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The Clansman

Discussion in 'Virtual XI' started by Anonymous, Apr 11, 2004.


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

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  1. Fugazi

    Fugazi Alchemist

    Re: 'The Clansman'

    I thought I had already voted for this song... maybe not... I got the option to vote, so I will bump my vote up to a 9/10. What the fuck was I thinking!...  this song is worth more than a 7/10. I like the message in the lyrics, good vocal performance from BB, also like the guitar work on this song.
  2. The Flash

    The Flash Dennis Wilcock did 9/11

    A fantastic epic. 10/10.
  3. Perun

    Perun Climbing like a monkey Staff Member

    I swear that my bairns will be born free!

  4. bearfan

    bearfan Ancient Mariner

    10 ... great song on the album and live.
  5. 10. Amazing song! Great performance by Blaze. This one is great live, it should be put back in the setlist. It would be awesome to scream Freeeeedom! at a Maiden show.
  6. Revelations85

    Revelations85 Trooper

    10/10. A classic. I love everything about this song, especially the guitar leads.
  7. MrKnickerbocker

    MrKnickerbocker clap hands


    It's just so anthemic! It's like the middle part of "Heaven Can Wait" turned into a whole song.
  8. Eric Wright

    Eric Wright Nomad

    Best track off VXI. That awesome acoustic intro sticks in your head, as does the unforgettable "FREEDOM!" chorus. I mean, how badass is that? Some fantastic emotional riffs and a smooth modulation in the middle brings us to eargasmic soloing from the wrecking crew. Blaze's vocal performance is excellent, but it's kind of cut down by the shitty album production. Hear him sing this song live at Buenos Aires, 98: it's mind blowing, even better than Bruce at RiR. So much to say about this song.


    P.S It's also worth checking out the acoustic cover Blaze and classical guitarist Thomas Zwijsen made:
  9. Saapanael

    Saapanael "My hair sets the trend of tmrw by doing it today"

    One of the songs I always listen to the live version, the instrumentals are captivating.
  10. Brigantium

    Brigantium Work Geordie for hire Staff Member

    Nice cover.
  11. MrKnickerbocker

    MrKnickerbocker clap hands

    That whole album is amazing. I definitely recommend picking it up. The other songs are all instrumental, but his playing is stellar.
    Eric Wright likes this.
  12. Saapanael

    Saapanael "My hair sets the trend of tmrw by doing it today"

    Shouldn't have voted 8. I realise now what a masterpiece this is, I love it.
  13. Eddieson

    Eddieson Nomad

    A fantastic anthem. Beautiful melodies in the beginning and great verses! The chorus in simple but o so perfect, especially when the guitar lick comes in on the two last choruses. The solos are great, just wish that Daves solo were longer then it is!
    My only problem is that album version is a little lifeless at times. I prefer the Rock In Rio version (feels like I've said that a couple of times now). Just look how fun they seem to have!

  14. Liveone

    Liveone Nomad

    Ten all day long...The best song on the album and one of my favourite Maiden songs ever...
  15. This one is awesome. It was written so well to fit the theme. There's slower parts, hinting at the emotional sides of clan wars and battles over land. Then there's parts that sound like a bloody war cry, and I can picture the clan army, painted faces, weapons held high, marching along the hills. Excellent song!
  16. Pand

    Pand Ancient Mariner

    An absolute anthem. Yes, it's better with Bruce, but the album version is still one of the best things Blaze has ever put his voice to.
  17. Poto

    Poto Ancient Mariner

    One of the best songs on the album, and it improves a lot in a live setting. 9/10
  18. Mosh

    Mosh The years just pass like trains Staff Member

    The gem of this album. Great melodies, an awesome mood, intense buildup. They really did something unique with this song and I don't think they've ever done anything like it since. Even Blaze sounds pretty good on the verses, though the choruses are screaming for Bruce's operatic touch. Had this song been on BNW they'd probably still be playing it live.

    I love all the guitar melodies on this. They're simple and a bit "bare" compared to some of the earlier more complex harmonies, but overcomplicating things weren't really necessary here. Both solos are among my favorite Maiden solos.

    Then it comes back down to a very rushed version of the intro. Really tense but beautiful. I actually like the guitar tone there, probably the only time I'll say that about this album. The "no no we can't let them take anymore" bit is the prime example of how a repetitive chorus can be powerful.

  19. BeThyJames

    BeThyJames Trooper

    Outstanding song with one of the best build up and pay off sections they've ever done. Beautiful clean intro and amazingly melodic work from Jan throughout . Anthemic choruses. Nice lyrical theme too.

    I don't want to keep getting at Blaze but he is a bit flat on the "We can't let them take anymore" bit. Bruce absolutely smashes it on RiR but the album version is still stellar.

  20. LooseCannon

    LooseCannon Yorktown-class aircraft carrier Staff Member

    What can we say about this song that hasn't been said? One of the three best tracks of the Blaze era, and one I think needs to make a live comeback sooner rather than later. Freedom! 10/10.

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