Sometimes I get on a kick with a certain band and I ride their entire discography for weeks on end. This week it's been all about one of the greatest bands ever - Iron Maiden!
First off, do I really need to explain Iron Maiden to you? I mean honestly if I need to explain Iron Maiden to you you are either a) about 12 years old or b) have the musical knowledge of my 12 year old daughter who is (finally!) just now discovering the awesomeness of Maiden.
O.k., now that we've gotten that out of the way we can talk about Killers, the bands second full length album originally released in 1981. It's an album of firsts and lasts really. It's of course the last album with Paul Di'Anno on vocals. But it's also the first album to feature Adrian Smith on guitar. It's also the first album they would do a world-wide tour off of, including their first ever stops in North America and Japan. This can not be understated because Maiden would become one of the biggest bands in the world for two reasons: 1) they wrote amazing songs and 2) they are one of the best live bands in the world and have toured relentlessly for 30+ years. Killers is still one of the greatest metal albums ever released and has not only stood the test of time but still sounds as magical as when I first heard it roughly a quarter century ago (I know, I'm old). There's really nothing else about the magnitude or amazing sound of this record that I can write about that hasn't already been said. So stop reading this and go listen to some Maiden.