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Discussion in 'Community' started by Forostar, May 11, 2017.

  1. Forostar

    Forostar Conjure the Death Star again

    Fear of the Dark! Don't know who gives a rat's ass (Maiden included) but I do.

    11 May 1992

    25 years ago, this dude ran to the shop buying the first new Iron Maiden album that came out since he became a fan! As time progressed, the album became massively overshadowed by the ever persisting title track. Playing only 5 out of 12 songs didn't help (this album was ignored the most from all Maiden albums).

    After No Prayer for the Dying (1990) the band took a different route, experimenting more, changing the sound and style somewhat. More room for acoustic guitars and a more polished production. It turned out as a fine atmospheric record, laying the groundwork for The X-Factor. Dave played a lot of this best solos on this one, with perfect full sound and lots of melody. Janick showcased his songwriting for the first time in Maiden. The impressive cover made the feast complete. Forever a special album to me!


    1."Be Quick or Be Dead" Bruce Dickinson, Janick Gers 3:21
    2. "From Here to Eternity" Steve Harris 3:35
    3. "Afraid to Shoot Strangers" Harris 6:52
    4. "Fear Is the Key" Dickinson, Gers 5:30
    5. "Childhood's End" Harris 4:37
    6. "Wasting Love" Dickinson, Gers 5:46
    7. "The Fugitive" Harris 4:52
    8. "Chains of Misery" Dickinson, Dave Murray 3:33
    9. "The Apparition" Harris, Gers 3:53
    10. "Judas Be My Guide" Dickinson, Murray 3:06
    11. "Weekend Warrior" Harris, Gers 5:37
    12. "Fear of the Dark" Harris 7:16
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  2. CriedWhenBrucieLeft

    CriedWhenBrucieLeft Ancient Mariner

    Special album for me too. First album release I recall after starting listening to them in the early 90's.
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  3. jazz from hell

    jazz from hell Ancient Mariner

    Same here. Perhaps my fave Maiden album. I became a fan with BQOBD, which was no. 2 at MTV's European Top 20!
    Had seen Eddie-shirts before, and they scared me. But first with BQOBD and later with the FOTD live single/video (also on MTV) I realized this is actually good music. Bought a cassette and liked each song besides WW and TA. Still do. And yeah, the cover is great too.

    Since then I've met fellow Maiden fans in interesting situations, of course at school first, but later very unexpectedly as well, at university, job etc. It's always great when you and the other guy realize you're both into Maiden -- unlike everybody else. Everything's clear from that point on.:lol:

    But it all started with FOTD.
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  4. Brigantium

    Brigantium Work Geordie for hire Staff Member

    Probably the first Maiden album I acquired too. I'm not too sure if I actually bought it.
    Last edited: May 12, 2017
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  5. Collin

    Collin Jambi

    In order to commemorate the 25th anniversary for Fear of the Dark, Iron Maiden has announced that they are gonna play
    Fear of the Dark
    at their next show!!! :bigsmile:

    Spoilers just so nobody gets mad.
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  6. Mosh

    Mosh The years just pass like trains Staff Member

    The MVP of this album has to be Janick. Even though his name is attached to some of its less popular songs. He really develops his musical personality on this album in a much bigger way than on No Prayer. You could see some of his songs as prototypes for later modern classics.
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  7. Ariana

    Ariana Purple leopard

    First Maiden album I heard (even though it was in 1994, I think). Cod, I feel so old.
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  8. CriedWhenBrucieLeft

    CriedWhenBrucieLeft Ancient Mariner

    You are old...
  9. Cornfed Hick

    Cornfed Hick Electric Eye

    Take it easy, take it easy. That's an insult to the REAL oldsters, like me. I got you beat by 10 years or more: I bought Powerslave when it was released!
  10. CriedWhenBrucieLeft

    CriedWhenBrucieLeft Ancient Mariner

    Don't spoil my fun! I just wanted to call Ariana old...
  11. Shadow

    Shadow Deluxe Edition Staff Member

    I remember when I was the youngest regular here. Now I feel comfortably middle-aged.
  12. mckindog

    mckindog Living for Sanctuary from the law Staff Member

    It would be the sixth album I bought upon release. Didn't carry the same excitement of the first three, but I remember feeling it was a nice comeback from the disappointment of number five.

    Now that I think about it, my feelings about every Maiden album today is strongly influenced by how I felt those first few months after I bought it. Only one that's really changed is X Factor, which was much better than I thought.
  13. LooseCannon

    LooseCannon Yorktown-class aircraft carrier Staff Member

    You've essentially grown up here. I think we did a good job raising you.
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