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.