Anyone complaining about the Stratego video clearly hasn't witnessed this abomination.
That's what I thought too. I like TWotW video, but this one is actually better and I can only imagine how excited I would be if this was released on July 15. Even that little glimpse of Eddie at the end could serve as a nice teaser before revealing him on the album cover.
As for the meaning of the video... Honestly? I don't think I care. It's a bunch of cool, imaginative visuals and I'm fine with that. It's definitely not mindless, there's a story there, but it's not the most important to me.
I seriously want to know what the fuck Blaze was yelling at the camera during the instrumental break. So. Cringe.
At least there was a band playing and that's what I'm really missing in theire videos since 2010. They can add band playing in some spaceship or so in TFF and it'll be as great as TWM or RM, but anyway(
DOTC has some NPFTD moments. The Pakrement is very Nomad-ish by the way.You wanted a Priest-type of song from Maiden -> Senjutsu
You wanted a short rocker in the classic style of Maiden from the 80's -> Stratego
You wanted a song with different and new things for the band's sound -> The Writing On The Wall
You wanted a The X Factor song with Bruce and Adrian -> Lost In A Lost World
You wanted a Maiden song with a vibe from Bruce's solo albums (AOB/TCW) -> Days Of Future Past
You wanted a song with a vibe from the early reunion days -> The Time Machine
You wanted a proper ballad from Maiden -> Darkest Hour
You wanted a Virtual XI song with Bruce and Adrian -> Death Of The Celts (also the culmination of the ''Celtic'' melodies)
You wanted an instrumental (sort of) with a lot of melodies and (6!) solos -> The Parchment
You wanted a classic Maiden epic -> Hell On Earth
Only one song with IM/Killers and NPFTD/FOTD vibe is missing. The album is quite ''rich'' though.
I maintain that the video for Virus was Maiden at rock bottom. Their absolute career low point. Ground zero for everything that went wrong for them in the 90's. And yes, it did make them a laughing stock.Dear Lord, thinking about it now, I might have gone through a depression stage when I heard and saw the video for Virus. It has to be even worse that the music on TXF. Maiden tirned (IMO) into laughing stock at this stage....could not believe it then, it makes me facepalm today