9. Alexander the Great
The solos are amazing in this piece. It has by far has the most compelling and virtuosity of solos than most Maiden songs. The song has the classic slow and atmospheric overture before it turns into a powerfully rhythmic affair with an incredible vocal performance and a chorus for the ages. What makes this song stand out are the guitar solo passages in the bridge which are one of the most beautiful sounds guitars have ever made in the history of heavy metal music.
8. The Trooper
So, we've got The Trooper. We've all heard The Trooper. The joint solos seem to follow the standard for this period of Maiden. If you listen to the album in it's whole, it would seem as if the guitars were trying to make similar patterns throughout, and basically tie together all the leadwork.And if you want to play it like Adrian check out our Complete Guide to "The Trooper"
7. Two Minutes To Midnight
The solo is typical Maiden style, being fast and powerful, except done even better than usual hough it's short, it shows a great creativity and mastery. The title is a reference to the Doomsday Clock, which was created in 1947 by the magazine Bulletin Of Atomic Sciences. It was set at 7 minutes to midnight, indicating that due to the threat of nuclear war, the world was running out of time. As tensions escalated over the years, the clock was moved forward, but has been set back several times as treaties are signed and the threat decreases. In 1958, the United States and Soviet Union were both testing hydrogen bombs, and the clock was moved up to 11:58 - the closest it ever got to midnight.
6. The Wicker Man
The Wickerman is one of the stronger tracks on Brave New World, as it nicely combines the elements of old and new Maiden. It's fast and very catchy, and it of course features the outstanding sing-along chorus. It was more than just a collection of catchy riffs, idiomatic leads, and musical devices, it was a loud declaration that the Maiden of old has returned with a vengeance.The lyrics are based on the 1973 British horror movie The Wicker Man, which has become a cult classic and was remade in 2006. The solo is great. The 2006 movie... not so much.
5. When the Wild Wind Blows
The solos in this song are phenomenal and many in number, usually flinging a mass of notes the listeners way so fast that it is hard to comprehend. This is just another day at the office for Maiden.
4. Wasted Years
Thiis song was written by Adrian Smith himself. "Wasted Years" was the first single from the album, and is one of Maiden's most accessible and mainstream-sounding songs. It is probably as close as they can get to the mainstream and still retain their unique Maiden sound. There is a long and very melodic chorus by Maiden standards.
3. Stranger in a Strange Land
Maiden’s second single from Somewhere in Time once again was a Smith penned track. This time one of his heavier ones. Based around a simple yet effective main riff and a bass line which is almost too simple for Harris to play. It’s a song that was extremely different from the rest of the album yet still immensely heavy, catchy and therefore Maiden-worthy.
2. Seventh Son of the Seventh Son
This underrated masterpiece from the brilliant concept album of the same name takes the 2nd place. This song was inspired by a series of science fiction novels by Orson Scott Card. They are about Alvin Maker, the seventh son of a seventh son (the first book in the series is called Seventh Son), who is born with second sight and the ability to use "folk magic" in an alternate reality. The song describes how his birth was eagerly anticipated by his siblings and how the forces of good and evil struggled over him.
Now who would have any doubt? This song has three solos, which were designed of an amazing form, they represent Adrian and Murray's virtuosity. The first one it introduces us to a condition of peaceful, the beauty of this one only captures the attention of the person who is listening. The second solo shows a perfect balance between melody and the speed. Both are impressive, demonstrating one of the most beautiful compositions in the golden age of Iron Maiden.
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