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The Book of Souls Awards

Discussion in 'Best of / Worst of Polls forum' started by Aces_High, Jan 11, 2016.

  1. Aces_High

    Aces_High Gathering speed as I head down the runway

    Now that a few months have passed since the release, I'm pretty sure most of us have a more definite opinion on the latest album.

    FORMAT:

    Best song:
    Worst song:
    Surprisingly good song:
    Most disappointing song:
    Best moment:

    Best lyrics:
    Best line:
    Best verse:

    Best title:

    Best intro:
    Best outro:

    Bruce's best performance:

    Best chorus:
    Best pre-chorus:

    Most catchy song:
    Best melody:

    Best bridge:

    Best instrumental:

    Best guitar solo:

    Best main riff:

    Best 18 minute song about a British aircraft that crashed in France during a storm:

    Please suggest more categories if you have some.

    My votes:

    Best song: Empire
    Worst song: Speed of Light (still awesome)
    Surprisingly good song: When the River Runs Deep
    Most disappointing song: Tears of a Clown
    Best moment: "Here lies a dream... Dreams live on" until the outro.

    Best lyrics: Empire
    Best line: They were praying to the gods of nature and were living in the cities of stone
    Best verse:
    By power day and night and death he ruled them
    ...
    The ultimate sacrifice

    Best title: If Eternity Should Fail

    Best intro: Empire
    Best outro: Speed of Light

    Bruce's best performance: Empire

    Best chorus: Deb Oukoff Söls
    Best pre-chorus: The Book of Souls

    Most catchy song: If Eternity Should Fail

    Best bridge: The Book of Souls

    Best instrumental: The Book of Souls

    Best guitar solo: The Red and the Black - Smith (9:40) (wow)

    Best main riff: If Eternity Should Fail
    Best melody: EOTC after the first SOS part

    Best 18 minute song about a British aircraft that crashed in France during a storm: Empire of the Clouds
     
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  2. eddienephwrack

    eddienephwrack Invader

    Best song: The Red & the Black
    Worst song: The Great Unknown
    Surprisingly good song: When the River Runs Deep
    Most disappointing song: Shadows of the Valley

    Best lyrics: Empire
    Best line: The dreamers may die, but dreams live on

    Best title: If Eternity Should Fail

    Best intro: Empire
    Best outro: Man of Sorrows

    Bruce's best performance: Empire

    Best chorus: Book of Souls
    Best pre-chorus: Death or Glory

    Most catchy song: If Eternity Should Fail

    Best bridge: The Red & the Black

    Best instrumental: The Red & the Black

    Best guitar solo: Speed of Light - Adrian

    Best main riff: The Red & the Black

    Best 18 minute song about a British aircraft that crashed in France during a storm: Tough, but Empire of the Clouds
     
  3. Whooten

    Whooten Educated Fool

    Best song: When the River Runs Deep
    Worst song: Tears of a Clown
    Surprisingly good song: The Great Unknown
    Most disappointing song: Empire of the Clouds

    Best lyrics: The Book of Souls
    Best line: What humanity I knew I have long forgotten

    Best title: If Eternity Should Fail

    Best intro: The Red and the Black
    Best outro: If Eternity Should Fail

    Bruce's best performance: The Book of Souls

    Best chorus: If Eternity Should Fail
    Best pre-chorus: When the River Runs Deep

    Most catchy song: If Eternity Should Fail

    Best bridge: Shadows of the Valley

    Best instrumental: The Book of Souls

    Best guitar solo: When the River Runs Deep

    Best main riff: When the River Runs Deep

    Best 18 minute song about a British aircraft that crashed in France during a storm: Ummm...
     
  4. MrKnickerbocker

    MrKnickerbocker clap hands

    Best song: The Book of Souls
    Worst song: When the River Runs Deep
    Surprisingly good song: Tears of a Clown
    Most disappointing song: The Red and the Black

    Best lyrics: The Book of Souls
    Best line: "The dreamers may die, but the dreams live on"

    Best title: If Eternity Should Fail

    Best intro: Empire of the Clouds
    Best outro: Speed of Light

    Bruce's best performance: Empire of the Clouds

    Best chorus: If Eternity Should Fail
    Best pre-chorus: ...I guess Death or Glory?

