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Iron Maiden’s album Fear of the Dark
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Fear of the Dark is the ninth studio album released by English heavy metal band Iron Maiden. Released on 11 May 1992, it was their third studio release to top the UK albums chart and last to feature Bruce Dickinson as lead vocalist until his return in 1999.
It was the first album to be produced by bassist and band founder Steve Harris, and last to feature the work of producer Martin Birch (who retired after its release).
Reviews for the album were mixed, with AllMusic commenting that, while „easily an improvement over 1990’s lackluster No Prayer for the Dying (both musically and sonically),” the release „still wasn’t quite on par with their exceptional work from the ’80s.” Sputnikmusic were more positive about the release, stating that „though many of the songs are still sub-par by their standards… the band returns to the lofty heights that they enjoyed for the entirety of the 80’s.” Billboard gave it a positive review on release, saying Dickinson’s voice „shows no sign of wear and tear” and the guitar work „sounds fresh and crisp”.
In October 2011, Fear of the Dark was ranked No. 8 on Guitar World magazine’s top ten list of guitar albums of 1992.
Fear of the Dark became the third Iron Maiden album to top the UK Albums Chart. It is the band’s most successful record in North America after the inception of Nielsen SoundScan in 1991, with 438,000 copies sold as of 2008.