General of the Dark Army
Certainly does a good impression of flamenco. Nice touch.
The boredom of the 2nd part of the song pretty much brought this song to the bottom of the album for me, definitely the worst one on the album. Also, there's enough evidence to say that this song is a sequel to The Angel & The Gambler... which isn't a bad thing really, but c'mon Steve, out of all Maiden songs, you do a sequel to that one? I don't even know which one is better of the two... both have too much repetition, one has a repetitive chorus, one has repetitive instrumentals. Again, I really hope they won't play this one live. Oh yeah, while I don't mind the "whoah-oh" parts, I think there's a lack of breathing space between verses and those parts.First part of the song (or the "vocal" part) is awesome. Guitar leads being played alongside Bruce's singing is something they never did before as far as I know and it works perfectly. I don't mind the "whoah-oh" parts, though I think they'd work better live. There's this weird loose note right before the vocals kick in, should've cleaned that up, but it's not a big problem.
Now, the second part definitely isn't as good. There are some great riffs in it, but it should've been way shorter, 3-4 minutes at most instead of 8 or so. Pretty much brings the whole song down, hope they won't play it live, or they'll skip the 2nd part at least.