
13.06.2018 - 03:41
It's embarrasing to listen to this
Never trust a junkie.
06.09.2018 - 13:25
Rating: 5
Jope of Steele
Rather an unimportant album IMO, I mean I honestly don't see many listens for it as a whole. Individual songs can be picked from here and enjoyed of, but at least half of the songs can stay without replaying.

As many people seem to pick the title track, RSRD and Mother Russia as favorites it's pretty clear that the rest of the songs are so weak that they're not even considered as possible contenders by many. I'm not personally a huge advocate for RSRD as it's nothing more to me than a bit better than the average of this album, but the title track and Mother Russia are classic material
21.11.2019 - 14:30
Rating: 7
After the overproduced Somewhere in Time and Seventh Son they went for a rawer and rockier approach which works pretty good. I pretty much like all the songs, except for Holy Smoke which is a bit too messed up and doesn´t suit Iron Maiden. Maybe the large problem is that most of the songs aren´t up to the standard one is used to with Iron Maiden. The album feels a bit rushed and incoherent. But it's still a good album even if it belongs among the weaker ones in their discography.
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