Fear is the Key

How good is Fear is the Key on a scale of 1-10?

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Black Bart

Ancient Mariner
A very good song overall, despite an instrumental part (including the part with the voice-over) that lacks focus. One of the best verse-chorus sequence in Maiden's catalogue.


What's yours is mine and what's mine is mine too
Kind of an unique song for Maiden. There is something very weird about it but I can't quite tell what it is. 7

Diesel 11

As you scream into the web of silence...
A strong opening riff moves into an intriguing verse about AIDS and everything feels rather decent if not outstanding. Then the acoustic thing comes around and it's all sorts of wonkers. Average Maiden song, nothing really too offensive, but it's not one of their best by any stretch of the imagination. 5


Out of the Silent Planet
A different type of song for Maiden. The riff is good and the chorus too. The twin-lead guitar harmony in the middle is a highlight, but after it the song becomes strange (only the screams are good during that part). Good solo from Janick. A unique song. 6/10


Educated Fool
According to Dickinson, the lyrics refer to his epidemic
AIDS, which, since its inception, has radically changed the way
which sexual intercourse is treated, having established its fear
HIV infection. As inspiration for the lyrics, he mentioned him
death of Queen singer Freddie Mercury (1946 - 1991)
from AIDS, which the Maiden were informed of during the period
composed the songs of the album. As
inspiration also Dickinson mentioned the
example of Ervin "Magic" Johnson (1959-
), the American star player of the NBA, o
who in 1991 announced that he is a player
of HIV.
Although the lyrics are not related to
plot of the book of the same name (1961)
Alistair MacLean (see "Where Eagles Dare"),
the general lesson of the book is that the
fear, in the right hands, can
be a powerful weapon of control. The
book was also transferred to a film of the same name
in 1973.