Senjutsu - 3rd September 2021

Kalata

Out of the Silent Planet
In my humble opinion, the album does not flow that well. Lost in a Lost World plods in disc 1, with the quality of the material dropping at the same time; disc 2 begins with a slow song that is followed by 3 (excessively) long songs... I do not think having 3 epics back-to-back to close the album was a good idea.
I think the album flows quite well. LIALW is not a slow song (only the intro & the outro) and we have 2 fast short rockers (Stratego and DOFP) plus one lively song (TTM) to compensate in Disc 1. Disc 2 starts slowly, but I think the tempo is good for the next songs - the instrumental section of DOTC is pretty lively, Hell On Earth with its gallop too (only the long intro & outro are really slow) and honestly, it doesn't feel like an 11 minutes long song when I listen to it. Only The Parchment is slow, but with the 6 solos it should help for the flow. I was also worried about having 3 epics back-to-back, but in the end the most important thing is the songs to be good. Btw, I don't like that TFF album has 3 epics back-to-back to close the album or the 3 slow songs back-to-back to close TBOS album, but for this album I think they are perfect... the first one sets the mood, the second one lowers it and the third one is a fusion of the previous two.
 

Diesel 11

As you scream into the web of silence...
What on earth is wrong with Lost in a Lost World? :huh:
I *like* the song, but it’s also one of Steve’s weirdest, most ham-fisted compositions. The intro has almost nothing to do with the rest of the song. The verses are cram-packed strangely (“They see the Eagle as he floooooooooOooOooats… ON THE WIND!”) the outro is a mouthful word salad, and the instrumental section is like a revisit of ‘90s Maiden. With all that in mind, I do still like it for what it is. It’s a weird song but to me it still works, although it’s also my second least favorite on the album after “Darkest Hour” (which is also not nearly as awful as harrisdevot claims).
 

Perun

Περούν Παντοκράτωρ
Staff member
I don't know, I really enjoy it. I haven't read the lyrics and don't pay attention to them when listening to the song, so maybe that helps, I don't know. I just like it for the music.
 

Ruflux

Ancient Mariner
Bad chorus, aimless noodling interludes a la 90s Maiden.
This, pretty much. I also feel like the intro, while great on its own, really feels too disconnected from the rest of the song. The outro's pretty nice too, but that chorus and the interlude that just kinda goes nowhere really kills it for me. I don't think it's bad necessarily, but it's easily the weakest track on the record.
 

Diesel 11

As you scream into the web of silence...
I don't know, I really enjoy it. I haven't read the lyrics and don't pay attention to them when listening to the song, so maybe that helps, I don't know. I just like it for the music.
It’s less about the lyrics and more about the way they’re structured. Again, it’s weird to me, but not bad.

Also @Jer I gotta disagree with you bro, I think the chorus is super fun. The first time I played the album it was a highlight. It’s kind of in the vein of “The Wicker Man” (the backing music is kinda similar too I think) and it hits only slightly less hard. Probably my favorite part of the song.
 

harrisdevot

Priest of the Holy Wristband
I *like* the song, but it’s also one of Steve’s weirdest, most ham-fisted compositions. The intro has almost nothing to do with the rest of the song. The verses are cram-packed strangely (“They see the Eagle as he floooooooooOooOooats… ON THE WIND!”) the outro is a mouthful word salad, and the instrumental section is like a revisit of ‘90s Maiden. With all that in mind, I do still like it for what it is. It’s a weird song but to me it still works, although it’s also my second least favorite on the album after “Darkest Hour” (which is also not nearly as awful as harrisdevot claims).
Great to see how different tastes we can have. I disliked Lost when I first heard it (most of all the main heavy riff) but it clicked really quickly. I love the verses (although I agree they are strange), the instrumental part is really dynamic (and the recurrence of some passages is really important, as the different themes perfectly complement each other), and for me, the outro is one of the most beautiful bits Harris has ever written, and it says a lot.
 
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Jer

Abysmal display of mental decay
Also @Jer I gotta disagree with you bro, I think the chorus is super fun. The first time I played the album it was a highlight. It’s kind of in the vein of “The Wicker Man” (the backing music is kinda similar too I think)
Yeah, the backing music is very much “The Wicker Man” on that part, but that just sets up a comparison that the LIALW chorus is bound to lose. The vocal melody and performance doesn’t work for me at all on the LIALW chorus. Bruce sounds flat-out bad there, IMO, and it’s an example of the sort of thing that a stronger hand from the producer could have fixed.

But, different strokes, as always.
 

LooseCannon

Enterprise-class aircraft carrier
Staff member
I didn't say it was bad, just that I personally think it'll have two camps. We'll find out soon enough :)
 

Diesel 11

As you scream into the web of silence...
Bruce sounds flat-out bad there, IMO
Interesting. There are some lines in this song where he warbles but I dig him reaching for the highs in the chorus itself.

Also @harrisdevot LIALW was a highlight when I first spun the album but it fell fast, only to stabilize somewhere in the “hey, it’s not perfect, but it’s still a good Maiden song” category.
 
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