Not sure if I agree. A similar rhythm with different chords is going to be more noticeable than the same chords over a new rhythm IMO.
In both songs.I've noticed that. So the tempo isn't exactly the same throughout the song?
Oh then yea, I agree with that.I agree with what you say here, but it's actually not addressing my point. I meant to say that if one of the two is clearly different, it makes the song clearly different. Maybe "outweighs" was the crux here.
I meant to say: The chord progression is not similar, so the songs are not really very similar either.
Has anyone ever noticed how similar "Seventh Son" and "Mother Russia" are? In terms of melodies, tempo, and song structure they're nearly identical...
Ok, I just took another listen to both. I guess that is a bit exaggerated I think it's mainly the transition to the solos, and the faster section under the solos right before the song returns to the verse. The intro of MR is also quite similar to the quiet middle section of SSOASS.That's an exaggeration. The similarity I see is the transition into the instrumental part with solos. Maybe a slight resemblance in the melody of the verses. Song structure? No. Mother Russia returns to the verse after the instrumental part, and it has no long, calm build-up at the beginning of the instrumental part. The solos are also way different in style (and not just because Janick has a different style from H. Davey's solos on Mother Russia have a completely different feel than his solos in SSOASS).
So no. Not nearly identical. Mother Russia inspired by SSOASS? Definitely.
(Just speculation, but I would guess Adrian Smith's new version of "The Wicker Man" intro riff on the 2013 tour comes from the striking similarities to "Running Wild" by Judas Priest.)
There's actually a big bunch of songs which have that riff. There's even a Youtube video on that. Of course, Smith might have still changed it up because of the similarities.
Plus they didn't record to a click track... Nicko tends to, um, interpret tempos in a very free-flowing manner...