Senjutsu - 3rd September 2021

Vaenyr

Nomad
No worries, I was just joking :D

If Eternity Should Fail is a great example where the live version is much faster and more energetic compared to the studio version.
 

Gk1

Here I sit in a serenade of glory!
No worries, I was just joking :D

If Eternity Should Fail is a great example where the live version is much faster and more energetic compared to the studio version.
I guess the real live feeling is captured...well, LIVE!!!!!!
 

DJMayes

Ancient Mariner
I love this album... better tha book? mmmm
Senjutsu is great, but The Book Of Souls is a special album for me. Part of that is the top end (and indeed, I think Empire Of The Clouds and The Book Of Souls are better than anything on the new album) but to a greater extent it's the rest of the tracks. I love all of the ones people complain about - I think Shadows Of The Valley is a top 20 Maiden song, for example - which gives it a consistency a lot of people feel it lacks.
 

Ascendingthethrone

Educated Fool
Senjutsu is great, but The Book Of Souls is a special album for me. Part of that is the top end (and indeed, I think Empire Of The Clouds and The Book Of Souls are better than anything on the new album) but to a greater extent it's the rest of the tracks. I love all of the ones people complain about - I think Shadows Of The Valley is a top 20 Maiden song, for example - which gives it a consistency a lot of people feel it lacks.
I would agree on the title track. To me, that is the best song from either BOS or Senjutsu. The lyrics are stunning and the fast section is amazing.
 

johnglen

Educated Fool
Even though I wrote some harsh words the album has really grown on me in the last few days. I just think that I understand its philosophy better now, it is a more difficult album than TBOS (which was basically pure, classic Maiden despite its length).
I have done an 180 on Senjutsu and consider it great, just wanted to share that.
 
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R@inmaker

Educated Fool
someone hit the nail on the head - this album has a central theme: the loss of tradition as "progress" swallows it up. very clearly in a few of Steve's epics it's obvious he's lamenting the loss/dilution of "Britishness" as the floodgates of immigration overwhelm it. we have the same dynamic here in States. the album really, really runs deep in themes and they are mostly very forlorn...the twilight of empires. you can make some parallels to Brexit and Covid hysteria...they are there as well.
 

R@inmaker

Educated Fool
the more i listen to this album the more i'm incredibly impressed with the lyrics. this is a really strong album thematically/lyrically. except Time Machine. that seems a bit too whimsical against the rest. but, damn....this is a really strong album compositionally. only complaint at this time remains my own preference of truncating the extended intros/outros/tacos. Hell On Earth is just a colossally great song!
 

R@inmaker

Educated Fool
revised ratings after many rotations over last week. couple of caveats. 1) i'm ignoring the extraneous intros/outros on some of the epics, 2) i'm not rating these against anything pre-reunion...not fair, 3) a "6" rating as lowest here compares to my lowest of "2" on DOD ("wildest dreams") and "3" on BOS ("speed of light")...so these weaker songs are still very good!

Senjutsu - 9
Stratego - 8
TWOTW - 9
LIALW - 8
DOFP - 9
TTM - 6
Darkest Hour - 7
DOTC - 10
The Parchment - 9
HOE - 11
 

Gk1

Here I sit in a serenade of glory!
I keep seeing comments about how this album doesn’t have any fast parts. It’s a more somber album but it does have moments of explosiveness. The way HoE rips open after the intro, the fast section at the end of The Parchment, the double-time ending of DoFP. All of Stratego. Those moments are still clearly there.
Exactly. There are moments of build up and also some great dynamics. Something that was missing for the most part from the previous albums
 

GhostofCain

Ancient Mariner
someone hit the nail on the head - this album has a central theme: the loss of tradition as "progress" swallows it up. very clearly in a few of Steve's epics it's obvious he's lamenting the loss/dilution of "Britishness" as the floodgates of immigration overwhelm it.

How do you define Britishness? This country has been defined by the people who came to this island from elsewhere over thousands of years and made this place their home, shaping the country and its identity. Someone lamenting the dilution of "Britishness" does not make much sense as the concept has evolved significantly. I personally think that Marcus Rashford exemplifies Britishness much better than Jim Davidson...
 
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