Iron Maiden vs. Killers?

Discussion in 'Maiden Chat' started by WildRanger, Jul 17, 2018.


Iron Maiden vs. Killers?

  1. Iron Maiden

  2. Killers

  1. WildRanger

    WildRanger Invader

    Between these two Paul Di'Anno-era Maiden albums what do you prefer?
  2. Diesel 11

    Diesel 11 As you scream into the web of silence...

    Debut all the way.
  3. Magnus

    Magnus Ancient Mariner

    Iron Maiden has better songs, Killers has H, better sound and is more coherent as an album. Tough.
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  4. phantomoftheicarus

    phantomoftheicarus Beelzebub

    Definitely debut, Killers isn't bad but I much prefer the songs on the first album and I also like the production, it gives it a powerful gritty edge
  5. Ziggyplayedguitar

    Ziggyplayedguitar Educated Fool

    Debut is stronger, one classic after another...

    Killers had the leftovers, but the production was better. Bonus point; Killers also has that awesome artwork.
  6. LooseCannon

    LooseCannon Yorktown-class aircraft carrier Staff Member

    Yeah, it's a tough call. Phantom is on the debut, Killers is on Killers, they aren't equal. But the low points are pretty low on each. I generally don't listen to either too often, but I listen to more songs from the debut than Killers.
  7. Palpy

    Palpy Blacker than the night

    Killers has a great artwork and a good "concept", but the debut has better songs.
  8. Jer

    Jer CriedWhenJanickStayed

    Wow, I'm surprised the debut gets so much love. To me, Killers is superior in pretty much every way.
  9. Diesel 11

    Diesel 11 As you scream into the web of silence...

    Five of Killers' songs are great, the other 6 are pretty shite for Maiden.
  10. Confeos

    Confeos Educated Fool

    Agree. The debut has the worst production of any Maiden album, and some of the songs that are usually praised just aren't that good in the end. Killers also contains a few weaker tunes, but overall it's a much more enjoyable experience to listen to. I wasn't always too fond of it, but I've grown to appreciate it a lot over the years.
  11. Iron Lurker

    Iron Lurker Educated Fool

    Killers, Killers, Killers! My first Maiden album
  12. Iron Lurker

    Iron Lurker Educated Fool

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  13. GroundZero

    GroundZero Educated Fool

    Although the debut album has got one of my 10/10 rated songs (Phantom), Killers is a better album overall; IM has more weak songs than Killers (that is, if you can call any Iron Maiden song "weak").
  14. frus

    frus Barbed Wire Hen

    Killers songs sound perfect with Paul, while most IM songs actually sound better with Bruce.
    I've no doubt that Martin Birch has a great deal to do with that.
    Also, he managed to capture the level of energy and ferocity that is unparalleled in their catalog (Powerslave comes close)
    Granted, Killers is perhaps the most un-maidenish album if you like their "classic" era, so it's easy to overlook or dismiss
    But it has some great moments, and directions rarely trodden by them, such as "groovy" or "funky" (Wrathchild, Innocent Exile, ...)
  15. Edington

    Edington Let's Get Volatile

    I'd say Iron Maiden is the better album. It basically encompasses nearly everything Iron Maiden is about on a single album - It's got the short rockers, an epic, some more progressive elements, even a mellow song in Strange World and ends with something like a mission statement in the song "Iron Maiden".
  16. Diesel 11

    Diesel 11 As you scream into the web of silence...

    The production on the debut is superior because the songs are raw and they work hand in hand.

    Killers sounds sleezy. Bleh.
  17. Forostar

    Forostar Ancient Mariner

    Both are very fine albums. Iron Maiden (8,3) I find slightly better than Killers (8,0).

    07. Iron Maiden 8,33
    08. A Matter of Life and Death 8,3
    09. The Number of the Beast 8,22
    10. Brave New World 8,2
    11. Fear of the Dark 8,08
    12. Killers 8
    13. The Final Frontier 7,9
    14. The Book of Souls 7,82
    15. Virtual XI 7,63
    16. Dance of Death 7,36
  18. EDthedamnHEAD

    EDthedamnHEAD Not a prisoner, I'm a free man

    Killers has so much filler and not to mention the song order arangment is the worst of all maiden albums. The Debut album is solid all the way through, it's in my top 5. Killers has songs like Ides of march, Wratchchild, G..Khan, Killers, and the EPIC Purgatory (yeah I know it's not what you would call a harris epic via long song) but really those are the only badass songs, and prodigal son is a great song also though but Another life, Inncocent Exile, Drifter ,Twilight zone (I know it wasn't a song on the first release but it was on the NA version) and Murders in the rue mourge (A song that I think is average, but it has it's moments) are all filler. One thing to is that even on some of the good songs they have some parts that just are not as great as the rest of the song and even the 80's catalog. Ides is to me a low level badass song and Genghis Khan is cool Instrumental but it has parts that I do not like as much. The only songs really that I come back to alot on this album are Wratchild and Purgatory and sometimes Killers. Killers makes 8th place for me just because I give it a pass.
    Iron Maiden on the other hand is one hell of a record. I listen to the version with Sanctuary as the second track but even without it , it is still a great order arangment. Prowler is one heck of an opener, Remember tomorrow is such an atmospheric classic, Sanctuary is a song that get's you going, Running free is a solid rocker and of course Phantom the epic of the album, Transilvania is still my favorite Maiden Instrumental, even with the 3 lesser songs on the album they are still great highlights especially Strange world, such a beautiful loomy song, Charlot the Harlot gets my blood rushing and the closer the classic Iron Miaden song gets a thumbs up from me.
    Killers is a good album but Iron Maiden is a much much better album to me especially if you listen to them back to back, IM is more solid while Killers is more filler whith great moments.
  19. Сури Вук

    Сури Вук Bring this savage back home

    Killers. This album really rocks, while IM is way too punky for my taste
  20. kg2k18

    kg2k18 Prowler

    Both albums are great. I really cannot understand why they have not played Purgatory Live again after 1981. It is such a great song.
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