Barbed Wire Hen
You summon the Big Eddie by playing the IM riff, and he appears above the wall
Let me just say playing Ghost of Tsushima with this song acting as the soundtrack is fucking insane!!!The heaviest song Maiden have ever done. What a spectacle! What an atmosphere and drama! I was very perplexed at first. Then the chorus in conjunction with the guitar hit me directly! And they need everyone at the Waaal dededee. Nicko's drumming is insane. The sound bombastic. I would never have expected Maiden to come around the corner with something so new. Very brave to take such a heavy song as an opener. But it works great. I imagine Eddie in battle, helping to defend the wall.
I kind of wish it sounded a bit more Japanese and I know it's about a defending a wall but I feel there is a disconnect between the song lyrics and the album art somehow.
Famously the Mongolians found it impossible to invade Japan even after conquering most of asiaI assume there are walls in feudal era Japan that could have been breached by invaders from the north? It's been so long since my Japanese history class in college I really don't know.
You say Great Wall (and I know this was the working title based on Kevin's document he posted to Facebook) and I only think China. It's....weird lol.
It‘s related to the writing on the wall too, though, isn‘t it? A connections between songs.It's absolutely about China
They obviously just thought Japan had better imagery when they decided it would be the title track, as it was originally called The Great Wall.
Japan is an island country, how can invaders ride in
Bruce said that it's not a concept album at all, but I agree that the whole feel of the songs is like in AMOLAD (again, not a concept album)... even the song titles in Senjutsu makes me think of a shared story.Honestly I think the whole album could be seen as a SSOASS or AMOLAD type of concept album