Think IESF's a better concert opener than S15/TFF - even if TFF is a quicker song. Think the live version's sped up a bit though, no?
You're right. The only surprising thing in TWOTW is the western intro, I think (not so much though... still sounds like Maiden).If Eternity Should Fail ending is also in the same key, as this new track. Ending of IESF = intro to WOTW.
The verses are done in the same style as Tears of a Clown. The main lick is something Smith would've done as texture before.
Song is not Maiden by the numbers, but it's far from surprising, as its ingredients have popped up before, often.
I think we can expect those blues elements from Adrian/Bruce and the folk elements from Janick or Steve.If I recall the Kerrang interview correctly it mentioned some blues and folk elements? as well as others?
My thoughts on this:This sounds so random to me. It is not that they are a punk band, we are talking about 12 minutes songs being recorded here. TWOTW is a solid track but nothing spectacular. I think Maiden still got great ideas but they tend to spend too little time in the arrangements and the elaboration of their music.
My thoughts on this:
With so many epics, Steve will have to deliver as a song writer and the good news is that he has almost always done that for Maiden.
The key sentence in the interview is when Bruce says Steve is very meticulous/detailed in the arrangements. So we should have a bit more faith in the maiden process. TBOS was recorded in the same way and did not disappoint.
The arrangements on TWOTW was fantastic and it did not sound randomly put together. The Adrian solo was well thought out and constructed and in my view one of his best work in the past few albums.
So I still think this album will be a level above TBOS both in terms of music and production.
If you don't like For the greater good, then i am afraid you will probably not like this album.For most of us that song is an absolute killer tune.15 years later I still skip the track, when Bruce sounds like a broken record, going through the choruses again and again and again!!!
If you're hoping that won't happen, you're out of luck - he's been doing it ever since Prowler, and I don't think he's going to stop. He has done it well, though, such as in the pre-chorus of The Book of Souls.And this "vocals-follow-the-single-guitar-melody is kind of getting old by now. IMO of course.
^ This. Steve always delivers. The repeated parts in his songs are almost always great imo.The key sentence in the interview is when Bruce says Steve is very meticulous/detailed in the arrangements. So we should have a bit more faith in the maiden process. TBOS was recorded in the same way and did not disappoint.
The arrangements on TWOTW was fantastic and it did not sound randomly put together. The Adrian solo was well thought out and constructed
What is spectacular for you? The song to be an instant classic?TWOTW is a solid track but nothing spectacular.