Killers is a much more well produced record than their debut Iron Maiden. It’s the first record that producer legend Martin “Head Master” Birch has his hands on, and also the first record that you are starting to hear the twin-guitar harmonies that will be so prominent on further releases. This had much to do with the fact that Dennis Stratton left and the introduction of new guitarist Adrian Smith. The combination Murray/Smith proved to be very successful, and would change the ‘Maiden’ sound forever.
The Sound on this album is even more ‘metal’ than the first one. As mentioned, the twin-guitar harmonies started to really develop, and the fact that DiAnno managed a very strong vocal performance, makes this an instant classic.
This album has to be one of the best debut albums ever produced, and probably one of the most influential albums ever to come out of Britain…or the world for that mather. When you hear tracks like Prowler and Running Free bursting from your speakers, you know you have found something special.
The sound on this album has owes a lot to punk in a way, but don’t get me wrong. It also has a distinct metal sound. DiAnno does a pretty decent job at the mic, but most of these songs actually sounds better with Dickinson at the wheel…it works pretty well with the ’sound’ on this album though. The other thing that draws a little bit down is the fact that Harris has not the ‘evolved’ sense for words he has now, and the whole album lacks most of the powerful lyrics we got acustomed with in the mid and late 80s.