HomeRegisterLog in

Share | 
 

 Best Tune on "The X Factor" by Iron Maiden

View previous topic View next topic Go down 
Go to page : 1, 2  Next

Best Tune on "The X Factor
Sign of the Cross
38%
 38% [ 8 ]
Lord of the Flies
10%
 10% [ 2 ]
Man on the Edge
29%
 29% [ 6 ]
Fortunes of War
0%
 0% [ 0 ]
Look for the Truth
0%
 0% [ 0 ]
The Aftermath
0%
 0% [ 0 ]
Judgment of Heaven
10%
 10% [ 2 ]
Blood on the World's Hands
5%
 5% [ 1 ]
The Edge of Darkness
5%
 5% [ 1 ]
2 A.M.
0%
 0% [ 0 ]
The Unbeliever
5%
 5% [ 1 ]
Total Votes : 21
 

AuthorMessage
corplhicks
Metal is Forever
avatar

Number of posts : 6230
Age : 37

PostSubject: Best Tune on "The X Factor" by Iron Maiden   Fri Mar 25, 2016 9:52 pm

The X Factor



Recorded 1994 August 1995 at Barnyard Studios in Essex, England
Released Oct 2 1995
Produced by Steve Harris and Nigel Green

My first listen of this album when it came out was three tracks before hiding it from the light of day. I thought it was absolutely horrible. Yes, mostly because of Blaze. After hearing Sign of the Cross on Rock in Rio recently, however, I realized that the songs may be stronger than I initially felt, marred by the horribly miscast frontman. So I've decided to take a second listen for this poll.

I've only made it halfway. This is still terrible.

Part of the problem is the mix. The band sounds plain tired and zapped of all energy. There's just no power coming from anyone. Perhaps that's why Sign of the Cross sounds so much better on Rock in Rio, with a refreshed band and a majestic vocalist. It's a much better delivery.

The other problem is Blaze, sure. But also I'm baffled by the songwriting. There's a lot of recycled riffs in here that hang and stretch FOREVER in the longer proggy songs. This is also where Maiden really started to show far too much dependency on a certain chord progression--something that I'll address in a future post--and it seems their creativity was close to null.

I'm going to finish the album off before making a decision. Perhaps Fortunes of War. But for now, I can't say I've changed my mind on this album. When I was 15 in 1995 this was the greatest disappointment I had faced in the world of music. Still feels that way.

Side note: anyone notice how many "________ of [the] ________" song titles there are in here?? The first four alone have this pattern!
Back to top Go down
Wurthless
Metal is in my blood
Metal is in my blood
avatar

Number of posts : 4969
Age : 20

PostSubject: Re: Best Tune on "The X Factor" by Iron Maiden   Fri Mar 25, 2016 10:39 pm

I actually really love this album. Maybe I'm just a fanboy, lol. It doesn't touch the classics, but in my eyes it's so much stronger than most give it credit for.

The Unbeliever is my favorite track here, followed by Sign of the Cross and Blood on the World's Hands.

And I think the album art kicks ass, too.
Back to top Go down
DallasBlack
Zooey Addict
avatar

Number of posts : 15806
Age : 38

PostSubject: Re: Best Tune on "The X Factor" by Iron Maiden   Fri Mar 25, 2016 11:16 pm

Judgement Of Heaven, one of my favorite Maiden songs!
Back to top Go down
http://rateyourmusic.com/~michelivannewcomb
DallasBlack
Zooey Addict
avatar

Number of posts : 15806
Age : 38

PostSubject: Re: Best Tune on "The X Factor" by Iron Maiden   Fri Mar 25, 2016 11:17 pm

Wurthless wrote:
I actually really love this album. Maybe I'm just a fanboy, lol. It doesn't touch the classics, but in my eyes it's so much stronger than most give it credit for.

Mega ditto!

