Priest of the Holy Wristband
Yes, it would have worked. Strange as it can seem, that bit also has a Paschendale feel to me.
It's quite similar to The Unbeliever, only simpler. This is the only part of the song that sounds superfluous to me, I'd prefer if it only appeared once (as a transition, with no drums and bass)
. Anyway, this kind of song is why I love Maiden and worship Harris.
I think this comes closest to summing up my opinion of the song. It feels like a jumble of ideas, some which I like more than others, and I'm not really sure yet what to make of the song as a whole. That said, there's a lot of classic Maiden guitar riffs and melodies in here.It's a mess. A catchy mess.
The fact that the chorus comes in at around 6 minutes in the song, while Bruce is singing the same irritating melodies again and again is beyond me.
It's not a chorus per se (just because the song's name is mentioned in it), it's just another section of the song, which is not repeated again. It just has that kind of (odd) structure
Fair enough, I just feel it adds nothing to the song. Just some more melody lines...
A listen to this song after a long time and it pisses me off actually... This track could be so great, but it's ruined by poor arranging...
Let me start:
Bass Intro - That should be a statement with which Steve says this is one of our best songs we have ever done seat back and enjoy the ride... It is instead played sloppy and gives me feeling that it's there just because it needs to be.
Verses - As a musician the verses are quite boring to me... 100000 hours of e minor chord pounding. I think that Steve could think of something more original here (even though I can live with that). The thing that annoys me the most is the guitar that plays the vocal line. It absolutely kills Bruce's phrasing. Just imagine adding that to ROTAM... it would create a similar effect. That guitar works great in WTWWB where the lines are not sung so rapidly, but here... it basicly kills Bruce's vocals and annoys me.
Oh oh oh oh's - This is the point where the doubling guitar works. It adds depth and the epicness of that part. Again I could do without it doubling the "I need somebody to save me".
Chorus - Strange transition into this part (they could be more adventourus with that, especially Nicko who is very reserved with his drumming on this track), otherwise good chorus, nothing wrong with that.
Instrumental bit - Strange tempo changes, they ruin the song flow for me. Again great melodies but they don't flow seemlessly. I would like to hear some drum fills and different melodies during those transitions and not just speeding up. It feels like it was put together in Cubase from different ideas and glued together. The only transition that works for me is the one before the last bit of the instrumental and then into oh oh oh's (that one is strange again).
Overall - This song suffered the most from the write and record approach. I was really hoping to get more from that song. I didn't like it at the first listen so I left it for a while and now it pisses me of how amazing it could be, but it isn't because it was rushed.
To sum it up:
Lots of potential, bad execution and arangment.
This is only my opinion after letting it sit for a while. If you like the song good for you, I simply can't digest it.
Up the Irons!
Even the "whoooa" part develops throughout the song. First time, it is played by guitar only. Second time, it is sung, but the guitar introduces the "I need somebody to save me" melody, which is then sung on the third and fourth appearance of the "whoooa" motif.