    Most catchy song: Death or Glory

    Best bridge: The Book of Souls

    Best instrumental: The Book of Souls

    Best guitar solo: ....one of Adrian's

    Best main riff: The Book of Souls

    Best 18 minute song about a British aircraft that crashed in France during a storm: n/a
     
  5. Mosh

    Mosh The years just pass like trains Staff Member

    Ok this looks fun

    Best song: Empire of the Clouds
    Worst song: Shadows of the Valley
    Surprisingly good song: Man of Sorrows/Tears of a Clown
    Most disappointing song: The Book of Souls*

    Best lyrics: Man of Sorrows
    Best line: The Man of Sorrows chorus

    Best title: Empire of the Clouds

    Best intro: The Red and the Black
    Best outro: The Red and the Black

    Bruce's best performance: If Eternity Should Fail

    Best chorus: If Eternity Should Fail
    Best pre-chorus: If we can call the Woah Oh Oh Oh in The Red and the Black a pre chorus, I'll go with that.

    Most catchy song: When the River Runs Deep

    Best bridge: The Book of Souls

    Best instrumental: The Red and the Black, although the bit starting with the morse code in Empire comes very close.

    Best guitar solo: Adrian's in Death or Glory

    Best main riff: Speed of Light

    *I should explain this one. I love The Book of Souls, but for a Janick/Steve epic I was expecting something a little more dynamic, something along the lines of Dance of Death or even The Legacy. So it was a disappointment in that I had a pre-conceived idea of what the song should be and it wasn't that. I still like what we ended up getting, but I didn't have that experience with any of the other songs.
     
  6. Brigantium

    Brigantium Work Geordie for hire Staff Member

    Best song: If Eternity Should Fail

    Worst song: When The River Runs Deep

    Surprisingly good song: Death or Glory. I'd been worried about cheese.

    Most disappointing song: Man of Sorrows

    Best lyrics: If Eternity Should Fail

    Best line: "For me eternity is nothing but a short while."

    Best title: Empire of the Clouds

    Best intro: If Eternity Should Fail

    Best outro: If Eternity Should Fail

    Bruce's best performance: Empire of the Clouds

    Best chorus: If Eternity Should Fail

    Best pre-chorus: Death or Glory

    Most catchy song: Speed of Light

    Best bridge: Shadows of the Valley

    Best instrumental: The Book of Souls

    Best guitar solo: For the moment I'm going for Man of Sorrows 4:09 (Dave). I'm also a fan of Tears of a Clown, 3:02, The Book of Souls 8:19 and Empire of the Clouds 10:04.

    Best main riff: Speed of Light

    Best 18 minute song about a British aircraft that crashed in France during a storm: Lost at La Morenchie. I understand it'll be released in a forthcoming special edition of the album. Consists entirely of Bruce playing piano while Nicko hits a gong. Janick can be heard in the background swinging a guitar around his head while Steve swears under his breath.

    Absolutely. I get this. I nearly said TBOS myself for 'most disappointing' simply because I'd convinced myself it would be another Dance of Death.
     
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  7. Srogyy

    Srogyy Ancient Mariner

    So much fun. Maybe we could open threads like this for other albums? I would certainly take part.

    As for additional categories, maybe 'Best verse' ('Best line' is pretty small) and an overall 'Favourite moment on the album' would be good? I thought about 'Best melody' too, but I don't know if it's not too fragmental.

    Best song: The Book of Souls
    Worst song: When the River Runs Deep
    Surprisingly good song: The Great Unknown
    Most disappointing song: Empire of the Clouds. By far.
    Favourite moment on the album: The Book of Souls pre-chorus... and let's add chorus to it, why not.

