Blaze Bayley

Kalata

Out of the Silent Planet
I'd say they weren't even started with, as in proper recording. Maiden was on tight budget at VXI sessions. The X Factor took years, the band had inactive years 1994 and 1997 with the sales and audiences being less than they used to be. VXI had to be released pretty swiftly, maybe also due to the Q4 of 1998 being filled with big metal festivals in South America. They had no B-sides which points to shortened studio time. From that angle it's easy to see how 4 songs could've been left completely undeveloped.

However it's 1998 and Harris has a studio of his own where Maiden recorded 4 albums. So there might be studio demos of the stuff with Blaze. Not songs in preproduction or production just studio demos because Harris has access and knows how to use one.
I think it's not unusual for Steve to have demos/ideas from previous albums sessions. He is full of ideas.

Maybe they wrote 12-14 songs during VXI sessions (like during TXF sessions), but decided that they will do an 8-songs album again and Steve saved these 4 songs for the next album (i.e. BNW). Besides, Janick wrote only one song for the album, so it's not surprising that Steve has written so many songs. And they already (sort of) had filled the spots in the album with these type of songs - Blood Brothers/CEA (slow song), The Mercenary/Futureal (fast rocker), DOM/The Clansman (song with acoustic parts), The Nomad/DLTTEOAS (song with long instrumental section).
 

TheMercenary

Ancient Mariner

GhostofCain

Ancient Mariner
Was meant to see Blaze last night for the first time but the fates were against me once more and I spent the night caring for my sickness ravaged children instead.

Which was an easy choice to make but I feel a bit gutted. Really need the catharsis of live music

I am sorry to hear this and hope your children are feeling better!
 

Black Abyss Babe

Quantum weather butterfly
Was meant to see Blaze last night for the first time but the fates were against me once more and I spent the night caring for my sickness ravaged children instead.

Which was an easy choice to make but I feel a bit gutted. Really need the catharsis of live music
Sorry you had to miss it - if it's any consolation, a couple of people at the front seemed to be filming the whole show so you may still get to watch it. I know it's not the same, but there will be other times to come, I'm confident of that now.

Every storm ends: Blaze is right :)
 

Boroking

I talk to planets…
Sorry you had to miss it - if it's any consolation, a couple of people at the front seemed to be filming the whole show so you may still get to watch it. I know it's not the same, but there will be other times to come, I'm confident of that now.

Every storm ends: Blaze is right :)

The time will come you’re right. I’m half considering driving up to the Christmas Bash at KK’s Steel Mill in December as a consolation prize. Blazes music really helped me through the lockdowns so seeing him would be a nice way to sign off the last few years. Still the riffs can wait
 
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