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By this time Bruce was gone and they focused on releasing an album with Bayley and i have to say that they did a solid job and that out of the Blaze albums this is the better of the two as it has better singing,songs,and the album had a better feeling overral.With Blaze the band would have to cut some regular songs from thier live shows such as "Run To The Hills" because he couldn't sing it,his style didn't allow him to.Also he had breathing problems and was allergic to many stage elemnts wich in consequences forced Maiden to cut their tours short due to that,wich contributed largely to Bruce coming back with them in 1999.Yet with Blaze they could do things they couldn't before,wich they did on this album as the album has unique dark feeling and songs that only Blaze could do(Bruce tried,but he couldn't do much with that material).Read more ›
I was still disappointed and it was probably because I kept expecting it to sound like Bruce on vocals. Finally, after what seems like an eternity has passed, I can appreciate this one for what it was/is: The band wanted to make an album, Blaze Bayley was available, so they did it. It's a good album, but it's at the bottom of my Iron Maiden list. It's worth listening to if you're an Iron Maiden fan, or maybe even if you're not (maybe you won't have any personal biases for rejecting it like I did).
The songs are decent, with a few memorable ones, but Blaze's style in many places seems like he's halting or waiting for the music to catch up to him and the band is waiting for him to catch up to them. It makes for some really strange pauses in the music/vocals as if their timing is off a little. (If I can find specific examples I might add them later.) The music is actually really good and sounds like Iron Maiden should, but Blaze brings them down in a few places and it's not what I would consider a "great addition" to the Iron Maiden legacy. And a two and a half minute lead-in of chanting, sound effects, and slow single guitar notes makes for a boring entrance to the album.
So, even though Blaze is a blemish on this Iron Maiden offering, it's still worth 4 stars.
In the early nineties, Iron Maiden was faced with a huge problem. Their ever-so-great lead vocalist Bruce Dickinson had left the band to pursue his solo career. This left the once-great metal band without a vocalist. They needed to find a new vocalist, and fast - or risk disbanding. They recruited ex-Wolfsbane vocalist Blaze Bayley to record their next album. This would be their tenth album, so appropriately enough they called it The X Factor (X is the Roman Numeral for ten.) Is this album the piece of junk Maiden loyalists say it is, or is it an underrated masterpiece, like members of a small minority say? Read on for my review.
The first thing I should state about this album is that it sounds NOTHING like the Dickinson-era material that you've come to know and love the band for, nor does it sound anything like the band's early days with Paul Di'Anno. This is very "dark" metal, more of a black/death metal sound than the epic power rock-oriented material the band is best known for. Also, this album is NOT as bad as people say. Many Maiden fans couldn't accept the fact that the band was undergoing a change. IT'S CALLED TRYING SOME NEW, PEOPLE! The band starts this album with the extremely lengthy epic, Sign Of The Cross. Even people who aren't very big fans of the Blaze Bayley era praise this track, and why not? It's excellent. Another excellent track is Man On The Edge. The simplistic-yet-catchy chorus makes this an instant Maiden classic. The Aftermath is a song about soldiers and how they feel useless after the conflicts they have fought in have reached their end - a song many people can relate to. The slow-yet-heavy stylings of 2AM make it another one of the album's good tracks.Read more ›
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I was, and always will be a Bruce Dickinson fan, so like many Maiden fans, I imaturely refused to even hear the X-Factor. I was living in the Golden Years. Read morePublished on June 27 2004 by Matthew Charles
OK, most people might believe that iron maiden is nothing without Bruce Dickinson. What I believe is this: although I'm a huge fan of Brucie, Iron Maiden is NOTHING without Steve... Read morePublished on April 26 2004 by david
i own six cd albums by iron maiden(and a hoody?), and have heard, lots of times, a further four and i would have to say that this is their best cd yet. Read morePublished on April 18 2004
What is this? Not even good as a stand alone effort apart from IM. Considering that this new sound calls themselves Iron Maiden, it's worse. Read morePublished on March 20 2004 by 108Dragons
Just woeful! Not even a 'Maiden' tribute band could have written and recorded a more dated, predictable, rehashed and weak album such the likes of this sad and sorry turn out that... Read morePublished on Feb. 8 2004
Real quick, the cd is some horrible work; nothing like the real Iron Maiden with Bruce Dickenson! Maybe this one would find a place in a gothic dentist office, yuk!Published on Jan. 31 2004
"Nothing is ever the way it should be
What we deserve we just don't get you see..."
-"Man on the Edge", Iron Maiden
Truer words may never... Read more
So it was 1995 when The X Factor came out, almost three years after its predecessor Fear of the Dark, which was by some criticised as a sub-standard Maiden disc. Read morePublished on Nov. 12 2003 by Murat Batmaz