How To Play Wrathchild By Iron Maiden


This lesson looks at the main guitar parts played by Dave Murray from the song Wrathchild released on the 1981 album Killers.

Killers is the second studio album Iron Maiden. It was first released on 2 February 1981 in the United Kingdom by EMI Records and on 6 June in the United States by Harvest and Capitol Records. The album was their first with guitarist Adrian Smith, and their last with vocalist Paul Di’Anno, who was fired after problems with his stage performance arose due to his alcohol and cocaine use.

The Killer World Tour was the tour in support of the album and would feature the band’s earliest shows in the US, the first being at The Aladdin, Las Vegas in support of Judas Priest. The song “Wrathchild” is the only regularly played track from the album, appearing in almost all their concert tours.

Killers is the only Iron Maiden album to feature two instrumentals, and was written almost exclusively by Steve Harris; only two tracks, “Twilight Zone” and the title track are co-authored.

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, though none were recorded professionally until the Killers sessions with the exception of “Wrathchild” (an early version recorded in 1979 was featured on the Metal for Muthas compilation).

Here are the tabs for Dave Murray’s guitar parts:

Iron Maiden - Wrathchild