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Iron Maiden lyrics tournament final: Empire of the Clouds rises above all

Discussion in 'Forum Games' started by mckindog, Aug 31, 2016.

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Pick the song with the best lyrics from each pair

Poll closed Mar 26, 2017.
  1. Starblind

    47.1%
  2. *****

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  3. Empire of the Clouds

    52.9%
Multiple votes are allowed.
  1. The Flash

    The Flash Dennis Wilcock did 9/11

    Paschendale is the obvious choice.

    Went with Boots in the second matchup. I love the quirkiness of the lyrics on that one.
     
  2. Mosh

    Mosh The years just pass like trains Staff Member

    There are so many memorable lines in Paschendale. Blood is falling like rain is another good one.
     
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  3. mckindog

    mckindog Living for Sanctuary from the law Staff Member

    Paschendale and For The Greater Good move on.

    Next up:

    BOOK OF SOULS



    versus

    AFRAID TO SHOOT STRANGERS

     
  4. mckindog

    mckindog Living for Sanctuary from the law Staff Member

    And

    INFINITE DREAMS



    versus

    BRIGHTER THAN A THOUSAND SUNS

     
  5. Brigantium

    Brigantium Work Geordie for hire Staff Member

    ATSS is well written, but Book of Souls is huge and grandiose, so I'll vote for that. I can't decide as yet on the second pair. Brighter Than a Thousand Suns is another thoughtful and finely crafted one, but then Infinite Dreams is one of the better train of thought storytelling ones. I'll be back.
     
  6. MrKnickerbocker

    MrKnickerbocker clap hands

    As for the second pair, neither song is perfect lyrically. They both have very good lines and imagery, but Thousand Suns is far more vivid, stark, and attention-grabbing. Both songs have some real clunker lines and poor (probably Steve) phrasing, but I prefer Thousand Suns.
     
  7. JudasMyGuide

    JudasMyGuide Domini canis

    Book of Souls for the first pair. It's not my favourite and sometimes it throws way too much words in it, but ATSS goes way too far in the oposite direction, having all lyrics in the solemn prologue and then only repetition. Still love it, though.

    BTATS for the second one. It was a really easy choice, "E equals MC squared - you can relate" notwithstanding.
     
  8. Lampwick 43

    Lampwick 43 Waiting in line at the ending of time

    All four are very strong contenders. The first battle is essentially a tossup, but I'll give the slightest edge to ATSS.

    In the second match I'm going with Infinite Dreams. Thousands Suns is great, but Infinite Dreams has a certain catchiness to it that can't be matched.
     
  9. RTC

    RTC Libera et impera!

    Brighter and Infinite are both great, but I think Infinite just squeaks it with its intricacies. Brighter is a bit too barebones at times, which I usually like, but in terms of progression, it doesn't quite gel as well.
     
  10. mckindog

    mckindog Living for Sanctuary from the law Staff Member

    Nice tight matches. As they should be. Four good lyrics.
     
  11. Brigantium

    Brigantium Work Geordie for hire Staff Member

    Went for Book of Souls and BTATS.
     
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  12. mckindog

    mckindog Living for Sanctuary from the law Staff Member

    Souls and Suns in two of the closest votes so far

    Next up:

    Two Minutes to Midnight



    versus

    Man of Sorrows



    The Evil That Men Do



    versus

    Rime of the Ancient Mariner

     
  13. MrKnickerbocker

    MrKnickerbocker clap hands

    Easy choices here.

    Man of Sorrows has some great lines, message, and the tone is spot on in the words. I think 2 Minutes has some great lines, but it falls victim to Bruce's confusing-for-the-sake-of-art/weird type stuff. Same goes for the second pair: I think Evil That Men Do has some brilliantly constructed, evocative lines - but Rime wins for scope and storytelling, despite a couple awkwardly-jammed-into-the-melody-Steve-style lines.
     
  14. Ariana

    Ariana Purple leopard

    Man of Sorrows in a no-brainer.
    In the second pair, I love both songs but I voted for Evil because the lyrics are flawless. Rime is the better song, overall, but the lyrics are
     
  15. mckindog

    mckindog Living for Sanctuary from the law Staff Member

    I might end up voting for Man of Sorrows too, it's awesome.
    But I did not expect it to be running away with this. Two Minutes is edgy, angry and still spot on 30 years later.
     
  16. mckindog

    mckindog Living for Sanctuary from the law Staff Member

    Man of Sorrows and Rime advance in close votes.

    Up next:

    The Trooper



    versus

    The Alchemist



    and

    Ghost of the Navigator



    versus

    Coming Home

     
  17. The Flash

    The Flash Dennis Wilcock did 9/11

    Didn't get to vote. How on earth did 23:58 get eliminated?
     
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  18. MrKnickerbocker

    MrKnickerbocker clap hands

    Trooper and Ghost of The Navigator, though I enjoy the lyrics of both competitors (especially the simplicity and emotional depth of Coming Home).
     
  19. Brigantium

    Brigantium Work Geordie for hire Staff Member

    Alchemist and Navigator. I'm still expecting Bruce to boast at one of his business talks of getting aviation references into a Maiden song.
     
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  20. soundwave

    soundwave Educated Fool

    Coming Home is one of the better 'non-escapist' tunes from Maiden IMHO, but GOTN is just too good.
     

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