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Discussion in 'Virtual XI' started by Anonymous, Jan 17, 2004.


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  1. MrKnickerbocker

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    Classic Maiden. Even with all those lead riffs, it's the most punk song they've done since Paul left the band.
  2. Forostar

    Forostar Conjure the Death Star again

    Futureal more in depth:

    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?
  3. Gk1

    Gk1 Ancient Mariner

    This song is a HBTN and ROTAM main riffs rip off.It is especially good live.The live version with Bruce is just excellent.
  4. Eddieson

    Eddieson Nomad

    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.

  5. Liveone

    Liveone Nomad

    My second favourite on the album after The Clansman.."What is real. Futureal."
  6. Pand

    Pand Ancient Mariner

    A strong opener.
  7. Poto

    Poto Ancient Mariner

    Fun, energetic opener. I really like the riff. 8/10
  8. Brigantium

    Brigantium Work Geordie for hire Staff Member

    You know what....the ability to compose an earworm is an art in itself. Have an 8/10. You earned it.
  9. Mosh

    Mosh The years just pass like trains Staff Member

    Your average Maiden opener. It's really mostly there to give the album an energetic start but not really anything interesting about it beyond that. Good soloing at least.

  10. BeThyJames

    BeThyJames Trooper

    Standard 90s era opener material. Punky riffs. Good energy after X Factor became a bit bogged down. But no more than a

  11. LooseCannon

    LooseCannon Yorktown-class aircraft carrier Staff Member

    Above-average opener, short and to the point. Really summarizes VXI if you think about it. 7/10.
  12. MrKnickerbocker

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    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.
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  13. Diesel 11

    Diesel 11 Gott Mit Uns

    So damn catchy, so damn fun, so damn ear-wormy, so damn 10/10.

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