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Iron Maiden lyrics tournament final: Empire of the Clouds rises above all

Discussion in 'Forum Games' started by mckindog, Aug 31, 2016.


Pick the song with the best lyrics from each pair

Poll closed Mar 26, 2017.
  1. Starblind

  2. *****

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  3. Empire of the Clouds

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  1. mckindog

    mckindog Living for Sanctuary from the law Staff Member

    My dream of empire for my frozen queen will come to pass

    One great thing about the Alchemist is the melody is complex with a lot of beats and there isn't a single forced syllable, and a lot of great imagery.

    The Trooper is extraordinarily evocative of the music, but don't you think Steve might have taken the easy way out on the chorus?
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  2. JudasMyGuide

    JudasMyGuide Domini canis

    The two Janix (though it's a coincidence, really). The Trooper sounds really simplistic when pitched against any of these and Coming Home lost only barely.
  3. Forostar

    Forostar Conjure the Death Star again

    Good to see Coming Home gets a good beating. I was never fond of these euphoric, chauvinist lyrics.
  4. The Flash

    The Flash Dennis Wilcock did 9/11

    Chauvinistic? You cannot be serious. Since when is being homesick being a chauvinist?
  5. mckindog

    mckindog Living for Sanctuary from the law Staff Member

    Winners are the Trooper and Ghost of the Navigator

    Next up



    The Talisman


    Still Life


    El Dorado

  6. Brigantium

    Brigantium Next In Line Staff Member

    Talisman, Dorado
  7. Lampwick 43

    Lampwick 43 Arriving Somewhere But Not Here

    Tough matchup in the first battle. If I could, I would vote for both Revelations and Talisman, as I find them much stronger than the two options in the second battle.

    Since that's not the way it works, I'll just have to go with The Talisman and El Dorado.
  8. soundwave

    soundwave Educated Fool

    El Dorado is good, but Still Life has great storytelling IMO.

    Talisman vs Revelations is tough, but I ultimately went with Revelations.
  9. MrKnickerbocker

    MrKnickerbocker clap hands

  10. RTC

    RTC Libera et impera!

    Revelations probably has the best lyrics for any Maiden song period.
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  11. frus

    frus Barbed Wire Hen

    Not at all, Revelations is poetry, Talisman is pretty run-of-the-mill

    El Dorado and Still Life, both very different but equally good, went with SL
  12. mckindog

    mckindog Living for Sanctuary from the law Staff Member

    Revelations and El Dorado advance







  13. MrKnickerbocker

    MrKnickerbocker clap hands

    I really love both sets of lyrics in the first match up. They are both dark, brooding, yet oddly triumphant and poetic. Sign of the Cross, however, has a few clunky lines whereas Powerslave is great from start to finish.

    The second pair is really hard. They are both blazingly dark and ripping lyrics, violent and harsh and wicked throughout. Moonchild benefits from the mysterious context of the story and is allowed to have more fun because of it, whereas Longest Day tells a firsthand account of a traumatic war story. I haven't decided yet and will refrain from voting for now until I can listen to them a few times over.
  14. mckindog

    mckindog Living for Sanctuary from the law Staff Member

    Very tough matches, four excellent lyrics.

    Haven't decided the first yet, but I will be voting for Longest Day.
    The fit in the opening may be Maiden's best ever, and the words are so perfectly descriptive.
    "Sliding we go..." still puts a lump in my throat.
  15. soundwave

    soundwave Educated Fool

    This is really hard.

    Moonchild for the mysterious concept album intro and Powerslave for...being Powerslave. Though on another day, I could go the other way.
  16. Brigantium

    Brigantium Next In Line Staff Member

    Powerslave for being one of the nice comicbookesque storytelling 80s ones. Sign of the Cross is a decent work, but this game has made me more aware (and less appreciative) of stock Steve songwriting devices.

    Longest Day is very nicely done, but I've had to go for Moonchild as it's much more poetic and fluid, and very effectively written in-character, dripping with menace.
    Last edited: Dec 31, 2016
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  17. Forostar

    Forostar Conjure the Death Star again

    Although I don't feel the comic book link, I agree wholeheartedly with everything else.
  18. The Flash

    The Flash Dennis Wilcock did 9/11

    Longest Day is very underrated. That's the band's best "soldier's point of view" song lyrically.
  19. CriedWhenBrucieLeft

    CriedWhenBrucieLeft Ancient Mariner

    How many of those songs do you reckon they have?
  20. frus

    frus Barbed Wire Hen

    ... and ATSS is better

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