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Re: THE El Dorado Thread (and other Iron Maiden related musings)
« Reply #770 on: August 14, 2015, 05:27:43 AM »
Im going to try my best to hold off and listen when I get home from work so my first experience of the new single from my favorite band can come from a happy place, not work.  If that makes any sense.

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« Reply #771 on: August 14, 2015, 05:34:04 AM »
Loved it! Both the song and the video.

This! And i agree with "best single since Wicker Man" too. Cool song!  :metal

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« Reply #772 on: August 14, 2015, 06:20:16 AM »
Definitely has a AMOLAD vibe to it that I'm getting...and that's a GREAT thing.   And the chorus isn't just the title of the song repeated over and over!!!  YAY!!!!!

Love that video.  So many nuggetz that I'm going to have to watch it again.   
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Re: THE El Dorado Thread (and other Iron Maiden related musings)
« Reply #773 on: August 14, 2015, 06:36:17 AM »
I found it decent, but maybe it'll need a couple more listens.  Great solo though.
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« Reply #774 on: August 14, 2015, 06:44:23 AM »
I'm not a huge IM fan, but that sounded like a decent single from them. I look forward to hearing more.

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« Reply #775 on: August 14, 2015, 06:46:03 AM »
I'm not a huge IM fan, but that sounded like a decent single from them. I look forward to hearing more.
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Re: THE El Dorado Thread (and other Iron Maiden related musings)
« Reply #776 on: August 14, 2015, 07:39:07 AM »
By the way, that scream in the intro reminds me of Be Quick Or Be Dead.

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« Reply #777 on: August 14, 2015, 07:47:37 AM »
Yeah, that scream is pure 90´s Bruce.

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« Reply #778 on: August 14, 2015, 09:01:05 AM »
Yeah, that scream is pure 90´s Bruce.

Actually, I'd say it's pure Ian Gillan. But yeah, Bruce did do that sort of thing back in the 90's too.
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« Reply #779 on: August 14, 2015, 09:38:05 AM »
The song is pretty good on first listen.  Pretty much par for the course for Maiden at this point, a very catchy, upbeat single.  The thing I'm most ambivalent about is the vocal melodies, which are kind of bland and odd.  Usually Maiden's melodies are much stronger, though there are some exceptions (looking at you, Wildest Dreams).  But the band is on point and I agree that the intro is excellent.  Could be a decent show opener, If Eternity Should Fall will fill that role if history is any indication.

That pretty much sums up my initial reaction precisely.
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« Reply #780 on: August 14, 2015, 10:12:21 AM »
I'm scared now; generally, I succumb to these teasers, absolutely hate them, resolve to never pre-listen again, and then am blown away once the CD is released (Van Halen, DT x2, David Gilmour). 

I LOVED THIS.  I don't quite get the criticisms on the vocals in the chorus; I love the touch of echo, and thought it was strong and catchy.   Sometimes Maiden's melodies are TOO angular (Mother Russia comes to mind) but these are as cool as the other side of the pillow. 

The video was five minutes and three seconds of pure nuggets, on the Maiden level and the video game level.  LOVED THAT TOO!!!

Really pumped up now; I hope I'm not let down. 

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« Reply #781 on: August 14, 2015, 10:15:51 AM »
Im going to try my best to hold off and listen when I get home from work so my first experience of the new single from my favorite band can come from a happy place, not work.  If that makes any sense.

Yeah, I'm also going to wait until the workday is over to listen, if I decide to listen at all.

Whether or not I'm going to listen to a single put out before an album's release is always a 50-50 thing. And I don't really know how I decide whether I'm going to or not, I just decide. I've never really regretted it either way. Haven't decided here yet.
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« Reply #782 on: August 14, 2015, 11:56:28 AM »
I saw the video on Bla*******th a few moments ago.  The song was just okay, but the video was great.  I liked the references to Donkey Kong and Double Dragon, and I'm sure there were more that someone who hasn't been retired from gaming for years could identify.  I could never get my copy of Ed Hunter to work, so I don't know if any of the footage comes from that. 

The song at least wasn't as repetitive chorus-wise as most of them have been since Bruce and Adrian returned to the band, but it wasn't as melodic either.  I'll have to give it a few more listenings.

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« Reply #783 on: August 14, 2015, 12:25:00 PM »
Yup,  that was pretty good. Cool video. Not sure about the comments saying Bruce can't sing anymore.  I thought he sounded better than on FF.

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« Reply #784 on: August 14, 2015, 01:07:36 PM »
I didn't mention it, and I haven't seen it mentioned, but I LOVED the riff in that song.   I'm not sure yet who's playing what, but Dave Murray may be the most underrated player in rock today if not rock history.  (Yes, I said that.)

