Songfacts:Before, you mentioned the song "Futureal."
Blaze:"Futureal" is that feeling of paranoia. At the time when we were working on the Virtual XI album, there was a lot of conspiracy theories that I was listening to. I'm very interested in physics and cosmology and life on other planets. And the question, "Do aliens exist?" Because of research into quantum physics and quantum fluctuations, the possibilities of people or beings coming from another dimension.
And this general feeling of paranoia and of people telling you what is right, but you actually not knowing. So much of the news media decides what they think is newsworthy, but that's not everything that's going on in the world - that's what they think you should know. And worse than that, sometimes that's all they want you to know, is my belief. Authors like Noam Chomsky are always exploring these topics.
So that's where it came from really. What is real? Futureal. Because is the future real? Is the future that they ascribe to us that they say we're having, is that real? At the time there were arguments about global warming. Scientific facts, global warming. It's a scientific fact, but somebody else says there's no global warming. So how do you know what's right?
A nice, lighthearted, straight to the point song after all the darkness and epicness on The X Factor.
The riff is fun and Blaze sings okay on the verses and great on the pre-chorus and chorus.
Like many of you said the guitar lick on the chorus is hot. The solos are good and accomplishes the song in a natural way.
Funny thing is that even the worst Iron Maiden album always start of great, Be Quick Or be Dead comes to mind as well.
Futureal is the best album opener since Moonchild. It’s a three minute burst of classic riffing, as if to prove to all of those who hated The X Factor that the band could still write an upbeat rocker. Dave Murray is back in top form from the get-go with a furious solo of legato runs and melodic bends. Futureal has everything you could ask for in a Maiden song and does it all in a perfectly immediate fashion. Maiden actually kept this song on the setlist for a couple years after Bruce rejoined the band, an acknowledgement of its strengths.
Short rocker done in a Maiden style (one of the best short rockers for the band). It's up there with Wrathchild. This song is a classic! Fantastic way to open the album. Great riff, fast tempo, very good chorus/pre-chorus, brutal solo by Dave and again the twin-lead guitar harmony is amazing - the album is full of this. Blaze sounds awesome. Nicko's drumming is brutal. He hit the cymbals quite a lot (which is great). I don't get why Maiden refuse to play this song more often live. 10/10