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To Tame a Land

Discussion in 'Piece Of Mind' started by The Ancient Mariner, Jan 25, 2003.


How good is To Tame A Land on a scale of 1-10?

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  1. Genghis Khan

    Genghis Khan Ancient Mariner

    I wish I didn't read the book actually.  The lyrics and therefore the song as a total have dropped in my estimation since.  Though I was probably too harsh on this song and most of PoM.  I'll give it a serious listen when there is less strenous stuff in my life.  PoM is a better technical masterpiece that the album before it or after it, yet I rated it lower.  Does not quite make sense.

    Like __No.5 said, I like the fact that the song ends with soloing.  
  2. Forostar

    Forostar Conjure the Death Star again

    For a long while this was my favourite from the album but lately I'm doubting about The Trooper as well.

    This song is so powerful sounding, with those roaring riffs beating the eardrums. Speaking of drums, when Nicko starts that exciting rhythm you gotta love that tom work. It really helps the groove well. On SSOASS (the title track) this idea was used again.

    The whole song is full of awesome ideas, starting with the cinematic intro (a gaze over a big sandy wasteland, dunes). The double duo collaboration and interaction in this song (right before the fast part) is pretty original, when Steve and Dave play the melody together while Adrian and Nicko hit the chords in sync. Bruce is really in top shape as well, especially when he goes high.

  3. Prowler_108

    Prowler_108 Trooper

    It's never really had any emotional connection, and overall it's somewhat underwhelming after all that came before, so I can only give it an 8.
  4. Mosh

    Mosh The years just pass like trains Staff Member

    A good song, one of the lesser epics, but it did inspire me to read Dune so I give it a 9/10
  5. Night Prowler

    Night Prowler ɹǝlʍoɹԀ ʇɥƃᴉN Staff Member

    Another epic closer song. I feel that some parts are over-repeated, but nevermind, I have to give it 10/10.
  6. Vap

    Vap Ancient Mariner

    Ten. The riff rocks my world, and bass line is also fuckin' awesome. Solo is one of my favorites.
  7. Fugazi

    Fugazi Alchemist

    Another welll deserved 10/10, perfection personified. Vocals, bass, guitars and drums all sound excellent, first rate performances. This song never gets old... epic stuff.
  8. Zare

    Zare Dream of broken citadels

    This shit is amazing. The atypical progressions, the darkness surrounding it, the Bruce's vocal delivery, i mean just try singing those words in that tempo and rhythm, it's insane! He excels on this track, and i've yet to hear some better vocal build up, King In Crimson's pre-chorus lines only come close. Explosion after the buildup carries a surprise, after 4 beats you expect it to explode, but then Nicko starts with snare rolls, prolonging the suspense, and then comes the instrumental part; bliss.

    My favourite song of this record, together with Still Life. Fuck Trooper and other crowd favourites, Where Eagles Dare, Still Life and To Tame The Land are the very soul of this album.

    T-e-n !
  9. bearfan

    bearfan Ancient Mariner


    Real strong song.
  10. Tron

    Tron Trooper

    from 6 to 7... again just ok, its not an immaculate piece and it sounds stopstarty which i dislike. the lyrics dont flow as well as better songs which irritates me throughout. and the guitar work bores me
  11. czgibson

    czgibson Invader


    Another really strong song from this album. The instrumental sections are outstanding especially Steve's bass playing. There are a lot of nines on Piece of Mind to my ears that don't quite make it to a perfect ten, and this is one of the stronger ones along with 'Revelations'. The lyrics do sound a bit ridiculous, but I'll have to read the book to make sense of them. I know Albeniz' 'Asturias' very well, and there are similar riffs here, but the main melody of 'Asturias' is never quoted exactly. 'Spanish Caravan' by the Doors steals it much more blatantly.
  12. 8. Cool intro and the opening bass line is great. It's not one of my favorite epics but it's a great song.
  13. Revelations85

    Revelations85 Trooper

    10/10. Very underrated classic.
  14. harrisdevot

    harrisdevot Ancient Mariner

  15. Forostar

    Forostar Conjure the Death Star again

    Thank you! Excellent.
  16. TheSeventhSonRoberto

    TheSeventhSonRoberto Rockin in Rio

    It really grabs you for a musical journey 9/10
  17. Check the Declination!

    Check the Declination! Working on my PHD in Maiden

    Yeah the bass in this song is top notch. Not having read or seen Dune (is it worth it?) it's hard to learn the lyrics and sing along, but, F the lyrics this song could be about Winnie the Pooh and it would still be a 10!
    harrisdevot likes this.
  18. MrKnickerbocker

    MrKnickerbocker clap hands


    It's a great early epic, but not as mature as some of their other material. The lyrics are ridiculous, but the outstanding music more than makes up for it.
  19. Cornfed Hick

    Cornfed Hick Electric Eye

    Wasn't sure where to put this, but this trailer may be of interest to Frank Herbert fans -- the great Dune movie that was never made now has a documentary showing the would-be director's vision:
  20. AlexandertheMariner

    AlexandertheMariner How do I metal?

    Anyone else hear ROTAM when the "the time will come..." part comes around an vice-versa? I always thought that.

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