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Fear is the Key

Discussion in 'Fear Of The Dark' started by Anonymous, Apr 11, 2004.

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How good is Fear is the Key on a scale of 1-10?

  1. 10

    2.8%
  2. 9

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  3. 8

    8.3%
  4. 7

    25.0%
  5. 6

    22.2%
  6. 5

    19.4%
  7. 4

    8.3%
  8. 3

    11.1%
  9. 2

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  10. 1

    2.8%
  1. Revelations85

    Revelations85 Trooper

    4/10. One of Maiden's worst.
     
  2. Dentura

    Dentura Invader

    I personally feel this is a very underrated track, I love the riffs, melodies, lyrics, and Bruce's vocals here. It's my favorite on the album next to Wasting Love and especially Afraid to Shoot Strangers.
     
  3. bearfan

    bearfan Ancient Mariner

    I cound not stand this song when it first came out, but over time, I like it more ... I still do not think it is great, but it is a solid track.
     
  4. MrKnickerbocker

    MrKnickerbocker clap hands

    5.

    Some of the best riffing on the whole album. The verses are great, but the second half of the song is just a mess.
     
  5. Eddieson

    Eddieson Nomad

    I'm always surprised by how good the song is, because I never remember how it goes when I read the title. And the first half of the song is good!
    The riffs and the melodies are cool. The riffs almost feels a little oriental at places which is cool! But then 3:25 comes, and the second part of the song indeed feels like a mess, and even feels quite awkward as well. Fortunately the song goes back to the original theme in the last minute which saves the song a bit.

    6/10
     
  6. DJMayes

    DJMayes Educated Fool

    5. I feel it's a little all over the place at times but I still enjoy it. Worst on the album though.

    Rankings:

    Previous Albums:

    Iron Maiden - 6.67

    8 - Prowler
    6 - Sanctuary
    7 - Remember Tomorrow
    6 - Running Free
    9 - Phantom Of The Opera
    7 - Transylvania
    4 - Strange World
    6 - Charlotte The Harlot
    7 - Iron Maiden

    Killers - 5.91

    6 - The Ides Of March
    6 - Wrathchild
    6 - Murders In The Rue Morgue
    5 - Another Life
    5 - Genghis Khan
    5 - Innocent Exile
    8 - Killers
    5 - Prodigal Son
    8 - Purgatory
    6 - Twilight Zone
    5 - Drifter

    The Number Of The Beast - 7.56

    6 - Invaders
    7 - Children Of The Damned
    8 - The Prisoner
    7 - 22 Acacia Avenue
    9 - The Number Of The Beast
    10 - Run To The Hills
    6 - Gangland
    5 - Total Eclipse
    10 - Hallowed Be Thy Name

    Piece Of Mind - 7.44

    8 - Where Eagles Dare
    9 - Revelations
    9 - Flight Of Icarus
    7 - Die With Your Boots On
    8 - The Trooper
    7 - Still Life
    6 - Quest For Fire
    6 - Sun And Steel
    7 - To Tame A Land

    Powerslave - 6.75

    8 - Aces High
    7 - 2 Minutes To Midnight
    3 - Loss Fer Words
    7 - Flash Of The Blade
    5 - The Duellists
    6 - Back In The Village
    9 - Powerslave
    9 - Rime Of The Ancient Mariner

    Somewhere In Time - 8.00

    8 - Caught Somewhere In Time
    9 - Wasted Years
    8 - Sea Of Madness
    8 - Heaven Can Wait
    8 - The Loneliness Of The Long Distance Runner
    7 - Stranger In A Strange Land
    8 - Deja Vu
    8 - Alexander The Great

    Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son - 8.25

    7 - Moonchild
    9 - Infinite Dreams
    9 - Can I Play With Madness
    9 - The Evil That Men Do
    10 - Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son
    6 - The Prophecy
    8 - The Clairvoyant
    8 - Only The Good Die Young

