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Fear of the Dark
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Studio album by Iron Maiden
Released 11 May 1992
Recorded 1991 - April 1992 at Barnyard Studios, Essex
Genre Heavy metal
Length 57:58
Label EMI
Producer Martin Birch, Steve Harris
Iron Maiden chronology
No Prayer for the Dying


Fear of the Dark


The X Factor


Singles from Fear of the Dark
  1. "Be Quick or Be Dead"
    Released: 13 April 1992
  2. "From Here to Eternity"
    Released: 29 June 1992
  3. "Wasting Love"
    Released: 1 September 1992

Fear of the Dark is the ninth studio album from Iron Maiden. It is the last album made by Iron Maiden with Bruce Dickinson, until he and Adrian Smith returned in 1999. It was also the first album to be produced by bassist and band founder Steve Harris, and the last to feature the work of producer Martin Birch (who retired after its release).

Album cover[]

According to the band's biographer, Mick Wall, the Fear of the Dark album cover depicts their mascot, Eddie, "as some sort of Nosferatu tree figure leering at the moon". It was the group's first not to be designed by artist Derek Riggs, whose contributions were rejected in favour of Melvyn Grant's. According to Iron Maiden's manager, Rod Smallwood, the band began accepting contributions from other artists as "We wanted to upgrade Eddie for the 90s. We wanted to take him from the sort of comic-book horror creature and turn him into something a bit more straightforward so that he became even more threatening." Following Fear of the Dark, Grant has produced several more covers for Iron Maiden, making him the band's second most-frequent artist, after Riggs.

Track listing[]

Original track listing
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Be Quick or Be Dead" Bruce Dickinson, Janick Gers 3:21
2. "From Here to Eternity" Steve Harris 3:35
3. "Afraid to Shoot Strangers" Harris 6:52
4. "Fear Is the Key" Dickinson, Gers 5:30
5. "Childhood's End" Harris 4:37
6. "Wasting Love" Dickinson, Gers 5:46
7. "The Fugitive" Harris 4:52
8. "Chains of Misery" Dickinson, Dave Murray 3:33
9. "The Apparition" Harris, Gers 3:53
10. "Judas Be My Guide" Dickinson, Murray 3:06
11. "Weekend Warrior" Harris, Gers 5:37
12. "Fear of the Dark" Harris 7:16
1995 reissue bonus disc
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Nodding Donkey Blues" Dickinson, Gers, Harris, Nicko McBrain, Murray 3:18
2. Space Station No. 5 (Montrose cover) Ronnie Montrose, Sammy Hagar 11:58
3. I Can't See My Feelings (Budgie cover) Tony Bourge, Burke Shelley 3:50
4. Roll Over Vic Vella (Parody of Chuck Berry's "Roll over Beethoven") Chuck Berry, Harris (adapted lyrics) 4:48
5. No Prayer for the Dying (live) Harris 4:23
6. Public Enema Number One (live) Murray, Dickinson 3:58
7. Hooks in You (live) Dickinson, Adrian Smith 3:44
  • "Space Station No. 5" contains a hidden track entitled "Bayswater Ain't a Bad Place to Be" (Previously available as a hidden track on the UK Single of "Be Quick or Be Dead")