Innocent Exile

How good is Innocent Exile on a scale of 1-10?

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Ancient Mariner
5. Some interesting instrumental parts but generally quite forgettable.


1980 - Iron Maiden - 6.67

8 - Prowler
6 - Sanctuary
7 - Remember Tomorrow
6 - Running Free
9 - Phantom Of The Opera
7 - Transylvania
4 - Strange World
6 - Charlotte The Harlot
7 - Iron Maiden

1981 - Killers

6 - The Ides Of March
6 - Wrathchild
6 - Murders In The Rue Morgue
5 - Another Life
5 - Genghis Khan
5 - Innocent Exile

Niall Kielt

Ancient Mariner
Love this song, the 'funkiest' maiden ever got and with every new album I wonder if steve will attempt a bit o funk again. As a fan of maiden doing new/unusual stuff and a funk fan this really ticks my box baby! :ph34r: 9/10 for this one, cats


Ancient Mariner
  • Much like Another Life, this one suffers from an awkward flow. Sounds "thrown together"..
I still think it's quite enjoyable. For me it just shows how gifted the guys in Maiden were and still are. Even their least inspired moments sound quite good. 7/10


General of the Dark Army
Staff member
I think this is the exact point in this album where the whole 'Killers' sound starts wearing me out.


Quite like the funk element on this and good catchy guitarwork. Stands out more than some other tracks on the album.


The Reverend

Groovy track with lots to enjoy, but nothing outstanding.
Highlight: The inter-verse interlude.
Lowlight: The "Uh" towards the end.

Diesel 11

As you scream into the web of silence...
Groovy track with lots to enjoy, but nothing outstanding.
I think this sums up my thoughts. Love the groove, but it's overall nothing special. The solo isn't my thing, probably one of Maiden's worst, but I do enjoy the ending to this one, it would have made a good album closer IMO. Bass is probably the most memorable part of this song. 7/10.

Diesel 11

As you scream into the web of silence...
Opening: good. Verses: eh. Solo and end: saves the track. Keeping this one at a 7/10.

Number 6

Ancient Mariner
Very good song. It took some time to grow on me, but it did, and it's awesome. Oh, and it has one of the coolest bass intros from Maiden. A 7.
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The dotage of a dotard
Wow, I really dislike that bass intro. Thankfully it gives way to a cool, slightly funky verse groove where Paul continues to give his half-spoken delivery.

The break after each verse has a cool harmonized guitar bit. After the second one there's a pretty anemic section that sounds like a solo starts and then gives up, fading into a pretty decent vocal bridge.

Ugh, here's that terrible bass riff again, with some oohs and screams on top of it now. Then we get a pretty rote guitar rhythm with a couple of high quality solos on top of it, which then slowly chugs its way down to another big rock ending with Paul wailing on top of it.

There are a number of strong parts to this song, but some weaker elements too. 6/10.

Diesel 11

As you scream into the web of silence...
There's more going on here than in "Another Life", but it comes out sounding worse. Verses suck. You can get lost in the instrumental, but it doesn't save the song. 2/10.

Diesel 11

As you scream into the web of silence...
Another fairly good performance from Di'Anno, and with better music than "Another Life", but still nothing much at the end of the day. Filler track, certainly. 4


Out of the Silent Planet
Good intro and riff. Adrian's solo is great. Very good fast tempo after the solos. Good end to the song. Strange song in the band's discography. 5/10


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