Senjutsu - 3rd September 2021

GhostofCain

Ancient Mariner
A new video review of 'Senjutsu' by one of the guitarists of french heavy/thrash band ADX. I'm OK with some of his arguments and not with the others. But, in fine, he didn't understand the musical direction of 'Senjutsu'...


So what?

Don’t get me wrong, but I find this trend of YouTube reviews from musicians from other bands quite amusing. Are they just trying to get free publicity or what?
 

GhostofCain

Ancient Mariner
Also, do you guys think the nods to old songs (in particular songs set in ancient lore/history) in The Time Machine was on purpose? It would certainly fit the title. I can hear the The Talisman in the intro, the Book of Souls (song) in some of the verses, and there are several other parts I can recognize some similarity, but which I cannot place right now...
I’d say that Jan and Steve have a tendency to self-plagiarise themselves, that’s all. The Legacy of the Talisman Machine of Souls, whilst a great song, is a very good example of that.
 
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GhostofCain

Ancient Mariner
People will tell you how great they think that many of the songs of Accident of Birth and Chemical Wedding are because of Adrian, but if you check the album booklet, most of them are only co-written by Roy Z. :facepalm:

Hey, if Bruce had just pretended that Adrian played on Tyranny of Souls and credited him in the booklet, people would rank that album considerably higher.

Lots of people can't even distinguish if a solo is played by Smith instead of Roy Z!

Their styles are so different than I cannot think how someone could not be able to tell them apart.

Anyway, Adrian brought something special to Bruce’s solo albums that wasn’t there on Tyranny of Souls. Being a band by the time the went to record The Chemical Wedding probably helped too.
 

Brigantium

General of the Dark Army
Staff member
Are they just trying to get free publicity or what?
Absolutely! No criticism of them for that from me, but I'm pretty sure that's the intention.

One more Dickinson/Murray collab (which produced Judas Be My Guide) would be something though, or even a Dickinson/Harris/Murray one (resulted in Brave New World and Rainmaker).

I think a good track with some melodic input from Murray is what's missing on Senjutsu.
Dave's contribution to those songs lifted them a great deal, would be nice he did have some more input in songwriting.
 

GhostofCain

Ancient Mariner
Well, I believe that we have just seen the strongest Maiden album since the start of the millenium, and that's primary because some particular members didn't bring in anything like Wildest Dreams/El Dorado/Speed of Light this time.

Someone else was allowed to bring his own material instead to a full degree, and that isn't a bad thing.

Each to their own, but I think the best news is that the album does not include stinkers like No More Lies, Age of Innocence or Shadows of the Valley.
 

Maturin

Sköldpadda
I’d say that Jan and Steve have a tendency to self-plagiarise themselves, that’s all. The Legacy of the Talisman Machine of Souls, whilst a great song, is a very good example of that.

I sort of agree and don't at the same time. It's a signature sound by now. If we are going to go into that, how many Adrian Smith riffs starts the same way? Sliding from D5 - E5 chords? Wasted Years / Paschendale / The Final Frontier / The Writing on the Wall...
 

GhostofCain

Ancient Mariner
I sort of agree and don't at the same time. It's a signature sound by now. If we are going to go into that, how many Adrian Smith riffs starts the same way? Sliding from D5 - E5 chords? Wasted Years / Paschendale / The Final Frontier / The Writing on the Wall...

I think you are clutching at straws there, but each to their own. :)
 
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The_7th_one

Ancient Mariner
So what?

Don’t get me wrong, but I find this trend of YouTube reviews from musicians from other bands quite amusing. Are they just trying to get free publicity or what?
I agree with you, There are a lot of videos of people reacting to Maiden videos, making reviews, playing covers…It's really amusing. People recording themselves in his room playing a cover… wtf??? why?
 

TheTalisman

Ancient Mariner
Listening the album I think Dave Murray wasn't in the Paris studio for more than one hour.
Dave's rhythm guitar work is an important part of Maiden's sound even on this album though, he is kind of underrated in that aspect. But it's true that his lead work has faded a bit.
 
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chaosapiant

Ancient Marinade
The ironic thing about discussing Maiden collabs is that they are really, in essence, ALL STEVE. He chose the band members, he selects what material of theirs get recorded, and which ideas do not. He writes songs he wants to hear and also selects material from other members based on what he wants to hear. So at the end of the day, every Maiden album is a dish where the main ingredient is Steve.
 
It was early 2019 and Steve Harris, keyboardist of Iron Maiden, had just conjured up one of the finest choruses ever imagined to his latest masterpiece, "Hell On Earth" aiming for the send-off spot on the upcoming album. He thought to himself, "Holy balls this chorus is smoking hot and almighty, probably one of my best ones ever actually, bloody hell" and he was of course correct in this assertion.

and then he looked at the forum posts on maidenchat ridiculing him for a mistake he made over two decades ago by repeating a certain chorus 22 times

Scarred from this verbal bashing, he ended up not including a second chorus for Hell On Earth, afraid of the potential outrage that would ensue. "Better not risk that sort of internet bollocking again, proper enough last time you know", he assured himself.

So here we are; the greatest chorus the band has ever done. Played once. Hope you are happy, bullies. :innocent:
 
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