Fear of the Dark

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


  • Total voters
    54

Infinite17

Invader
I gave it a 6...actually my least favorite song on the album. Think Im in the minority on this board but I think FOTD is a good (not great) Maiden album.
 

RTC

Libera et impera!
I actually agree with that sentiment. Looking past the abysmal Apparition and Weekend Warrior, you have an album that isn't bad at all.
 

Mosh

Winner of the 2020 Dumbest Comment Ever Award
Staff member
The only song that holds up to anything else in the Maiden catalog for me is Afraid To Shoot Strangers. I could live without hearing anything else from that album again.
 

Collin

Chasing Ponce De Leon's Phantoms
Same here Mosh, but The Fugitive though... it's so complex. IMO it's easily more complex than any DT song.
 
When I listen to this song, I get a little bummed only because it's the last track on the last album produced with Martin Birch...which is probably why I like the studio version, it gives me that last bit of production to hold onto...as I understand it, a live version was the one released as a single...and I wonder about that, because the other singles from that album were studio versions...I would only guess that it fits the "live" feeling Steve Harris seems to prefer for albums...when I think of the band producing hit singles, I think of quality studio tracks like NOTB or 2 Minutes To Midnight, because Martin seemed to put the pieces together like a master chef
 

Eddieson

Nomad
Iconic Maiden song, and it is great still, even if it is overplayed.
Great arrangement! Great vocals! Many great melodies in this one, and I'm especially in love with the middle section.
And this is even better live of course, with my favorite being Rock In Rio.

9/10
 

DJMayes

Educated Fool
When I think of this song I think of 2 distinct ratings - 9 for studio, 10 for live. Going to go with the live as I am very biased towards this song, it being the one that got me into the band.

Rankings:

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 - 7.42

7 - Be Quick Or Be Dead
8 - From Here To Eternity
9 - Afraid To Shoot Strangers
5 - Fear Is The Key
6 - Childhoods End
8 - Wasting Love
7 - The Fugitive
8 - Chains Of Misery
6 - The Apparition
8 - Judas Be My Guide
7 - Weekend Warrior
10 - Fear Of The Dark
 

Pand

Ancient Mariner
This was one of the earliest Maiden songs I heard, and has remained one of my favourites. An absolute beast of a track both in the studio and live.
10/10
 
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