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The Reincarnation of Benjamin Breeg

Discussion in 'A Matter Of Life And Death' started by Anonymous, Aug 30, 2006.

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How good is The Reincarnation of Benjamin Breeg

  1. 10

    36.4%
  2. 9

    13.6%
  3. 8

    27.3%
  4. 7

    13.6%
  5. 6

    9.1%
  6. 5

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  7. 4

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    0.0%
  8. 3

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  9. 2

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  10. 1

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  1. Forostar

    Forostar Ancient Mariner

    Re: Daily Song: The Reincarnation of Benjamin Breeg

    This intro with that haunting lead guitar by Dave is a very moving one. This goes so deep that when I hear it, I get a vision of the future in which I play this song, after the death of (one of) my parents, or another loved one, and then I would feel a big sadness, and see images of the past, memories... of them and me. Mad, I know, but sometimes music can evoke feelings which are deep inside, and bring it a bit more forward. I guess I am scared of and feel sad about the idea of missing them. And this song evokes (reincarnates!) this idea, from time to time.

    I swear you, I typed my post, before I read yours, and sorrow is indeed what this intro evokes. The impact is so heavy that it builds up my sorrow before I need it.

    The marching rhythm is very stimulating and the mix is 100% perfect. In that instrumental part, I hear every guitar and the bass and the drums very good. I don't think I've heard a better example of such excellent balance, where all the amigoes play rhythm guitars. As said before, the solo is very good as well.

    9
     
  2. HallowedMark

    HallowedMark Invader

    Re: Daily Song: The Reincarnation of Benjamin Breeg

    Again, the first song of AMOLAD and its still one of my favs off the album. I get the dark vibe of the tortured soul and love Bruce's vocals on this one especially the 'Someone to save me...' bit :edmetal:
     
  3. bearfan

    bearfan Ancient Mariner

    Re: Daily Song: The Reincarnation of Benjamin Breeg

    Really good song (and a great single cover, one of the best of the past 15 years).  The story created for the song is interesting and they executed it very well, great music, fabulous vocals, and it rocks live.  I give it a 10.
     
  4. Donner

    Donner Ancient Mariner

    Re: Daily Song: The Reincarnation of Benjamin Breeg

    7/10 for me.  Like lots of other folks, this was the first song I heard from AMOLAD.  And while it's special in that sense, as a song in general it's not one of my favorites.  I like the intro just fine, especially live.  But it's always seemed a bit tacked on.  I kinda wish this song was a notch or two faster as well.  Overall, to me, this feels like the least special and adventurous song on the album and is my least favorite.

    That being said, AMOLAD is one helluva an album when this song is the weakest as it's still a good song. 
     
  5. Perun

    Perun At the Heart of Winter Staff Member

    Re: Daily Song: The Reincarnation of Benjamin Breeg

    Yeah, maybe it's a bit too by-the-book. The song is great, I love the intro, the riff, the lyrics and all, but... well, it doesn't always have to be groundbreaking. There's nothing at all wrong with this song, it just doesn't stick out all that much. 8/10.
     
  6. Jeffmetal

    Jeffmetal Ancient Mariner

    9. Love the intro and the chords changing, giving a sad and mysterious vibe to the great storyline Steve created. When all things burst, it reminds me of Scorpions kind of riff, pulsating and uptempo; Bruce sings majestically and the main melody on the instrumental part is one of my faves, once again reminds me of Seventh Son vibe, funny is that the harmony on this melody part is the same chord sequence as in Hooks In You, when Bruce sings "Hooks in you... I've got those hooks in you...", Dave's solo is masterful, amazing stuff. A classic Maiden tune.
     
  7. Dr. Eddies Wingman

    Dr. Eddies Wingman Brighter than thousand_suns

    Let's give this another 9, shall we? All this "who is Benjamin Breeg" stuff that was done around the time of the single release is worth half a point in itself, but let's say that half point is due to the (once again) cryptic lyrics that put images in my head - but not concrete images, not like Alexander the Great or Rime of the Ancient Mariner. It leaves me more puzzled. Musically the song is quite straight-forward, with great vocals and another fine solo.
     
  8. Fugazi

    Fugazi Alchemist

    For me another 10/10 song, good lyrics and vocals, nice build up in the intro, when it gets going it is a massive wall of metal that just flattens anything in it's path, this song is always best listened to at full volume.
     
  9. Vap

    Vap Ancient Mariner

    Easily a 10, this song is just simply epic.
     
  10. The Flash

    The Flash Dennis Wilcock did 9/11

    Great intro, great rising parts and great vocals. 9/10.
     
  11. Travis The Dragon

    Travis The Dragon SCREAM FOR ME MINNESOTA!!!

    The main riff in this one is a bit weak for me, but Bruce's vocals just shine! 8/10
     
  12. Zare

    Zare Dream of broken citadels

    Re: 'The Reincarnation Of Benjamin Breeg'

    Another very good track of this record. Still, to reach 9 in my book, song needs to have a special hook, something different. Thus, 8. And yeah, i still have that feeling when i hear the intro, but my enthusiasm for the other parts of the song has somewhat faded just a bit.

    Edit : 1000th post!
     
  13. Revelations85

    Revelations85 Trooper

    9/10. I love the heaviness of this track.
     
  14. Great Sage

    Great Sage Invader

    I think it's a good song. Nothing amazing or overly memorable but good.

    I think it would be a lot better without the intro. Just a drumbeat then straight into the riff would be much more effective, I think.
     
  15. MrKnickerbocker

    MrKnickerbocker clap hands

    8.

    I really like the vibe of this song. It's like the older brother of Stranger in a Strange Land. A rare mid tempo song with a fantastic groove. The intro is amazing. I love every riff, evey second of the bridge and solo. Bruce's vocals are alright, and never detract from the song, but don't stand out either.
     
  16. Gk1

    Gk1 Ancient Mariner

    Yet again......all parts are good.Yet again some parts just do get repeated for no reason e.g.the guitar melody/harmony before the solo.As istbe case with the intro...I just feel it goes on for a "tick" too many
     
  17. Eddieson

    Eddieson Nomad

    I didn't understood the fuzz about the song before, but the song has grown on me lately.

    The riff is bone-crushing, the atmosphere is dark and the lyrics are thrilling. The song have a great flow, and seamlessly goes between verse and chorus.
    Bruces does a great performance, and the melody and lyrics goes together very well. The solo really stands out as well, very good one.

    The song is really a sum of it's parts, and carefully creates a feeling and a picture in your head. (maybe sounds kind of strange, but I honestly don't know how to describe it)

    8/10
     
    Last edited: Jul 15, 2015
  18. CycleMotion

    CycleMotion Invader

    For me Benjamin was always 7th Son in my head
     
  19. Mosh

    Mosh The years just pass like trains Staff Member

    One of the great Dave Murray tracks. Very haunting and mysterious melody to start off one of the eeriest Maiden songs. The main riff on this is one of my favorites. I love the call and response melody that kicks off the instrumental, again something different for Maiden. The dramatic riff that follows perfectly leads into the solo and also works really well as the last word before going back to the soft outro. This is also Dave's best solo on the album and one of his shining moments of the reunion era. Bruce's performance on this song is also worth mentioning, he really belts it out on this one.

    10
     
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  20. LooseCannon

    LooseCannon Self-propelled artillery Staff Member

    One of the awesome singles that the band released. Man, people went apeshit over this! Still a great track, and I'd love to see it do a live comeback. 8/10.
     

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