General of the Dark Army
Really? How so? I've been saying for ages that the solo survivor has cemented my appreciation of Dave solos, and his playing really stands out to me live. He can get a seriously beautiful sound out of a Strat.
The age-old question that philosophers have been pondering since the beginning of time. I'm normally not one to debate religious matters, but I feel the time has come to share my beliefs, in the hopes of possibly guiding at least a few lost souls to the path of true enlightenment.
The School of Adrian is the most popular belief among the masses. His resurrection in 1999, which followed his death in the year of 1990, plays a role in many people's minds in determining him the Savior. But while it may be true that he has provided a great deal of beauty to humanity, he is not our true messiah.
Janickists, on the other hand, are on the complete opposite spectrum. They believe in chaos over order, and reject the notion of strictly following any sort of guidelines in favor of spontaneity. While their fun-loving and free-spirited attitudes are admirable, They lack the discipline to be truly considered The Chosen Ones.
That leaves us with the House of Murray. While He may be often overlooked, His gifts must not be ignored. The almighty Dave has been with us since the beginning, and will be here until the ending of time. He has even performed several miracles! The biggest of which can be observed in Powerslave 2:56. (2:35 according to some scholars, which is actually due to a translation error starting at the ending of the previous chapter.) While Dave may not directly speak to us as frequently as the two false idols, when He does, it is truly a thing of beauty. The Man of Sorrows, The Thin Line Between Love and Hate, and Deja-Vu are a few examples of His incredible creations. His smile alone has the power to stop all hatred in this world, and His abilities cannot be matched by mere mortals.
I do respect the rights of others to worship whoever they may wish, but there is only one possible answer to our one true God: Dave Murray
Additionally, [Dave] always looks so effortless while playing, which maybe suggests that he is the most talented IM guitarist.
You can see this is the main opinion if you read through replies.In terms of songwriting, Janick/Smith.
In terms of playing, Murray/Smith.
I agree every word u say. I only wanna say I like those AOR works on A.S.A.P too. Moreover, H has many tendencies, not only AOR, since he never stops experimenting and that's very colourful and adds tastes to Maiden. And yes, Steve seems to be controlling those tendencies, which I'm not sure if that's really necessary. But, it's not a big secret. Remember he called his first band 'Urchin', maybe he is really one. Anyway, I enjoy all.It's easy and popular to pick H - he's such a melodic player (and he's contributed to so many memorable tunes)....but I was thinking about it;the danger with Adrian is that if you leave him unchecked, he slowly morphs into a quasi-Bryan Adams clone (to wit, A.S.A.P). I think he needs someone like Steve in the background to curb the AOR tendencies.
I think they all serve their roles - Dave is the effortless legato specialist, H is the 'soulful' David Gilmore of metal, and Janick is the entertainer who can't play a lead smoothly....but he can test the flexibility limits of jeans like no-one else can.