Shadows Of The Valley

How good is Shadows of the Valley on a scale of 1-10?


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Jer

Fuddy Buddy
The "Clansman" bit is very similar to that "Losfer Words" bit indeed (I can also see where the "Book of Souls" claim came from as well), but neither have anything to do with "Wasted Years" or "Shadows of the Valley".
You're half right.
 
but neither have anything to do with "Wasted Years" or "Shadows of the Valley".
The details vary, but it's all similar stuff in E minor with accented notes going "bigger leap down, smaller leap up" and E pedal notes in between. Also in SotV the accent pattern is indentical as in WY. Saying that they don't have anything to do with each other is a bigger stretch than saying they are very similar.
 

srfc

Ancient Mariner
Where?

That bit in "Clansman" is not nearly as similiar as people try to make it out to be.
The Clansman bit is much more like Wasted Years than SOTV. All the riffs are based around the same simple scale, Clansman has the notes in the exact same sequence, SOTV mixes it up after the fourth note in the sequence. Also the length of the phrase is half as long in SOTV.
 

Kalata

Out of the Silent Planet
TBOS album is amazing, but Shadows Of The Valley is my favorite song from this album ! I wish Janick writes more than 2 songs per album. Again fantastic lead melody and the intro is good, very dramatic - the ''who-ah'' part is one of the best moments in the song and for me the song theme is perfect for the album ! The chorus is great, the song is fast, maybe mid-tempo, but it builds up and it is a very ''mystic'' tune and I like that a lot.... plus, it has one of the, if not the best song title for me ! Also, the song length is perfect - top Maiden's modern mini-epic, the lyrics are good too !

I like this part of the song a lot:

''Into the valley of death fear no evil
We will go forward no matter the cost
Into the valley of death follow me now
Bring me your souls and I’ll make it our last''


Majestic moment of the song and the whole song actually is a highlight of the album - a hidden gem, deep cut, treasure ! Dave's solo is great and for me somehow is ideal for the song, its structure, melody and that Egyptian atmosphere (Valley Of The Kings) of it. Bruce's vocals are great as always, Janick's solo is good, again fit the song and Adrian adds a little improvisation to his own. Not so hard song for Nicko, but he delivers. ||| This song shines in the modern Maiden style and it is gold. :p::)
 
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MW564

Ancient Mariner
"[U said:
I like this part of the song a lot:[/U]

''Into the valley of death fear no evil
We will go forward no matter the cost
Into the valley of death follow me now
Bring me your souls and I’ll make it our last''
This.
 

Diesel 11

As you scream into the web of silence...
The weakest song on the album, but still pretty decent. It rips off the "Wasted Years" riff blatantly but does a good job of it. The verses and pre-chorus are kinda weaker, but the chorus itself is strong, and the whoa-oh-oh bit is cool too. Not one of Maiden's best, but firmly above average. 6
 

srfc

Ancient Mariner
The album's hidden gem. They either played all the other 10/10 tracks live or released them as a single so you might be mistaken for thinking this song isn't up to much. You'ld be wrong. Nice intro that changes into a heads down rhythm section for the main verses. The section that goes Janick blackmore style solo, classic maiden melody, H playing a bluesy solo over that melody (WTF! he does this in the red and black too, I love this new development) and then the verse "Into the valley of death fear no evil" may be the best secion on the entire album. 10/10
 
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Niall Kielt

Pulled Her At The Bottle Top
Does anyone think the lyrics are based on Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell? Its a book from 2004 and a BBC tv series from May 2015. The album was recorded before the tv series aired.
The chat about ravens and a dark world kissed with sadness really remind me of the book. I read the book not long before the album came out and there were other lines in the song that reminded me of the book but I can't quite remember now.
 

Brigantium

General of the Dark Army
Staff member
I could never get into the series but the book sounds interesting, might get a copy.
 
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