    Best lyrics: If Eternity Should Fail
    Best verse: IESF intro
    Best line: 'Climb like a monkey'. Kidding. I don't have one, really...

    Best title: If Eternity Should Fail

    Best intro: If Eternity Should Fail
    Best outro: Speed of Light

    Bruce's best performance: If Eternity Should Fail and Empire of the Clouds (I have to give Bruce credit for EotC even though I'm massively disappointed with the song in general)

    Best chorus: The Book of Souls
    Best pre-chorus: The Book of Souls

    Best melody: The Book of Souls pre-chorus (EotC main melody is fantastic as well, but didn't impact me like the one I picked)

    Most catchy song: Speed of Light

    Best bridge: The Book of Souls

    Best instrumental: 5:10-5:47 passage from The Book of Souls

    Best guitar solo: Adrian's Death or Glory or The Book of Souls

    Best main riff: The Book of Souls
     
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  8. StormTheTrooper

    StormTheTrooper Running to the Hills

    Best song: The Red and the Black

    Worst song: Man of Sorrows

    Surprisingly good song: Death or Glory. Only Maiden can make a good song with a chours like "Run like a monkey"

    Most disappointing song: Man of Sorrows

    Best lyrics: If Eternity Should Fail/Tears of a Clown

    Best line: "Who motivates the motivator"

    Best title: If Eternity Should Fail

    Best intro: If Eternity Should Fail

    Best outro: The Book of Souls

    Bruce's best performance: The Book of Souls

    Best chorus: Death or Glo...If Eternity Should Fail :D . Honor mentions to Tears of a Clown

    Best pre-chorus: If Eternity Should Fail

    Most catchy song: Speed of Light

    Best bridge: If Eternity Should Fail

    Best instrumental: The Red and the Black (specially between 09:39 and 12:29)

    Best guitar solo: 03:22-03:41 of Tears of a Clown and 06:45-07:13/08:39-09:09 of The Red and the Black

    Best main riff: Tears of a Clown

    Best 18 minute song about a British aircraft that crashed in France during a storm: The British Angel and the French Gambler on a Aircraft - extended version. Blaze is on the piano and Nicko is doing back vocals.
    "Don't you think i'm a saviour?
    Don't you think i could save you fromafallingaircraft?
    Don't you think i could save your wreckage?"
     
  9. The Flash

    The Flash Dennis Wilcock did 9/11

    I haven't had much to say about the album here, mostly because it's a disappointment in my book. But this seems fun, here goes:

    Best song: 'If Eternity Should Fail'
    Worst song: 'When the River Runs Deep'
    Surprisingly good song: 'Tears of a Clown'
    Most disappointing song: 'The Red and the Black'

    Best lyrics: 'If Eternity Should Fail'
    Best line: "For me, eternity is nothing but a short while"

    Best title: 'If Eternity Should Fail'

    Best intro: 'If Eternity Should Fail'
    Best outro: 'The Man of Sorrows'

    Bruce's best performance: 'If Eternity Should Fail'

    Best chorus: 'If Eternity Should Fail'
    Best pre-chorus: 'If Eternity Should Fail'

    Most catchy song: 'If Eternity Should Fail'

    Best bridge: 'The Book of Souls'

    Best instrumental: 'Empire of the Clouds', the bit after Nicko's drum solo thingy

    Best guitar solo: 'Tears of a Clown' by Adrian Smith

    Best main riff: 'Tears of a Clown'
     
  10. DJMayes

    DJMayes Educated Fool

    Best song: Empire Of The Clouds

    Worst song: Speed Of Light

    Surprisingly good song: The Great Unknown

    Most disappointing song: The Man Of Sorrows

    Best moment: Shadows Of The Valley 5:50

    Best lyrics: Empire Of The Clouds

    Best line: "Into the valley of death, follow me now..."

