The Pilgrim

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


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Jer

Fuddy Buddy
A groovy harmonized lead kicks into a nice uptempo verse. The pre-chorus has some icky vocal harmonies, but the chorus is noticeably stronger. A brief queasy interlude and we do another round of verse through chorus.

Back to the queasy-sounding interlude, which breaks into a pretty great solo before returning to the pre-chorus and chorus. More queasiness, then we close things out with the opening riff.

Solid stuff here despite the stinky pre-chorus vocal harmonies. I actually like the queasy parts quite a bit. Let's say 7/10.
 

Diesel 11

As you scream into the web of silence...
The first time I heard this song was a bit of a "wtf" moment for me, as it was so completely different from what I'd previously heard from Maiden and not at all what I'd expected. Since then, it's usually been at the bottom of the album for me, but somehow over the last year has risen higher and higher in my ratings to now stand right outside my Top 50. "The Pilgrim" has great drumming, fiery guitars, epic music, and a great vocal performance from Bruce. It's unassuming but god is it a great song. 9
 
8/10. I just love it. I love the Eastern influence on the music and the lyrics are mostly solid. While not a perfect track, it is very good.
 

Kalata

Out of the Silent Planet
One of the best intros from Maiden opens this hidden gem! Great riff, verses and pre-chorus. The actual chorus is bloody good. Awesome harmonies/melodies through the whole song - Egyptian feel to them (in the solo too). Fantastic solo from Janick. Great vocals from Bruce. Love the cymbals hits by Nicko. I would love to see this live again, but I think the song's chorus (or maybe I should say, the pre-chorus) is not transformed well live (like The Longest Day's chorus). 8/10
 
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srfc

Ancient Mariner
Re: Daily Song: The Pilgrim

Beautiful song. Janick wrote the lyrics and they are pretty decent.
“The Pilgrim”, which’s lyrics are written by Janick, is about the Crusades and the pilgrims of the Holy Land. (source)
I did not know this. I wonder if there are any other lyrics written by Janick.

Also, we know H wrote some of Paschendale's lyrics, but has he written any others since SIT? We often just presume that Steve or Bruce are providing all the lyrics.
 

Kalata

Out of the Silent Planet
I did not know this. I wonder if there are any other lyrics written by Janick.

Also, we know H wrote some of Paschendale's lyrics, but has he written any others since SIT? We often just presume that Steve or Bruce are providing all the lyrics.
I never knew Adrian wrote some lyrics for Paschendale.
 

Randalf

Ancient Mariner
While I wouldn't go quite that far as to say it's a hidden gem, I definitely agree about The Pilgrim being a very solid song. I like the general atmosphere and the dynamics of it. The lyrics are pretty good and overall, it's very neat and kinda typical "post-reunion rocker." While it does not quite manage to really stand out distinctively from the themercenarywildestdreamsrainmakerdifferentworldthealchemistspeedoflightdeathorglory category, I'd say it's better than many of the mentioned.
 

srfc

Ancient Mariner
I never knew Adrian wrote some lyrics for Paschendale.
He said he researched it in the library, so I'm possibly jumping to a conclusion that he wrote lyrics, or maybe he even wrote all the lyrics? I only said he wrote some lyrics as some of the clunky lyrics about "german war propaganda machines" seems like Steve's style.
 
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