Even the twin-lead guitar harmony? The song has a brutally good solos.Weekend Warrior has its charm here and there but ZERO Maiden DNA.
Let's start with the fillers: The Fugitive, Wasting Love
''Lightning Strikes Twice'' is far from a filler imo. I'm surprised with what you said about ''When Two Worlds Collide'', it's one of my favorite songs with a great instrumental section and melodies. The chorus fits too.Lightning Strikes Twice is borderline decent but it can easily fall in the filler bag any given day. Then When Two Worlds Collide is a snooze fest...
''Shadows Of The Valley'' is seriously underrated.On the other hand Shadows Of The Valley begins with one of the most blatant cases of self plagiarism ever and despite being far from the band's worst song ever I find it to be utterly dull and boring.
Don't get me wrong... I like Weekend Warrior. If you don't believe so just read what I say about it here. It's just not a Maiden song for me, period. Yes, the twin lead have a hint of Maiden harmonies but even there it's too far fetched. It sounds like something out of the first two Dickinson albums (something that puzzles me even more since it wasn't written by Bruce but in this album everything is possible).Even the twin-lead guitar harmony? The song has a brutally good solos.
There's nothing wrong with The Fugitive's structure. And man that intro is top stuff! But as I state in the same link above despite passages as good as the intro, solos and breakdown all the rest sounds truly uninspired. It's like for me the song never quite "detonates" if you catch my drift. For a better insight check the link above.''The Fugitive'' is a very good song with a great structure
Nor did I say it was. To me it's a stinker and I simply hate that song's guts. Outside of the decent opening melody, solo and previous harmony it all spans from boring to awful to me. But then again it's like I said at the firs paragraph: personal opinions.''Wasting Love'' is never going to be a filler!
I once really liked that tune. But with the passing of time I started to notice some traits in it that I really disliked. But as I stated before IMO it's on the fringe and can get out of the filler bag any given day.'Lightning Strikes Twice'' is far from a filler imo.
Once again it's just my opinion as I said before but fact is everything in that song just bores me to death... it's that simple. You can read what I think about both LST and WTWC here.I'm surprised with what you said about ''When Two Worlds Collide'', it's one of my favorite songs with a great instrumental section and melodies. The chorus fits too.
As I state here SOTV is IMO the low point of the album by a fair margin and you can check the the reasons why I feel so. So I think it's quite the opposite: a truly overrated filler and nearly a stinker. But without wanting to sound repetitive I'll close this reply by reinforcing the notion this is my personal take on these tracks.''Shadows Of The Valley'' is seriously underrated.
The Nomad (along with Blood Brothers) were sent away to Jeff Bova, who added keyboards/digital orchestration externally to that part, so they still put a lot of effort into the production of the track, even though that instrumental section obviosly was a bit rushed - Steve should have re-arranged it to sound less like Beckett.Last 8 albums:
. However the major stand out section was that state of the art of a instrumental section in the middle of the song. Now since I discovered it's a blatant plagiarism I personally can't listen to it and associate it with the song no more. that being said we're left with a great opening riff and pre-chorus and the rest is quite mundane, giving me no choice but to put it in the filler bag.
If Brave New World has 3 fillers, yet Killers, The X Factor, The Final Frontier and Senjutsu have none, I must be listening to a different band.
I don't know... the similitudes are so blatant it's reaaaaaaaaaaaally hard to believe it was all a coincidence. Plus there are three huge red flags:Impossible for the A&R guys involved in the production of the album and Shirley to spot mistep that though, as Beckett was not a well known act. If they had known, I'm sure they would have objected to that being recorded.
IMO a poor decision. The chorus is already great but with those back vocals (even if it was only for the last run) the damn thing would be brutal. But hey... it's his band and his decision.On a sidenote, Bruce mentioned recently that it was the A&R guys wanted who the extra choir vocals featured in the chorus on the U.S Radio of the Wicker Man, which apparently Steve then demanded to be removed from the album version.
It was not definitely a coincidence, most likely some of the other band members knew, but Shirley and A&R had no clue.I don't know... the similitudes are so blatant it's reaaaaaaaaaaaally hard to believe it was all a coincidence.
Yep... but my point is even without the keyboards it's truly similar. As you said for a reason they had to pay later.It was not definitely a coincidence, most likely some of the other band members knew, but Shirley and A&R had no clue.
And I'm sure they could have bought the rights to use that melody like they did with Blaze's contribution to Dream of Mirrors, I believe that the Beckett would have take the money without a formal credit, just like Blaze.
They got to pay later though...
I think Lost in a Lost World is not only filler, but a very poor song overall.
I think most of Senjutsu is filler tbh. Ok songs but only 1 or 2 stand out for me. The Parchment is the most boring song they've ever done imo.What do you think is filler on Senjutsu? Sure some songs are stronger than others, but nothing on that album strikes me as filler.
I've listened to it many times and get more bewildered each time that people actually think its good lolI was impatient the.1st time I listened to The Parchment and disliked it for the slow boil buildup but now it’s come to be my 2nd favorite track on Senjutsu (Hell on Earth being my favorite).