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The Aftermath

Discussion in 'The X Factor' started by LooseCannon, Oct 8, 2003.


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  1. MrKnickerbocker

    MrKnickerbocker clap hands

    Janick's solo is incredible. I think Steve is slapping the bass. Blaze sings the guitar riffs again, slowly.

  2. Eric Wright

    Eric Wright Nomad

    In addition to the great lyrics and Blaze's vocal performance, the build up to "I'm just a soldier" is just unforgettable. The way it explodes into Janick's amazing solo is the high point of the song.

  3. Forostar

    Forostar Conjure the Death Star again

    Cool to know these are some of his favourite lyrics, and how Blaze experiences to do this live. Read on:

    What about the song "The Aftermath"?

    Blaze: "The Aftermath," I was reading a lot of poetry from the first World War. And around the same time, my father gave me a picture of my great-grandfather. He died in the first World War. These two things seemed to connect, and when I was searching for lyrical ideas for The X Factor album, I had this photo of my grandfather in my notebook, and it just seemed to strike a chord. That was where "The Aftermath" came from, really.

    "Silently to silence fall... toys of death are spitting lead."

    "Once a ploughman hitched his team
    Here he sowed his little dream
    Now bodies arms and legs are strewn
    Where mustard gas and barbwire bloom."

    Some of my favorite lyrics, really. Just completely influenced by poets like Siegfried Sassoon from the first World War. That's something I worked on with Steve Harris and Janick Gers.

    It's a song that I occasionally do in my setlist, but it's heavy in a very emotional way, so I find myself getting very bound up with that song and sometimes mentally it's a dark place to go. So I don't always do it in my set.
  4. Eddieson

    Eddieson Nomad

    Really nice guitar intro, but the verse and the chorus aren't that interesting, and Blaze vocals on these aren't that good.
    But then suddenly the song wakes up, and the bridge have lots of emotion. After that follows a much more inspired instrumental part, and another even more soulful bridge which explodes into the guitar solo! (gave me shivers listening to it now).

    The third in a row where I think that several ideas are great but the songs as a whole isn't fenomenal. In this case I honestly think they could have skipped the first two and a half minutes and made the song entirely of the second part.

  5. Gk1

    Gk1 Ancient Mariner

    Worse song on the album for me.Janick's solo is great.
  6. Pand

    Pand Ancient Mariner

    For the most part, this song is a kind of definition of average. Not bad, but not particularly interesting. The exception is Janick's solo, which prepares the way for a potentially excellent ending that fails to materialise.
  7. Mosh

    Mosh The years just pass like trains Staff Member

    The riff is ripped from Uriah Heep, but they repurpose it to give it a brand new meeting and invoke different feelings. This song wouldn't be that far out of place on AMOLAD. The lyrics along with the pummeling riffs underneath makes it very easy to visualize the subject matter. I like the way this song continually builds. It doesn't feel repetitive and the intensity increases as it goes on. I have to admit I start losing interest during the guitar solos. The "after the war" bit is great though and brings me back in at the end.

    Some parts I could do without, but I still feel like I've been on a journey by the end.

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  8. BeThyJames

    BeThyJames Trooper

    I like the simple power of the lyrics and to be fair Blaze does them justice.

    The 'what does a soldier become' is powerful but loses it's repeated too often and loses effect after a few listens and seems to bog the song down.

  9. LooseCannon

    LooseCannon Yorktown-class aircraft carrier Staff Member

    Always enjoyed this song. Very early prog feel to it, extremely heavy, poignant lyrics. "After the war" is monstrous. 8/10.
  10. MrKnickerbocker

    MrKnickerbocker clap hands

    3/10 quietly Blazing fires that should be extinguished.

    The Aftermath’s obvious quiet intro has more structure and movement than the rest, and it is rather brief, but the song is a plodding mess. For an album leaning far into prog territory, there sure are plenty of moments where the music simply sounds empty, and The Aftermath is the worst offender. The drums, bass, and guitar play the exact same notes at the exact same rhythm during all of the verses and choruses. It sounds clunky and sonically dead, with none of the background textures that Adrian Smith is so good at injecting into songs. The section meant to be dramatic sounds very similar to the verses and does nothing to enhance the mood. Right before the song picks up Blaze sings along with the guitar melody and he’s got more than a few bum notes in there.
  11. Diesel 11

    Diesel 11 Gott Mit Uns

    Not big on the intro, but once this song gets going it really gets going. It's a great, slow tune, you can feel you're trudging through the mud yourself, as all around your compatriots are dying, and then of course there's the 'after the war' part, where you yourself start to wonder, is it all really worth it? That question is something one could ask about the Blaze years too. Were they worth it? Yes. Yes they fucking were. 10/10.

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