Barbed Wire Hen
I'm still trying to find some twist in those lyrics, this seems to be too straightforward for Bruce
I don't know much about history, but isn't this supposed to be about the very beginning of war, when things were still very uncertain?
Anyway, I've got gripe with the presentation itself. The way Bruce described it before the album came out ("he was a flawed character, but overcame his flaws..."), I thought it would be something about facing his personal demons, but instead we got what looks to me like a collection of superlatives and hollow phrases (which I already had too much of in my own country, so maybe for that reason I'm extra irritated that Bruce would go down such a path).
The instrumentation, atmosphere and musical texture of the song is great, and conveys the title "Darkest Hour" much better than the lyrics themselves
Now that would really take something special. The verses of The Longest Day are the best war-themed verses in any Maiden song and yes, that includes Aces High and Paschendale. The melody, lyrics and vocal delivery makes you feel you're on board one of those boats approaching Normandy.As said before topically it doesn't connect like "The Longest Day" does,