• Lazar Wall

The Case For ‘No Prayer For The Dying’


With each string and drum crystalline like never before in the history of Iron Maiden, ‘No Prayer For The Dying’ is worth a million listens.

And howling like a teenage werewolf, Bruce Dickinson deafens the critics from the previous tour.

If The Trooper made ‘Piece of Mind’ top of mind, 'No Prayer' has got Public Enema Number One:

Another highlight is then-newcomer Janick Gers. As much as I love Adrian Smith, who’d left the band voluntarily, Gers is the right guitarist here alongside Dave Murray. Just listen to them duel on Public Enema.


Bring Your Daughter… To The Slaughter, penned by Dickinson, was culled from the soundtrack of Nightmare on Elm Street 5 (yea, the Freddy Krueger movie).


For the first time since ‘Powerslave’ there is no eight-minute-plus song. Mother Russia is the longest one at 5:46.

Album tracklist:

1. Tailgunner

2. Holy Smoke

3. No Prayer for the Dying

4. Public Enema Number One

5. Fates Warning

6. The Assassin

7. Run Silent Run Deep

8. Hooks in You

9. Bring Your Daughter... to the Slaughter

10. Mother Russia

The album was recorded in Steve Harris’s home studio inside an estate valued at £7 million (NME) then £5 million (MailOnline). Check out the indoor pool:

Now it might become a hotel after all (NME, Classic Rock, Planet Rock).


Planet Rock quoted Steve Harris in an interview on Swedish radio station Bandit Rock:


"We recorded some albums there, too, in the studio — 'Fear Of The Dark' we recorded there and a few others — and there's lots of memorabilia there and everything like that. So… I don't know. That would be a nice plan. A boutique hotel… It means I could still stay there as well, which would be great! It'd be an ideal world for me, really. Yeah, it'd be nice."


Speaking of Harris, he plays the open E string quite a bit on 'No Prayer For The Dying':

The B-sides are special as usual, with a laid-back Iron Maiden covering songs by Led Zeppelin, Free and other excellent bands.

Surprisingly, ‘No Prayer For The Dying’ has garnered harsh reviews since its 1990 release.

“Why Iron Maiden Fell Flat With No Prayer for the Dying” is the title of Michael Christopher’s review at Ultimate Classic Rock.

AllMusic gave the album two stars.

“The biggest problem with No Prayer for the Dying wasn’t the musical approach or the lyrics, it was the songs themselves,” wrote Jon Wiederhorn at Loudwire.

Sid Smith at BBC was a bit kinder: “… though overall No Prayer For Dying lacks the consistency of some of their earlier albums, there’s more than a few worthwhile detours.”

So much for negativity.


Diehards, you are free to quote me:



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