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When the Wild Wind Blows

Discussion in 'The Final Frontier' started by Travis The Dragon, Jul 17, 2010.


How good is When the Wild Wind Blows on a scale of 1-10?

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  1. Kaos

    Kaos Invader

    This is my favorite song of the TFF album. I give it a 9/10. Although I was thinking of a perfect 10, it's very near to that, but I feel that it might lack some metal edge to it, and sometimes I just feel its several songs put together and not a real whole. Minor things though, mostly it's spellbinding, demands your attention. The lyrics can feel a bit cheesy first, but once you get sucked into the story here, the song kind of gets very short.

    I acutally like it better today, than what I did when TFF come out, or rather I liked it at first, then got a bit tired of it, but now I love it again.
  2. Kaos

    Kaos Invader

    Yeah en Vivo version is 10/10, I agree Bruce. Excels on that one. I give the album version 9/10.
  3. Mosh

    Mosh The years just pass like trains Staff Member

    I remember when the song titles and lengths got announced for this album, everyone saw When the Wild Wind Blows and got really excited. There are very few songs that cross the 10 minute length for Maiden, so this was going to be something special. Funny to think there are two songs that exceed its length on TBOS. Anyway, this definitely is a special song. It's got a bit of a 90s feel to it, which makes sense given the bulk of it was likely written in the 90s. I can even picture Blaze singing on it. The thing with the guitar melodies following the vocals was a very common thing in the 90s too.

    I feel like what makes this song so different for Maiden is that Steve is putting extra focus on the story here. It isn't a very dynamic song, it kinda treads in one tone for its entirety, Steve is letting that stuff take a back seat so you can really focus on his words. There also aren't many extended instrumental sections. You have the solos, but they don't spare any time to get back to the lyrics. The instrumental stuff isn't as elaborate as what we heard on other songs or For The Greater Good of God. It's a fresh way of doing things, which is welcome.

    The twist at the end is great too. Very Genesis.

  4. frus

    frus Barbed Wire Hen

    You mean three...
  5. JudasMyGuide

    JudasMyGuide Domini canis

    I could say some arguments against this song, but I won't. I loved it at first "sight" and it still is an 'Arry epic done right, IMHO. Very emotional and very Blazish, as Mosh correctly noted. Enjoyable from start to finish, it feels much shorter than it is for me (just like Rime or DoD, for example).

    This song played at my wedding nearly two years ago. And I'm still proud of that. Purely personal 10/10 from me.

    EDIT: Forgot to mention the lyrics. Let's put it this way - the themes of a fatalistic romance, seclusion and of individual subjective interpretations of any signs (God-given or other) speak to me a lot. :)
    Last edited: Apr 1, 2016
  6. Poto

    Poto Ancient Mariner


    Very emotional, and the subject is very untypical for Maiden. Who would have thought we'd ever hear the word "snug" in a Maiden song? It's a very good ending to the album. It gets better a couple of minutes into the song. The intro is good, but too long for its own good. I like the heavier parts towards the end where Bruce sings "they've been preparing for some weeks now". Janick does one of his best solos ever.
  7. LooseCannon

    LooseCannon Yorktown-class aircraft carrier Staff Member

    I really want to love this song. But I just don't. There's parts I think are fantastic. There's parts I think are just fucking terrible. I'm gonna go low on this one and say 7/10.
  8. Deus_Adrian

    Deus_Adrian Prince of the Final Frontier

    I dont like it. Never have. The album is great but this song blows. Its almost as weak as Mother Russia. The subject matter would have beem more timely on the Piece of Mind album.

  9. BeThyJames

    BeThyJames Trooper

    Quite possibly my favourite post reunion track.

    The story is captivating. The structure is reminiscent of DoD with no real chorus yet the mellow verses still build beautifully to the darker, more aggressive second half. The heavier 'They've been preparing' segment is just brilliant. Awesome guitars then that superb bit where the tempo drops into the final section with a stunning clean solo.

    I agree with another poster who mentioned the En Vivo version which is amazing. That has also influenced my view of the album version. Absolutely love them both

  10. MrKnickerbocker

    MrKnickerbocker clap hands


    When the Wild Wind Blows is a typical Harris epic and a true masterpiece. At the time, this would be Maiden’s third longest song (after Rime of the Ancient Mariner and Sign of the Cross, respectively). It is chock full of classic Maiden melodies and harmonies. Bruce sings in a notably lower range for most of the song and I love it. Let’s face it, Bruce Dickinson is aging. Sure, he’s still got pipes of gold, but I personally feel like this is his most comfortable range and he sounds rich and full on every line of Wild Wind. It begins very singsongy, almost like a campfire tale, with a massive wall of lyrics, but Bruce portrays the simple story with such conviction and skill that it just works. Celtic guitar melodies played by Gers drive the vocals towards an unexpected, and welcome, octave jump. Three fabulous guitar solos round out a beautiful bridge. One of my favorite vocal melodies Steve has ever written occurs in this song during the final movement, specifically the "can't believe all the lying” section. It's such an atypical bluesy melody for Bruce and he sounds great in that range. Steve calls on Janick for another solo that represents the madness of the ending to the story before things calm down again. The song comes full circle with the sound of the wind that these two tragic characters believed was nuclear fallout.

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