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Flash of the Blade

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


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  1. I didn't care for this song upon first listen. It felt like filler. It gets better with each listen and has grown on me. The fencing theme is pretty cool too. One of Bruce's many hobbies.
    The vocals by Bruce make this song so magnificent. He belts it so high and I love it. From a 5 or 6 to a 9/10.
  2. Gk1

    Gk1 Ancient Mariner

    This song has the guitar interplay and the band energy that are so lacking in the latest albums.Love it.
  3. Eddieson

    Eddieson Nomad

    Cool riff, an okay verse, but I don't like the chorus that much. It's nowhere near the greatness of Aces High or 2 Minutes To Midnight. The guitar harmonies in the middle are well done but kind of boring to me. Still an okay song thou and this should have been at track 3 instead of Losfer Words.

  4. Nick2632

    Nick2632 Nomad

    7/10. This one is pretty good, but nothing special and I never go out of my way to listen to it. The chorus is my favorite part of the song and I feel it saves the song. The riff is pretty cool and unique too.
  5. Pand

    Pand Ancient Mariner

    There's a lot to dislike about this song. I'm not a fan of the opening, I don't care much for the vocals on the chorus, some of the high-pitched guitar parts grate on my ears a bit. But I keep coming back to listen to it. Why? I'm not really sure, but it means for all its weaknesses I'll give it a...

  6. SinisterMinisterX

    SinisterMinisterX Illuminatus Staff Member

    9/10. The musicianship on display here is awesome. This isn't a performance many bands could pull off. I love all the contrapuntal intricacies, and Bruce shows off his full vocal range. Damn shame it never got played live. I can understand leaving this beast off the regular rotation, but I'd love to hear it on a live album.
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  7. LooseCannon

    LooseCannon Yorktown-class aircraft carrier Staff Member

    7/10. I find the intro riff sightly annoying, to be honest, but it's an earworm. Once it's in my head, it sticks around quite firmly. Bruce's enthusiasm for these lyrics is as intense as it is on Empire of the Clouds, which is saying quite a lot if you ask me.
  8. Naty

    Naty Educated Fool

    9/10 This song is full of energy. I love the intro riff, very unique.
  9. DJMayes

    DJMayes Educated Fool

    7. A fun song with some very cool guitar parts.



    Previous Albums:

    1980 - Iron Maiden - 6.67

    8 - Prowler
    6 - Sanctuary
    7 - Remember Tomorrow
    6 - Running Free
    9 - Phantom Of The Opera
    7 - Transylvania
    4 - Strange World
    6 - Charlotte The Harlot
    7 - Iron Maiden

    1981 - Killers - 5.91

    6 - The Ides Of March
    6 - Wrathchild
    6 - Murders In The Rue Morgue
    5 - Another Life
    5 - Genghis Khan
    5 - Innocent Exile
    8 - Killers
    5 - Prodigal Son
    8 - Purgatory
    6 - Twilight Zone
    5 - Drifter

    1982 - The Number Of The Beast - 7.56

    6 - Invaders
    7 - Children Of The Damned
    8 - The Prisoner
    7 - 22 Acacia Avenue
    9 - The Number Of The Beast
    10 - Run To The Hills
    6 - Gangland
    5 - Total Eclipse
    10 - Hallowed Be Thy Name

    1983 - Piece Of Mind - 7.44

    8 - Where Eagles Dare
    9 - Revelations
    9 - Flight Of Icarus
    7 - Die With Your Boots On
    8 - The Trooper
    7 - Still Life
    6 - Quest For Fire
    6 - Sun And Steel
    7 - To Tame A Land

    1984 - Powerslave

    8 - Aces High
    7 - 2 Minutes To Midnight
    3 - Loss Fer Words
    7 - Flash Of The Blade
  10. MrKnickerbocker

    MrKnickerbocker clap hands


    Flash of the Blade is the first of two songs inspired by sword fighting, a subject Bruce knows quite a bit about. The chorus falls victim to a happy, singsongy melody (a problem experienced by many early Maiden tracks), but it is still rousing and enjoyable. Murray and Smith’s unison lines are on-point, though, especially during the harmonized section before the final chorus.
  11. Mosh

    Mosh The years just pass like trains Staff Member

    Now we're really digging deep into the album. I love Bruce's sinister delivery of the vocals and the chorus on this one. What really makes this song stand out though is the crazy guitar harmonies in the middle. It will be a huge missed opportunity if the band never perform this with the current lineup of three guitarists. This song was made for that. If they ever decide to break out a song that has never been played live, this is the one to do. Not Alex. It has a very baroque flavor to it and was probably a huge influence to the symphonic/power metal guys.
    I also love the way the bass interacts with the guitar during the second time through the intro. Steve's bass in general is really great on this track, as always.
    In retrospect, the instrumental section on this was totally a precursor to IESF. You can really tell Bruce wrote both songs. Neither songs feature a guitar solo, but really intricate guitar melodies instead.


    Btw, a lot of people hate this band but I was really thrilled to hear Avenged Sevenfold cover this song. It was cool seeing a more mainstream (at least in the US) band bring attention to an old Maiden gem. I'd like to think it turned a lot of fans on to Powerslave.
  12. BeThyJames

    BeThyJames Trooper

    The main opening riff is spectacular and...it pretty much peaks there.

    I had to relisten to it several times to get any appreciation for what I always thought was a dud. I don't like the vocals really but it does grow on you. A bit

  13. Sth2112

    Sth2112 Nomad

    I love this song, awesome guitar intro and build up, the typical Bruce lyrics and verses, and a very cool chorus and guitar harmonies and solos makes this one of my favorite Maiden songs

  14. Desdemona

    Desdemona Prowler

    This suddenly clicked with me. I already liked the intro but hadn't paid enough attention to that amazing middle section. Maybe not the very best in terms of lyrics but Bruce sings it with a lot of emotion. A shame they seem to have never played this live.
    Last edited: Jul 19, 2017
  15. matic22

    matic22 H is shorter for God.

    Strange track. I find the guitar work on this one a bit annoying. I'm also not a big fan of the strange chorus.

    A filler.

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