2 Minutes to Midnight

How good is 2 Minutes to Midnight on a scale of 1-10?


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Diesel 11

As you scream into the web of silence...
With a crash, "Aces High" dies away and we are thrust into Powerslave's second track by one of the great Maiden riffs of all time. Yes, it's a riff style that many have used throughout metal's history, but Maiden really perfected it here.

"2 Minutes To Midnight" is a popular song, but it's popular for a reason. 10/10. Great stuff.
 

Jer

Limp Pimp
A catchy, iconic riff with percussive accents kicks into a great uptempo verse. Bruce's tremolo is a little out of control here, but not to the point of distraction. This switches gears into an excellent, slower feel pre-chorus with cool bass fills before breaking into a faster, soaring chorus.

Another round of verse through chorus and we get a great uptempo solo with some harmonized bits followed by an excellent, slightly bluesier solo. This leads into an extended subdued interlude with a plaintive, bluesy lead. This kicks back into a final round of verse through chorus that morphs into a variant chorus and a brief outro punctuated by a final shouted lyric.

This is a superb rocker that hops deftly back and forth between harder and softer feels, and it has great lyrics, too. The minor weaknesses aren't enough to deny this song a 10/10.
 

KidInTheDark666

What's yours is mine and what's mine is mine too
2MTM was one of my favorites when I got into Maiden. It's not anymore. The main riff is obviously great and so is the chorus. 9
 

Diesel 11

As you scream into the web of silence...
Staccato riffs were all the rage back in the day, but Maiden's is arguably the pinnacle. "2 Minutes To Midnight" opens with some fiery riffing and cool drumbeats, before exploding into a mid-paced song to keep the energy from "Aces High" going, even if it's not as fast. It's a really strong number and one of the best of their singles - an awesome track all-told. 10
 

srfc

Ancient Mariner

Nice discussion on the rhythm section of 2 Minutes to Midnight in the proceeding few posts in the above thread, it really belongs here.

Also, I'm linking my post in the thread, just to bring a bit more attention and praise to that, for no reason, one note change he puts in.

Discussion starts here
 

Kalata

Out of the Silent Planet
Fantastic intro and riff/rhythm. Very good verses and the pre-chorus/chorus are one of my favorites. Both solos are great. Great drumming. Everything is perfect in this song. Classic for Maiden. 10/10
 

srfc

Ancient Mariner

While trying to find the original video for Hallowed Live on youtube, I found this clip above that I'd never heard of before, does anyone know anything about it?
 

Black Bart

Ancient Mariner
Judging from various YouTube comments that converge, it is apparently the official alternate version was that broadcast, at least, in Brazil and Australia instead of the "feature" one, in the days of the promotion of the album.

Besides, while looking it up, I've found a curiousity:
:D
I wouldn't mind a Russian speaker telling us what the lyrics are about.

And another one which resets the scale as to who "invented" the riff:
 
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