    Best verse: The Red And The Black (1st)

    Best title: If Eternity Should Fail

    Best intro: Empire Of The Clouds

    Best outro: Empire Of The Clouds

    Bruce's best performance: Empire Of The Clouds

    Best chorus: The Great Unknown

    Best pre-chorus: Death Or Glory

    Most catchy song: Shadows Of The Valley

    Best melody: Empire Of The Clouds

    Best bridge: Shadows Of The Valley

    Best instrumental: Empire Of The Clouds

    Best guitar solo: Tears Of A Clown

    Best main riff: Shadows Of The Valley

    Best 18 minute song about a British aircraft that crashed in France during a storm:
     
  11. Collin

    Collin Jambi

    Best song: The Book of Souls
    Worst song: Death or Glory
    Surprisingly good song: The Great Unknown
    Most disappointing song: When the River Runs Deep

    Best lyrics: The Red and the Black
    Best line: ''Alien invasion brings nothing but death''
    Best verse: The Red and the Black, verse 1

    Best title: If Eternity Should Fail

    Best intro: Man of Sorrows
    Best outro: Empire of the Clouds

    Bruce's best performance: The Book of Souls

    Best chorus: The Red and the Black
    Best pre-chorus: The Book of Souls

    Most catchy song: The Book of Souls
    Best melody: The Book of Souls pre chorus and chorus

    Best bridge: If Eternity Should Fail

    Best instrumental: Empire of the Clouds middle

    Best guitar solo: Adrian Smith on Tears of a Clown

    Best main riff: The Book of souls pre chorus riff

    Best 18 minute song about a British aircraft that crashed in France during a storm: Death or Glory
     
  12. Edu_Smith

    Edu_Smith Eduardo

    Best song: Ir Eternity
    Worst song: Shadows
    Surprisingly good song: When Theo Rivers
    Most disappointing song: The Man of Sorrows
    Best moment: all solos Adrian Smith

    Best lyrics: Empire
    Best line: ir Eternity
    Best verse: if Eternity

    Best title: if Eternity

    Best intro: When the Rivers
    Best outro: Speed

    Bruce's best performance: Ir Eternity

    Best chorus: The Great
    Best pre-chorus: if Eternity

    Most catchy song:
    Best melody:

    Best bridge:

    Best instrumental: the red

    Best guitar solo: all solos by Adrian

    Best main riff: Adrian in When the Rivers

    Best 18 minute song about a British aircraft that crashed in France during a storm:
     
  13. franksamuel0209

    franksamuel0209 Westward the Tides....

    Best song:Empire of the Clouds
    Worst song:The Man of Sorrows
    Surprisingly good song:Tears of a Clown
    Most disappointing song:Death of Glory
    Best moment:The intro to Empire of the Clouds. The piano literally took me by surprise. Raised eyebrows and all.

    Best lyrics:The Red and the Black
    Best line:Magic Carpet float away, an October faithful day
    Best verse:The beginning part of IESF

    Best title:The Red and the Black

    Best intro:Empire
    Best outro:Empire

    Bruce's best performance:The Book of Souls

    Best chorus:The Red and the Black
    Best pre-chorus: The Great Unknown

    Most catchy song:Speed of Light
    Best melody:The Book of Souls

    Best bridge:The Book of Souls

    Best instrumental:The Red and the Black

    Best guitar solo:The Red and the Black

    Best main riff:Empire of the Clouds

    Best 18 minute song about a British aircraft that crashed in France during a storm:Empire of the Clouds
     
  14. Stardust

    Stardust A Blue Sector Mirage

    Okay, since I have nothing better to do...

    Best song: Empire Of The Clouds
    Worst song: The Great Unknown
    Surprisingly good song: The Man Of Sorrows
    Most disappointing song: The Red And The Black
    Best moment: The last three minutes of "Empire Of The Clouds"

    Best lyrics: Empire Of The Clouds :innocent:
    Best line: "Reef in a sail at the edge of the world..."
    Best verse: The first verse of "If Eternity Should Fail

    Best title: If Eternity Should Fail

    Best intro: Speed Of Light
    Best outro: Empire Of The Clouds

    Bruce's best performance: Empire Of The Clouds ;)

    Best chorus: If Eternity Should Fail
    Best pre-chorus: Death Or Glory

    Most catchy song: If Eternity Should Fail :oops:
    Best melody: Empire Of The Clouds :facepalm:

    Best bridge: The Book Of Souls

    Best instrumental: The Man Of Sorrows

    Best guitar solo: (blank)

    Best main riff: Sigh...you know, the one about reefs in sails at the edge of the world and waiting in lines for the ending of time.

