The Parchment


General of the Dark Army
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Shame! :p

I actually find it the best put-together of the longer Senjutsu songs, even if it feels to me like they rolled a couple of encores into it and made it sound like a show closer.
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Last Son of The Miracle
While the emotion of Hell On Earth puts that as my favourite Senjutsu song, I think The Parchment is the best written track on the album.


Educated Fool
I like the middle eastern feel to the song.
I love when Bruce does that middle Eastern thing with his vocals at about 9:22-9:32. That's the highlight of the song for me. But the lead up to that part, drags on for far too long.

The song has actually dropped a bit since the early days for me. It really is insanely repetitive in parts and takes a long time to get to the good parts. It's a good song, it could have done with a bit more effort in making it more succinct.


Educated Fool
The Parchment is my fav track off this amazing album.

2nd (and only by a hair) to Lost in a Lost World.

those piledriving riffs in LIALW (along with the plum gorgeous lilting intro and - especially - the outro) make it my fave on the disc.
Parchment, LIALW, Hell on Earth, Time Machine, and Darkest Hour are all easily in my Top 30 all time Maiden songs.

LIALW and Parchment are probably in my all time top 10 now.

Murder of Rue Morgue

They're never gonna find me!
As expected this has grown to me, it's not perfect (it is very repetitive in many sections and overall is poorly arranged, the remix I posted above works much better) but it's my favourite off the three epics.


Out of the Silent Planet
I actually find it the best put-together of the longer Senjutsu songs, even if it feels to me like they rolled a couple of encores into it and made it sound like a show closer.
Best written song on the album? Every song is well written more or less, but from the longer songs I would say: The Parchment and the title track. No second repeat of the chorus in Hell On Earth and the instrumental section of LIALW (not the chorus!) and even of DOTC could have been a bit shorter (although the main instrumental melody in the long songs should be repeated at least twice imo). Lost World would be with a standard length of a song without the intro & outro. Parchment, Senjutsu, Celts and Hell On Earth have a perfect combination of music and lyrics.

About The Parchment - I think it needs the repetition because you have to keep the mesmerizing vibe with the melodies (with solos and vocals too) on point throughout the song and the tempo is perfect for that. That's why it doesn't even need a chorus. The repetition is also needed for the build-up of the climax with the fast part. Like the title track needs more lyrics to picture the scene. And if you add more different parts (melodies/riffs), it will be a mess. One epic song should have a main structure and theme. I think they rolled a couple of encores into its twin song from the previous album (TRATB ) - it also could have been a great 7-8 minutes long song with: only two repeats of the riff after the bass intro, without the ''Meanwhile we play the waiting game...'' part and the ''oh-ohs'' after it, only three repetitions of the chorus (not four) and a shorter instrumental section (1 minute shorter, for example). Whereas The Parchment won't work if it's shorter (like Book Of Souls and Empire). It sounds like a show closer because it has a similar structure to HBTN.


Out of the Silent Planet
Adrian's two solos are a bit of a let-down here, given his work on the rest of the album. They both start off really strong, I especially love the almost creepy licks of the first solo and the way it snakes in from the main riff, but they quickly lose their way and sound as though Adrian didn't really know where he was going with them.
I think all the solos are perfect and great (given the vibe and theme of the song), especially Adrian's 1st one.
Janick's fantastic when he slows down and he can come out with some really exotic-sounding stuff, it suits this track perfectly.
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