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Aces High

Discussion in 'Powerslave' started by LooseCannon, Feb 29, 2004.


How good is Aces High on a scale of 1-10?

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  1. Prowler_108

    Prowler_108 Trooper

    Re: Aces High

    This song gets me pumped up like no other.  I'm not in love with the midsection though so it can only get a 9.
  2. Forostar

    Forostar Conjure the Death Star again

    Re: Aces High

    This song I held as one of the very best ever when I heard Live After Death for the first time. What an exciting beginning of this legendary live album! I played it over and over again and soon it was my favourite together with The Trooper. (This was some while before Rime took over my favourite song spot).

    Later when I heard Powerslave for the first time, I was a bit disappointed. I don't think that Aces High's chorus is that great on the Powerslave album. I prefer the "H sound of airplane" on Live After Death. His guitar in the chorus really sounds like (sounds coming from) planes, and this vital aspect sounds a bit crappy on the studio version. The tremolo bending part, you know what I'm talking about.

    I also prefer the backing vocals (done in the studio ;) ) on Life After Death, just as the solos. So overall, the song sounds paler on record compared to a live performance. I also realize that over the years, other songs have grown more on me than this one.

    Still, the energy of this track, the captivating intro (original rhythmic harmony!) and the interesting lyrics make me give it a well deserved 9.
  3. Fugazi

    Fugazi Alchemist

    Re: Aces High

    10/10, My third favourite Maiden opener, I especially like the guitar solo work on this one, a song that wiil raise the roof.
  4. Mosh

    Mosh The years just pass like trains Staff Member

    Re: Aces High

    This is my least favorite opener. It is simplistic maiden at its best and apart from good solos and lyrics, there isn't much else to it. 5/10
  5. Night Prowler

    Night Prowler ɹǝlʍoɹԀ ʇɥƃᴉN Staff Member

    Re: Aces High

    A perfect opener. It's waaaaay underrated by the band, they should start every concert with this song. 10/10.
  6. Vap

    Vap Ancient Mariner

    Re: Aces High

    Like NightProwler666 said, it's a perfect opener. Not my favorite, but still deserves full score.
  7. Zare

    Zare Dream of broken citadels

    Re: Aces High

    This is the first Iron Maiden song i heard, and i was literally blown off by opening riff! The riffage in this song is extreme, the vocals are epic, like Ranko said, symmetry of composition is present which to me seems like "lift off - formation - split - attack - regroup - formation - land". Perhaps it's a bit far fetched but most of the commentary stuff is  :D

    However, it's like 9.25, because i feel that something is missing to reach the perfect score. Hence, 9.
  8. bearfan

    bearfan Ancient Mariner

    Re: Aces High

    10 ... Fantatic opening song, good lyrics, and a great rocket
  9. Albie

    Albie Keeping an open eye on the Weeping Angels.

    Re: Aces High

    8. Yeah, I know a lot have this as their favourite opener, but I only see this as bloody good.
  10. Tron

    Tron Trooper

    Re: Aces High

    at a time i would have given it 10 but its just a short rocker not a great by maidens standards but just very very good...
    good old song with a great patriotic feel 9/10 on the border of ten
  11. czgibson

    czgibson Invader

    Re: Aces High


    It's a classic, containing lots of great riffs and amazing vocals from Bruce. I especially love the harmonies during the intro. The lyrics are also strong and the tune just motors along with so much energy. I think it would be really tough to pull this one off at the end of a gig for that reason; I bet Maiden could probably do it though. Anyone know if they ever did?

    So a great tune that is nearly a ten to my ears. It loses a point from me because the I-bVI-bVII sequence that turns up in so many Maiden songs is overused just a little in the chorus here. Apart from that it's stunning.
  12. Revelations85

    Revelations85 Trooper

    Re: Aces High

    10/10. One of Maiden's best intros.
  13. SixesAlltheway

    SixesAlltheway Yacht Rock

    Do you all think that it can it be argued that the success of the RAF in defeating the Luftwaffe and thus preventing an occupation was the first milestone towards the allies winning the second world war over Nazi Germany? And the first "crack" in the facade of the otherwise unstoppable German war machine, that perhaps they were not as unstoppable as first thought?
  14. MrKnickerbocker

    MrKnickerbocker clap hands

    My absolute favorite album opener after "The Wicker Man". Great from start to finish. I still cannot get over how much personality the guitar riffs have, it sounds like a dogfight. Just great.

  15. Travis The Dragon

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

    Are there any versions of this song from the Powerslave tour where Bruce sang it really super good and hit all the high notes?
  16. LooseCannon

    LooseCannon Yorktown-class aircraft carrier Staff Member

    Blind Guardian - Beyond the Red Mirror
  17. Forostar

    Forostar Conjure the Death Star again

  18. LooseCannon

    LooseCannon Yorktown-class aircraft carrier Staff Member

    What...what's so funny about it?

    Edit: *Looks at thread title. Looks at thread. Looks at the other window where I thought that was written. Realizes a dreadful mistake has been made.*
    RTC, Travis The Dragon, Perun and 3 others like this.
  19. Travis The Dragon

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

    I'm still wondering about this for those who are big bootleg collectors. Even though I have a link for them in my signature, I actually don't collect that many myself.
  20. I love this song and it is a great intro to a magnificent album. Powerslave is tied right now with NOTB as the best two albums. I can't decide. It's like picking a favorite kid.

    A catchy, sing along chorus that gets you up and ready. They started Flight 666 with this song and it was a good choice. 10/10 a classic.

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