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The Edge of Darkness

Discussion in 'The X Factor' started by Anonymous, Apr 11, 2004.


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  1. Raskolnikov

    Raskolnikov The Evil That Men Did

    Probably my favourite song from Blaze era. Slightly better than Sign of the Cross imo. Amazing, amazing, just amazing. Every part of it. Blaze sounds really powerfull and emotional here. And the lyrics are great as well. Really love the part:
    "Here I am the knife in my hand
    And now I understand why the genius must die"
    Poor Colonel Kurtz.
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  2. Pand

    Pand Ancient Mariner

    One of the highlights of The X Factor for me. Great build-up at the start, powerful vocals, brilliant atmosphere, wonderful guitar melody, excellent solo. Main complaint - it seems to end too soon. More please!
  3. Forostar

    Forostar Conjure the Death Star again

    Check great live recording:
    Last edited: May 20, 2016
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  4. Srogyy

    Srogyy Ancient Mariner

    I saw a bump in this thread and immediately felt like listening to the whole TXF... ;) Here I am the knife in my hand and now I understand why the genius must die - I love that moment and the preceding melodic passage. Blaze messed it up in this live recording a little bit, though. :bigsmile:
  5. Forostar

    Forostar Conjure the Death Star again

    He's very good in the faster parts I think (the aggressive verses).
  6. Srogyy

    Srogyy Ancient Mariner

    I meant only the line that I quoted. He changed the pitch weirdly and sounded... um... 'whiny' for lack of a better word. :p Otherwise, yeah, he did very well.
  7. Mosh

    Mosh The years just pass like trains Staff Member

    This one starts interestingly enough with the ominous intro. It starts to fall apart pretty quickly once the heavy part kicks in. The first heavy verse is just plodding to me. Once it picks up the tempo a bit it gets better. Great guitar melody there. The part starting with "I know captain that you've done this work before" verse is probably my favorite part of the song. The lyrics are incredibly awkward though. Relies way too heavily on original dialog from the movie and blandly retelling the plot.

    Instrumental section is meh until the very end with the final guitar melody. Great buildup with the "genius must die" bit.

    I actually like this a lot more than I remember. It's uneven, but there's some good parts sprinkled throughout. I like that it stays unpredictable. It definitely had potential to be even greater than it was.

  8. BeThyJames

    BeThyJames Trooper

    One of the best on the album. Another killer intro but this time it develops into a much more interesting song with some real power in the rhythm section.

    I love Apocalypse Now and Heart of Darkness too so the lyrics really hit the mark with me.

    My complaint, like much of the album is that it all gets a bit repetitive. There's deep, heavy riffs that are repeated over and over and it discourages repeated listens. It's crying out for one more change in direction or tempo that never comes.

  9. LooseCannon

    LooseCannon Yorktown-class aircraft carrier Staff Member

    This is a song that took me a long, long time to really get used to. When I first heard X Factor it was one of the two songs that really made no impression.

    Then I watched Apocalypse Now and came back and listened to this song. Every time I hear it, it brings me back to my experience with that movie, a movie that fucked my mind up pretty good for a solid day. I think I have some form of recurring trauma and it brings it back in an awesome fashion.

    10/10. Now I understand why the genius must die.
  10. MrKnickerbocker

    MrKnickerbocker clap hands

    5/10 Blazing torches nearing their half-life.

    The Edge of Darkness features another “dramatic” intro. The lyrics are inspired by Apocalypse Now. The beginning tests the patience once more, but it’s a decent song once it gets going. Shades of Trü-Maiden shine through during the rocking bridge and solo section. Blaze sounds solid here, especially in his upper register, although another terrible lyric nearly ruins everything. Really, Steve? “Room service”? Also gets a point for being the only song to namedrop PBR - wait, what? Patrol boat? Nah, Blaze is definitely singing about mediocre hipster beer.
  11. permanenteddie

    permanenteddie Prowler

    One of the best songs from the Blaze era. The intro sets the mood for the whole song, then the galloping part is really powerful, great solos as well, specially the second one and that melody just before "Here I am the knife in my hand", just great as well. All in all, a great song...shame it was only played live during the X Factour.
  12. Diesel 11

    Diesel 11 Gott Mit Uns

    It's an alright song, Blaze isn't that great on it though. Still, I have a thing for weird-ass Maiden lyrics, and 'room service' is definitely up there, so it gets a 7/10 all told.

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