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  • Audio CD (2 Oct. 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B000024JL3
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  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 AM
  11. The Unbeliever

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I had heard some poor things about this album & the new vocalist. Just catching up on the Iron maiden back catalogue & this album is really good. Some great songs, great riffs & solo's & Blaze is a half decent vocalist.
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By S. Lornie TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 10 May 2017
Format: Audio CD
I can't believe it has been 20 years since the release of Iron Maiden's The X Factor. An album that splits their fan base right down the middle. Here's my thoughts...

The 1990's was a dire time for rock music and heavy metal. The music fell out of popular trends and caused endless problems with many bands on the scene at the time. What came out of it however is some of the most underrated music from well known band's at the time. At some point in the '90s Judas Priest released Jugulator, their first album with Tim Owens. An album full of excellent riffs, phenomenal vocal acrobatics and easily the heaviest album the band have ever produced. Def leppard released their fairly unique album, Slang. A huge departure from their happy go lucky sound that features some heavy riffs, fantastic lyrics and some remarkable melodies. Both albums were fairly panned by critics and fans alike. Not being able to appreciate a musicians ability to adapt to the times and so on.

Unfortunately for Iron Maiden, they were thrown into the same situation when lead singer Bruce Dickinson departed from the group after, Fear of the Dark. The changes the band made were not only a huge contrast to their normal sound but one that still causes endless debates with fans to this day. Due to some personal issues, Steve Harris was writing the darkest material that has ever been released on an Iron Maiden record. On top of that the band slowed down their tempo and created a vast array of songs that featured some stunning twin guitar playing, some of Nicko's finest drumming but some thought provoking lyrics. To capitalise on this new dark tone the band recruited Blaze Bayley of Wolfsbane. A singer who had a very mean looking demeanor and a voice that is the complete opposite of his predecessor.
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Iron Maiden seemed to blow open a new gateway with this album.Compare it to Number of the Beast or Seventh Son of a seventh son, and it seems to be a step backwards. But perhaps what makes it a good album is that it is so different.

Certainly, Steve Harris states that he feels it is one of the best they've ever done.

Sing of the cross is possibly one of the darkest songs I've ever heard, and a long album opener, rather than the shorter sprints they usually do, make it a good opener. Lord of the flies is one of the songs I find it hard to get into, but it's alright. Man on the edge is one of the best maiden songs going.

Its when the album progresses that the true sense of darlness hits you.Judgement of Heaven: "I've felt like death a dozen times or more" is exactly what SH was going through at this stage in life.

My ultimate favourite on the album is Blood on the World's hands. Musically brilliant, and one of the bst bass introductions to any song. It proves Steve's brilliance at what he does best.
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This album is hugely underrated. It sets the template for a lot that the band did following 2000, and is certainly their best album of the 90s.

Dark, introverted and with terrible production, yet the musicality and depth of content is fantastic. Blaze Bayley unfortunately is flat a lot of the time though.
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By carlosnightman VINE VOICE on 19 Oct. 2010
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With their front man and arguably their most famous band member Bruce Dickinson leaving for a solo career and 2 poorly received albums behind them Iron Maiden had drifted into dangerous territory. Not only did most charts around the world see them as dinosaurs (not that that had ever mattered to them) but most importantly their fans and the metal community had begun to see them as a spent commodity, ready for the scrap heap. Sure they had released any number of classic albums but their time had come and gone. The rest of the band clearly didn't feel the same way and wanted to prove to everyone (not least themselves) that they still had it. Taking all the recent struggles and changes as a challenge they channeled everything into creativity and with the help of new singer Blaze Bayley they made an album which surpassed their last two. Would it reach the heights of the best?

`Sign Of The Cross' is one of the band's longest songs, perhaps a strange choice to open the album but one which sets things up nicely. We get some strange chanting for the first minute or so, holding back eager fans who want to hear the new vocalist. A dark riff starts, echoed by the earthy vocals and it seems like we could be in for something special. A look at the album cover, with Eddie seemingly being destroyed in some sort of Saw trap hints that the band wish to crush everything they have done in the past. Near the third minute the song finally kicks off with what would become the Bayley-era Maiden trademark, a plodding pace. Here it is effective as the writing is strong and it is something new, but after a while many songs become samey. While the song is overlong and seems empty in places, the guitars and chorus are nevertheless good.
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