    Best 18 minute song about a British aircraft that crashed in France during a storm: Um...hehehe...I'm out.

    Geez, it's painfully obvious that If Eternity Should Fail and Empire Of The Clouds are my two favourites from the album. So, that makes me biased for once :D
     
  15. Brigantium

    Brigantium Work Geordie for hire Staff Member

    ^Bruce-biased in particular?
     
  16. Stardust

    Stardust A Blue Sector Mirage

    Yes...don't remind me.
     
  17. Brigantium

    Brigantium Work Geordie for hire Staff Member

    Oh okay, I won't. :(
     
  18. Stardust

    Stardust A Blue Sector Mirage

    It's okay! :ok:
     
  19. JudasMyGuide

    JudasMyGuide Domini canis

    Best song: I guess it's still the title track, although TRATB is a serious opponent.
    Worst song: Death or Glory
    Surprisingly good song: When the River Runs Deep
    Most disappointing song: Empire of the Clouds
    Best moment: Either that part around the tenth minute of TRATB or 5:24 in Shadows of the Valley.

    Best lyrics: If Eternity Should Faiů
    Best line: "It came as no surprise // And now of course we’ll never know"
    Best verse: Best verse musically: TRATB, best verse musically compared to the rest of the song: WTRRD :p

    Best title: If Eternity Should Fail, no contest.

    Best intro: Empire of the Clouds
    Best outro: IESF. It's pure Wensleydale.

    Bruce's best performance: Shadows of the Valley

    Best chorus: IESF, I guess.
    Best pre-chorus: Tears of a Clown

    Most catchy song: The Red and the Black
    Best melody: Again, 5:24 of SITV

    Best bridge: Again, what is that second half of SITV? If it's a bridge, then that.

    Best instrumental: TRATB

    Best guitar solo: I'm itching to say H's work under the last choruses of IESF, but I guess that doesn't count and it might not even be completely true. So... I guess Janick in TBOS. But this is the one question I don't really have an answer to yet.

    Best main riff: The Book of Souls

    Best 18 minute song about a British aircraft that crashed in France during a storm: Well, there's only one and it's not the best, so...
     
  20. iroquois

    iroquois Starblind

    Best song: The Book of Souls
    Worst song: The Man of Sorrows
    Surprisingly good song: When the River Runs Deep
    Most disappointing song: Empire of the Clouds (sorry Bruce... all the hype surrounding this song before the album raised my bar too high)
    Best moment: The instrumental part after the solos in TRATB. The ending part of TBOS is a fair runner-up.

    Best lyrics: If Eternity Should Fail
    Best line: "The morning sunrise, red before the blue" (Empire of the Clouds)
    Best verse: "When the world was virgin, before the coming of men, just a solar witness - the beginning of the end" (If Eternity Should Fail)

    Best title: If Eternity Should Fail

    Best intro: If Eternity Should Fail
    Best outro: The Book of Souls

    Bruce's best performance: Speed of Light

    Best chorus: If Eternity Should Fail
    Best pre-chorus: The Great Unknown (good stuff)

    Most catchy song: If Eternity Should Fail
    Best melody: The Book of Souls

    Best bridge: The Book of Souls

    Best instrumental: The Red and the Black

    Best guitar solo: Wow... I mean... The guitars on this album are SUPERB. Really hard to pick just one solo.

    Best main riff: When the River Runs Deep (IT FUCKING KICKS ASS)

    Best 18 minute song about a British aircraft that crashed in France during a storm: hmm... a tough one. Empire of the Clouds maybe??
     

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