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Brighter Than A Thousand Suns

Discussion in 'A Matter Of Life And Death' started by Anonymous, Aug 30, 2006.


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  1. eddienephwrack

    eddienephwrack Invader

    I wouldn't disagree with this .... but the only amendment I'd make is to say I think that "Brighter..." and "For the Greater Good of God" are the two best songs they've written since '88
  2. Mosh

    Mosh The years just pass like trains Staff Member

    This song is amazing. I remember this song taking a long time to grow on me, but once it finally clicked it became one of my favorites. The verse riff for this song is probably the heaviest in their catalog and overall it's easily one of their most dynamic. Most modern Maiden epics tend to have a slow intro, a heavy body, and then maybe a heavy outro. Very rarely do they shift gears within the song, but it happens a lot in this one. I used to find the "out of the darkness" bits to be a little repetitive but they really aren't. Even though the lyrics are repeating, the music underneath is changing and growing more sinister, fitting the repeated lyric. There are so many great melodies and riffs on this song, with a structure that keeps the listener guessing. Also unique to this song is that it's an Adrian penned song with a Janick solo, but no Dave solo. As far as I know, that's the only one of the sort in the Maiden discography. That was also a great decision, Janick's manic playing style really fits the tone and that part of the song much better than Dave's. It also happens to be one of the best Janick solos in general. Before that, Adrian comes in with his epic solo that signals the climax of the song. I also love how his solo features the riff for the final chorus. It's a very subtle but effective way of introducing that riff.

  3. JudasMyGuide

    JudasMyGuide Domini canis

    I agree. And the song does not even sound very typical, but it's just nothing short of mindblowing. The haunting beginning with those lyrics, then the guitars come in...
    This song sends shivers down my spine. Every fucking time. It's just so colourful and atmospheric and unique.

    For the opportunity to actually experience this masterpiece live, I consider myself very lucky.

  4. Collin

    Collin Jambi

    I'm very confused by the high ratings for this song. The music behind it is actually very good. It's so beautiful when the guitars come in at 0:29, and the solos are amazing. The vocals are the main problem with the song. There is really no vocal melody in the first verses, Bruce is just kind of singing off time to the music. Some of the lyrics also are very cheesy, such as "E=MC squared you can relate" and "Take a look at your last sky, guessing you won't have the time to cry." The last one seems forced and it has no reason being there. Not to say that all of the lyrics are bad, there a lot of really good lyrics in there it's just that they're poorly executed. I don't know wether Steve or Bruce is to blame, but it really has ruined the song for me. Repeating choruses... That too.

    I am by no means an ever so common hater of AMOLAD, I love the album! This and Out of the Shadows are the only two bad songs on it. If this song was an instrumental it would be a 9/10, but with the poorly executed lyrics I have to give it a 6.

    Also... WHERES DAVEY AT!?!?!?
    Last edited: Aug 25, 2016
  5. mckindog

    mckindog Living for Sanctuary from the law Staff Member

    Such a massive, fucking powerhouse of a song.
  6. Stardust

    Stardust A Blue Sector Mirage

    And here we go, my second favourite Iron Maiden song at the moment. The intro alone gives me chills and that transition into the heavy verse riff is one of the best Maiden moments. Also, the lyrics here are amazing, although that's somewhat to be expected from this album, every song on AMOLAD has solid lyrics in one way or another. Also, the length is absolutely perfect. Not a single note seems wasted on this 08:44 track. But eh, that's my bias talking. No song is perfect and this one's no exception. It's just really freaking close to being that good.

    #3 favourite Maiden-related song, also counting Bruce's solo career. Only a sliver behind The Trooper and Navigate The Seas Of The Sun.

    10/10, easily.
  7. LooseCannon

    LooseCannon Yorktown-class aircraft carrier Staff Member

    A goddamn masterpiece. If you took away the lyrics, it would still remind you of atomic bombs exploding. One of the greats of the modern era. 10/10 would explode again.
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  8. BeThyJames

    BeThyJames Trooper

    Incredible song. One of their best lyrics ever, brutal, poetic and foreboding. The main verse riff is so heavy, absolute brilliance. Then that chorus hits which is absolutely chilling. Great solo by Adrian. And the final chorus is scintillating with Nicko going ballistic

  9. Poto

    Poto Ancient Mariner

    Perfection. From the heavy riffing, to Bruce's mindblowing vocal performance of his own chilling lyrics and Nicko's drumming. Adrian and Janick deliver two of the finest Maiden solos ever. When you listen to this song, play it LOUD.

  10. MrKnickerbocker

    MrKnickerbocker clap hands


    Brighter Than a Thousand Suns is Maiden’s proggiest and heaviest song yet. A crushing Adrian riff in 7/4 leads the song, with Bruce spitting pure vitriol at the creation of the atomic bomb. His voice conveys vivid imagery, whispering the chorus as the cloud of the bomb breaks the horizon and bursting into a full wail as the shockwave hits the city. Another brilliant song, another brilliant Adrian solo. Janick busts out the whammy bar effects during his solo and it fits nicely into the chaos. The old gallop returns in the bridge, but it feels more pointed than ever before, ridged and angry, punctuated by brief melodic moments cut in half to make the whole thing that much more anxious. It's just a damned massive song.
  11. Poto

    Poto Ancient Mariner

    Listened to AMOLAD a couple days ago, and I think Janick's solo in this song might be my favourite on the entire album. It's so damn good. It fits so well to the song as well, breaking the song down to the heavy riff after the fast mid-part.
  12. Diesel 11

    Diesel 11 Gott Mit Uns

    A strong song, not the most memorable for me but still great. Goes on a little too long but that can be overlooked enough to give it an 8/10.

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