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Be Quick or Be Dead

Discussion in 'Fear Of The Dark' started by Anonymous, Apr 11, 2004.


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  1. Anonymous

    Anonymous Guest

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  2. Uwe

    Uwe Trooper

    'be Quick Or Be Dead'

    A fast paced opener to the album, but that's all about it. I wish Bruce wouldn't do that intro scream, it just sounds so bad. All in all just an average song.
  3. Anonymous

    Anonymous Guest

    'be Quick Or Be Dead'

    It's a great opener with excellent lyrics, but like most specifically written openers, the more you listen to the song, the more you discover the lack of substance that would make a great song. Bruce's awful singing does some more to it, so I can only give this song 3 1/2 stars even though I like it.
  4. Anonymous

    Anonymous Guest

    'be Quick Or Be Dead'

    A powerful album opener but I must agree that Bruce sang better elsewhere. Janick's solo is a bit chaotic... Three and a half.
  5. national acrobat

    national acrobat Ancient Mariner

    'be Quick Or Be Dead'

    I know lots of fans don't like Bruce's vocals on this track, but think they work really well within this track, and I also like the politically charged lyrics. Decent opener, but unfortunately not many tracks on this album are any better than the opening track, with the exception of Afraid To Shoot Strangers and Fear of the Dark.
  6. Anonymous

    Anonymous Guest

    'be Quick Or Be Dead'

    I gave it....

    ... 4.5.

    I don't get the hatred of Be Quick or Be Dead on this site. Bruce's voice is different on it, but not unlistenable. I personally like it when a singer tries to branch out and try something new, especially when it works, and I feel like it does on this song.

    But what really makes this song is the guitar. It's frantic and I love it. I wish the rest of the album had more of this flavor to it.
  7. Yax

    Yax Ancient Mariner

    Re: 'be Quick Or Be Dead'

    I do partly agree with you. It's always fun when an artist experiments with the music, (as long as it doesn't go too far) and it shows a slightly more aggressive voice than we're used to. It's not necessary a bad thing, although I think it's enough with one song like this on the album. And it's not that bad as many people seem to think (in my opinion), far better than i.e. "Chains of Misery".

    Summary:Since I think the music's good, and sometimes even Bruces singing I'll have to go with 3,5 stars.
  8. Wolf

    Wolf Prowler

    Re: 'Be Quick Or Be Dead'

    Reading the comments here I see quite a few people aren't thrilled with this one.

    When I first got into Maiden this was one of my top 5 favorites. I like the fast aggressiveness of the music and the sharp lyrics. I don't listen to this one as much lately but I still have a soft spot for it.

    To me the song is about the hidden hand that manipulates all society, those who use the media to control the public opinion, causes wars and recessions, then reaps profit from them.
  9. LooseCannon

    LooseCannon Yorktown-class aircraft carrier Staff Member

    Daily Song: Be Quick or Be Dead

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    I like this track, though not nearly as much as other album openers (Aces High, Moonchild, The Wicker Man, The Final Frontier). It feels raw and aggressive, and to my mind, evokes a track like Prowler more than many others, but falls short. Bruce does not sound great on this track. I feel like it would sound much better great today than in 1993. I like it, but I don't love it, nor do I go out of my way to listen to it. 6/10.
  10. Albie

    Albie Keeping an open eye on the Weeping Angels.

    Re: Daily Song: Be Quick or Be Dead

    8/10. Great opener, in my view. When I initially heard this (it was a single release before the album) I really had high hopes for Fear of the Dark.....
  11. Jeffmetal

    Jeffmetal Ancient Mariner

    Re: Daily Song: Be Quick or Be Dead

    10! This is one of the best album openers ever! It's a dry, straight, punch in the face and the band is soaring on this one. Everyone is killing is this song; the solo section and the mix of raspy, screaming vocals by Bruce are anthologic. It might only be not better than The Ides Of March and Aces High, but this is the album opener that always comes to my mind whenever I think or get asked about it. Hope this gets played at least once more before the retirement.
  12. Fugazi

    Fugazi Alchemist

    Re: Daily Song: Be Quick or Be Dead

    10/10, my favourite Maiden album opener. I really like the version on Live @ Donington, it sounds raw, unpolished and relentless. It kinda reminds me of when I saw them open with this back in 93.
  13. Black Thunder

    Black Thunder Ancient Mariner

    Re: Daily Song: Be Quick or Be Dead

    Rocking, up-beat tempo. Great riffs & singing.

  14. national acrobat

    national acrobat Ancient Mariner

    Re: Daily Song: Be Quick or Be Dead

    I like the aggression and full-throttle feel of the song, and while I think it's one of the best tracks on the album it's not among my favourite openers. 6/10
  15. Babo 91

    Babo 91 Nomad

    Re: Daily Song: Be Quick or Be Dead

    solid opener thats on par with different world and futureal but there isnt anything special about it. I belive its maidens second fastest song behind aces high and janicks speed really works for him in this solo

  16. The Mid-Distance Runner

    The Mid-Distance Runner Climb like a lemur!!

    Re: Daily Song: Be Quick or Be Dead

    I wish the post-chorus that is only sung after the first chorus was actually sung after every chorus. Its the best part of the song. "see whose rulings all our lives.."  

    Probably my fave off the album but not brilliant.

    Gains marx (pun) for being anti-capitalist.

  17. mckindog

    mckindog Living for Sanctuary from the law Staff Member

    Re: Daily Song: Be Quick or Be Dead

    A no-holds-barred sonic attack. This one grabs you by the throat with vicious music and a biting lyric. An excellent piece of pure metal and a great way to open an album. Eight.
  18. Travis The Dragon

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

    Re: Daily Song: Be Quick or Be Dead

    An awesome, kick ass rocker opens the album! Also, my most favorite Maiden song with Bruce's rough vocals. 9/10
  19. Prowler_108

    Prowler_108 Trooper

    Re: Daily Song: Be Quick or Be Dead

    Two songs from No Prayer and FOTD get a ten.  And this is one of them.
  20. Jupz

    Jupz Ancient Mariner

    Re: Daily Song: Be Quick or Be Dead

    7/10. A solid song, but not amazing imo.

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