Review by Vinny for Iron Maiden - Killers (1981)
After their debut full length Maiden immediately kicked up a gear or two on the sophomore release. Retaining those memorable songs as well as the theme of tracks named after history’s/culture’s more dark figures (‘Genghis Khan’, ‘Murders In the Rue Morgue’), their second album was a near perfect natural progression from the previous year. Showing an already increased maturity yet sacrificing none of the spunky attitude and energy in the process.
Sadly, for me at least, this was Di’anno’s swan song but fuck me did he get to go out on a high note. ‘Killers’ for me is Maiden’s finest hour. Everything from the artwork through to the musical content is just brilliant. Better arranged than the debut, with more tracks to play with the album feels like more of an experience. As mentioned on my review of the debut, things didn’t go downhill as such after this but I never again felt the raw energy of the first two albums transposed into any of the releases after them.
The punishing rhythm of ‘Wrathchild’, the nefarious structure of the title track and the racing melodies of ‘Purgatory’ all standout for me whenever I play this record. Proud that have it on my shelves.