Unpopular Maiden Opinions

Babo 91

Nomad
If ranking the whole album:

12 - The Apparition
11 - Fear Is The Key
10 - Childhoods End
09 - The Fugitive
08 - Chains Of Misery
07 - Wasting Love
06 - Weekend Warrior
05 - Judas Be My Guide
04 - Be Quick Or Be Dead
03 - From Here To Eternity
02 - Afraid To Shoot Strangers
01 - Fear Of The Dark

Though the top 2 tracks are definitely a cut above the others.

Judas be my guide worse than FHTE, no way ...
 

frus

Barbed Wire Hen
The whole song is unbearable. That's a shame, because I recall vaguely it has some nice solos, but how to reach them...
 

Zare

Automaton Sovietico
The Apparition contains OK solos and one of the better harmonies on the album. Also a stacatto riff accent over the verses every now and then is nice.
Yes this song is a bit of a failure but it isn't irritating for me. I can listen to it and enjoy it.
 

DJMayes

Educated Fool
I agree with the first part. AMOLAD is 80% background noise with only a couple of tracks worth listening to on their own merits outside of a full album listen.
 
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Jamie Laszlo

Invader
Neither Piece of Mind or Number of the Beast have stinker/filler songs. (Invaders, Gangland Quest for Fire and Sun and Steel are all great)

Fear of the Dark has several great songs: Afraid to Shoot Strangers, Childhood’s End, Wasting Love, The Fugitive, Judas My Guide, Fear of the Dark.

Killers is only half as good as the debut.

Their Cross-Eyed Mary cover is good, but it gets overrated by fans.

They release too many live albums. It becomes overkill.

Powerslave is far from their best album. I’d put it at around their 6th or 7th best album.

It’s not that I just dislike the Blaze Bayley X albums…it’s that I think they are downright unlistable.

Beast Over Hammersmith is a bit better than Live After Death

Book of Souls needed to include two shorter songs that were around the four minute mark…just to slightly break up the monotony of the long epic songs.

A Matter of Life and Death is a great, great album.

I can actually understand why non-Maiden fans are put off by Bruce’s style of singing.
 
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Jamie Laszlo

Invader
From what I see on other general music boards and "fan boy" Amazon album reviews…

A lot of people think BOS is perfect the way it is and a top 4 album already. A lot hate Fear of the Dark except for the title song. POM and TNOTB are always talked about having one or two stinker songs. The X albums are always said to be “not as bad as some say” and actually pretty good if you give them a chance. AMOFAD is hated by many. And for some reason I’m in the minority when it comes to Powerslave.
Maybe the views are different on an actual Maiden fan message board. I haven't gotten a full vibe here yet.
But, yea…I’m sure we all think they release too many live albums. So I just threw that and the Hammersmith opinion in for good measure.
 

stallan

Trooper
I like that they release as many live albums/dvds as they do and to be honest if they released more (for the history tours for example) I would be totally cool with it. Their songs always come alive on stage so I love getting as much live footage and recordings as I can.
 

NotePad

Nomad
The BLAZE album Silicon Messiah should have been Maidens follow-up to Virtual XI. Just image, that would be awesome! And image if Maiden had recorded Silicon Messiah with Adrian Smith in the mix. Amazing!
 

SinisterMinisterX

Illuminatus
Staff member
The Queen album A Day at the Races should have been the Stones' follow-up to Exile on Main Street. Just image (sic), that would be awesome! And image (even siccer) if the Stones had recorded A Day at the Races with Jimi Hendrix in the mix. Amazing!

They're different bands. It doesn't work that way.
 

Caveman Ninja

The Titanic doesn't fit inside
Neither Piece of Mind or Number of the Beast have stinker/filler songs. (Invaders, Gangland Quest for Fire and Sun and Steel are all great)

Fear of the Dark has several great songs: Afraid to Shoot Strangers, Childhood’s End, Wasting Love, The Fugitive, Judas My Guide, Fear of the Dark.

Killers is only half as good as the debut.

Their Cross-Eyed Mary cover is good, but it gets overrated by fans.

They release too many live albums. It becomes overkill.

Powerslave is far from their best album. I’d put it at around their 6th or 7th best album.

It’s not that I just dislike the Blaze Bayley X albums…it’s that I think they are downright unlistable.

Beast Over Hammersmith is a bit better than Live After Death

Book of Souls needed to include two shorter songs that were around the four minute mark…just to slightly break up the monotony of the long epic songs.

A Matter of Life and Death is a great, great album.

I can actually understand why non-Maiden fans are put off by Bruce’s style of singing.
TNOTB and POM both have one absolute stinker apiece.

Wasting Love is awful.

Killers is twice as good as the debut.

I have never ever heard anyone give any opinion on Cross-Eyes Mary one way or the other, so I wouldn't exactly call it overrated as much as unrated.

I like live albums.

Powerslave is fucking brilliant and definitely their joint best album.

I am fond of both Blaze albums, although the production on both is fairly horrific. But not unlistenable.

Beast Over Hammersmith IS probably a little better than Live After Death. Well done there.

The problem with Book of Souls isn't track length, it's that they didn't spend long enough honing the material in the first place.

A Matter of Life and Death is a great, great album.

I can't understand that. Bruce has the best voice ever.

I'd say we're really singing from different hymn-books much of the time :lol:
 
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