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X Factor [Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered]

Iron MaidenAudio CD
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (191 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (March 26, 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Sanctuary Records
  • ASIN: B000063DGJ
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (191 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #21,841 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Sign of the Cross
2. Lord of the Flies
3. Man on the Edge
4. Fortunes of War
5. Look for the Truth
6. The Aftermath
7. Judgement of Heaven
8. Blood on the World's Hands
9. The Edge of Darkness
10. 2 A.M.
11. The Unbeliever

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55 of 60 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Why is this CD so terrible? December 13, 1999
Format:Audio CD
Most of these reviews say that if you like this album, you must not be a a loyal Maiden fan. Well, I am a hardcore Maiden fan and I think this album is more than exceptional. It is definitely a change from there power riff sound, but the dark overtones give it a sinister sound that sounds awesome. Even though the riffs don't sound like typical Maiden, they are still captivating. Hey, nobody likes a slave to routine. I recommend this as a good album if your a hardcore Maiden fan or just someone who enjoys heavy metal. The only setback is that Blaze Bayley, formerly of Wolfsbane, does not have the rawpower of Bruce Dickinson. At times he sounds like a cheap imitation. However the songs overcome this setback. I think perhaps most Iron Maiden fans feel an obligation to hate this CD because it doesn't have the mighty Bruce Dickinson on vocals. If you look past that, You may find that there is some great music to hear.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 4.5 Stars and I will tell you why... January 17, 2005
By Scrub
Format:Audio CD
Oh my god, BRUCE isn't on this album!!! *throws the CD in the trash without even listening to it* Unfortunantly a lot of Iron Maiden fans are this way.

The only reason that people don't like this album is (1) They are the fan I mentioned above or (2) They don't get into heavy metal. I'm sorry, but Bruce Dickinson was NOT Iron Maiden. Blaze Bayley brings a totally new style to the band...

The music is very dark, very doom like. Quite a few songs deal with the "War is Hell" category. It sounds like nothing Iron Maiden had ever done before. The Music sounds different, the vocals sound different(of course), and that is enough to send most Maiden fans running.

Blaze added new life to the band who were dying. Bruce Dickinson was very indulged in his solo career during No Prayer For the Dying and Fear of the Dark, and I think it shows on those albums. Sure, he does not possess the range that Bruce did, but he sure is good! Maybe he wasn't the "best" choice for Maiden, but I'm sorry, there is only ONE Bruce Dickinson. There is also only ONE Blaze Bayley. Just remeber that Bruce Dickinson was a replacement for Paul Di'Anno, and there were a lot of people unhappy by that decision too(at first anyway)...In my not so humble opinion, this was the BEST Iron Maiden album sinec Seventh Son of a Seventh Son, and one of Maiden's most UNDERRATED works.

70 minutes and 54 seconds...That is the running time of the cd. I'm impressed just to say the least. Maiden always did the "epic" the best, and with only 11 tracks, there has to be some PRETTY long song on here. That was something Maiden had moved away from on No Prayer for the Dying and Fear of the Dark.

What are my highlight tracks? I am very partial of the following...
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Well, I like it November 21, 2005
Format:Audio CD
God, I've gotta stop listening to people on the internet so much, at least when it comes to giving things negative reviews. Frankly, it's pretty damn tough for a metal band that I like to make an album that I dislike. And this tendency plays out here. Hell, I even think this would be a pretty first rate IM album were it not for the 2 most notable filler tracks. ('Search for the Truth' and 'Blood on the World's Hands') And yeah it's pretty far removed from classic Maiden, but much of what we all loved about IM remains. (And don't get me started about those conceited a**holes who claim that this 'isn't Iron Maiden'. Sorry friends, but Iron Maiden determines what Iron Maiden is, not you. As a matter of fact, you haven't got a damn thing to do with it.) It's got the darker, more epic edge, which I think works well with Blaze's voice. As for Blaze himself, he's certainly not great, but I really can't find anything particularly wrong with him. Not much range, admittedly, but, again, I think it's pretty well suited for the material.

