Maiden Albums: Head to Head

Discussion in 'Forum Games' started by mckindog, Apr 9, 2018.

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Vote for your favourite song from each pair

Poll closed Sep 6, 2018.
  1. Caught Somewhere in Time

    52.9%
  2. Where Eagles Dare

    47.1%
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    0.0%
  4. Wasted Years

    47.1%
  5. Revelations

    52.9%
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  7. Sea of Madness

    50.0%
  8. Flight of Icarus

    50.0%
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  10. Heaven Can Wait

    32.4%
  11. Die With Your Boots On

    64.7%
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    2.9%
  13. Reach Out

    44.1%
  14. Cross Eyed Mary

    50.0%
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  16. The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner

    20.6%
  17. The Trooper

    76.5%
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  19. Stranger in a Strange Land

    44.1%
  20. Still Life

    55.9%
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  22. Deja Vu

    70.6%
  23. Quest For Fire

    29.4%
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  25. That Girl

    47.1%
  26. Sun and Steel

    52.9%
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  28. Juanita

    52.9%
  29. I Got the Fire

    41.2%
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  31. Alexander the Great

    70.6%
  32. To Tame A Land

    29.4%
Multiple votes are allowed.
  1. The Flash

    The Flash Dennis Wilcock did 9/11

    To me, Futureal is a cookie cutter short Maiden rocker. Satellite 15 is fresh and a standout in the discography.
     
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  2. Brigantium

    Brigantium Recovering tea addict Staff Member

    S15 has done pretty well here. I went for Futureal because I actively like it.
     
  3. MrKnickerbocker

    MrKnickerbocker clap hands

    Sure, but Satellite 15 isn't good.
     
  4. Number 6

    Number 6 Ancient Mariner

    It's better than "Futureal".
     
  5. Diesel 11

    Diesel 11 As you scream into the web of silence...

    Nu yu.
     
  6. MrKnickerbocker

    MrKnickerbocker clap hands

    One is an average, paint-by-numbers song. One is an inventive sound portrait intro that serves no ultimate purpose.
     
  7. Diesel 11

    Diesel 11 As you scream into the web of silence...

    I like S15 but I think it could've used some shortening. I really like The Final Frontier itself, however; not their best lyrically and not their best overall but a stand-out from the album.

    Still, Futureal and The Angel and the Gambler are too really great songs I've enjoyed from the moment I first listened to VXI.
     
  8. The Flash

    The Flash Dennis Wilcock did 9/11

    To me it is. I love that futuristic sound. It reminds me of what OSI did back in the day.
     
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  9. Zare

    Zare Dream of broken citadels

    Sat 15 is great for what it is. Compare Cyclops and Mars Within. Can't be done directly. Cyclops needs to be rated as an opener, Mars Within as an intro, and their respective marks compared.
     
  10. JudasMyGuide

    JudasMyGuide Call me Deacon Blues

    Satellite 15 vs. Futureal
    The Final Frontier vs The Angel and the Gambler
    El Dorado vs Lightning Strikes Twice
    Mother of Mercy vs The Clansman
    Coming Home vs Virus
    The Alchemist vs When Two Worlds Collide
    Isle of Avalon vs The Educated Fool
    Starblind
    vs Don't Look To The Eyes of a Stranger
    The Talisman vs Judgement Day
    The Man Who Would Be King vs Justice of the Peace
    When the Wild Wind Blows vs Como Estais Amigos

    6-5 for TFF

    Like I expected, in the first half VXI was winning quite easily while the second half was dominated by TFF. Although I admit that the Wind x Amigos choice was really tough.
     
  11. Zare

    Zare Dream of broken citadels

    Picking El Dorado over Lightning Strikes Twice was a tough choice for me at this round.
     
  12. Lampwick 43

    Lampwick 43 Arriving Somewhere But Not Here

    All FF except for Futureal and Clansman.
     
