Even if you would like one other song better, why give this a 5? (My 50 favourite Maiden songs have a 9 or higher.)7. "Death or Glory" - Takes you back to No Prayer and a Maiden that just wanted to rock. Nothing wrong with that, the track is somewhat catchy - but it's subject matter sibling "Tailgunner" has both cooler riffs, lyrics and delivery. 5/10.
Oh, I don't really care much either. BOS is all about the epic tracks, and will be judged on those.I think that DoG is at the same level. But since Maiden is no longer short-rocker-song band I can't care less.
Yeah the whole album is somewhat Best Of of their songwriting. I just mentioned disc 2, because it's in chronological order. I also revisited TRATB today and I like it more than after first two listens. I don't know why, but it reminds me a lot of The Sign Of The Cross (maybe darkness of the song). Still the first half doesn't reach the greatness of the second, but I noticed that there are some serious growers like TRATB and WTRRD. IESF I loved straight away, BOS is good could've been amazing if it was faster for just 5-10 bpm, SOL is... well SOL. The Only track on the full album I'm not so sure about is TGU. Still 6,5 out of 10 but didn't click yet.I think the same can be said for disc 1 and the entire work in general, matic22.
For instance, If Eternity Should Fail has an outro that is reminiscent of Bruce's work on Chemical Wedding and of Maiden's Number of the Beast stuff. The song itself has AMOLAD and BNW vibes as well (the more I listen to it, the more I hear Ghost of the Navigator in there).
Speed of Light has TFF vibes.
The Red and the Black harkens back to any Harris epic of the past 2 decades.
When the River Runs Deep has strong Man on the Edge vibes.
The Book of Souls is very much a child of BNW, DoD and AMOLAD.
and the choruses don't really contain any hooks.