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2 Minutes to Midnight

Discussion in 'Powerslave' started by Anonymous, Apr 11, 2004.


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  1. LooseCannon

    LooseCannon Yorktown-class aircraft carrier Staff Member

    Definitely a more interesting song musically, this slows down the frenetic place of the album. The song is supremely topical, even today. Currently, we are at three minutes to midnight.

    This is a truly great song, but I wouldn't put it down as a timeless classic. It is in the next one down though. 9/10
  2. DJMayes

    DJMayes Educated Fool


    It struck me whilst relistening to the Maiden discography that I just don't get why this song is so popular. Not that I think it's a bad song by any means, but I see very little special about it either.
  3. Naty

    Naty Educated Fool

    9/10 Quite simple riff, but very powerful. And I love the solo section.
  4. frus

    frus Barbed Wire Hen

    It's the LYRICS
  5. DJMayes

    DJMayes Educated Fool

    Decided finally that it is a textbook 7. Good song but one of the most overrated ones Maiden have ever done.


    Previous Albums:

    1980 - 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

    1981 - 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

    1982 - 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

    1983 - 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

    1984 - Powerslave

    8 - Aces High
    7 - 2 Minutes To Midnight
  6. MrKnickerbocker

    MrKnickerbocker clap hands


    Following closely on the heels of Aces High is 2 Minutes to Midnight, a darker, but equally catchy song about political warmongers and the Doomsday Clock. Adrian Smith’s main riff is simple, but driving, and the drums and bass fill out the intro beautifully. Dickinson’s lyrics are, as usual, a bit nebulous and intellectual, but he sounds great here. Bruce contributes to half of the material on this album, including two tracks he wrote entirely on his own, and I’d argue that his continued writing presence (along with Adrian’s) is responsible for ushering in a higher caliber of Maiden song. Speaking of Adrian, his solo in 2 Minutes is outstanding and the buildup from the gloomy bridge back into the main riff is inspired.
  7. Mosh

    Mosh The years just pass like trains Staff Member

    Where Aces High is the short and simple rocker meant to kick things off with a quick bang, 2 Minutes To Midnight shows the band at their peak writing and performing abilities. Sure the main riff might be a bit simple, but it's the way they play it that makes it so special. The shaky vibrato, the way Steve's bass playfully weaves in and out of the chords, and the unmistakeable McBrain drum fills. And that's just the intro. Bruce's performance on this is dynamic and awesome with great lyrics to go with it. I love the way it plays with tempo changes and comes down for the prechorus only to be built up again into one of the most memorable Maiden choruses.

    The magic of the song really comes with the instrumental section though and is what puts a song like this head and shoulders above virtually any other classic metal track from the same era. Both solos are among the two guitarists' best and the music underneath the solos is just as imaginative and dynamic as the solos themselves. I love how instead of going straight from the solos into the next verse, they take their time getting there with more melodies and riffs. They also mix up the structure a bit by not doing the standard twin harmony before or after the solos. This song didn't need that.

    Then after another run of the original verses, they seamlessly go into an outro that nobody saw coming. This is a seasoned, confident Iron Maiden that you don't want to mess with.

  8. BeThyJames

    BeThyJames Trooper

    Found this difficult to rank. It's better that a lot of stuff on Powerslave but i find the chorus nowhere near as good as Aces High.

    There's some good depth to the song in terms of the structure and I really like the lyric. It's a really good listen but falls short of their best work.
  9. Sth2112

    Sth2112 Nomad

    Cool main riff and nice solos and lyrics, but a bit overrated. It works nice as a single song, but just not a "live classic must have" in my ears

  10. Black Bart

    Black Bart Ancient Mariner

    If Nicko ever retires and the band continues, this would be a good choice I think, even if it is a tad overplayed in this example. :)
    Mosh and jazz from hell like this.
  11. Forostar

    Forostar Conjure the Death Star again

    They forgot White Spirit's Midnight Chaser, oldest of all.
  12. Travis The Dragon

    Travis The Dragon The dreamers may die, but the dreams live on.

    Actually, my friend thinks Burn by Deep Purple sounds exactly like it. I hear a bit is similarity, but I can tell the difference as well.
  13. jazz from hell

    jazz from hell Ancient Mariner

    2 Minutes and Burn are similar in that they're both awesome. Apart from that, I don't know...
  14. matic22

    matic22 H is shorter for God.

    2 mins used to be one of my favourite songs when I started being a Maiden fan. On that day I would have rated it a 10. It has slipped down to the 8 through the years.
    One subtle thing I love about it are the slightly out of key vocals on the bridge sections, which give it a tortured feel. Also all the little riffs are nice.

  15. Perun

    Perun Climbing like a monkey Staff Member

    Another riff sighting, this one is from 1983:

  16. Zare

    Zare Dream of broken citadels

    Simply one of the best rock instrumental tracks ever. And then enhanced by a great vocalist with meaningful lyrics. 10

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  17. Diesel 11

    Diesel 11 Gott Mit Uns

    It's really hard to follow the High that is Aces, let alone stick out as a great song on an album that literally has nothing but great songs. 2MTM is low when ranking Powerslave's songs, yet out of Maiden's entire discography it's high up there. Great riff, great chorus, love the pacing. 9/10

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