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

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Gk1

Here I sit in a serenade of glory!
Got the 320kb right from the Start, can't say i'm an audio expert , but sounds ok.

CD will obviously be better

This leak is a trans-coded 192 kbps version.

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Converting an MP3 to OGG or WMA converts a file that already has lost a lot of quality and takes more quality away since OGG and MP3 are also lossy processes. Think of it as copying and copy.

This is also true for reencoding which is for example converting an mp3 to mp3. Reencoding will always deteriorate the audio quality, even if you are converting a 128Kbit/s mp3 to a 320Kbit/s mp3. This happens because the mp3 is decoded to a wave then is encoded to a 320Kbit/s mp3. This recompresses the Wave and takes away or filters more audio data for compression purposes."
 

nuno_c

A hollow universe in space
I truly honestly never got and still don't get why some people have problems with Kevin's production with Maiden. I truly don't.
 

Gk1

Here I sit in a serenade of glory!
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".

I found a flac 34MB version of SOL. It doesn't sound much better to be honest with you :(
 

Meliegree

Sound of distant drums
Yeah, but since we don't know origination of that file it can be youtube rip after some work. Some people have free time for this kind of shit. That's why at this point I don't think about quality of sound very much.
 

The Flash

Dennis Wilcock did 9/11
I found a flac 34MB version of SOL. It doesn't sound much better to be honest with you :(

Could also be a transcode, though. Most FLAC files out there aren't legit. It pisses me off as an audiophile, but I can't complain too much. If you want quality, buy the album.
 
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Kaos

Invader
I will have to do with Speed of Light for now, I want to have my first listen from my brand new CD when it arrive next week. But good to see some great reactions here.

Speed of light is strangely catchy, I am not in awe of the song, but I am still drawn to it, so I guess I'm starting to really like it. I have a feeling I'm going to have to listen through the Book of Light quite a lot before I can tell what I really think of it.
 

Lempface

The Guide
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...
Speed of Light is a million times better in context. It was a bit of a grower but I wouldn't do without it at this point.
 

Severian

Have a good time, all the time!
about that first riff on TRATB, just before the vocals start am i the only one who expected bruce to sing
"Here they stand, brother's them all...
 

blindg3

Nomad
about that first riff on TRATB, just before the vocals start am i the only one who expected bruce to sing
"Here they stand, brother's them all...
There is only one condition to expect this line: The song has to be called "Seventh Son of A Seventh Son"!
 

IronLiam

Invader
I had a quick glance online last night after work to see if it had leaked and nothing...

However, this morning, after checking this thread I saw that the thread itself had jumped a good 25+ pages overnight and to my suspicions the leak has arrived. Shamefully and admittedly, I couldn't contain my patience anymore and I gave in there and then!

In some ways more than others I'm glad I'm did, as I really couldn't wait any longer. I've listened to most of the album up to now but I am vigorously studying it hard and trying to make up what I think of it. My initial thoughts after listening to it on/off for 3 hours... I won't go into detail due to forum rules obviously, but it's interesting to say the least. In my opinion some tracks do stand out more than others but there are a lot of surprises with this album - and Maiden have done a cracking job with it as a whole. My overall impressions of the album will most likely change in time but most likely for the better as it is forever growing on me as it goes along. I will be having a full on listening session with it again tonight with a few beers!

Regardless, I will still be buying the album next Friday.

Liam.
 
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