Back to top Go down
http://rateyourmusic.com/~michelivannewcomb
007
Metal is my Life
Metal is my Life
avatar

Number of posts : 21082
Age : 49

PostSubject: Re: Best Tune on "The X Factor" by Iron Maiden   Fri Mar 25, 2016 11:37 pm

Can't vote. I only heard this once and was so unimpressed I never gave it another chance. Very uninspired music I think.
Back to top Go down
80s Metal Lady
Metal master
Metal master
avatar

Number of posts : 894
Age : 43

PostSubject: Re: Best Tune on "The X Factor" by Iron Maiden   Sat Mar 26, 2016 1:16 am

Voted for "Lord of the Flies." It's really upbeat and catchy. The only song off this album I'd considering adding to my collection. I like parts of "The Unbeliever," too. The rest was meh.
Back to top Go down
thejokeriv
Metal is my Life
Metal is my Life
avatar

Number of posts : 12801
Age : 48

PostSubject: Re: Best Tune on "The X Factor" by Iron Maiden   Sat Mar 26, 2016 9:00 am

Went with Sign of The Cross. I absolutely hated this album when it came out - I didn't give it another chance until I heard Bruce's version of Sign Of The Cross on Rock In Rio. That version of the song is awesome and really brings it too life. Adrian's Smith playing on the track beefs it up into a monster Maiden track.

Years later, I did give the album a chance - it's a decent album with some good songs. The production is terrible and hurts the album. Blaze, while a very nice guy, is just wrong for Maiden. I got to meet him after one of his shows a few years back - he spent time talking to all the fans, had a nice chat and a beer with him. His vocals were just wrong from Maiden.



Back to top Go down
glassprison
Heart of Metal
Heart of Metal
avatar

Number of posts : 1783
Age : 29

PostSubject: Re: Best Tune on "The X Factor" by Iron Maiden   Sat Mar 26, 2016 9:42 am

I voted Sign of the Cross as the best "song" on the album (i.e. not necessarily with Blaze singing). It sounded great in their set once Bruce came back.
Back to top Go down
Fat Freddy
Lord of all PBR's
Lord of all PBR's
avatar

Number of posts : 31122
Age : 47

PostSubject: Re: Best Tune on "The X Factor" by Iron Maiden   Sat Mar 26, 2016 9:49 am

Falling dooooowwwwwn! Falling doooowwwwwwn! Falling doooooowwwww-ooooooowwwwwwn!

...never really cared for this album much, but "Man on the Edge" is a great track.

(Begin shameless plug)
I wrote a "Forgotten Hard Rock Albums" entry on my blog about X Factor a while back: http://hub.me/ageAJ
(end shameless plug)

_________________
""We would absolutely love to put out a new record and get lumped in with all of the other '80s bands out there that still record and put out records that nobody really buys."
- Jeff LaBar, CINDERELLA

HEY KIDS! Check out my way-cool CD and movie reviews and other geeky nonsense on HubPages: http://hubpages.com/@fatfreddyscat
NEW IN 2017: for even MORE Metal & Movie fun, check out my lame ass Tumblr blog! http://keefer1970.tumblr.com/
Back to top Go down
iamrockerfun
Heart of Metal
Heart of Metal
avatar

Number of posts : 2000
Age : 37

PostSubject: Re: Best Tune on "The X Factor" by Iron Maiden   Sat Mar 26, 2016 10:40 am

man on the edge only
Back to top Go down
http://bootlegnightmare.euweb.cz/
MoonChild
Metal is my Life
Metal is my Life
avatar

Number of posts : 15076
Age : 44

PostSubject: Re: Best Tune on "The X Factor" by Iron Maiden   Sat Mar 26, 2016 12:33 pm

DallasBlack wrote:
Wurthless wrote:
I actually really love this album. Maybe I'm just a fanboy, lol. It doesn't touch the classics, but in my eyes it's so much stronger than most give it credit for.

Mega ditto!