    No Prayer For The Dying - 6.90

    6 - Tailgunner
    6 - Holy Smoke
    8 - No Prayer For The Dying
    7 - Public Enema Number One
    7 - Fates Warning
    7 - The Assassin
    6 - Run Silent Run Deep
    8 - Hooks In You
    8 - Bring Your Daughter... To The Slaughter
    6 - Mother Russia

    Fear Of The Dark

    7 - Be Quick Or Be Dead
    8 - From Here To Eternity
    9 - Afraid To Shoot Strangers
    5 - Fear Is The Key
     
  7. Pand

    Pand Ancient Mariner

    The intro sounds like a failed version of Powerslave, the verses are a bit bland, and I'm not sure what happens after 2:30, but whatever it is I don't like it. Not a disaster, but certainly a bad song.
    3/10
     
  8. Poto

    Poto Educated Fool

    I'm listening to Fear is the Key now, and I'm surprised how good it is. It's been a while since I heard it, but I always thought this was one of the weaker Maiden songs. In any case, the guitar playing is good, and Bruce doesn't sound half bad either. 6/10
     
    Last edited: Jan 20, 2016
  9. MrKnickerbocker

    MrKnickerbocker clap hands

    6/10

    Fear Is the Key is such a strange song. A dark stomping rhythm and twisting, malevolent Jancik riff make this sound more like a Bruce solo track (or a 90’s-era Dio song, for that matter). The vocals are absolutely stellar in the first half. Bruce incorporates a lot of blues influence with great results. The first three-and-a-half minutes are a darker sound than generally expected from Maiden and it works rather well, but then comes the bridge, a piece of music so horrendous that I cannot imagine how Martin Birch, Rod Smallwood, or Steve Harris allowed it to happen. A time change leads Bruce to repeat earlier verses, but with absolutely no rhythm or melody. It sounds like garbage and really taints what could have been a stand-out track.
     
  10. Mosh

    Mosh The years just pass like trains Staff Member

    I actually don't dislike this song. I really like the riffs and Bruce sounds tolerable here. Really good prechoruse and chorus that's catchy but also has that Maiden feel. They're also singing about something a bit more substantial but also unusual for Maiden, which I can appreciate. Then you get a cool noisy instrumental section and a call and response thing which also works. I also like that it takes awhile for the main chorus to show up.

    But then the bridge. It's so out of place and unnecessary. It's cool they wanted to do something different but it's just a mess. Bruce's vocals are annoying and the whole thing is so underdeveloped. It really spoils an otherwise good song.

    Luckily it's a short part of the song and the rest is still salvageable.

    7
     
  11. I always felt "Fear Is The Key" would've been a great song but like many said the part where Bruce sings "lies and lies and lies" was annoying and grating, I wish they would've left that part off the song, overall I give "Fear Is The Key" a 7/10.
     
  12. BeThyJames

    BeThyJames Trooper

    This is a really underrated song with a powerful subject. Some inspired guitarwork and riffing throughout and I like the dramatic build up and structure. There's something slightly 80s about it which I find myself liking without knowing why

    7
     
  13. LooseCannon

    LooseCannon Yorktown-class aircraft carrier Staff Member

    This song is like a Donald Trump debate. It starts out coherent and it might even have a point, even if it's a little different. Then it breaks down into a rambling, incoherent mess.

    Saved only by some cool riffs. 3/10.
     
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  14. permanenteddie

    permanenteddie Prowler

    A weird song, the intro riff reminds me of Led Zeppelin, the verses and chorus aren't all that bad, chorus is actually quite good with a nice melody and very good singing from Bruce, but then it's like they didn't know how to finish the song, the part from 3.30 on until the guitar solo is really atrocious, one of the worst moments in their entire catalogue. If it was a 3 minute song finishing after the second chorus, it would have been way much better!
    5/10
     
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  15. Diesel 11

    Diesel 11 Come to the Sabbath

    Listening to it again, it's actually a good song. At least, it starts out really strong, and would probably get an 8 or a 9 if it stayed on that path. Then that... whatever it is cuts in and loses almost all credibility it might have had. At least it ends strong but still... 7/10 after much deliberation.
     

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