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No Prayer For the Dying

Discussion in 'No Prayer For The Dying' started by Anonymous, Nov 3, 2003.

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How good is No Prayer For the Dying on a scale of 1-10?

  1. 10

    13.3%
  2. 9

    26.7%
  3. 8

    20.0%
  4. 7

    30.0%
  5. 6

    3.3%
  6. 5

    3.3%
  7. 4

    3.3%
  8. 3

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  9. 2

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  10. 1

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  1. MrKnickerbocker

    MrKnickerbocker clap hands

    8/10

    The title track is the first song that truly sounds like Iron Maiden. A mournful melody introduces a subdued, near-acoustic verse where Bruce’s voice really shines. He puts his all into this song, alternating between rasp and pure operatic belt at the drop of a hat. The melodies are strong and the instrumental sections are classic Maiden, especially when the latter half picks up speed. Dave Murray and Janick Gers, however, should be appalled of their performance on this song. Dave’s first solo is actually out of key. It’s an absolute mess, and Janick’s isn’t much better. The solos are pure wanking. They sound like the atonal garbage one would expect from a Slayer solo section. I’m truly shocked that Martin Birch allowed these solos to make the final cut. Though there is some solid guitar work on the album, all of the guitar solos sound like first takes. Sometimes this spontaneity adds to the energy of the track, but more often than not it simply sounds sloppy.
     
  2. LooseCannon

    LooseCannon Yorktown-class aircraft carrier Staff Member

    Love this track. Dave, especially, is a killer here, and we get a proper introduction to Janick. Bruce makes that new voice sound okay, and we hear old Bruce in places. 9/10, best song on the album (does not bode well for the rankings elsewhere, unfortunately).
     
  3. Brigantium

    Brigantium Work Geordie for hire Staff Member

    The standout song of this album, and to me has a similar feel to the higher points of FOTD.
     
  4. Mosh

    Mosh The years just pass like trains Staff Member

    Definitely has a FOTD feel to it, always felt that way. There are some good melodies, although something about this track never resonated with me the way other more progressive Maiden tunes did. Both ATSS and FOTD on the next album better capture what I feel they're trying to achieve here. I also think Bruce sounds really bad on it. The one song where the raspy vocals just don't work. Solos are meh. I do love the "god give me the answer" bit at the end though. It's just that everything up to that point doesn't do anything for me. It's not bad, I'm just indifferent to it.

    5
     
  5. BeThyJames

    BeThyJames Trooper

    Best song on the album. Really nice guitars, especially that little riff in the chorus section. Lyrics are nice too. But then there's a boring instrumental and it all fizzles out

    7
     
  6. Diesel 11

    Diesel 11 Come to the Sabbath

    While I don't care so much for the parts in the song while Bruce is singing, they aren't bad either, and can be overlooked because of the awesome guitar work on this song. The speed-up tempo change partway through I could do without (ATSS would do it better on the next album) but this is still an enjoyable song, if not the most memorable in the band's discography. 7/10
     

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