Super Mega ditto!
Back to top Go down
MoonChild
Metal is my Life
Metal is my Life
avatar

Number of posts : 15076
Age : 44

PostSubject: Re: Best Tune on "The X Factor" by Iron Maiden   Sat Mar 26, 2016 12:37 pm

Judgment of Heaven
Back to top Go down
Witchfinder
Metal is Forever
avatar

Number of posts : 6163
Age : 49

PostSubject: Re: Best Tune on "The X Factor" by Iron Maiden   Sat Mar 26, 2016 4:00 pm

I vote none. Terrible.
Back to top Go down
http://themetalblogofmetal.blogspot.com/
Lari
Metal is in my blood
Metal is in my blood
avatar

Number of posts : 3375
Age : 37

PostSubject: Re: Best Tune on "The X Factor" by Iron Maiden   Sat Mar 26, 2016 4:35 pm

Terrific album.

The trilogy of Fortunes of War, Look for the Truth and the Aftermath is my personal favourite part of this album. Heavy, epic and dark. Afraid to Shoot Strangers from the previous album would fit in perfectly. Blaze is the right singer for these songs.

Basically the whole album is excellent. Lord of the Flies is a little dull and doesn't fit in. But the rest is great stuff.

I ended up voting for the Edge Of Darkness. That's among the absolute best Maiden tracks ever. An epic song about the movie Apocalypse Now (and it's about the movie, not the book, because it's clearly about Vietnam), great lyrics that tell the story, insane instrumental parts and it's just a perfect fit for this album.
Back to top Go down
DallasBlack
Zooey Addict
avatar

Number of posts : 15806
Age : 38

PostSubject: Re: Best Tune on "The X Factor" by Iron Maiden   Sat Mar 26, 2016 6:16 pm

Lari wrote:
Terrific album.

The trilogy of Fortunes of War, Look for the Truth and the Aftermath is my personal favourite part of this album. Heavy, epic and dark. Afraid to Shoot Strangers from the previous album would fit in perfectly. Blaze is the right singer for these songs.

Basically the whole album is excellent. Lord of the Flies is a little dull and doesn't fit in. But the rest is great stuff.

I ended up voting for the Edge Of Darkness. That's among the absolute best Maiden tracks ever. An epic song about the movie Apocalypse Now (and it's about the movie, not the book, because it's clearly about Vietnam), great lyrics that tell the story, insane instrumental parts and it's just a perfect fit for this album.

Love Edge Of Darkness! The lyrics are great and I love to sing along to it.
Back to top Go down
http://rateyourmusic.com/~michelivannewcomb
metalinmyveins
Metal is in my blood
Metal is in my blood
avatar

Number of posts : 2866
Age : 46

PostSubject: Re: Best Tune on "The X Factor" by Iron Maiden   Sat Mar 26, 2016 7:57 pm

In my opinion, Blaze Bayley will go down as the worst replacement singer of all time from a big band. For myself, Blaze sounds like he fits something like that of The Dictators, but not Iron Maiden! The songs aren't terrible, but they are hampered by thin production and the atrocity already mentioned. The two songs I really like, minus Blaze, would be "Sign of the Cross" and "Aftermath". I just got done listening to "Sign of the Cross" and "Lord of the Flies" with Bruce and it's hard to state how much better they both are with him on vocals. It's cool that Bruce has never felt threatened by singing a song from the Blaze years. I wish Halford might have done this with something like "Cathedral Spires" off of "Jugulator".
Back to top Go down
Gilbert
Metal is Forever
avatar

Number of posts : 5077
Age : 42

PostSubject: Re: Best Tune on "The X Factor" by Iron Maiden   Sun Mar 27, 2016 4:42 pm

Man on the edge.
Bruce is the voice of maiden but blaze is still an awesome vocalist. I love his solo material.
Back to top Go down
journeyman
Metal master
Metal master
avatar

Number of posts : 883
Age : 49

PostSubject: Re: Best Tune on "The X Factor" by Iron Maiden   Mon Mar 28, 2016 12:16 am

Lord of the flies and Blood on the world's hands.

