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The Apparition

Discussion in 'Fear Of The Dark' started by Anonymous, Apr 11, 2004.


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

  1. 10

  2. 9

    0 vote(s)
  3. 8

  4. 7

  5. 6

  6. 5

  7. 4

  8. 3

  9. 2

  10. 1

  1. JudasMyGuide

    JudasMyGuide Domini canis

    I like it too! :) Very atypical, with the weird verse... I also like the instrumental part. Not better than a 6 for me, but a strong 6 it is!
  2. MrKnickerbocker

    MrKnickerbocker clap hands


    ...And then we have the unfortunate pleasure of meeting The Apparition, a song that introduces itself by shoving its way through the door and taking a crap on your living room floor. And it is an elephant-sized crap. All other Maiden songs that I have disliked so far have simply been substandard, but The Apparition takes the cake. The lyrics are obnoxious, the vocal melody absurd, and the music is just boring and trite. If it’s not the worst song in Maiden’s history it’s certainly in the top five. But Janick plays a wah pedal during his solo, so at least that’s interesting?
  3. What were the band thinking when they included this song? Fear Of The Fillers, people have dubbed this album, and although I've always had a soft spot for this record, it definitely is something to this. The album has it's fair share of downright filler material. Some of them I love dearly, just because they are what they are. But The Apparition? No, this one is too far out there. The only interesting part of the song is the instrumental section. Both solos are good, Janick uses a wah, MrKnickerbocker, very true. But apart from that, this song has absolutely nothing to offer. Lame riff, megalame lyrics, the vocal melodies are dull and... I could go on and on, but quite frankly I don't want to spend my time on The Apparition. Janick has had some great writing efforts with Maiden. This early attempt is DEFINITELY NOT one of them.
  4. The Mid-Distance Runner

    The Mid-Distance Runner Climb like a lemur!!

    Disagreeing. I've posted thoughts before...after waiting and waiting for this album to be released I was really dismayed after purchasing and spinning it (or pressing the play button on the CD player to be exact) as the entire album felt underwhelming. The Apparition was one of only two satisfying songs after the initial listenings...so if anything The Apparition kept me interested enough to discover Fear Is The Key and Childhood's End and salvaged the album for me. Good points about The Apparition? No chorus...why would someone's ghost bother singing one. Bruce's vocals begin right at the beginning of the song...a first for Maiden I think. The song is mainly lyric based...the ghost telling a story. Weak point is the guitar harmony during the instrumental break...but I can forgive that because the pluses outweigh the negatives.

    A solid 8 for the period Maiden was undergoing but a B-side when compared with the golden era, The X Factor or the reunion era.
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  5. Mosh

    Mosh The years just pass like trains Staff Member

    I've never really understood the hate for this song. Of all the bad songs on this album, I don't think this one deserves to be singled out. It's another example of Maiden doing something different. I can see that it's a bit repetitive but I think Steve wanted to place more importance on the lyrics this time, as rambly as they might be. I think throwing a chorus in there would've detracted from the song rather than add to it. So I don't think it's a bad song, but it's also not all that interesting either. It's inoffensive, but I'm mostly indifferent to it beyond that. The instrumental section really has a classic 70s feel to it.

  6. BeThyJames

    BeThyJames Trooper

    Most repetitive song in the entire body of work? The riff and hook is ok but it should have been used as a small part of another song. Pretty terrible

  7. LooseCannon

    LooseCannon Yorktown-class aircraft carrier Staff Member

    See my description of how to rank songs.

    1/10. Would vote 0 if I had thought to include a 0.
  8. Diesel 11

    Diesel 11 Gott Mit Uns

    No clue how this song is considered Maiden's worst - I kinda like it, it's different, it's experimental, it's unique. Sure it's far from perfect, but its imperfectness is its greatest asset IMO. I give it a good 6.9.
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  9. Diesel 11

    Diesel 11 Gott Mit Uns

    Just bumping up my rating to a 10/10, don't mind me.

    Seriously, I fucking love this song. It's weird, but holy shit is it great. 9 times out of 10, if a song gets stuck in my head, it's a good song. This is a good song. This is a great song. If I ever redo my 75, it'll end up higher than 64, believe you me. You might hate it, but it doesn't matter, because I love it. Just an awesome song.

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