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The Book of Souls: General album discussion

Discussion in 'The Book of Souls' started by SinisterMinisterX, Aug 22, 2015.

  1. Brigantium

    Brigantium Work Geordie for hire Staff Member

    It's gone quickly.
  2. SixesAlltheway

    SixesAlltheway Yacht Rock

    It's been a year?! I remember our pre album thread on here. Doesn't seem like a year ago :p
  3. terrell39

    terrell39 Ancient Mariner

    Don't know if this has already been mentioned, but this is the first time Maiden has recorded five studio CDs in a row with the same band line-up.
  4. MrKnickerbocker

    MrKnickerbocker clap hands

    Thus making this the official Iron Maiden lineup.

  5. adrian fn rules

    adrian fn rules Chili-head

    I agree with you on the number of quality songs on disc 2 but I don't like SOTV as much as DOG.
  6. adrian fn rules

    adrian fn rules Chili-head

    I don't get it either. That opening after the intro verse is awesome.
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  7. Travis The Dragon

    Travis The Dragon The dreamers may die, but the dreams live on.


    Up until TBOS, I did not have a most favorite Maiden song of all time. I had a favorite from every album, but I just couldn't seem to pick one of them as the very best. Well, after a LOT of thinking and really comparing all of my favorites, I have finally decided that The Red And The Black is truly my most favorite Maiden song ever. The reason is that it has a bit of everything that comes from other album favorites. First off, as I mentioned before, the opening vocal part is tied with Aces High as my most favorite of all time. Then, every vocal part has a harmonic guitar that goes right along with the singing. It also has some woah oh's in there and then ends with a beautiful melodic instrumental part. Like I said, my favorites from other album have some of those elements, but none of them have all of what I mentioned. I actually consider TRATB and Empire Of The Clouds to be the 2 very best songs Maiden have ever recorded, but I like TRATB just a little better. To think that it took all this time and many Maiden albums to get to this point. It's pretty amazing!
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  8. Gk1

    Gk1 Ancient Mariner

    Why does Niko's snare sound so bad?I kind of enjoy major parts of the album still..........but why does the snare have to be so out of place in the whole mix?
    (bit out of place this post....but still........)
    Last edited: Mar 30, 2017
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  9. Srogyy

    Srogyy Ancient Mariner

    Hm, sounds fine to me... But it's possible it was sacrificed to the live feel gods. :innocent:
  10. Ruflux

    Ruflux Nomad

    I think Shirley mentioned it in the DoD making of thing that he apparently doesn't work out a drum "sound" as such. He says he just mics up the drums and if they're tuned properly then they sound good.

    Of course, that's completely absurd thinking since that's definitely not how it works but it does neatly explain why Maiden's drum sound has been consistently terrible on albums after BNW. But then again, that's modern Maiden production for you. Things don't have to sound good if they have that unquantifiable live feel or whatever they call it.
  11. Maturin

    Maturin Sköldpadda

    Well the fact that he isn't using samples, or process the drum sounds in any extreme way, doesn't necessarily mean that he doesn't do anything about the source itself. :) I'm pretty sure the studios they work in and Nicko himself has more than a few different drums to choose from when recording to get a desirable sound.
  12. Ruflux

    Ruflux Nomad

    But see, the problem is they don't take those steps. From what we've seen of studio footage, Nicko shows up with his usual touring kit and they mic the stuff up and seemingly don't really pay much attention to how it sounds. I'm saying that's not how it should go.

    You have to take time to get it right, get the microphones and their placement right and yes, even play with EQ and/or effects to get definition in the drum sound without making it sound too sampled. Otherwise you end up with muddy-sounding drums that don't really have that punch people desire in their mixes. Instead they sort of ring hollowly in a room that doesn't really provide any natural reverb, or then its reverb has been dampened artificially.

    And I'd even go as far as say that the lack of a punchy, defined drum sound is probably the biggest contributor to the muddiness present in Maiden mixes these days. Everything just seems to blend together, nothing stands out and details are lost.
  13. Gk1

    Gk1 Ancient Mariner

    Agreed 100%
  14. mckindog

    mckindog Living for Sanctuary from the law Staff Member

    The end instrumental of the Red and the Black remains one of the most glorious musical sections ever.
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  15. CycleMotion

    CycleMotion Invader

    AMOLAD drum sound is one of my favorite drum sounds ever, and my favorite snare sound.
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  16. Gk1

    Gk1 Ancient Mariner

    Yep, I have to agree on this one. Back to the horrible snare sound after that!
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  17. CycleMotion

    CycleMotion Invader

    Have to agree on this one ;)
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  18. Littestu66

    Littestu66 Invader

    The best album since Seventh Son

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