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« Reply #785 on: August 14, 2015, 01:34:56 PM »
I came in her to type that I loved the riff too. It might be the best part of the song for me. I thought the solos were good to great, and suited the song well enough. The vocal melodies were the only drawback of the song for me. But even so, they weren't bad, just the only noticeably underwhelming part.
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would have thought the same thing but seeing the OP was TAC i immediately thought Maiden or DT related
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« Reply #787 on: August 14, 2015, 02:00:18 PM »
Well, she didn't propose any alternate locations.
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« Reply #788 on: August 14, 2015, 02:40:02 PM »
By the way, that scream in the intro reminds me of Be Quick Or Be Dead.
Yeah, but thankfully the vocals are much better. FOTD is Bruce's worst album with Maiden.


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Re: THE El Dorado Thread (and other Iron Maiden related musings)
« Reply #789 on: August 14, 2015, 02:44:46 PM »
I despise judging sound off of youtube/mp3s, but the one thing I keep thinking about this release is that I don't like the sound of the drums. Not sure if it's lack of volume, lack of punch, or the overall mix, but I just don't really like how they sound.
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« Reply #790 on: August 14, 2015, 02:46:25 PM »
Really great song.

I have a feeling this is gonna be their best album.
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« Reply #791 on: August 14, 2015, 02:47:31 PM »
Oh, the other thing is, although I only thought this was a decent song, that's the best video I've seen in ages.
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« Reply #792 on: August 14, 2015, 03:09:49 PM »
I really love the more gritty vocal style Bruce seems to be using on this song. It suits him really well. :metal
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« Reply #793 on: August 14, 2015, 03:14:10 PM »
Oh, the other thing is, although I only thought this was a decent song, that's the best video I've seen in ages.

It really is. As A matter of fact, I'm gonna watch again.
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« Reply #794 on: August 14, 2015, 03:54:11 PM »
very good song

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« Reply #795 on: August 14, 2015, 04:09:43 PM »
Sounds like again we are going to get a subpar sounding album, the production sounds muddy and flat yet again.

I don't know, this song just doesn't get me excited.  It's certainly a Maiden single though and through and I'm sure will grow, but for me it's just okay, certainly nothing brilliant at all.  And the solos are getting way too samey and less creative IMO.  Also, Bruce sounds really great except on the chorus, I feel he's straining a bit too much.

Not really what I expected, but it does have somewhat of a classic Maiden feel.

The video's good too, I like the Robocop vs Terminator part in there, use to love that game.

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« Reply #796 on: August 14, 2015, 04:10:48 PM »
I'm much more interested in hearing this 18 minute epic!

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« Reply #797 on: August 14, 2015, 07:09:48 PM »
My feelings have pretty much all been covered here.

1: The video is fantastic
I could never get my copy of Ed Hunter to work, so I don't know if any of the footage comes from that.
Nah, there's nothing in there from that, but the whole time I was thinking "This is what EdHunter SHOULD'VE been" because then EdHunter would be awesome and not a steaming pile of EdShit. 

2: Nicko's snare is more boxey than ringy, which gives an 80s Maiden vibe to it I feel - I welcome it, although I can see how some people would perceive that as 'dead' sounding.

3: Bruce sounds amazing, and channelling some major Dio vibes.

4: This might be one of the only singles posr-reunion that isn't in the key of E, and doesn't rely on the typical VI-VII-I Maiden run (those numbers may be wrong as my theory is rubbish, but I'm thinking that E-C-D thing that is a Maiden cliché), that to me makes it sound fresh, and has me pumped way more than the lead singles of TFF.

I'm absolutely stoked with the song, and am now even more pumped for the album - WAY more than I ever was for TFF and I feel like this could be a huge step up for me personally. 

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« Reply #798 on: August 15, 2015, 12:09:53 AM »
I loved it!  :metal
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« Reply #799 on: August 15, 2015, 12:24:56 AM »
So the band just released the song on Spotify and iTunes and the production sounds much better there than it does on the music video on YouTube. Dunno if it's perfect or anything, but it sounds a lot cleaner and Steve is actually audible/meaty.
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« Reply #800 on: August 15, 2015, 09:08:05 AM »
Watched it three times in a row when I got home from work last night.  I love it!  The song grew on me each listen and I dig it a lot.  I feel like the vocal melodies reminded me of El Durado, but this was a much better overall song.  The mix sounds like a bit like the last two albums, but maybe worse, hard to tell by youtube.

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« Reply #801 on: August 15, 2015, 09:17:53 AM »
Sounds like a rather typical Iron Maiden single, which is good but not very exciting.

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« Reply #802 on: August 16, 2015, 03:40:45 AM »
So the band just released the song on Spotify and iTunes and the production sounds much better there than it does on the music video on YouTube. Dunno if it's perfect or anything, but it sounds a lot cleaner and Steve is actually audible/meaty.

This is good to read.

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« Reply #803 on: August 16, 2015, 02:20:17 PM »
So the band just released the song on Spotify and iTunes and the production sounds much better there than it does on the music video on YouTube. Dunno if it's perfect or anything, but it sounds a lot cleaner and Steve is actually audible/meaty.

This is good to read.

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