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The Mercenary

Discussion in 'Brave New World' started by gor, Oct 10, 2003.


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

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  1. Unknown One

    Unknown One I see the ghost of navigators.

    Re: Daily Song: The Mercenary

    Equal weakest off the album for me, but it's not that it's a horrible song. Chorus is pretty decent, but there's no real standout section in the song. 6/10.
  2. Jeffmetal

    Jeffmetal Ancient Mariner

    Re: Daily Song: The Mercenary

    7. Weakest on the album, which is said to have lyrics penned by Jan (really doesn't read like Steve); this is the first of the Virtual XI leftovers and even on that album it would've been the weakest or second weakest alongside Futureal. Although it's a Jan's song, contains blistering solos from Dave and H and the melody after the solos is great.
  3. Zare

    Zare Dream of broken citadels

    Re: Daily Song: The Mercenary

    6. See Perun's post. And add in repetition + too few ingredients for this length. Great solos.
  4. mckindog

    mckindog Living for Sanctuary from the law Staff Member

    Re: Daily Song: The Mercenary

    The one kicks in the door like its going to rape and pillage across my headset but runs out of gas before it gets to the end. I’ll blame the overuse of the “Show them no fear” bit. Another great instrumental break (is that becoming redundant?) pulls it up a touch, but not enough to move above a seven — a lower one at that.
  5. Black Thunder

    Black Thunder Ancient Mariner

    Re: Daily Song: The Mercenary

    My least favorite from the album, still a decent rocker with powerful riffs and solos.

  6. Farhang

    Farhang Invader

    Re: Daily Song: The Mercenary

    My least favorite song on the album.


  7. Dr. Eddies Wingman

    Dr. Eddies Wingman Brighter than thousand_suns

    Re: Daily Song: The Mercenary

    After a magic three-in-a-row, this one is a bit of a letdown - although the type of song fits well after three semi-epics. Unlike on the previous two songs, who both have quite unoriginal choruses, I do have a problem with the repetitiveness of this song. The line !show 'em no fear, show 'em no pain" just seems to go on forever. The song has its moments, but it doesn't really live up to the high standard set by the opening four.

    A strong 7/10.
  8. Albie

    Albie Keeping an open eye on the Weeping Angels.

    Re: Daily Song: The Mercenary

    7/10. Not the best track on the album - I think most of concur on this one - but a good song nonetheless.
  9. Jupz

    Jupz Ancient Mariner

    Re: Daily Song: The Mercenary

    8/10. Most has already been said.
  10. Forostar

    Forostar Conjure the Death Star again

    Re: Daily Song: The Mercenary

    I find the song less repetitive than the two closing songs. Yes the lines are repeated quite a few times, but when we look at the length of these parts, it isn't that terrible.

    What we should not forget is the fantastic instrumental midpiece. Beautiful Dave solo, and the harmony is also a great treat. The main riff (coming from a Janick Gers idea from 1981) is pretty cool.
    I think that a song with this kind of tempo and such heaviness is pretty rare for Maiden.

    I confess that I doubt about this grade (it could be a 7 as well) but now I'll do a low 8.
  11. Donner

    Donner Ancient Mariner

    Re: Daily Song: The Mercenary

    6/10 I find this song pretty weak overall.  Pretty stock sounding Maiden riffs and an overly repetitive chorus/prechorus.  It's always reminded me of The Assassin for some reason.  It's saved by the decent harmonies and solos. 

    I'm still a bit bummed they played this live throughout the BNW tour instead of the superior Fallen Angel. 
  12. Forostar

    Forostar Conjure the Death Star again

    Re: Daily Song: The Mercenary

    Superior? Hmm, nah. Fallen Angel is a more simple sounding song with less good melodies, less good solos, less good vocal melodies, less good singing, a less good pre-chorus, and a less original sounding chorus with a guitar melody a la Wasted Years / Clansman. Hmm I should keep this for that thread, sorry.
  13. national acrobat

    national acrobat Ancient Mariner

    Re: Daily Song: The Mercenary

    Weakest track on the album, and somewhere lower than average in the Maiden scale. The repetition of the "Show them.." line is slightly grating. 4/10
  14. Vap

    Vap Ancient Mariner

    Re: Daily Song: The Mercenary

    Awesome song! 9/10.
    Liar, I'm the only one who voted 9!
  15. Travis The Dragon

    Travis The Dragon The dreamers may die, but the dreams live on.

    Another fun and kick as rocker that's a bit simple, but I still love it. 8/10
  16. The Flash

    The Flash Dennis Wilcock did 9/11

    Show them no fear
    Show them no pain

    Damn that part is so perfect with its vocal and guitar melodies. Fine song. 8/10.
  17. portermoresby

    portermoresby Trooper

    I like it, but for me, it doesn't go any farther than 6.5/10
  18. Taker

    Taker Cannon Fodder

    8 out of 10... A pretty good rocker, but without much weight behind it. A weaker cut off the album, but Bruce's vocal saves the day.
  19. Onhell

    Onhell Mexican Revolutionary

    The weakest on the album, but I always find myself singing along to it. Love the Predator references :)
  20. Night Prowler

    Night Prowler ɹǝlʍoɹԀ ʇɥƃᴉN Staff Member

    Really heavy song, interesting vocal lines, but overrepetitive. It's still good enough for 8/10.

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