Discussion in 'The Book of Souls' started by SinisterMinisterX, Aug 22, 2015.
You need to explain now. It's the law.
I noticed this as well and went through their entire recording history to find out how many other songs they have that has no guitar solos. I only found two: Iron Maiden and Journeyman.
(On full-length albums, that is. Don't know about B-sides and such.)
Flash Of the Blade is also without a guitar solo, there may be others.
Oh, you're right! Funny thing, I just listened to Powerslave today. I suppose I wasn't paying attention then!
Guys, I've just got a new IESF tattoo.
What do you think?
P.S. It is still fresh.
The drum is not bad. I cringe everytime I see a piece of text tatooed on a person, unless it's just a detail in a large complex piece.
It looks like a bucket with a moustache to me. Sorry.
I myself like the text.
It should look like that.
Yes it's a bucket with large moustache, eyes ears and eyebrows.
It's definitely a moustache on something. No question.
I'd like to listen to it as Bruce's solo song. It should sound much heavier than this.
Though of course I LOVE Maiden's version, but still.
@Filip: Not a bad tattoo mate but maybe a bit of smoke would do it better
Wouldn't smoke look like cutesy My Little Pony-esque clouds?
Yeah, I've said that too.
But smoke can not be done nicely as a tattoo.
He just said in an interview for Finnish Kaaoszine-magazine that he will probably still make that album – and will probably still do that song as the opening track.
The word 'probably' frightens me a bit in this context...
"Running Free", "Genghis Khan" and "Twilight Zone" also don't have any solos.
Anyway, here we go; last album for me to review.
Oh my, this song is so good! It's certainly the best opener since "Moonchild", and weirdly enough doesn't seem like a Bruce solo track at all; Maiden were able to pull it off very well, in their own, unique kind of sound. Not as heavy as the atmospheric intro implies, but still a great deal of payoff, opening a great album on a terrifically strong note. The lack of solos (not exactly a full lack, since we do get an H half-soloing during the ending chorus) is definitely not a problem; in fact, I think any solo in this song would hurt the overall experience quite a bit. The acoustic outro, musically, reminds me of the outro from "The Prophecy" (which is good, since I love the melody on both), but the spoken description of Necropolis (who was supposed to be a main character in Bruce's solo concept album) feels out of place. A fully instrumental outro would've been better. Overall, a 9 for this one.
After what is probably their most disappointing album not from the 90’s, they came back with a great one, starting from this song, the best intro since The Wicker Man at the very least, and maybe even Moonchild. One of the most surprising things is that the vocal performance is much better than on The Final Frontier, despite five years and a cancer in between.
The song is great overall. It’s very strange to have an 8 minute Maiden track without a guitar solo, but it still works very well, despite the chorus becoming a bit too repetitive towards the end. Keeping the outro was a weird choice, but it doesn’t feel out of place. 9/10
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