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Afraid to Shoot Strangers

Discussion in 'Fear Of The Dark' started by Anonymous, Feb 21, 2004.


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  1. Infinite17

    Infinite17 Invader

    Definitely a great one, but not my favorite on the album
  2. Garcia666

    Garcia666 Prowler

    Didn't know Maiden played MOTR 96? Anyway, the recording is from Gothenburg, November 1st 1995.
  3. Eddieson

    Eddieson Nomad

    Feels like a forgotten epic in some way, at least for me. A good song, but took a while for me to appreciate the first section of the song, but now i love it. The melodies in the second part are magical, both the one at 2:43 and the one at 4:18.

    This songs problem is the translation. I don't think they work that good. And the lyrics are a bit repetive in the second part of the song aswell.

  4. DJMayes

    DJMayes Educated Fool

    9. One of the best on the album thanks to the absolutely killer 2nd half.


    Previous Albums:

    Iron Maiden - 6.67

    8 - Prowler
    6 - Sanctuary
    7 - Remember Tomorrow
    6 - Running Free
    9 - Phantom Of The Opera
    7 - Transylvania
    4 - Strange World
    6 - Charlotte The Harlot
    7 - Iron Maiden

    Killers - 5.91

    6 - The Ides Of March
    6 - Wrathchild
    6 - Murders In The Rue Morgue
    5 - Another Life
    5 - Genghis Khan
    5 - Innocent Exile
    8 - Killers
    5 - Prodigal Son
    8 - Purgatory
    6 - Twilight Zone
    5 - Drifter

    The Number Of The Beast - 7.56

    6 - Invaders
    7 - Children Of The Damned
    8 - The Prisoner
    7 - 22 Acacia Avenue
    9 - The Number Of The Beast
    10 - Run To The Hills
    6 - Gangland
    5 - Total Eclipse
    10 - Hallowed Be Thy Name

    Piece Of Mind - 7.44

    8 - Where Eagles Dare
    9 - Revelations
    9 - Flight Of Icarus
    7 - Die With Your Boots On
    8 - The Trooper
    7 - Still Life
    6 - Quest For Fire
    6 - Sun And Steel
    7 - To Tame A Land

    Powerslave - 6.75

    8 - Aces High
    7 - 2 Minutes To Midnight
    3 - Loss Fer Words
    7 - Flash Of The Blade
    5 - The Duellists
    6 - Back In The Village
    9 - Powerslave
    9 - Rime Of The Ancient Mariner

    Somewhere In Time - 8.00

    8 - Caught Somewhere In Time
    9 - Wasted Years
    8 - Sea Of Madness
    8 - Heaven Can Wait
    8 - The Loneliness Of The Long Distance Runner
    7 - Stranger In A Strange Land
    8 - Deja Vu
    8 - Alexander The Great

    Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son - 8.25

    7 - Moonchild
    9 - Infinite Dreams
    9 - Can I Play With Madness
    9 - The Evil That Men Do
    10 - Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son
    6 - The Prophecy
    8 - The Clairvoyant
    8 - Only The Good Die Young

    No Prayer For The Dying - 6.90

    6 - Tailgunner
    6 - Holy Smoke
    8 - No Prayer For The Dying
    7 - Public Enema Number One
    7 - Fates Warning
    7 - The Assassin
    6 - Run Silent Run Deep
    8 - Hooks In You
    8 - Bring Your Daughter... To The Slaughter
    6 - Mother Russia

    Fear Of The Dark

    7 - Be Quick Or Be Dead
    8 - From Here To Eternity
    9 - Afraid To Shoot Strangers
  5. Pand

    Pand Ancient Mariner

    I didn't get this song at first, but now I love it. A wonderfully intriguing beginning, a beautiful middle, and a killer second half.
  6. Poto

    Poto Ancient Mariner

    The problem with this album is how uneven it is. Afraid to Shoot Strangers is a fantastic song, the calm first part is really intriguing, and the instrumental part is one of Maiden best ever! Loved it live in 2013 no matter what people said about it not belonging to that era.
  7. MrKnickerbocker

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    Afraid to Shoot Strangers is a brilliant piece of progressive songwriting from Harris. Told in three distinct musical parts, the lyrics discuss the fears of a soldier heading overseas to fight in a war in which he wants no part. The moody first third of the song segues into a romping harmony riff that stacks up there with the classics before kicking up into a full-on Maiden barnburner. It’s a song portentous with change as it really sounds like the type of track that would fill the next two albums with new singer Blaze Bayley.

    I have a soft spot for Afraid to Shoot Strangers as it was the first Maiden song I ever played with a band. Our drummer loved Dave Matthews and he was not happy with our selection.
  8. Mosh

    Mosh The years just pass like trains Staff Member

    After a rough start for the album, we finally get back to the standard of quality you would expect from a Maiden album. I love the guitar melodies throughout and Bruce's vocals are haunting. I also really dig the steady drum beat during the first verses, slowly getting more intense. Great buildup that pretty much set the template for modern Maiden. It's proof that Maiden could've stripped down their sound without dumbing it down too. This is still raw sounding Maiden (with the exception of the string synths which really don't add anything anyway), but it's still interesting and exciting to listen to. It's also an epic sounding track that isn't all that long.

    I also like when Maiden write songs that don't repeat themselves. There aren't a lot in the catalog, but there are some songs that would've benefitted from being written like this (The Longest Day comes to mind first). This song continues to build literally until the end. I think that's great.

  9. LooseCannon

    LooseCannon Yorktown-class aircraft carrier Staff Member

    The second best song on the album, an excellent feature that has interesting rhythms for Iron Maiden. Although not quite a perfect song (I always felt it was begging for a bit more of a second verse, in the faster pace), but still very darn good.

  10. 10/10, one of the best of the later era Iron Maiden tunes and one of their more underrated gems.
  11. BeThyJames

    BeThyJames Trooper

    Much, much better after the terrible start to the album.

    Beautiful mellow verses and great lyrics. Sounds a bit Pink Floyd. Then that tremendous lead guitar melody around the chorus. Solid if unspectacular uptempo mid instrumental. Then back to the lush melody again. Great song with a powerful theme.


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