What type of Blaze-era Iron Maiden fan were you?

What type of Blaze-era Iron Maiden fan were you?


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chaosapiant

Ancient Marinade
Whenever someone, anyone, says "my homeland", I imagine some exotic place with culture and cool mustaches and birds and such. When I think of "my homeland" it's just that neighborhood down the street that went to shit in the late 90s. I lack culture.
 

karljant

Ancient Mariner
Whenever someone, anyone, says "my homeland", I imagine some exotic place with culture and cool mustaches and birds and such. When I think of "my homeland" it's just that neighborhood down the street that went to shit in the late 90s. I lack culture.
Ahahahahahahah... great take! Nope... it's merely Portugal. No exotic birds BUUUUUUUT during 95 one could still spot some dense mustaches from the 70's and 80's grand mustache movement (nothing compared with Poland but still considerable! :p )
 

CA Bryers

Nomad
I became a fan in '93, so I'd missed out on all the legendary Bruce stuff that came prior, and had only the uncertainty of this new Blaze guy stepping in. As soon as he'd been announced, I tracked down a copy of Live Fast, Die Fast by Wolfsbane. His voice took a lot of getting used to, but I grew to like it. I thought it might be exciting to have more of an unhinged wildman at the vocals, and that's how he vocally came across in the early Wolfsbane days.

Cut to the release of The X Factor, and I was...unimpressed to say the least. It was dry, dark, and worst of all, there was no hint of the wildness I thought Blaze would be bringing to the table. His restraint I figured was an attempt to fit the Maiden formula, so it felt kind of boring to me. Like many, however, TXF took work to really get into, and that was the case for me. I grew to really like it, and when Virtual XI came out, I immediately loved it. Blaze sounded more confident, the overall sound was brighter, and weirdly enough, I thought it was their best album since Seventh Son.

I still really like Virtual XI, too. Even Angel and the Gambler I can get into no problem. Yes, it's repetitive as all hell, but it's a fun song. The 9-minute version would've worked great as an extended live version, a la Running Free on Live After Death, but comes across as weird in studio format.

I saw them live twice, loved both shows (though in retrospect and repeated listens of many bootlegs) it's clear he wasn't strong live with most Bruce material. He had a lot of hurdles (the band not tuning down to accommodate his range, a monitor roadie who left him mostly standing in one spot during the X Factour, etc.), but it always felt like he never really found his place in the band, figured out who he was there. And it's a shame, because nowadays his stage presence is much improved and his vocals are stronger (not to mention most of his solo albums are damn good).

At the time of his firing, I was legitimately sad that he was gone. He was the ultimate underdog in my eyes, and the underdog got kicked aside for the metaphorical prettier ex-girlfriend.
 

chaosapiant

Ancient Marinade
I became a fan in '93, so I'd missed out on all the legendary Bruce stuff that came prior, and had only the uncertainty of this new Blaze guy stepping in. As soon as he'd been announced, I tracked down a copy of Live Fast, Die Fast by Wolfsbane. His voice took a lot of getting used to, but I grew to like it. I thought it might be exciting to have more of an unhinged wildman at the vocals, and that's how he vocally came across in the early Wolfsbane days.

Cut to the release of The X Factor, and I was...unimpressed to say the least. It was dry, dark, and worst of all, there was no hint of the wildness I thought Blaze would be bringing to the table. His restraint I figured was an attempt to fit the Maiden formula, so it felt kind of boring to me. Like many, however, TXF took work to really get into, and that was the case for me. I grew to really like it, and when Virtual XI came out, I immediately loved it. Blaze sounded more confident, the overall sound was brighter, and weirdly enough, I thought it was their best album since Seventh Son.

I still really like Virtual XI, too. Even Angel and the Gambler I can get into no problem. Yes, it's repetitive as all hell, but it's a fun song. The 9-minute version would've worked great as an extended live version, a la Running Free on Live After Death, but comes across as weird in studio format.

I saw them live twice, loved both shows (though in retrospect and repeated listens of many bootlegs) it's clear he wasn't strong live with most Bruce material. He had a lot of hurdles (the band not tuning down to accommodate his range, a monitor roadie who left him mostly standing in one spot during the X Factour, etc.), but it always felt like he never really found his place in the band, figured out who he was there. And it's a shame, because nowadays his stage presence is much improved and his vocals are stronger (not to mention most of his solo albums are damn good).

At the time of his firing, I was legitimately sad that he was gone. He was the ultimate underdog in my eyes, and the underdog got kicked aside for the metaphorical prettier ex-girlfriend.
All these words you typed? Up there? I like all of them! There in the correct order and mirror my opinion so naturally this selection of words must be correct. Chaos Paint likes this post.
 

andruku

Prowler
I discovered later, but i have always liked Virtual XI.
Its alot different from other Maiden albums, the 'energy' is different :)
I've got it on LP, i can play it right through and get a good buzz off it.
Blaze has a great voice. Como Estais Amigos, Thd Educated Fool, Dont Look To... are always on my Maiden playlists
 
It sounded to me like Maiden with the wrong person singing. The instrumentation sounded like Maiden but Blaze + the new album artwork + my waning enthusiasm for Maiden at the time brought on by NPFTD, and which FotD couldn’t revitalize, prior to Bruce’s departure set these two albums up for a poor reception by me.
 

Metal Warrior 330

Ancient Mariner
I've always been into the Blaze era since around the time I got into Maiden and these days I've been listening to Virtual XI more. X Factor is my favorite Blaze album is X Factor but I've been on a Virtual XI kick. They're all great songs
 
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