The Book Of Souls (song not album)

How good is The Book of Souls on a scale of 1-10?


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Magnus

Pica Serdica
Was fekso banned because he gave this song a 1? I hope so. :mad:
No, he was banned because of this:
Dickson traditionally writes short, fast songs. Here it seems he wants to have a go at the progressive concept. I dont know, it feels as if it was made to be long for the sake of being long. 1/10
Matic never forgave him the two missing letters, and that's where it all started. Fact.
 

Kalata

Out of the Silent Planet
Just imagine if “The Legacy” ended without the acoustic bit. It would be one of the most sudden stops in the Maiden discography.
Though, I still defend my opinion for TRATB and The Legacy outro.

Edit: I like the outro for TRATB more than the outro for TBOS. The Legacy could have been without it imo.
Edit 2: TRATB outro indeed fits the song quite well.
 
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chaosapiant

Ancient Marinade
Surprised to see I hadn't commented on this song sooner. It's a solid 10 for me, best on the album. In fact, this song is up there with Starblind as being my absolute favorite Iron Maiden song written to date. That opening riff reminds me of Powerslave + Mother Russia and I love how mean it is. It's thick and heavy and it's straight up 80s Maiden. I love the snake-like and chanty verses as well. Then the song kicks into "fast mode" with the riff from Losfer Words just tearing shit up. Maiden doesn't do that too often anymore: start in the middle and then increase the intensity. At least not like this. Overall to me this song is Powerslave 2: The Sequel and it's absolutely amazing. It's the song I'd use to introduce Maiden if I were ever asked.
 

srfc

Ancient Mariner
Just phenomenal. Main riff has loads of subtle variations during the repetitions that if you'ld blink you'ld miss them, i.e. bass changing octaves, guitar harmonies. Top quality vocal performance (Ascending the throne wearing feathers and shells), and love the aggressive rhythm section during the tempo change. 10/10
 
The best song on the album and a top 10 maiden song overall for me.

Everything after 5:48 when Nicko comes in with that drum line is pure magic and one of the best things Maiden has ever done. And Bruce's Vocals in the last half of the song are among his finest.

This is one of the rare songs for Maiden for me that sounds better on the album than live.
 

Maturin

Sköldpadda
10.

By far the best song on the album. The later section is probably one of my favourite Maiden-moments ever. From Dave's solo 6 minuter in and the vocal melody afterwards the song is just pure ecstatic brilliance. Also adore Nicko's drumming on this one.
 

Eliot1988

Educated Fool
This song talks about the "fall of the yeasts? And about their culture?"
here he speaks of Christ?

"A life that’s full of all the wealth and riches
Can never last for an eternity
After living in a golden paradise
The ultimate sacrifice
"

This verse again speaks of Christ;

"Ascending the throne wearing feathers and shells
He brought back their lives from the void
Alien invasion brings nothing, but death
Mass exodus and plant life destroyed "
 

Jer

Yes, Yes, Another Beer!
This song talks about the "fall of the yeasts? And about their culture?"
here he speaks of Christ?

"A life that’s full of all the wealth and riches
Can never last for an eternity
After living in a golden paradise
The ultimate sacrifice
"

This verse again speaks of Christ;

"Ascending the throne wearing feathers and shells
He brought back their lives from the void
Alien invasion brings nothing, but death
Mass exodus and plant life destroyed "
Pretty sure that a song about the fall of the Mayan culture isn’t talking about Christ.
 

Eliot1988

Educated Fool
Rather speaks that all this created by the Mayan civilization calendar gave meaning to their lives for self speaks "He brought back their lives from the void"
 

LooseCannon

Enterprise-class aircraft carrier
Staff member
Well, art can be interpreted different ways by different people - this is normal - however, this song has a stated purpose. The golden paradise refers to the Mayan civilization, which was quite laden with gold as a resource (one of the reasons why Spain attacked it so aggressively).

I think there's a little Euro/Christian-centrism in trying to read Christ into lyrics that are objectively not about the Christian faith.
 

Eliot1988

Educated Fool
Well, art can be interpreted different ways by different people - this is normal - however, this song has a stated purpose. The golden paradise refers to the Mayan civilization, which was quite laden with gold as a resource (one of the reasons why Spain attacked it so aggressively).

I think there's a little Euro/Christian-centrism in trying to read Christ into lyrics that are objectively not about the Christian faith.
It is generally to blame that I do not know the history of Mayan. and that I do not know English well. Harris is not a Christian? He has shown it in his lyrics! The pilgrim is one of them!
 

Eliot1988

Educated Fool
I use Google Translate. I have so many questions about the songs. I want to ask things to participate in discussions and it is difficult.
lyricstranslate.com this site i help to find the lyrics in greek!
 
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