Senjutsu - 3rd September 2021

dickinson1978

Educated Fool
I recall people have been comparing Senjutsu to The X Factor and I'm inclined to agree. It's very indirect and there's a lot of dynamics. There are a lot of callbacks to past songs - more so, I feel, than on previous outings - but I feel it is only fitting to do that sort of album if it is to be their last. It doesn't lose anything on it, and while most of the stuff is familiar I also feel it adds a lot of new. I can't shake the mid section on "Lost in a Lost World". It plays repeatedly in my head, at work, when I'm out shopping, wherever. People look at when I hum the melody. It's every bit as good as the insanely catchy melody of "Afraid to Shoot Strangers". And the song has a lot of other good parts which makes me want to listen again. Probably my favourite song right now.
Stratego could fit in Seventh son as a second song
LOALW in Xfactor for sure with fortunes of war,look for the truth,aftermath
Hell on Earth could be on Virtual XI and BNW
Death of the celts same Xfactor,Virtual XI, BNW or Book of souls too..
Dont know,its like they were sounding like from 95 to now. Cool album.
 

Kalata

Out of the Silent Planet
Straight link to the video premiere:
I'm not a fan of this kind of videos. TWOTW one was better. The animation of Eddie at the end is pretty cool - they should have made a video with this kind of animation (it would have been similar to the ''Wildest Dreams'' and ''Different World'' videos). Btw, at the end Eddie was playing the Stratego board game, right?
 

Iron Lurker

Ancient Mariner
I'm not a fan of this kind of videos. TWOTW one was better. The animation of Eddie at the end is pretty cool - they should have made a video with this kind of animation (it would have been similar to the ''Wildest Dreams'' and ''Different World'' videos). Btw, at the end Eddie was playing the Stratego board game, right?
That was not the Stratego game I know.
 

daan

Trooper
Wooow, this video is amazing. Very tasteful - I dig all the imagery and visual style. TWotW video is super cheesy in comparison (but I still like it). Honestly, I think it's probably the best they've ever had. Slightly depressing with the bad (?) guy winning, haha. I guess it would be nice if there was more Eddie in it, but it's not a deal breaker.
 

Jer

Love in anger
I have to admit I am a tad disappointed they didn't keep the tradition of naming a song after a Bruce song, and didnt keep the streak of adding "The".

I was really hoping for The Accident of Birth, or The Killing Floor lol
“The The Magician” or “The The Tower” would be good. “The I Will Not Accept The Truth” or “The I’m In A Band With An Italian Drummer” would also be acceptable. Not so sure about “The Lickin’ The Gun”, though…
 

Donner

Ancient Mariner
Curious - did anyone buy the iTunes version?

If you did, is Stratego noticeably quieter than the other songs? I noticed this on my first few listens as standing out to me. The song should hit and it’s really tamed down.

I ripped a CD version to the same 256 kbps that the iTunes store sells and that ripped version is friggen perfect and noticeably punchier and louder. NONE of the other songs are like this.

I know this is an “Apple Master” but I have plenty of those and have never noticed such a disparity in sound quality between tracks. Surely this can’t be correct, right?
 

Courbet

Educated Fool
Some of maidens decisions regarding videos- smh.
It’s not bad by any means but for all their theatrics it’s like the videos are an afterthought.
 

Heretic

Still burning under our skies...
Someone clearly just wanted to animate a dragon flying around, lol. But overall the video is pretty good :ok:
Based on my brief search, I think the video is based on the Japanese game of Shogi, which is similar to chess but more complicated. It seems like here, White is the humans team and Black is Eddie’s.

First, White captures Black’s Rook. In Shogi, in contrast to chess, you can “drop” a piece you had previously captured as your own piece, which is what White does and gets that Japanese guy. You can also “promote” pieces when they get into enemy territory, and a Rook gets promoted to a Dragon, which is what White does. But then Black captures White’s Dragon and drops it as his own Dragon, who then checkmates White King, which is what we see in the last shot (Eddie capturing the White King with his Dragon, although I don’t think that would actually happen in a real game).
 

Spaldy

Ancient Mariner
I loved the video and personally wish they had dropped this one before WOTW. The animation reminded me a lot of Metalocalypse (another Adult Swim classic) and wouldn't be surprised if Brendon Small was involved.

Speaking of which I can't wait for the new Metalocalypse movie.
 
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