Face in the Sand

How good is Face in the Sand on a scale of 1-10?


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    51

Mosh

And I should contemplate this change
Staff member
Very powerful song. I love the way this one builds up, can't think of any other Maiden song like it in that regard. The intro is very beautiful and really works perfectly immediately after Paschendale. Once this song gets heavy it's relentless. Love all the vocal melodies and riffing underneath. Very dramatic stuff. They also take a page out of Dream Theater's playbook with the classic "chorus tease" (verse - pre chorus - verse - pre chorus - chorus). It works perfectly here and the chorus is one of my favorites. Love when it comes down a bit for the instrumental section. Great soloing.

This would've been great on the live stage. I suppose if it wasn't for the double bass pedal they probably would've played it. Too bad.

9
 

LooseCannon

Yorktown-class aircraft carrier
Staff member
It's fine, but I've never been a fan of it. It feels forgettable from the moment you hear it - but that might be due to its placement on the album, too. That Paschendale is a tough act to follow.
 

BeThyJames

Trooper
The song never quite lives up to the power of the intro. The strings and bass pedal combo is pretty awesome. But the orchestral sound is a bit high up in the mix and Bruce sounds a bit Fear of the Dark-y. But then again the chorus is a cracker. A real mixed bag.

7
 

MrKnickerbocker

clap hands
8/10

Face in the Sand takes the moody darkness a step further with a brilliant and brooding two-minute intro. It’s the most epic intro the band has ever written and Nicko finally uses a double bass pedal (this time it’s confirmed!). The rest of the song, however, never truly recaptures the brilliance of the intro. Bruce turns his Air Raid Siren up full blast on almost every note and I’d be lying if I didn’t say it gets a little grating by songs end. That said, the song is still quite cool and heavy. A good, workmanlike latter-album tune.
 

Diesel 11

As you scream into the web of silence...
One of the album's true gems, it's not perfect but compared to 90% of the album it's tops. A strong 8/10.
 

Poto

Ancient Mariner
One of Maiden's most special songs. The atmosphere is very special in this song, in particular the first two minutes. Nicko drives this song forward with his drumming.

9/10
 

Number 6

Ancient Mariner
"Face In the Sand" is a strong contender for heaviest Maiden song ever. Yes, it is. It's already easily the heaviest from the reunion era! And a really great one, for that matter. Marvelous lyrics and melodies, and the waltzing rhythm surely works extremely well. Not quite an epic (even though it does sound like it), but should've been made into one. That's the only thing keeping me from giving it a full 10. It gets a 9.
 

GiovaOfficial

Powerslave
This song features a very interesting heavy atmosphere and definitely holds your attention, but I feel it never really takes off as it could have done. Still a good song, 7/10 for me
 

JudasMyGuide

Ever the Southern Gentleman
I'd say my main problem with this song is the fact the very beginning of the song reminds me of DOD too much... only three songs later. I admit that it's atmospheric, but it's a bit brought down by the murky production. The double-bass is a novelty for Maiden, but I don't really like it's continuous presence in the song, it gets really annoying halfway through.

Also
Bruce turns his Air Raid Siren up full blast on almost every note and I’d be lying if I didn’t say it gets a little grating by songs end.
But I don't know, there's definitely something about the track that doesn't allow me to dismiss it easily. It sounds very unique and like I mentioned, the atmosphere is really heavy here. I'd say that a "confused 7" sounds about right.
 

Number 6

Ancient Mariner
I'd say my main problem with this song is the fact the very beginning of the song reminds me of DOD too much... only three songs later.
I've seen many people saying that about this song, but I honestly don't get it. The only similarity I see between this and "Dance of Death" is that both are built around a waltzing rhythm, but the melodies are completely different.
 

Jer

Limp Pimp
The opening guitar bit reuses the verse melody from the title track. Not sure if that's intentional or not. This builds very nicely with atmospherics to a decent heavy verse and pre-chorus.

More verse and pre-chorus, then we break into a brighter chorus 1 and 2. Just when the repetitive drums are starting to annoy, we cut to a nice interlude and sweet Adrian solo.

Another round of chorus 1 and 2, then a "whoah-oh" version of chorus 2 which is less successful. A soft reprise of the intro wraps things up.

Solid stuff, but not great. 7/10.
 

Diesel 11

As you scream into the web of silence...
"Face in the Sand" reuses a bit of the melody from "Dance of Death" in its intro, but I think it works quite well and feels like a summation of all we heard previously. On that note, this song feels less like a song and more like an extension of the album itself. It's got a great pre-chorus and even better chorus, and as a whole I think it's one of DoD's best songs. 9
 

Kalata

Out of the Silent Planet
This long intro is one of the most amazing melodies from Maiden. Very heavy song. It's the only song in which Nicko uses a double bass pedal. Very good verses, great pre-chorus and amazing chorus. The riff before the solo is brutally good. And the solo is fantastic - actually, Adrian's solos on the DOD album are all amazing. The ''oh-oh'' part is right in place and sounds epic. Again, superb triple-lead guitar harmonies (almost symphonic vibe to it). A hidden gem in Maiden's dicography.

10/10.
 
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