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Fortunes of War

Discussion in 'The X Factor' started by Anonymous, Apr 11, 2004.

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How good is Fortunes of War on a scale of 1-10?

  1. 10

    18.9%
  2. 9

    8.1%
  3. 8

    32.4%
  4. 7

    18.9%
  5. 6

    8.1%
  6. 5

    2.7%
  7. 4

    2.7%
  8. 3

    8.1%
  9. 2

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  10. 1

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  1. MrKnickerbocker

    MrKnickerbocker clap hands

    7/10 Blazing candles flickering.

    Fortunes of War starts with a subdued bass pattern, some mournful guitar work, and Blaze’s low baritone. Lyrically it's almost a book end to Afraid to Shoot Strangers from the previous album, telling the story of a soldier returning home from war to find nothing waiting for him. The music is incredibly progressive, alternating dynamics between bass chords with a single drum hit to a rousing guitar melody. It’s one of my favorite musical moments on the entire album and proves that Maiden has embraced being a semi-prog band. Once Blaze rejoins the song, however, it kind of stalls. His limited range restrains this song from greatness, especially during the plodding chorus where he almost sounds bored. An octave jump (a la that other guy who used to sing for Maiden) would have pushed this song to new heights.
     
  2. DJMayes

    DJMayes Educated Fool

    If you replace the title of this song with I am so bored the chorus still works and that pretty much sums up my opinion of the majority of this song.

    Good solo section but otherwise a weak song on a weak album.
     
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  3. Diesel 11

    Diesel 11 Gott Mit Uns

    I love the build-up in this one, but there's no real payoff, just 7 minutes of quiet, heavier, quiet, chorus, etc. Speaking of the chorus, it's not bad, but it's not that great at the same token. A lower 7/10.
     

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