"The Book of Souls" - Official pre-release thread (CONTAINS ALBUM SPOILERS)

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LooseCannon

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It wouldn't surprise me. Putting out a low quality leak might stop people from seeing the need to leak a flac or a 320kbps proper rip, and it will up hype (among the people who actually like modern Iron Maiden).
 

Meliegree

Sound of distant drums
Well, source of leak also can point in that direction BUT it's just wild speculations and nothing more. But Rod just outdone himself.
 

Perun

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That would make sense, if the audiophiles actually made up a significant market share. Let's face it, most people will listen to this on laptop speakers or smartphone earplugs, and have no idea what the difference between 192 and 320kbps is, let alone know about flac. Under those conditions, leaking it on 192kbps is suicide.
 

LooseCannon

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Well, source of leak also can point in that direction BUT it's just wild speculations and nothing more. But Rod just outdone himself.
Oh, I have 0 evidence, nor do I actually care, just tossing out a theory I've often had about smart music producers self-managing leaks. Maiden's always had a decently smart digital strategy, so...
 

Gk1

Here I sit in a serenade of glory!
Well, I found it in 192kbps too. Not sure whether it is just one leak source. It sounds a bit better.
 

Meliegree

Sound of distant drums
Oh, I have 0 evidence, nor do I actually care, just tossing out a theory I've often had about smart music producers self-managing leaks. Maiden's always had a decently smart digital strategy, so...
Yeah, I know but it make some kind of sense. I have little setup build in my work that is crawling iron maiden sites and searching for that leak. First info about it come from place so strange that I'm ready to believe in your theory.

And hell, this would be genious move - if Rod is able to do something like that he deserve a medal.

Well, I found it in 192kbps too. Not sure whether it is just one leak source. It sounds a bit better.
if it's file that I have - it's transcoded or something like that from lower quality.
 

Brigantium

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It would incredibly smart thinking if it was a deliberate leak. However, it sounds like there's genuine disappointment among staff over on the IMFC, and they even took the forum down for a while to deal with the barrage of links and people asking for links, which makes me think it wasn't an inside job. Still not 100% conclusive, of course...
 

LooseCannon

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However, it sounds like there's genuine disappointment among staff over on the IMFC, and they even took the forum down for a while to deal with the barrage of links and people asking for links,
The disadvantage of people paying to access a forum. This is why we handle leaks the way we do here - if they shut down their own forum officially, what might they do to a little guy like us?
 

The Flash

Dennis Wilcock did 9/11
That would make sense, if the audiophiles actually made up a significant market share. Let's face it, most people will listen to this on laptop speakers or smartphone earplugs, and have no idea what the difference between 192 and 320kbps is, let alone know about flac. Under those conditions, leaking it on 192kbps is suicide.

Reading the negative comments about the production here, I can't help but feel like a lot of those people are here posting on this thread. Sound quality matters. In a big way.
 

Meliegree

Sound of distant drums
Yeah, that's probably main reason why Justin Bieber is so successfull - he has amazing production on his album or so legend goes.
 

Espen91

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On my first listen i must say im quite dissapointed. its just so booring and uninteressting. The choruses escpecially is pretty lame, not catchy at all! I will listen again sooner. Hope i like it better then.
 

FTB

Stranger in a Strange Board
Got the 320kb right from the Start, can't say i'm an audio expert , but sounds ok.

CD will obviously be better
 

LooseCannon

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its just so booring and uninteressting.
Wow! I can't imagine that feeling right now. There's so much happening, I'm unable to be bored. I can't decide what I love, because I really can't...be sure what I'm hearing.
 

Beetle

Prowler
A Maiden devotee since 1988 and really enjoying the album thus far...

Havent had a chance to read all pages...but not seeing a lot of love for Man of Sorrows.

One of my personal faves at the moment.

Really enjoying Speed of Light in the context of the entire album now also...

Might go against the grain but least favorites for me are WTRRD and SOTV...
 

The Flash

Dennis Wilcock did 9/11
Yeah, that's probably main reason why Justin Bieber is so successfull - he has amazing production on his album or so legend goes.

That's not what I meant. I'm not talking about people commenting on the production while hearing a low bitrate leak as if sound quality doesn't matter. Production definitely does matter and bad production can absolutely hinder the quality of an album. And good production can polish "decent" to "great".
 

Meliegree

Sound of distant drums
Got the 320kb right from the Start, can't say i'm an audio expert , but sounds ok.

CD will obviously be better
I probably have potato quality rip and still - it's great. Hell, my first maiden albums were on cassette and nothing can out-shit this sound for me.

That's not what I meant. I'm not talking about people commenting on the production while hearing a low bitrate leak as if sound quality doesn't matter. Production definitely does matter and bad production can absolutely hinder the quality of an album. And good production can polish a "decent" to "great".

Yeah, I know I know. I just can't stand this production talk beacuse it's kinde of personal matter for me. Production may or may be not important but there are more important things in music.
 

The Flash

Dennis Wilcock did 9/11
Got the 320kb right from the Start, can't say i'm an audio expert , but sounds ok.

CD will obviously be better

The 320kbps rip roaming around is a transcode. It's actually 192kbps transformed into a 320kbps rip, so the sound quality you hear is actually 192kbps. Which means significant sound loss.
 
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