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The Alchemist

Discussion in 'The Final Frontier' started by Forostar, Aug 9, 2010.


How good is The Alchemist on a scale of 1-10?

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  1. Spambot

    Spambot Nomad

    Before this album came out I knew this - if Janick Gers (co)writes the song, I know I won't be disapointed. This album proved that and after great first 4 songs on TFF I wouldn't mind if this one went down the drain. TFF beat out my expectation realy early and even at that stage (hearing only 2 singles, first 4 songs on the album, that is) I knew I will like this album more than previous (AMOLAD). But Gers/Harris collaboration always delivers and when Bruce joined on this one it only gave more spice to already great short rocker song.

    After the intro and up-tempo verses there comes a bridge which could actually be chorus and then "actual" chorus, and then bridge to 2nd chorus that could also be chorus and then... Does it matter?! I'm not musically educated, I don't know to discern bridge from chorus on this one, haven't got a clue who is Dr. Dee - but I love it all! What I love about Maiden is their smart yet simple melody making and they crammed so much melody into this chorus-fest that I enjoy it 6 years later. I still don't know what's it all about frozen queen and Edward Kelly and so on but it didn't hindered me to occasionaly scream "Strange Aaaaaalchemy!!!" at the job that I was working at that time. And that, to some people, is what is music all about in a nutshell - enjoy it, love it, sing it. Just like this song.
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  2. LooseCannon

    LooseCannon Yorktown-class aircraft carrier Staff Member

    Fantastic track, catchy, enjoyable, awesome riffs, fun solos. The magus I am Dr. Dee, and this is my house!

  3. BeThyJames

    BeThyJames Trooper

    I've not scored these types of track highly but I must admit I absolutely love this and am gutted they never played it live. I like the retro harmony intro and then it launches it to full throttle. Think it might be one of the most fun album tracks they've done and the "Dr Dee" chorus is just brilliant.

  4. MrKnickerbocker

    MrKnickerbocker clap hands


    The fastest song on the album is The Alchemist, a fun Janick rocker. It is the most classic Maiden track here, sounding like something that could have been on Piece of Mind or Powerslave. Bruce has a vocal workout as the key keeps rising and Janick turns in a blistering solo. The lyrics are a bit odd (as they tend to be), telling the story of a famous British mathematician corrupted by his magical beliefs and a poor choice of friendships. Strong melodies, a driving beat, and a great chorus round out the track. The abrupt ending is great. It makes me glad that Maiden chose to try some simpler songs on this album, even if they aren’t perfect.
  5. Diesel 11

    Diesel 11 Come to the Sabbath

    Really nice rocker, feels like a mix between Be Quick Or Be Dead and The Wicker Man. Debating between a low 8 or a strong 7, but I'll go with the 7 for now and switch it to 8 later if it grows on me a little bit more. Still, nice fun song.

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