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The Wicker Man

Discussion in 'Brave New World' started by Anonymous, Apr 5, 2004.

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How good is The Wicker Man on a scale of 1-10?

  1. 10

    32.4%
  2. 9

    35.1%
  3. 8

    24.3%
  4. 7

    5.4%
  5. 6

    2.7%
  6. 5

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  7. 4

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  8. 3

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  9. 2

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  10. 1

    0 vote(s)
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  1. Srogyy

    Srogyy Ancient Mariner

    OMG. Any idea what's the source of this? As far as I know The Wicker Man was not in Rock Band and only DoD had the 5.1 mix (or whatever that was).
     
  2. TheTalisman

    TheTalisman Fågel

    No idea really, maybe we should ask the uploader "Joh Ph", he has lots of stuff like this on his channel by different artists. But maybe the song was available as a download to a Guitar Hero game?

    Sounds like a standard lick by Kirk Hammett :D.
     
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  3. Srogyy

    Srogyy Ancient Mariner

    Hmm... I played it along the album version and it seems that the mistake at the end of the solo is only in the isolated track.

    I exported that moment, check this out: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B9eYthpfX-u5a2ozNFN5REVDNkU/view

    For the majority of time the tracks are identical (hence the slight 'chorus effect') but in this clip (at 0:20) you can hear the solo takes are different.

    So it's either re-recorded by someone (sounds so real though...) or someone has access to unused takes - which is VERY interesting.
     
  4. TheTalisman

    TheTalisman Fågel

     
  5. Mosh

    Mosh The years just pass like trains Staff Member

    I heard it there
     
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  6. Mosh

    Mosh The years just pass like trains Staff Member

    Awesome song that functions both as a powerful opener and a short rocker that lives up to the 80s standard of quality. This one comes to life on stage, but the studio version works a lot better than the studio versions of other live favorites. Bruce sounds older but his voice is more powerful. One of my all time favorite H solos, bookended by a solid riff.

    The song ends in grand Maiden style with the classic "woah oh oh". I love how this doesn't lose any of its power in the studio version.

    10
     
  7. Great track. Excellent riffs and solos, phenomenal vocals from Bruce as usual. Bass is a little too high for my liking in the pre-chorus. 9/10
     
  8. LooseCannon

    LooseCannon Yorktown-class aircraft carrier Staff Member

    Best intro since Aces High. 10/10, all time great.
     
  9. BeThyJames

    BeThyJames Trooper

    What a spectacular way to return to business. Bruce is brilliant on this but Adrian's influence is probably even more important. Amazing riffing all the way through and the chorus is so emphatic. I think the RiR version has probably elevated it in my eyes mind you.

    9
     
  10. AlexS

    AlexS Trooper

    Not only that, but the prechorus is very similar to the prechorus to Queensryche's "Spreading The Disease."

    It's a fun tune live, but a bit simple to be up there in 9-10 territory with Maiden's more musically sophisticated songs like "Hallowed" or "Phantom." Deducting another point or two for the (perhaps-unintentional, but still ...) derivativeness of the main riff and prechorus.
     
  11. Poto

    Poto Educated Fool

    Really good opener. Must have been really special to hear this one back in 2000, a great way to say we're back (not that Maiden were gone). Adrian's solo rocks.

    8/10 (close to 9).
     
  12. MrKnickerbocker

    MrKnickerbocker clap hands

    10/10

    From the opening chords of The Wicker Man it is clear that this record is something special. Adrian Smith pounds out some power chords before the full band joins in and Bruce Dickinson takes the mic for a rousing, anthemic opener. Easily their best opening track since Aces High, The Wicker Man is a simple and effective rocker with Adrian Smith’s most well-composed guitar solo ever. I could spend ten pages just talking about the solo, which goes through a catchy and repetitive melodic phrase, a bluesy jam lick, a neoclassical legato section, and ends with a classic Maiden flurry of triplet notes. It is a song built for the stage, with a sing-a-long chorus and and ending full of “whoa-oh” chants. The band still uses this song as their opener quite often because it is a perfect introduction: fast, melodic, fun, and catchy. The return of Bruce and Adrian injects new life into the band and it can be heard in every second of The Wicker Man.
     
  13. Diesel 11

    Diesel 11 Come to the Sabbath

    Hey, I actually went through every single song on BNW and survived! I went purposefully out of order so as to not let the album drag the individual songs down, and I think that's helped. Finishing up, the opening track. One of Maiden's finest. The one song on the album that can actually be considered great. The Wicker Man. As its own song, it'd be a 9/10, but it's a track off of BNW, so the fact that it can really stand up and hold its own against the rest of Maiden's discography propels it to a 10/10. Finally, after a whole afternoon and evening of listening, I've actually given something a 10/10. Sing ho!
     

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