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The Thin Line Between Love and Hate

Discussion in 'Brave New World' started by Anonymous, Oct 2, 2003.


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  1. GhostofCain

    GhostofCain Ancient Mariner

    I absolutely love this song, from Bruce's soaring vocals to the incredible instrumental bit at the end. A fantastic way to end a great comeback album.
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  2. Poto

    Poto Ancient Mariner

    The "I will hope..." part is one of my favourite parts in any Maiden song ever. Possibly Bruce's best singing in Maiden. The part from 6:19 to 7:28 is also spectacular. The rest of the song is quite boring though. Still a good song, but I wish the last song on the album would have been better.

  3. GhostofCain

    GhostofCain Ancient Mariner

    I think one of the things I like the most about the song is how they managed to blend the strong UFO influences (Michael Schenker era; Queen of the Deep off Phenomenon comes to mind) with Maiden unique features.
  4. Nick2632

    Nick2632 Nomad

    The 1st half of the song ranges from mediocre to good, the 2nd half of the song (starting when they return to the intro riff) is absolutely phenomenal. In fact, the 2nd half of the song is so phenomenal that it makes the 1st half extremely joyful building a great amount of anticipation.

    To conclude, I f***ing love this song. I'm lost these days on what my top 10 Maiden songs are, but I'm thinking this might be #3 on that list. 12/10. (Extra credit for Bruce's vocals).
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  5. MrKnickerbocker

    MrKnickerbocker clap hands


    The Thin Line Between Love and Hate is a masterpiece. It is an odd song for Maiden with some melodic choices and vocal layering (including full harmonies on the verses) that are quite unusual, but end up working perfectly. Dave Murray wrote this song and it is his single greatest contribution to the band’s catalogue as a writer. Not only did he write the music and some of the lyrics, which relate nicely to Dream of Mirrors and introduce the concept of “grey areas” in life, but Dave plays every single guitar lead and solo on the song. His fluidity and tone make the changes in the song completely seamless. Bruce sounds absolutely triumphant on the vocal bridge. When everything breaks down towards the end, it is Murray’s spectacular tone and melody that gives the song that extra touch of heart. Bruce lets loose with everything he’s got, wailing into the void. I firmly believe that his single line at the end of the song is Bruce’s best recorded vocal ever. It is a godlike performance and rallying cry for the future of Iron Maiden.
  6. Diesel 11

    Diesel 11 Gott Mit Uns

    Wow, this song is a lot better than I remembered it. You can tell they just got out of the Blaze years, it's feels like an X Factor song only with Bruce singing. I don't care much for the second half of the song, but I'm willing to overlook it because the first half is great. 8/10.

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