No doubt about it. Marvellous lyrics, amazing atmosphere, great emphasis on the verses, good solo, a complete masterpiece. Obvious 10/10
10/10! I like how no one rated it below 8, it's my 2nd favorite Maiden song
You’re doing god’s work, mate. I’d give this overrated thing a low vote too, but unfortunately it’s still a perfect song.Well, well, well. We're here now. Sure took a long time for me to finally get here. And I can't wait to deliver my lengthy thesis on why Hallowed Be Thy Name...
...is a sloppy, inconsistent mess. Let's start the fun, shall we?
Okay, to be fair, the first minute is excellent, the bells and the guitar riff set up a fantastic atmosphere with tons of tension. Bruce's vocals are particularly excellent here, showing more depth than the wailing heights he tends to go for in other places on the album. It all comes to a head with Bruce's soaring "Running looooooowwwwwwwwoooooOHHHHHYEAAAAHHHHH" vocal before the real song begins.
Ah, hahaha...this is also where the song falls apart for me. Let's detail my first issue with the song, the lyrics are far too wordy and sung way too fast to be properly deciphered without having them up at the same time. It's even better that the lyrics are actually not too bad, but the way they're incorporated and sung makes them really clunky and since they're sung at a rapid pace, they quickly lose their meaning. Not that they're entirely original either.
Then my second and biggest issue with the song...the song has no real structure to it. It goes from riff to riff, section to section with jarring transitions. Yes, I know Phantom did it too, but it was handled far better there. Here a section begins and just as quickly it's switched out for a new one, making the individual sections feel wholly unmemorable. Sure, they're good on their own, but as a whole, they just meander and plod along. It's almost like a Metallica song where it genuinely feels they slapped together a bunch of riffs together and based a song around them, which is not very common for Maiden. They would return to this style many many years later, but...it's baffling that this song receives so much darn acclaim when it's so poorly structured...at least in my opinion.
Then there's the solos...I don't like them. They're unmemorable as frick and they don't stand out. Not to mention that the fast-paced section they're in was done better on Genghis Khan and that one didn't even have a solo to begin with.
The song then ends with a lame "Yeaaaaaiiyeaahiiyeahh! Hallowed be thy name!" shouting section which I think is a lazy way to incorporate the title of the song. We then end on a riff previously heard earlier in the song before having a big, bombastic finish. What a finale, eh?
Well, there's not much else to say, really except...it's at least the best Beckett cover I've ever heard. Oh, and I'll give it a 4/10.