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Flash of the Blade

Discussion in 'Powerslave' started by gor, Mar 7, 2004.

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How good is Flash of the Blade on a scale of 1-10?

  1. 10

    20.0%
  2. 9

    15.0%
  3. 8

    32.5%
  4. 7

    17.5%
  5. 6

    12.5%
  6. 5

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  7. 4

    2.5%
  8. 3

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  9. 2

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  10. 1

    0 vote(s)
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  1. mckindog

    mckindog Living for Sanctuary from the law Staff Member

    Re: Daily Song: Flash of the Blade

    I like, but do not love, the intro riff. The rhythm section is taking no prisoners, like it does for the entire album. Chorus is solid. A good, not great track that has a very similar — probably too similar — feel to Sun and Steel. Seven
     
  2. Genghis Khan

    Genghis Khan Ancient Mariner

    Re: Daily Song: Flash of the Blade

    But is it better than Sun and Steel in your opinion?  I think so.  The energy alone beats SaS.
     
  3. Travis The Dragon

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

    Re: Daily Song: Flash of the Blade

    :eek: More 6-7's than anything else?

    Not by too much though. :p
     
  4. Prowler_108

    Prowler_108 Trooper

    Re: Daily Song: Flash of the Blade

    8. The chorus could take some work, but the riff and guitar work makes up for it.
     
  5. mckindog

    mckindog Living for Sanctuary from the law Staff Member

    Re: Daily Song: Flash of the Blade

    That's a tough one. I gave both of them sevens, but Flash probably has a bit more going on, so Flash, at least today.
     
  6. Vortex

    Vortex Invader

    Re: Daily Song: Flash of the Blade

    7/10. For a so called filler track, it's quite good and the chorus is very catchy, almost an 8 but 7 it is.
     
  7. Invader

    Invader Ancient Mariner

    Re: Daily Song: Flash of the Blade

    It's energetic and fun, probably underrated, and I should listen to it more often.  That being said, however, Maiden have a lot of rockers, and this is not among the best.  I'd give it 6, but I gave Gangland and Purgatory 6, and this is a lot better than them.  7/10
     
  8. Ranko

    Ranko I'll shoot the gunner first!

    Re: Daily Song: Flash of the Blade

    6/10. Sorry, but the middle four of Powerslave are simply overshadowed by the four eternal classics. The lyrical theme of the song isn't something that interests me, and although the intro melody and its development before and after the solos, complete with the drum/bass breaks sound really great, the verses and choruses are a downer. Maybe if they expanded the music and turned this into an instrumental instead of Losfer Words, who knows. Like this, I have to agree that it's borderline filler.
     
  9. Jonszat

    Jonszat Trooper

    6/10. The best of the filler, I quite like this song although I appreciate that there isn't very much special about it.
     
  10. ______no5

    ______no5 The Angel Of The Odd

    A very beloved one. Except the opening riff, which is one of my favorites, the bass line and terrific tempo, this one contains one of my best lyric:

    As a young boy chasing dragons
    With your wooden sword so mighty
    You're St. George or you're David
    And you always killed the beast
    Times change very quickly
    And you had to grow up early
    A house in smoking ruins
    And the bodies at your feet.

    To me that's poetry. 8/10
     
  11. The Flash

    The Flash Dennis Wilcock did 9/11

    The intro/main riff is catchy and really good, Bruce's performance is great. I was going to give it a 7 but it was before I remember the lyrics. 8/10
     
  12. Taker

    Taker Cannon Fodder

    6 out of 10... This tune just never really lit a fire under me... it gets skipped over regularly...
     
  13. Jupz

    Jupz Ancient Mariner

    I love this song, the intro tune is really good. This is my 5th favourite, but Powerslave is my fave album of all time and its hard to beat Aces High, 2 minutes, Powerslave, and ROTAM lol. Great chorus aswell.
     
  14. Mosh

    Mosh The years just pass like trains Staff Member

    Another great song. This was my favorite Powerslave song when I was little and the chorus was and still is one of my favorites. The middle section is really good. It would be great to hear with the 3 guitars live. 10/10
     
  15. Night Prowler

    Night Prowler ɹǝlʍoɹԀ ʇɥƃᴉN Staff Member

    I love the opening riff, it used to be my ringtone for a very long time. Very underrated. 9/10.
     
  16. Vap

    Vap Ancient Mariner

    One of the first songs I heard from Powerslave. I love it. 9 from me, underrated song.
     
  17. Fugazi

    Fugazi Alchemist

    8/10, I really like this song, love the intro.
     
  18. Forostar

    Forostar Conjure the Death Star again

    This song has a very alerting beginning and a dazzling amount of guitars in the instrumental section.
    Apart from that, the beat is really good and I also dig Steve's very melodic approach here.

    About that mid piece, this is an interesting comment by Adrian:

    ...followed by 'Flash Of The Blade', a slightly above average track, blessed with a killer intro riff. "Yeah, that was a good little song," recalls Adrian, "one of Bruce's; good, tight little song. We never played it live but I enjoyed playing it in the studio. I actually added quite a few more guitar lines to it. A lot of the harmony stuff you hear, I actually overdubbed. Good little song. And everybody knows Bruce is a fencing nut."

    When you did your famous harmony solos, how did you guys work it out? "We actually used to work separately. Dave would go in for a couple of days and do some solos, do some guitar lines and then I would go in and do my solos and put the harmony to what he'd done. And if it was Steve's song, Steve would be there, but both of us were in there, just making sure it's what he wanted. He's very meticulous about his stuff, you know. But on 'Flash Of The Blade' for example, there were certain parts I didn't feel were strong enough, so I overdubbed harmonies myself on top of what was already there. So occasionally we would do separate harmonies, but mostly we would do them together."
    (source)

    8
     
  19. Zare

    Zare Dream of broken citadels

    Nice intro riff. Nice instrumental part. Corny chorus. Lyrics are akin to kill-the-dragon power metal stuff, which i really don't like. Filler. 6.
     
  20. bearfan

    bearfan Ancient Mariner

    7, I really like the chorus, the rest of the song is solid.
     

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