Killers is the second album by British heavy metal band Iron Maiden, released on 2 February 1981 in the UK, and 6 June 1981 in the US. The album was their first with guitarist Adrian Smithand their last with vocalist Paul Di'Anno, who was sacked after problems with his stage performance arose due to his alcohol and cocaine use. This was also the first Iron Maiden album made with veteran producer Martin Birch, who went on to produce their next eight albums before retiring after Fear of the Dark in 1992.
The song "Wrathchild" is the only regularly played track from the album, appearing in almost all their concert tours. The song was covered in 2003 by British metal band Sikth and featured as a b-side on their single "Scent of the Obscene". The song was also covered in 2005 by female tribute band The Iron Maidens on their 2007 album Route 666 and again in 2008 by Gallows on the tribute CD Maiden Heaven: A Tribute to Iron Maiden released by Kerrang! magazine. "Wrathchild" was featured in the PlayStation 2 game Guitar Hero Encore: Rocks the 80s.
- 2 Track listing
- 3 Personnel
- 4 Chart performance
- 5 Certifications
- 6 References
Killers was the second and final Iron Maiden album with vocalist Paul Di'Anno
Killers is the only Iron Maiden album to feature two instrumentals and was written almost exclusively by Steve Harris, with only minor assistance from the rest of the band (the title track and "Twilight Zone" being the only other songs to receive additional writing credits). Each song, with the exception of "Murders in the Rue Morgue", based on the story of the same name by Edgar Allan Poe, and "Prodigal Son", had been written in the years prior to the recording of their debut album, although none were recorded professionally until the Killers sessions, apart from "Wrathchild" (an early version recorded in 1979 was featured on the Metal for Muthas compilation).
The US edition, which came out a few months after it did in the UK, was initially released on Harvest Records/Capitol Records and subsequently on Sanctuary Records/Columbia Records. "Twilight Zone" was also added to the album.
All songs written and composed by Steve Harris, except where noted.
|Original UK release|
|1.||"The Ides of March" (instrumental)||1:46|
|3.||"Murders in the Rue Morgue"||4:18|
|5.||"Genghis Khan" (instrumental)||3:06|
|7.||"Killers"||Paul Di'Anno, Harris||5:01|
|[show]1981 US version|
|[show]1998 Remastered release|
|[show]1995 Reissue bonus disc|
|[show]1995 US Reissue bonus disc|
The original Australian version of the album also includes the band's cover of Skyhooks' "Women in Uniform", which was previously released as a single in 1980. The US Castle Records 1995 bonus disc contains several live tracks which originally appeared on the 1981 EP Maiden Japan.
- Iron Maiden
- Paul Di'Anno – vocals
- Dave Murray – guitar
- Adrian Smith – guitar
- Steve Harris – bass guitar
- Clive Burr – drums
- Additional personnel
- Martin "Headmaster" Birch – producer, engineer
- Nigel Hewitt – second engineer
- Derek Riggs – cover illustration
- Dave Lights – cover concept
- Robert Ellis – photography
- Rod Smallwood – band manager, photography (1998 edition)
- Dennis Stratton – guitar on "Women in Uniform", "Invasion", and "Phantom of the Opera" (1995 edition)
- Simon Heyworth – remastering (1998 edition)
- Ross Halfin – photography (1998 edition)
- P.G. Brunelli – photography (1998 edition)
- Simon Fowler – photography (1998 edition)
- Denis O'Regan – photography (1998 edition)
- George Chin – photography (1998 edition)
|Canada (Music Canada)||Platinum||100,000^|
|United Kingdom (BPI)||Gold||100,000^|
|United States (RIAA)||Gold||500,000^|
^shipments figures based on certification alone