The X Factor: individual album judgement by yours truly

Diesel 11

As you scream into the web of silence...
I’m doing what Foro has been egging me on to do for ages now, I’m rating these songs in the context of music as a whole. And, as Knick has said, Maiden has a lot of great, great songs worth giving a 10 to. I’ve always been upfront about how much I love TXF, so I don’t see how this should be a surprise to literally anyone.
 

Diesel 11

As you scream into the web of silence...
I suppose I just like Maiden a lot more than most people? I’m not shy about giving out a shitload of 10s and I think that Powerslave and TXF are absolutely perfect albums. BNW might be too, but I’ll see tonight.
 

KidInTheDark666

What's yours is mine and what's mine is mine too
I believe I like Maiden more than most people here too. I've rated (only) 134 songs 10/10 and 32 of them are Maiden songs.
 

Poteitos

Prowler
My ratings:

Sign Of The Cross: 10
Lord Of The Flies: 8,5
Man On The Edge: 8
Fortunes Of War: 9
Look For The Truth: 8,5
The Aftermath: 8
Judgement Of Heaven: 9
Blood On The World's Hands: 10
The Edge Of Darkness: 7
2 A.M.: 7,5
The Unbeliever: 7

Overall: 8,4
 

srfc

Ancient Mariner
Gave the new remaster a listen. Unlike FOTD, my views on this album have changed a lot from my original impression in 1995. There's still problems with the album, wimpy guitars and low key drumming/awkward grooves in some parts, but it was an enjoyable listen and one of Maiden's most cohesive albums in terms of maintaining a certain vibe across the whole album.

I'd break down the tracks like this:
10/10: Sign of the Cross, Man on the Edge
9: Blood on the Worlds Hands, Edge of Darkness, The Unbeliever
8: Lord of the Flies, Fortunes of War, Look for the Truth, The Aftermath, Judgement of Heaven, 2 Am

A lot of the tracks could have got a higher rating if it wasn't for fatal flaws, eg. terrible opening lyric in 2 Am, The Unbeliever could have got ten out of ten if it wasn't for the awkward groove in the verse and the tuning up riff in the intro/outro.
 

GhostofCain

Ancient Mariner
My ratings:

Sign Of The Cross: 9
Lord Of The Flies: 8
Man On The Edge: 8
Fortunes Of War: 7.5
Look For The Truth: 5
The Aftermath: 7
Judgement Of Heaven: 6
Blood On The World's Hands: 5.5
The Edge Of Darkness: 7.5
2 A.M.: 5
The Unbeliever: 5.5

Overall: 6.7

Miles better than Virtual XI, somewhat better than No Prayer for the Dying, on par with Fear of the Dark (although the 1992 album has higher highs), and definitely worse than anything else Maiden have released.
 

Jer

Cannibal Of Rust
Fortunes Of War: 7.5
Blood On The World's Hands: 5.5
2 A.M.: 5
These ratings are interesting to me, because we seem to have gone in completely different directions on these, when it seems like we more often tend to agree. So, what did you like about “Fortunes Of War” (a bottom 10 Maiden song for me, maybe bottom 5), and what did you dislike about “Blood...” and “2 A.M.”?
 

GhostofCain

Ancient Mariner
These ratings are interesting to me, because we seem to have gone in completely different directions on these, when it seems like we more often tend to agree. So, what did you like about “Fortunes Of War” (a bottom 10 Maiden song for me, maybe bottom 5), and what did you dislike about “Blood...” and “2 A.M.”?
Apart from the repetitive chorus, I quite like Fortunes of War. The intro works really well to set the mood and then the song gets heavier 2 minutes into the track. When I saw them live back in 1996 it was one of the songs that worked better live.

I never liked Blood On The World's Hands that much. I found the intro pointless, Blaze's shouty vocals sound out of place and the chorus is pretty weak. In my humble opinion, this one did not work that well live when I saw them in 1996.

I find 2 A.M. too bland. Not a bad song per se (it gets a pass), but not that exciting as far as I am concerned.
 

srfc

Ancient Mariner
I think there's the jist of a very good track there in Fortunes of War, but it suffers more than most with the slow tempo/lifeless drumming sucking all life out of the song. When the tempo picks up in the mid section it only serves to highlight how heart breaking the lethargic feel in the rest of the song is.
 

Black Bart

Ancient Mariner
Though I find the song a little too repetitive at the end (but in much more acceptable proportions than "DLTTEOAS", "No More Lies", "For the Greater..." or "TAATG"), I find Blaze's delivery particularly relevant and Dave's solo is a demonstration of fluidity.
 
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