It's too raw and rough for me. The only song I sometimes miss is Holy Smoke, but the rest of them are just not my cup of tea.
This perfectly sums up my thoughts about the matter.None. All these albums have been with me for so long that there's nothing short of intimate familiarity with them.
Sometimes I suddenly see a song in new light, but not getting into a Maiden album is a concept foreign to me.
Oh, I enjoy some of the songs a lot - Killers, Ides, Purgatory, Genghis Khan... But in my book, it's the weakest Maiden album, so I hardly ever listen to it.I think I’m somewhere between Perun and Ariana. On the one hand, Killers is just an overall weak album to me with a lot of filler that I don’t really care for. On the other hand, it does have five (counting Ides) pretty great Di’Anno era songs...
It's funny you single these two out, because they have a lot of similarities for me. Both are very dark albums with a lot of war and religion themes. In fact, AMOLAD sounds to me like what X Factor could have sounded like if Bruce had sang on it and they had better production. That said I adore both albums.I’ve always struggled greatly with The X Factor. When I first heard it, I just couldn’t accept Blaze and his voice. It hasn’t really grown on me much over the years. I actually find Virtual XI much more listenable. It’s still Blaze, but the songs are poppier.
I also struggle with A Matter of Life and Death. It’s like a long gray muddy-sounding blob of slow meandering music that never really comes alive for me. I still hope to someday get into it.
I love everything else by Maiden.
I agree. AMOLAD sounds like a (good) retread of The X Factor days but with Bruce and H on board. I don't think it's as good as TXF but there are a ton of killer moments on it all the same.It's funny you single these two out, because they have a lot of similarities for me. Both are very dark albums with a lot of war and religion themes. In fact, AMOLAD sounds to me like what X Factor could have sounded like if Bruce had sang on it and they had better production. That said I adore both albums.
I think it's interesting that someone who seems to like reunion era Maiden dislikes Brave New World. I love all their newer albums but I fail to understand how BNW could be the weakest of them.AMOLAD and SIT are both in my top 3 albums by Maiden.
Brave New World needs to burn in a fiery hell. I absolutely despise that album (ranked worst out of all maiden albums for me). X Factor has wiggled into my top 5 maiden albums, after years and years of listening to it.
Book of Souls I can;t really listen to anymore, except for IESF, Title Track, and EOTC.
TFF is a gem for me. Starblind, Isle of Avalon, Talisman, And especially the cracker The Alchemist, which i think is one of the best short rockers they have ever recorded.