The main throw back to the likes of Killers is the cutting down on the running time of the songs. The "epic" on this album is shorter than the lead single from Powerslave.
The stage production for World Slavery Tour 1984/1985 was pretty big too.Maiden stage production in 1986 - 1988 was biggest in their career - official press releases just made it clear.
I also like NPFTD. Underrated album with some great songs and great melodies/harmonies & solos. I like FOTD more, though.I really REALLY like NPFTD.
1. Bruce has a raspier singing style on most songs. Okay, it makes for a different sound on the surface. However, if you're being really honest, the difference is not as pronounced between SSOASS and NPFTD than between NPFTD and FOTD. The latter is the one where we really lose Bruce on a few tracks.