I wish the instrumental part that starts at 3:30 was reprised at some point during the song, it has a really nice groove
re: Dave's solo, which sounds like typical Dave noodling that never really goes anywhere)
I honestly think the most interesting lead guitar work (that isn't a melody) is Janick's little bit from 3:18-3:31. There's some interesting melodic work there and it's very tasteful for Janick.
Last three minutes of the song are just epic!
The "Poison King" was Mithridates VI Eupator, aka Mithridates the Great. He ruled Pontus from 120 to 63 BC and fought the Roman Republic (so-called 'Mithridatic Wars') but was defeated by Pompeius Magnus in 66 BC. Mithridates committed suicide three years later, after having had to face two rebellions led by his own sons.Though as far as I know the "Poison king" was another one with the same name (from Sinope, Black Sea), it's still a nice video to watch.
This is actually a good summing up of why I’m pretty generous with my song ratings. If I truly love something — and the vast majority of Maiden I truly love — then I can forgive minor blemishes for the sheer wonder of the entire affair. But to each their own obviously. Glad to see this one get a 10 for you cuz goddamn it deserves it.While it has a few minor blemishes, the vast majority of it is excellent, and the song as a whole is once again greater than the sum of its parts. Whether you call it “The Pankrement”, “The Pakrement”, or “The Parchment”, this is another all-time Maiden classic — and if I’m being honest with myself I’m going to have to round this up to a 10/10. Love it.
A positive behemoth. A true masterpiece. Pummeling riff after pummeling riff. This is truly an accomplishment for Steve as it never loses steam, it just bludgeons through the world like a wooly mammoth. Steve really knocks this one out of the park. Even the regimented, metre-driven lyrics work well here. The guitar solos are endless and it rules (though I don't get what everyone's going on about re: Dave's solo, which sounds like typical Dave noodling that never really goes anywhere). The vocals do go on a bit in the same repetitive melody, but Bruce's ending crescendo makes it all worthwhile.
As for gripes? Riff at 3:30 is absolutely phenomenal. Wish it were harmonized more. Oh yeah, and there's way too many guitars-playing-vocal-melodies moments, but they're usually in a higher octave, at the very least.