If Eternity Should Fail

Discussion in 'The Book of Souls' started by SinisterMinisterX, Aug 22, 2015.


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  1. bearfan

    bearfan Ancient Mariner

    Yeah, I think the Bruce solo stuff is way on the back burner .. given his recent illness, Maiden ramping up, and his various aviation ventures. I am not really sure when the guy sleeps
  2. Deus_Adrian

    Deus_Adrian Prince of the Final Frontier

    I guess I'm the only one here who thinks the Necropolis bit is shite.

    The rest is amazing.
  3. Srogyy

    Srogyy Ancient Mariner

    Am I the only one to think Adrian is panned right here? I know his licks at the end are centered (overdubbed for sure), but the rhythm guitar during the verse sounds very much like him.
  4. 7thRunner

    7thRunner Prowler

    No, I agree. I think it ruins the ending of the song. I also think the intro and its vocal melody is nothing special. Because of the intro and outro I can't rate it higher than 8/10.
  5. SixesAlltheway

    SixesAlltheway Looning about

    I can't make up my mind when it comes to this.

    For some reason I've always wanted Maiden to do a part just like this......

    But now that it is here I'm a bit underwhelmed....
  6. Severian

    Severian Have a good time, all the time!

    It might help to remember it Isn't a maiden song and is clearly part of a bigger whole that we haven't got
  7. Naty

    Naty Educated Fool

    I don't think the spoken part is bad, I just think it doesn't add anything to the song. I mean, it doesn't detract from how great and awesome the song is, but also it's not an essential part of the song, that I would miss if it wasn't there.

    When I say it doesn't add anything to the song, I mean in the context of this album. In a concept album it would make perfect sense, like Bruce said. That's why I don't agree with people saying it wouldn't be nice if Bruce released his version of the song. It actually would be great if he released a concept album where we know more about this Necropolis character, because I got really interested.
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  8. Zare

    Zare Dream of broken citadels

    Like someone already mentioned, spoken part can be played through PA while they switch instruments.
  9. Viperlord

    Viperlord Nomad

    I love this song, and it was one of the tracks that immediately grabbed my attention and didn't let go when I first listened to the album. Definitely one of the best openers Maiden has done. Not handing out number ratings just yet, as I understand polls will be posted in the near future, but I can't imagine it will be anything lower than a 9/10, and probably a 10/10.
  10. stallan

    stallan Trooper

    This song blew me away upon the first listen and has stuck with me ever since. There are so many great elements at play. I love the keyboard/vocal intro before it kicks into that great groove rhythm and harmony. The verses rock along nicely and then we are treated to some really powerful pre-choruses and choruses. The vocals are absolutely killer! That chorus is so catchy and it will be great to have the crowd singing it along. I love the instrumental section and I think it is cool that it doesn't have a guitar solo but they just saved it for being underneath the vocals of the last chorus. I love the outro. The guitar playing is really nice and the spoken word part is pure badass. And of course Maiden has never really done anything like that before so it is nice to see them try something new (along with the drop D tuning). This is instantly one of my favourite songs on the album.
  11. SinisterMinisterX

    SinisterMinisterX Illuminatus Staff Member

    I think Bruce will do it live, but in the same way, giving the other guys a quick break.
  12. Forostar

    Forostar Ancient Mariner

    I thought of that as well, like on the Chemical Wedding tour.
  13. Donner

    Donner Ancient Mariner

    Bruce absolutely gives me shivers on these two lines -

    The ascent of madness, And a human raaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaace

    The angels come and the angels go, But the lord of light shining belooooooooooooooooooooooooow
  14. Gk1

    Gk1 Ancient Mariner

    The ending of the verses is identical to Accident of birth's chorus...not that this is a bad thing.
  15. The Mid-Distance Runner

    The Mid-Distance Runner Climb like a lemur!!

    The spoken word outro blitzes the spoken word parts of Alexander, Seventh Son, The Prisoner and the live versions of Dance of Death and Paschendale. It sits just below Number of the Beast and equal with Still Life and Rime as the best passage of dialogue they have released.

    Does it matter if Necropolis features no more on the album? Not at all. Seventh Son is the only song that relates to others on the album, and only because it was a concept album.

    Awesome song = the best opener since Caught Somewhere In Time
  16. Mosh

    Mosh The years just pass like trains Staff Member

    Honestly I don't see why the Necropolis thing is a big deal. When I heard the song I wasn't aware of it being part of a separate concept album, I just thought it was some character Bruce made up for the song. Like Benjamin Breeg or Charlotte the Harlot. I didn't see a need for a whole album about the guy or something, he's the harvester of the soul meat. That's all I need to know. :D
  17. srfc

    srfc Ancient Mariner

    I'm outraged that necropolis says "good day". Too polite. :mad:
  18. Gk1

    Gk1 Ancient Mariner

    What he said!!!!!
  19. LooseCannon

    LooseCannon Yorktown-class aircraft carrier Staff Member

    We literally had this conversation in this thread already.
  20. Zare

    Zare Dream of broken citadels

    "Good day" fits perfectly, I don't know what's wrong with you two. Necromancers (or similar) are usually depicted as smart, polite and calm in most fantasy works I've encountered.
    Besides, Bruce wrote it and if anyone is experienced with dark/obscure/surreal stuff its him.

    What do you expect him to say? I'm Necropolis, muthafucker, all your base are belong to us?

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