The only record I tend not to listen to is Virtual XI, the drumming and production is just too annoying, together with some bad arrangements it just doesn't work for me. Blaze does a good work though and some of the songs work really well live, and I really want to like the record more than I...
Age of innocence, weekend warrior and Can I play with madness are the only songs I tend to skip more often than I listen to them. Not necessarily the worst songs, but the most annoying ones, definitely.
One hundred years have gone and men again
they came that way
To find the answer to the mystery
They found his body lying where it fell that day
Preserved in time for all to see
No brave new world, no brave new world
Lost in this place, to leave no trace
TLOTLDR is one if the most underrated songs they've ever recorded in my opinion. But i wouldn't like more short rockers, I don't think that's where they are at their best anymore, I prefer the longer and more progressive songs on the later albums.
Some short non-rockers would be interesting though.
01 The number of the beast
02 The evil that men do
03 These colours don't run
04 The trooper
05 Rime of the ancient mariner
06 Flight of Icarus
08 Wasted years
10 For the greater good of god
11 2 Minutes to midnight
12 Halowed be thy name
13 Fear of the dark
I think a song can feel like an epic if the music itself is momentous enough, and/or have a feeling of progression. Even if the lyrics maybe isn't epic enough. I actually think of red and black as an epic mostly because of the monumental heap of riffs that's piled up in the second half. It kinda...