The album opens with 'Sign of the Cross', which is brilliant and among the best song IM has ever recorded. (That's a pretty damn long list, however) The intro is perhaps a bit drawn out, but it's got a fabulous chorus and an excellent, very drawn out middle section. 'Lord of the Flies' is a solid, moderately speedy rocker. Nice, catchy chorus. 'Man on the Edge' is the only speed metal song here, but it's a great one, and about as catchy as any one they've ever done. 'Fortunes of War' is very slow building and moody, but it comes to a fine climax and is effective throughout. It's a sorta descendent of the 'Children of the Damned' school of song writing. 'Aftermath' is similar, but less moody and less effective. Still a strong track, however.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unfairly maligned album September 22, 2000
By Bill
Format:Audio CD
It seems you either love or hate this album. This was the only Maiden album I did not have on CD or LP; I had a mediocre tape dub which I had only played a few times on bad equipment. I finally decided to buy the CD a few days ago. What a revelation! I am not sure what everyone hates so much about this album; I tend to think it has less to do with music and more to do with resistance to change.
This album is different: darker, more progressive, more experimental. The lyrics are also more mature. Congratulations to the band for having the guts to try something new, and in my opinion, succeeding admirably. I cannot say the same for the subsequent Virtual XI, which seems like they got scared by the invective and created a formulaic CD.
Despite what others say, I really do not think there is a weak song on the album, and a few really stand out: "The Aftermath", "Look for the Truth". And "Blood On the World's Hands" has one of the funkiest bass intros Steve has ever done.
Despite the fact that slamming Blaze and Janick in public is rude; it is also mislead. Both of have contributed greatly to the sound of the band, and I find many of my favorite tunes bear their stamp. It is great to see Bruce and Adrian back, and I think "Brave New World" is fantastic, but their return does not negate the work of those who initially replaced them anymore than Nicko's arrival negates the fine work done by Clive Burr or vice-versa.
If this is not an Iron Maiden album to you, fine. Close your eyes, listen to the music, and forget the band that made it. Maybe then "The X Factor" can be appreciated for what it is: an excellent album.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
You have to love the maiden!
Published 13 days ago by Daniel Alzate
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
instrumentals still good, but Blaze had to go
Published 1 month ago by michael
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great album
Published 2 months ago by Jason L . Inocencio
5.0 out of 5 stars Winds of change can be good
The X Factor is one of Iron Maiden's most underrated and overlooked albums imo. As a matter of fact, when I bought this album, I had to have a record store special order it. Read more
Published 5 months ago by RyanA59
5.0 out of 5 stars Criminally misunderstood masterpiece
As I sit here listening to The X Factor, I can't help but feel frustrated with the undeserved hatred towards this misunderstood masterpiece. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Grüner Adler
5.0 out of 5 stars iron maidens dark album
this is one of those albums where you put the cd in and just hear the whole album like dark side of the moon or disintegration it is really dark and brutal the album cover says it... Read more
Published 13 months ago by megadeth
3.0 out of 5 stars meh
the cd arrived on time. for the prices you get on amazon, it cant be beat.
my kid loves this music, i have no idea why, i would rather listen to bats screech
all night
Published 14 months ago by kk
1.0 out of 5 stars Terrible.
I am really surprised that people like and defend this CD. I have followed Iron Maiden since their humble beginnings and consider myself a loyal fan, but that doesn't mean I have... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Mark
5.0 out of 5 stars Great CD
Bought this for my son's 44th Birthday and he loved it, although I have to say it's not exactly my taste in music!
Published 17 months ago by Jon A. Kruse Sr.
3.0 out of 5 stars 3 GREAT SONGS, but.....
As other reviews said, the problem is not Blaze Bailey as MAIDEN singer, but for the first time they recorded A LOT of really uninspired songs.... Read more
Published 17 months ago by FLUMINENSE
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