A dark album. Blaze has a melancholy voice, which only adds to darkness. Some good riff's and solos.
Back to top Go down
Grimmo
Metal graduate
Metal graduate
avatar

Number of posts : 405
Age : 48

PostSubject: Re: Best Tune on "The X Factor" by Iron Maiden   Sat Apr 16, 2016 12:15 am

Sign of the Cross for me.
Back to top Go down
http://waynegrimsey.blogspot.com/
akeldama
Metal is Forever
avatar

Number of posts : 7269
Age : 37

PostSubject: Re: Best Tune on "The X Factor" by Iron Maiden   Mon Apr 18, 2016 2:07 pm

Man On The Edge but I almost went with Sign Of The Cross.
Back to top Go down
MetalGuy71
Bukkake Tsunami
avatar

Number of posts : 23986
Age : 46

PostSubject: Re: Best Tune on "The X Factor" by Iron Maiden   Mon Apr 18, 2016 3:13 pm

I've never heard this album, only a song or 2 that appeared on a hits comp I own. That being said, 'Man on the Edge' gets my vote moreso because I liked the movie it was based on.

_________________
I used to be with it, but then they changed what "it" was. Now what I'm with isn't it, and what's it seems weird and scary to me, and it'll happen to you, too.
Back to top Go down
007
Metal is my Life
Metal is my Life
avatar

Number of posts : 21082
Age : 49

PostSubject: Re: Best Tune on "The X Factor" by Iron Maiden   Mon Apr 18, 2016 3:42 pm

MetalGuy71 wrote:
I've never heard this album, only a song or 2 that appeared on a hits comp I own. That being said, 'Man on the Edge' gets my vote moreso because I liked the movie it was based on.


Wow, I had forgotten that little tidbit.
Back to top Go down
MetalGuy71
Bukkake Tsunami
avatar

Number of posts : 23986
Age : 46

PostSubject: Re: Best Tune on "The X Factor" by Iron Maiden   Mon Apr 18, 2016 3:48 pm

007 wrote:
MetalGuy71 wrote:
I've never heard this album, only a song or 2 that appeared on a hits comp I own. That being said, 'Man on the Edge' gets my vote moreso because I liked the movie it was based on.


Wow, I had forgotten that little tidbit.

I recall listening to that song in the pre-internet days and thinking, "Man, this song sounds just like that movie 'Falling Down'. I wonder if they wrote it about that movie?"

_________________
I used to be with it, but then they changed what "it" was. Now what I'm with isn't it, and what's it seems weird and scary to me, and it'll happen to you, too.
Back to top Go down
akeldama
Metal is Forever
avatar

Number of posts : 7269
Age : 37

PostSubject: Re: Best Tune on "The X Factor" by Iron Maiden   Sat Oct 14, 2017 2:50 pm

Just recently got the 2-Disc Japanese version with "Justice Of The Peace", "I Live My Way" & "Judgment Day". I have always loved this album and the inclusion of the three aforementioned tracks makes me like it more.
Back to top Go down
Gilbert
Metal is Forever
avatar

Number of posts : 5077
Age : 42

PostSubject: Re: Best Tune on "The X Factor" by Iron Maiden   Sun Oct 15, 2017 4:33 am

akeldama wrote:
Just recently got the 2-Disc Japanese version with "Justice Of The Peace", "I Live My Way" & "Judgment Day". I have always loved this album and the inclusion of the three aforementioned tracks makes me like it more.

Interesting. Will check this version out.
Back to top Go down
Sponsored content




PostSubject: Re: Best Tune on "The X Factor" by Iron Maiden   

Back to top Go down
 
Best Tune on "The X Factor" by Iron Maiden
View previous topic View next topic Back to top 
Page 1 of 2Go to page : 1, 2  Next
 Similar topics
-
» Iron Maiden:Favorite song off of all 15 studio albums?
» Five Iron Frenzy is back
» TONGUE DRUMS
» Tom Tom Resonant Head Tuning
» Video of Ted doing a Beatles tune

Permissions in this forum:You cannot reply to topics in this forum
Heart Of Metal :: Music Forums :: Heart Of Metal-
Jump to: