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'Judgement Day'

Discussion in 'The X Factor' started by Anonymous, Jun 5, 2005.

  1. MrKnickerbocker

    MrKnickerbocker clap hands

    I'm with Mosh all the way on this.

    Yes, Maiden has followed this pattern for a long time as of late, but something about the way the tracks are arranged on TXF just doesn't work for me. The melancholy production and droning vocals don't help. At least with Bruce at the helm, we'll get an octave jump when the intro ends. Blaze's limited range (and the band's unwillingness to cater to his range) make TXF a very boring listen. Honestly, the energy and production on VXI is vastly superior, but the songs aren't as good (save for a couple).

    It's a well known fact that I am not a fan of the Blaze albums. He never fit with Maiden, IMO, regardless of how classic some of those recordings may be. Steve's depressing musicality during that time is probably more so to blame than Blaze, but either way, TXF does not have the same dynamics as the reunion albums, regardless of the song structure.
  2. Forostar

    Forostar Conjure the Death Star again

    I am less busy with Bruce when I listen to a non-Bruce album. I think that Blaze suits The X-Factor very well. His range fitted the material on this album. Let's not mix this up with his life performances with the band. But I guess we especially disagree on the quality of the songs.

    These are TXF and DOD songs in my order of favour. You'll find most of DOD in the bottom half, with three of them rock bottom:

    The Unbeliever
    Blood on the World's Hands

    Dance of Death

    Judgement of Heaven
    Sign of the Cross
    Fortunes of War

    Lord of the Flies
    Man on the Edge
    Gates of Tomorrow

    The Aftermath
    Age Of Innocence

    2 A.M.
    New Frontier
    The Edge of Darkness

    Look for the Truth
    Face in the Sand
    Wildest Dreams
    No More Lies
    Last edited: Dec 27, 2013
  3. Mosh

    Mosh The years just pass like trains Staff Member

    I'm not sure why we're comparing TXF and DoD, but yea I prefer TXF too.
  4. Forostar

    Forostar Conjure the Death Star again

    It (together with the rest of my post!) was a response to especially this sentence:
  5. Mosh

    Mosh The years just pass like trains Staff Member

    Ah gotcha! Missed that part of the post somehow. I dunno, if we're talking about just dynamics, I think DoD might have a higher dynamic range than TXF. It's hard to ay for sure though, especially when both albums have really low production value. TXF feels contained while DoD is too muddy and loud. When comparing live versions of two of their most dynamic songs, Sign of the Cross and Paschendale, they're both bombastic and highly dynamic.
  6. Saapanael

    Saapanael "My hair sets the trend of tmrw by doing it today"

    I prefer TXF's production anytime. DoD is the only Maiden album I have a hard time listening to because of the production. It's just so loud and distorted.

    Comparing those songs, both are excellent but Sign of the Cross, for me, is just another league. Could be the best live song they've ever done.
  7. Gk1

    Gk1 Ancient Mariner

    I think this song kicks major ass
  8. Diesel 11

    Diesel 11 Gott Mit Uns

    So fast, so frantic. Not as good as Justice of the Peace or a few songs from the album itself, yet it holds its own and is certainly one of the cheeriest tunes from the period. 8/10.

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