10. This one was definitley a grower on me. The first time I heard it I thought that it was the worst on NOB, now I think its one of the best! I wish this one would have been included on the original release. The 2 solos are great and Bruce at the end is at his best. He blows me away every time I give this one a listen.
Heavy and menacing, this is a powerful song. The opening riff slays, and Clive is great here. Production on the studio version isn't so hot, but Bruce is snarling with energy on the live version from Beast over Hammersmith. A quite underrated song. 8/10
It's just a serviceable track. Certainly better than "Invaders", but it was clearly left as a B-side for a reason. The bridge in the middle really makes no sense and sounds incredibly jarring. Normally a Maiden key change or tempo change adds something to a song, but this one just feels tacked on.
The most disappointing song of what is otherwise an excellent album. This song is still okay. It's just forgettable compared to the rest of the album. This is the "filler" song.
It's okay though. It's followed by sheer epicness.
Something about the guitar work hearkens to a later period of Iron Maiden, but that period is 1990, so that isn't a great sign. I hear some inconsistencies in the way Steve plays, and the guitar isn't particularly great. Another 6/10.
This song does very little for me. The verses are terribly boring and unmemorable, and while the chorus is stronger, it's not enough to save the song. The transitions are very erratic and the pacing is all over the place. Probably the worst of the 3 additional tracks from the first 3 albums.
RTC's Maiden Ranking:
1: Phantom Of The Opera: 9/10
2: Killers: 9/10
3: Children Of The Damned: 8/10
4: Remember Tomorrow: 8/10
5: The Number Of The Beast: 8/10
6: Murders In The Rue Morgue: 8/10
7: Run To The Hills: 7/10
8: Purgatory: 7/10
9: 22 Acacia Avenue: 7/10
10: Wrathchild: 7/10
11: Transylvania: 7/10
12: Prodigal Son: 6/10
13: Strange World: 6/10
14: Sanctuary: 6/10
15: Another Life: 6/10
16: The Prisoner: 6/10
17: Prowler: 6/10
18: Gangland: 5/10
19: Genghis Khan: 5/10
20: Iron Maiden: 5/10
21: Charlotte The Harlot: 5/10
22: Twilight Zone: 5/10
23: Drifter: 4/10
24: Running Free: 4/10
25: Innocent Exile: 4/10
26: Invaders: 3/10 27: Total Eclipse: 3/10
28: The Ides Of March: 2/10
Very powerful song, way better than Gangland.
I like the main riff at the beginning, but this is where Bruce sounds bad. On the other hand, Bruce sounds so powerful at the very end with "Gone are the days..." part.
The highlight: 3:00 - What a way to introduce one of the best moments in Bruce's career.
7/10. I'll admit that this is my least favorite song on the album and I can see why they chose to leave it off the album in 1982, but what puzzles me is why they performed it on the tour (at least on Beast Over Hammersmith). While it's my least favorite song on the album I still enjoy it and don't skip it on the album or anything.