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Seventh Son of a Seventh Son

Discussion in 'Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son' started by Anonymous, Apr 11, 2004.


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  1. terrell39

    terrell39 Ancient Mariner

    The song ends with Adrian playing something that is a cross between a lead harmony and (kind of) a lead solo. However...on the live version the last note is not a high note (like on the studio version), but a low note, which to me, is not a good change. Sounds better with the high note as the last note of the song. More of a finale that way.
  2. MrKnickerbocker

    MrKnickerbocker clap hands


    Just when it seems like you’ve reached the emotional peak of the album, the title track hits you like a load of bricks carried on an eighteen-wheeler being driven by Godzilla. The keyboards, which heretofore remained rather subdued, are up front and center, accenting the chunky rhythm guitars and making Maiden sound heavier than they’ve ever sounded before. This song chronicles the birth of the mythical Seventh Son and his entrance into the world, learning of his powers and his legacy. Bruce is godly on this recording, especially during the chorus. It’s a song that could easily sound repetitive or trite, but Maiden’s earnestness makes it all work. A serpentine harmonized riff cuts through the second chorus and segues into a sweeping, expectant bridge complete with spoken word by Bruce and a spooky atmosphere that rivals Rime of the Ancient Mariner. Once the song kicks into high gear, it is Maiden at their absolute best. Furious, unrelenting, yet endlessly melodic. Murray and Smith rip through two guitar solos over time changes aplenty. The end of the title track is the culmination of every sonic tapestry they’ve ever weaved: immediate and ferocious, powerful and grand.
  3. JudasMyGuide

    JudasMyGuide Domini canis

    Though the chorus repetition and the amateurish "ooooh" keyboards in the middle sometimes get on my nerves nowadays, I cannot really give it anything less than a 10, because the verses are brutal and because the final three minutes are one of the best Maiden moments that once was capable to nearly make me cry. The vocal line is quite weird - I wonder how it would sound if Blaze did the song. The pinnacle of the album and one of their best 80's tracks. 10/10
  4. LooseCannon

    LooseCannon Yorktown-class aircraft carrier Staff Member

    This is a very good song. I would like it more if it wasn't so aware it was a very good song. 8/10.
  5. Brigantium

    Brigantium Work Geordie for hire Staff Member

    This used to be one of my favourite Maiden songs overall, but it's one you've got to take some time to listen and digest, it's not an instant hard hitter.
  6. To me the quiet part reminds me instantly of Genesis, "The Musical Box" in particular. Nicko is very reminiscing of Phil Collins there, and the guitar arpeggios have also a bit in common. Anybody agrees?
  7. Mosh

    Mosh The years just pass like trains Staff Member

    Oh man, that is a good call. I never thought of it that way before but now I'm never going to unhear it. :p Even the spoken word is a bit Gabriel-esque.

    This song takes cheesy prog grandeur to its highest degree and what a glorious way to do it. Right from the beginning you know you're getting something epic. So many great riffs and melodies in this song. The tempo is a bit clunky, but that's part of the charm. It could fall apart at any minute and that keeps you at the edge of your seat. Bruce's delivery is dramatic and powerful. The chorus is repetitive but it's based on such a cool riff that I don't really care. With each verse it speeds up ever so slightly and gets increasingly more intense before climaxing with a harmony going into the soft section. Lots of cool atmosphere in this part. Kinda reminiscent of Rime but still completely different. Bruce's spoken word is a bit cheesy but in an awesome way. Ending with an all instrumental section is unexpected and a cool way to do it. The solos are frantic and the melodies around them are awesome. I love when Bruce steps away for a moment and the guitarists get to do the talking. The solos aren't just technical showcases, they really complement the mood of the song. It all ends perfectly with another high quality twin harmony. This one develops really nicely.


    I just realized while listening to this that this is what Steve was going for with The Red and the Black. Cut out the soft moody middle section and it's essentially the same song structurally.
  8. TheTalisman

    TheTalisman Fågel

  9. BeThyJames

    BeThyJames Trooper


    Unbelievably slow hitting power in the verse riffs and vocals. Great passion in the early keyboard/guitar harmony. Great aggression in the chorus. The breakdown into the instrumental is beautiful too with Bruces wail and tumbling guitars.

    Then comes 5 minutes of sheer brilliance. The soft guitar riff with atmospheric keyboards and cool spoken verse. Then the incredible build. That shimmering, echoing guitar effect (no idea what is called) absolutely blows me away. Nicko's rhythm getting faster and faster up to that spectacular climax and wild ensuing solo.

    Devastating and brilliant. One of only a handful of tens I'm awarding

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  10. MaidenStorm

    MaidenStorm Prowler

    A wonderful epic and powerful song, this song is just a reference of atmospheric heavy metal piece. All parts are really amazing and very well composed especially the last part which is a real Eargasm !
  11. RueMorgue

    RueMorgue Prowler

    Incredible song, and fair dues to Nicko (who I've never been a fan of) for his work on this song. I rate this song as a Maiden classic.
  12. matic22

    matic22 H is shorter for God.

    Amazing song. The instrumental section at the end is incredible.

    A masterpiece
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  13. terrell39

    terrell39 Ancient Mariner

    See my February 26 post about my comment about the very end of the song
  14. matic22

    matic22 H is shorter for God.

    Yup. It's still beyond me why they couldn't recreate the final harmonies live, now they have 3 guitars. The thing is that on the ME tour H played that high note at the end, but Janick, instead of playing harmonies just played the e chord. They should have really worked that out.
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  15. srfc

    srfc Educated Fool

    I wish he didn't go back into the "whoa oh oh" part at the end of the red and the black as it could have been similarly climactic to SSOASS.
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