Hiya, Lately I was thinking about how instrumental the Maiden studio albums are. Or if you turn it around: how big are the portion that contains vocals? To properly "research" this I want to zoom in on the songs themselves. Even though it's a huge task (although there's no hurry) I'd like to measure this. In the end I hope to make some nice lists out of this information. "Why the hell are you doing this", I hear you thinking? Well, first of all I am interested in it myself. E.g. I wonder how instrumental Powerslave is compared to other records. I've got an idea that this album does contain a lot, if not the most music without vocals (or relatively seen: it has the least vocals). Measuring this will help me to find out about this. I am not measuring short parts without vocals in between couplets or sentences, that are part of the same chord progression/couplets or other sections on which the vocals are, as instrumental sections: all that is part of the vocal sections: example --> everything in Prowler from the first "Walking" until "feel like walking arouhouhooounnd ooow" is regarded as one big vocal section. On the other hand, I am counting "OK"s or "whohoohoo"s or "yeah"s (however short) as vocal portions, even if they are embedded in largely instrumental sections. The main thing is too distinguish vocals from non-vocal sections, and this sounds to me as the most logical but also most practical way. Also I wonder if there could be any relation with taste. Of course, taste is about many other aspects, but who knows quantity can have to do with it as well. E.g., would people who especially care for vocals (and emotion and lyrics behind vocals) mostly prefer Hallowed over Rime? And would people who especially care for instrumental music prefer Rime over Hallowed? And how would an opinion change if a large instrumental chunk in Rime was cut off? And: what if Hallowed would have a much longer instrumental section? Perhaps the "instrumentalists" would love it, but the "vocalists" not. These are just assumptions, but once in a while I just really like to delve into such matters. These questions aside, bare with me because I'm going to write the "vocals/instrumental portions in relation to total length"-info on the Commentary fora.