Your Maiden blasphemy

KidInTheDark666

What's yours is mine and what's mine is mine too
Isle of Avalon is my favorite song from The Final Frontier and in my opinion is the most epic thing Adrian Smith ever wrote. I love the story it tells, lyrically and musically. Would love to hear it live. (Not holding my breath for that, though.)
I would really love to here it too, but I think it's one of those songs that have 0% chance to ever get played. Alexander the Great is more likely than that.
 

Diesel 11

Und die Welt zählt laut bis zehn...
I don't know if this really is a blasphemy but I surely haven't heard anyone ever say this:
Isle of Avalon's chorus is the catchiest and most melodic thing Maiden ever wrote. Especially the longer chorus later in the song.
It fits easily into the top of my best choruses-list.
"Isle" isn't one of Maiden's best overall but I love the vivid and descriptive lyrics it has. That chorus is pretty strong, yeah.
 

Jer

I’m not a fish, I’m a man
I would like to respond with "Oh, I never heard this argument in the last 30 years so it's quite original but this prancing elf was a better songwriter than Murray in last 20 - 25 years" but I'm better than that. ;)
Too bad that my argument and Janick’s songwriting are equally original. Perhaps I should start exclusively creating posts by cutting and pasting the better sentences from popular posts of the past and mixing up the grammar a little...
 

Mandume

Prowler
Sorry to pull out last year's post. This is not sloppiness, this is perfection.


It was recorded like this, and not against a clicktrack. The bass and drums play together, so separating bass out makes it sloppy because you compare it to a mental click track that lacks every drum accent McBrain does and Harris leans on.
It's sloppy and even out of time at times. Doesn't really matter though, it all came together at the end, which is what matters.
 

Edington

Let's Get Volatile
Having listened to Killers in its entirety for the first time yesterday, I realised that Adrian is the weakest link on it. His soloing is only notable by how mediocre it is. If it were not for "The Prisoner", I might say the same for NOTB.

I still stand by saying that "Drifters" is the worst song on Killers.
 

matic22

Ancient Mariner
Having listened to Killers in its entirety for the first time yesterday, I realised that Adrian is the weakest link on it. His soloing is only notable by how mediocre it is. If it were not for "The Prisoner", I might say the same for NOTB.

I still stand by saying that "Drifters" is the worst song on Killers.
I somewhat agree with Killers. H was pretty new to guitarist only role at that point, so it's somewhat understandable.

On the other hand, I disagree with TNOTB. For example COTD was one of the first solos with tapping done by a British guitarist before the whole EVH worship and superstrat era reached the UK.
 

The Flash

Dennis Wilcock did 9/11
Having listened to Killers in its entirety for the first time yesterday, I realised that Adrian is the weakest link on it. His soloing is only notable by how mediocre it is. If it were not for "The Prisoner", I might say the same for NOTB.
Adrian picked up the guitar pretty late, I think around 17. It's unsurprising that it took him some time to develop his own sound.
 

Edington

Let's Get Volatile
For example COTD was one of the first solos with tapping done by a British guitarist before the whole EVH worship and superstrat era reached the UK.
Forgot about COTD, is indeed a good solo. You're forgetting Priest's "Killing Machine" and "Hell Bent For Leather" solos, Glenn Tipton was using tapping 4 years before NOTB.
 

Edington

Let's Get Volatile
Adrian picked up the guitar pretty late, I think around 17. It's unsurprising that it took him some time to develop his own sound.
True, guess I'm so used to his later playing that his earlier style really sticks out in a less-than-favourable way.
 

MrKnickerbocker

clap hands
Dave Murray came out of the gate with raw talent and was far more impressive on the earlier records. Adrian just gets better with time, like a fine wine or scotch.

If you graphed their progress as musicians over time, Dave’s data would be a straight line and Adrian’s would be an ascending slope.
 

Jer

I’m not a fish, I’m a man
Dave Murray came out of the gate with raw talent and was far more impressive on the earlier records. Adrian just gets better with time, like a fine wine or scotch.

If you graphed their progress as musicians over time, Dave’s data would be a straight line and Adrian’s would be an ascending slope.
Come on, you have to offer some alcohol and math metaphors for Janick’s ability too...! :ok:
 

Edington

Let's Get Volatile
If you graphed their progress as musicians over time, Dave’s data would be a straight line...
Dave is far less consistent than that...
  • Climbing nicely during the eighties, just not as dramatically as Adrian.
  • Staying nicely consistent throughout the early nineties.
  • Bit of a step down on VXI and BNW, but still some nice stuff.
  • Massive decline from Dance of Death on, AMOLAD in particular is pretty poor.
  • Big step up on the Maiden England Tour, listen to "The Trooper" and POTO at Download, I can't believe it's the same guy.
  • Back to VXI/BNW levels for TBOS and the subsequent tours.
 
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