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This song just doesn’t do it for me at all. While there are no parts that are as annoying as on songs like The Assassin, Weekend Warrior, etc., there’s no single part about this song that I genuinely enjoy, and I don’t think it is arranged that well either. I want to respect everyone’s opinion but I don’t see how some people view this song as a masterpiece. 4/10


Love in anger
A soft, clean intro leads into a gentle off-rhythm verse. Bruce sounds great here. A brief pause, then we kick back into a heavier version of the verse that works just as well.

The pre-chorus is just a variation on the verse, but this breaks into a brighter, vocally busy chorus with a cool downward modulation. A nice atmospheric solo bridges back into the verse, then continues under the vocals through the pre-chorus and chorus.

Another pause, and an interesting off-rhythm riff underpins a nice "outside" solo before breaking into a more traditional solo and a nice melodic interlude.

Another pause, and a gentle bluesy solo leads us back to the heavier verse. More pre-chorus and chorus leads to a soft fade-out ending.

Lots of great stuff here. A very robust 8/10.


What's yours is mine and what's mine is mine too
10/10 masterpiece. Great vocals and fantastic lyrics. Nice solos too. The intro is one of their best ever and the whole atmosphere as well. Top 15 material

Diesel 11

As you scream into the web of silence...
Yeah, I still don't quite get what everyone sees in this song, outside of the lyrics. Bruce is kinda wonky on the intro, the song rips out a key change straight from "Infinite Dreams", and as a whole can't match the lyrics... which happen to be some of the band's best. "The preacher loses face with Christ, religion's cruel device is gone / Empty flesh and hollow bones make pacts of life but die alone..." They're really good, and I only wish something more... special could've been done to bring them to life better. The instrumental section is probably the best part music-wise. As a whole, this is just above average, but I'll be generous and give it an extra point just because I like the lyrics so much. 7


Out of the Silent Planet
When I first heard the album back in 2010, this was my favorite song from it at first (along with TMWWBK). Great intro (Maiden know how to write intros). The riff through the whole song is very heavy, but great. Good verses and the chorus is great. Strange solo from Adrian - I don't like those improvisations in the solos (in IOA and TMWWBK too), but in this song is not so bad and it fits. The harmonies and the calm part in the middle are good. It's a very experimental song from the band. Hard song for Bruce. This is probably the most progressive song from Maiden. It carries the feel of the SIT album. 8/10
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fantastic track that has wonderful ebb and flow and a great dynamic throughout - some of my favorite melodic yet rhythmic H riffing patterns.

for any Rainbow heads here, "Starblind" works great when played immediately after Rainbow's "Stargazer" and immediately before "A Light in the Black"

Not sure if there's a Rainbow discussion thread here, but "A Light in the Black" is my favorite hard rock/metal song by any band not named Iron Maiden

Murder of Rue Morgue

Educated Fool
A lot of people love this song, and I can see why. I'm not one of them.

It has some potential.
The riff is good, but overplayed. The vocal line barely changes from the verse ("We can shed our skin" etc.) to the bridge/2nd verse ("Starblind, with sun" etc.). The chorus ("Take my eyes for what I've seen"/"The preacher loses face with Christ" etc.), apart from the Infinite Dreams controversy (which is frankly pointless: Infinite Dreams did not invent the minor third interval), is simply too high, and Bruce struggles.

The worst part, to me, is the jam session. That, without any doubt, tries to imitate Infinite Dreams. Also the solo section is a bit unsecure.

Lyrically it is very good. The clean riff is nothing memorable.

Barely sufficient: 5.75/10. I'll round it up to 6.
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Educated Fool
That "endlessly decieved" just before the solo part seems very weird. It always throws me off guard (in a bad way).