Repetition and monotony:
"Steve, we've talked about this before. This is a song of 8 or even 9 minutes. I feel it needs a change in tone or speed or else it starts dragging too much."
I would also suggest either replacing Kevin Shirley as a producer or at least have Steve back away a bit from influencing the production.
I kind of agree, but it'll never happen. I understand the mentality behind how they record albums, but it has produced some rather non-stellar tracks in recent years. The mixing/mastering on all of the new albums, minus Brave New World, leave something to be desired.
I will say Blaze was am odd choice for maiden. He has such a different style then Blaze, he's unique and i guess that's why. He sounds darker and clearly they wanted to be more melancholy and moody. So that makes sense. But at the same time, he's isn't very talent TBH. Live he is not very good and he lacks energy pretty much all around. And this is coming from a big Blaze fan. I will say that Blaze has had better performances with his band after Maiden. Albums like Silicon Messiah and Tenth Dimension are amazing, Blaze is amazing on them, and the music is fantastic. I haven't bothered to listened to his newer stuff because the band that made those albums is gone.