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Gates of Tomorrow

Discussion in 'Dance Of Death' started by Anonymous, Sep 18, 2003.


How good is Gates of Tomorrow on a scale of 1-10?

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  1. Travis The Dragon

    Travis The Dragon The dreamers may die, but the dreams live on.

    A bit weaker compared to the other short rockers, but I still quite enjoy it. 8/10
  2. Revelations85

    Revelations85 Trooper

    7/10. I love the verses, but I'm not too fond of the chorus.
  3. MrKnickerbocker

    MrKnickerbocker clap hands


    Absolute worst song on the album for me, it's just irritating.
    Last edited: Aug 1, 2013
  4. Eddieson

    Eddieson Nomad

    Another track i haven't really understood the criticism for. The only problem I have with it is the riff that is almost copied right away from Lord Of The Flies (and isn't that good to begin with).
    The verse is cool with the double layered vocals. The pre chorus and chorus are huge, I think they are really strong! Absolutely one of my favorite pre choruses!
    Janicks kills it (in a good way) with his guitar solo!

    Gates Of Tomorrow is this albums Fallen Angel to me, the underrated rocker that deserves more praise then it gets. It isn't as flawless as that track thou, so I give it a 7.

  5. Maturin

    Maturin Sköldpadda

    Super-cool intro with a plucked guitar-riff (similar to "Lord of the Flies" only in choice of technique to play it...). The verse is a bit weak (I don't like the double-layered vocals or the lyrics) but the chorus is good. Harmonies are excellent and the solo is awesome - I especially like the harmony part that comes in in the middle of it. It makes it stand out as a real highlight of their entire catalogue for me.

  6. hurtloam

    hurtloam Prowler

    I love love love this song.

    I always thought it was a song about struggling with your faith. You ultimately believe it and you can see the "gates of tomorrow" a metephor for what your religion promises you. It's someone who wants to walk the narrow road, but they're having a hard time sticking to it. The web they are trapped in is their conviction to follow their faith. They can't quite let it go, they want the earthly delights, but they don't at the same time, so they are torn. Maybe they count the threads reminding themselves of what aspects of their faith is strong and what they want to keep. They remind themselves why the haven't strayed off the path up till that point.

    Ultimately they have to make their own decision about what path to take. There isn't a God who can save someone who doesn't make up their mind what way they want to go.

    Can't help wondering if someone is trying to temp them off the path too, showing them some alternative "gates of tomorrow". Someone telling them the are just being a slave to dead prophets and they're as well going off and doing their own thing.
  7. Brigantium

    Brigantium Work Geordie for hire Staff Member

    One of only a couple of average songs from DOD for me. 6/10
  8. Mosh

    Mosh The years just pass like trains Staff Member

    As a developing Maidenfan this was usually the point of the album at the end of my attention span. So there's less nostalgia associated with the rest of the album for me.

    Anyway, this song isn't bad but it does seem like the definition of filler. I find the verses extremely annoying, with the vocal melody sung in octaves and the doubled guitar melody. It's just too much for a meh melody. The pre chorus is probably the best thing about it, the chorus itself is OK but begins to overstay its welcome when the harmonies start to get involved. I'm really glad they've moved away from the vocal harmonies. I like vocal harmonies a lot when it's different singers, but something about hearing the same singer do harmonies can often come off as bland.

    Some cool guitar harmonies, but overall this is just Maiden going through the motions. I think leaving it off the album would've really improved the overall flow.

  9. LooseCannon

    LooseCannon Yorktown-class aircraft carrier Staff Member


  10. BeThyJames

    BeThyJames Trooper

    The worst intro and verse section since XFactor. Chorus isn't much better and even the solos are a mess. What was the point if including this on the album?

  11. MrKnickerbocker

    MrKnickerbocker clap hands


    The intro to Gates of Tomorrow recalls Lord of the Flies, with a stuttering chord pattern courtesy of Janick Gers. Like Montsegur, this song has a distractingly terrible vocal section. The first verse is just annoying. Bruce’s voice is just not meant to sing along note for note with happy guitar melodies. Fortunately, this verse only exists once in the song. The pre-chorus and chorus are absolutely stellar, powerful and commanding. Nicko’s drum patterns make the chorus the most catchy and dynamic on the entire album. Both guitar solos are played by Janick and they sound like first takes, sloppy and unmemorable. Despite this, the song still manages to entertain and stretch just beyond "The Meh Zone."
  12. Poto

    Poto Ancient Mariner

    While the song has a very good intro and buildup, it's let down by the terrible vocal lines, in particular in the verse. The instrumental part is by far the weakest so far on the album.


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