  13. Forostar

    Forostar Ancient Mariner

    I'm more shocked by the appalling lack of appreciation for the wonderful Lightning Strikes Twice. Magnificent intro and build-up. Superb melodies (guitar and vocals). So much more going on than on its opponent. Booooo @ Zare.
     
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  14. Niall Kielt

    Niall Kielt Pulled Her At The Bottle Top

    Satellite 15 vs Futureal
    Final Frontier
    vs The Angel and the Gambler
    El Dorado vs Lightning Strikes Twice
    Mother of Mercy vs The Clansman
    Coming Home vs Virus
    The Alchemist vs When Two Worlds Collide
    Isle of Avalon vs The Educated Fool
    Starblind vs Don't Look to the Eyes of a Stranger
    The Talisman vs Judgement Day
    The Man Who Would Be King vs Justice of the Peace
    When the Wild Wind Blows vs Como Estais Amigos

    6-5 Virtual XI. I used to rank TFF higher and, indeed, it was Number 1 when it came out but it has not aged well whereas VXI has gone up in my estimation. There's issues with production and lyrics, for me but I'm still more likely to listen to it than TFF. Both are pretty low on the list, though.

    Lightning Strikes Twice is class, despite the shite lyrics. El Dorado is fun enough but Lightning Strikes could (should) have been a classic.
    Coming Home has great moments, in particular the instrumental bit but the main riff pisses me off. Something about it makes me want to vomit. Great lyrics, though. Virus is maybe a bit standard and cheesy but I love it. It has everything I love about Maiden. Easy choice.
    Big fan of Mother of Mercy, despite its clunky bridge but it had a tough draw.
    Avalon & Starblind piss me off. They really kill the listening experience of this album. Great bits in both, interesting and different but overall, neither work for me as whole (long) songs. Educated Fool is the best song on either of these albums. The run out on Eyes of a Stranger just shades the interesting parts of Starblind.
     
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  15. LooseCannon

    LooseCannon Yorktown-class aircraft carrier Staff Member

    Surprised at the amount of people who voted for The Educated Fool. Somewhere @Perun is smiling.
     
  16. mckindog

    mckindog Living for Sanctuary from the law Staff Member

    That was a much bigger shit-kicking than I was anticipating given the way TFF seems to have dropped around here lately.
    The Final Frontier wins 8-2 with one tie.

    Up next, an interesting reunion-era pairing, Brave New World versus Book of Souls.:ahhh:
     
  17. Mosh

    Mosh The years just pass like trains Staff Member

    Wow this is brutal. These albums are neck and neck for me in general. Almost every song was somehow perfectly matched too (i.e. they are rated similarly for me). I probably slightly prefer The Book of Souls but surprisingly went 6 - 5 in favor of BNW. That's pretty impressive especially considering Brave New World has an immediate disadvantage with The Apparition.
     
  18. mckindog

    mckindog Living for Sanctuary from the law Staff Member

    I was surprised at how lopsided I went for BoS.
    It's back half is even stronger than its start, while BNW falls off quite a bit and can't keep up.
     
  19. Black Wizard

    Black Wizard Cereal Litigator

    If Eternity Should Fail vs. The Wicker Man
    Speed of Light vs Ghost of the Navigator
    The Great Unknown vs Brave New World
    The Red and the Black
    vs Blood Brothers
    When the River Runs Deep vs The Mercenary
    Book of Souls vs Dream of Mirrors
    Death of Glory
    vs The Fallen Angel
    Shadows of the Valley vs The Nomad
    Tears of a Clown vs Out of the Silent Planet
    The Man of Sorrows
    vs The Apparition
    Empire of the Clouds vs The Thin Line Between Love and Hate

    Some very touch choices in this head-to-head! 7-4 to 'Brave New World' in the end though.
     
  20. MrKnickerbocker

    MrKnickerbocker clap hands

    The first five are easily BNW wins for me, but then it gets really hard. Still went 7-3 for BNW.

    Damn you for that Empire of the Clouds VS. Thin Line matchup!
     

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