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

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Adrian's Revenge

Climbing like a monkey out of hell
I'm trying not to listen to the album again until Friday when I receive my physical copy, but I want to listen to Empire of Clouds.

The next 5 days are going to be hard.
I keep telling myself I won't listen to the songs again until Friday, but the stupid melodies are stuck in my head. Right now I'm hearing the pre chorus from BOS. The only cure is some other song!
 

Brave New Pilgrim

What not to do if your bird sh#$% on you....
Today in the car I'm listening to the title track and at the end told myself the exact same thing. They start something really cool there and then end it.



I will be honest...I have not had an opinion on EOTC after hearing it twice. I like the ambition but not so much the results. And I think Maiden can only push their limits to a certain point (mid sections of songs on TFF). Once they go beyond that then it just doesn't transcend. They are perfectly fine doing things differently while maintaining their distinct sound. Ironically for me, I think they do that here pretty good without EOTC.

It literally took me about 5 listens for EOTC to really click with me. That's the reason I didn't want to state an opinion on it too soon. Try imagining images of the story Bruce is telling while listening to it. That really helped me to "get it".
 

blindg3

Nomad
Shadows is my least favorite ... still a solid song, but it seems to be a drop in quality for me. They could chop 2 minutes off of it.

the rest ranges from really good to awesome
Pretty funny considering how much could be chopped off from the 2 longest songs.
 

blindg3

Nomad
Why edit an already perfect song? For me it doesn't feel like 13:33 it feels more like 8 minutes... Why does people always complain about the length of songs? As I said, no Iron Maiden song is too long...
Well, that can make sense when taking solos into account. But the bass intro and outro are completely disconnected from the song and can easily go away. Besides, who wants to keep switching 2 little CDs instead of listening to one big 82 minute CD?
 

Travis The Dragon

"Can you see them riding. Riding next to you!"
Well, that can make sense when taking solos into account. But the bass intro and outro are completely disconnected from the song and can easily go away. Besides, who wants to keep switching 2 little CDs instead of listening to one big 82 minute CD?
For me, even if some parts don't sound completely connected to a song, I'm still able to find enjoyment in them.

And 5 days for those still waiting.
 

Brigantium

General of the Dark Army
Staff member
I can understand wanting to chop Satellite 15... off the front of The Final Frontier, but wiping out a comparatively short intro and outro, and cutting right back on an instrumental section to get to the bare bones of verse and chorus....why?
 

Travis The Dragon

"Can you see them riding. Riding next to you!"
I can understand wanting to chop Satellite 15... off the front of The Final Frontier, but wiping out a comparatively short intro and outro, and cutting right back on an instrumental section to get to the bare bones of verse and chorus....why?
I agree. And I know I'm sounding like a broken record, but it's like we're getting a new instrumental from Maiden and an amazing one at that. I'm sure some on here will make their own edits of the songs and cut out parts they don't like.
 

blindg3

Nomad
I can understand wanting to chop Satellite 15... off the front of The Final Frontier, but wiping out a comparatively short intro and outro, and cutting right back on an instrumental section to get to the bare bones of verse and chorus....why?
To reduce it to 82 minutes. That's why :) And I am enjoying it in my car. And I did not cut entire sections, just some parts. Did my best to make sure it flows smoothly.
 
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Brigantium

General of the Dark Army
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But that's the equivalent of ripping pages out of a book to make it fit in your bookcase.
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Stan

Nomad
Just like with the other post-reunion albums, I can't listen to this thing completely in one sitting. It gets boring really quick. There are cool moments but I just can't get into prog at all - or psuedo-prog like this.

It's not 1985 anymore, I get it... :)
 

blindg3

Nomad
Just like with the other post-reunion albums, I can't listen to this thing completely in one sitting. It gets boring really quick. There are cool moments but I just can't get into prog at all - or psuedo-prog like this.

It's not 1985 anymore, I get it... :)
I can't listen to any album by just sitting and doing nothing else. That's why I mostly listen to music in my car, as I drive too much.
 
I think EOTC may be my favorite song on the album. At first I was a little concerned that they might be pushing it a little with the 18 minute length, but it's just a gorgeous song. The 18 minutes just fly by.
 
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