The Book of Souls: individual album judgement by yours truly

Diesel 11

As you scream into the web of silence...
IMO they're both #1 :D . Now seriously I really don't understand how any Dickinson era Maiden fan doesn't rank these two tracks at least at their top 10.
Empire > Rime > Como > Aces has been my Top 4 for a long time and it hasn't changed with this listen. It's really, really tight. I love all four songs so goddamn much.
 

Poteitos

Prowler
My rating:

If Eternity Should Fail: 10
Speed of Light: 6
The Great Unknown: 7,5
The Red And The Black: 8,5
When The River Runs Deep: 8
The Book Of Souls: 8,5

Death Or Glory: 7,5
Shadows Of The Valley: 6
Tears Of A Clown: 7
The Man Of Sorrows: 8,5
Empire Of The Clouds: 10

Overall: 8
 

karljant

Ancient Mariner
Empire > Rime > Como > Aces has been my Top 4 for a long time and it hasn't changed with this listen. It's really, really tight. I love all four songs so goddamn much.
#1 Aces High/ Rime Of The Ancient Mariner and then the following 8 (no order in particular) :
Phantom Of The Opera
Killers
Revelations
Wasted Years
Loneliness Of The Long Distance Runner
Infinite Dreams
The Prophecy
Sign Of The Cross
(make it 11 and For The Greater Good Of God sneaks in)
 

Niall Kielt

Pulled Her At The Bottle Top
#1 Aces High/ Rime Of The Ancient Mariner and then the following 8 (no order in particular) :
Phantom Of The Opera
Killers
Revelations
Wasted Years
Loneliness Of The Long Distance Runner
Infinite Dreams
The Prophecy
Sign Of The Cross
(make it 11 and For The Greater Good Of God sneaks in)
I haven't thought about such listings in a while but I think about 5 of those made my top 10 the last time I thought about it. You, sir, have reasonably good taste.
In terms of Aces High, its fabulous. The best set opener they have ever had and it displays a ferocity not seen since the glory days of the Di'Anno era.
 

GhostofCain

Ancient Mariner
My rating:

If Eternity Should Fail: 9.5
Speed of Light: 8
The Great Unknown: 9
The Red And The Black: 7.5
When The River Runs Deep: 8
The Book Of Souls: 9

Death Or Glory: 9
Shadows Of The Valley: 7
Tears Of A Clown: 8
The Man Of Sorrows: 7.5
Empire Of The Clouds: 9.5

Overall: 8.4

Probably #7 in my personal ranking of Maiden albums, right after TNOTB, SSOASS, POM, Powerslave, AMOLAD and IM.
 

GhostofCain

Ancient Mariner
#1 Aces High/ Rime Of The Ancient Mariner and then the following 8 (no order in particular) :
Phantom Of The Opera
Killers
Revelations
Wasted Years
Loneliness Of The Long Distance Runner
Infinite Dreams
The Prophecy
Sign Of The Cross
(make it 11 and For The Greater Good Of God sneaks in)
I think Revelations is the only song off that list that would make it to my top 10. :)
 

SirRobbins

Ancient Mariner
Very solid effort from them....

If Eternity Should Fail - 8
Speed of Light - 7
The Great Unknown - 7
The Red And The Black - 10
When The River Runs Deep - 7
The Book Of Souls - 10
Death Or Glory - 7
Shadows Of The Valley - 9
Tears Of A Clown - 8
The Man Of Sorrows - 10
Empire Of The Clouds - 8

Average - 8.27
 
Five years later, The Book of Souls to me is:
  1. If Eternity Should Fail
  2. Where the River Runs Deep
  3. The Red and the Black - still don't like the first section, the chorus and the instrumental section are very good tho
  4. The Great Unknown - but still I regret they didn't record it in D
  5. Death or Glory
  6. Tears of a Clown
  7. The Man of Sorrows
  8. The Book of Souls - their 3rd best song of the post-Infinite Dreams period, the only issues to me are:
    • the coda isn't a pure instrumental
    • the acoustic reprise I didn't need
The rest would have been better left behind.
 
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Yax

Ancient Mariner
The only keepers to me are IETSF and TBOS - Perhaps Speed of Light too. The rest suffer from the Dream Theater "The Astonishing" disease - It sounds good while you listen to it, but don't leave any noteworthy impression. It's just forgettable.
 
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I think he inserted the list because it’s the tracklist he uses when listening through the album. Not a ranking.
It was so clear for any 3rd grader up I didn't felt the need to specify it, especially since I used the ordered list and put The Book of Souls 8th out of 8 songs, altough describing it as, and I quote myself,
their 3rd best song of the post-Infinite Dreams period
But, as @CriedWhenBrucieLeft proves, I have clearly been over confident.
 
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