X Factor Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
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Audio CD, Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered, July 8, 2011
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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...Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
In my opinion this is the better of the two from the Blaze years. Has great music. Blaze is okay when he sings in lower keys but not when he tries to reach Bruce. Read morePublished 16 days ago by JMed
I didn't care for Blaze but I think if they had "any" background vocals it might have helped. All of the songs sounded empty....Published 1 month ago by coxbrother
This album represents the dark times for Maiden. Both Bruce Dickenson and Adrian Smith were gone and the remaining members were left with the impossible task of finding a new... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Max Persian
After seeing Maiden on the Fear of the Dark tour and watching Bruce's last concert with them on pay per view, I was left thinking of what now for my favorite band and singer? Read morePublished 4 months ago by flying v
Blaze Bailey is horrible. Thus my two word review of this album......
I have always felt these 2 CD's with Blaze Bayley were good at the time AND relevant to Maidens present after Bruce returned. Read morePublished 5 months ago by ROCK GODD
7/30/2015!! I love it!! Awesome!! Fantastic!! Amazon is like a Xmas Wonderland!! I will be doing all of my shopping here!! Great music store!! Great!! Read morePublished 6 months ago by Thomas E Shelton
Quite possibly the worst album of Iron Maiden's career, though I haven't heard Virtual IX. This album fails for many reasons the least of which is the addition of Blaze Bayley on... Read morePublished 6 months ago by James B. Beavan III
I tend to like all of Maiden's stuff, people cease to remember that Bruce Dickenson is not the original vocalist either and I think that the first to Maiden cd's are among the... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Mike Michilsen
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