The X-factor Iron MaidenCD

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CategoryCDs
ThemeBands
GenreHeavy Metal
Media formatCD
Media PackagingJewelcase
Available since 30.06.1995
Product code256083

If one listens more intensively to the first album "The X-Factor" by Iron Maiden after the new line-up with Blaze Bayley, not only some really great songs, but also good vocal performances are striking. "The X-Factor" not only features a fundamental vocal innovation within the band, but provides also some surprises for long-term fans in musical terms, as the entire songwriting has become more gloomy. According to songwriter, bass player and producer Steve Harris, this was due to the personal rock-bottom he had hit after Dickinson's departure and the separation from his wife.
"The X-Factor" reached place #8 of the British charts, achieved place #16 in Germany and stayed in the German charts for 10 weeks.

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Well, this is the one. The X Factor, Iron Maiden's tenth studio album, is probably the most controversial record they have ever put to tape. Yes, this was the first album not to feature the thunderous vocals of Bruce Dickinson since Killers way back in 1981. Outrage swirled about when the announcement was made, and before long the band drafted in former Wolfsbane singer Blaze Bayley to fill Dickinson's epic shoes. Bayley sported a lower voice that resembled almost nothing to the sound Dickinson had supplied the band for seven studio releases. It is well known that this is the first of two records Iron Maiden created with Blaze Bayley singing. What a lot of people don't seem to realize, however, is that The X Factor breathed new life into a legendary band that had previously released two underwhelming subpar albums with its larger than life lead singer.

With Blaze, a new era began for the band. It was on the band's first Blaze Bailey album that they began writing what ended up being the precursor to their current day songs. The X Factor, the band's tenth release, featured songs unlike ever heard before on a Maiden record. These songs featured slow, quieter intros courtesy of Steve Harris bass lines, often with Blaze softly singing the first verse over them. The song then becomes heavier and faster resembling the traditional Iron Maiden sound, before the song fades out just as it began. Of course, The X Factor also features short, speedy songs such as Man on the Edge.

Fans tend to relate periods of time, years of success or decline, to certain people. To any fan, Maiden’s heavenly godliness of years past just isn’t compatible with Bailey’s down to earth vocals- but X-Factor needed a voice with a natural strength and a lower register. Murray’s and Smith’s chemistry is irreplaceable- but the amazing melodic parts in this record are rarely harmonized, which is evidence that all X-Factor needed was a reliable guitar duet. Steve Harris can’t be consistent when he composes a whole record all alone - then again this album was the embodiment of what he had in mind since 1990 (the back to basics approach) and this is actually the key to understanding it. X-Factor is a glance towards everything that inspired and motivated Harris when he was a kid; a certain respect for early prog rock and Thin Lizzy, an admiration for raw hard rock in the process of becoming heavy metal, and a passion to discover/create the most beautiful melodies even in the dirtiest kinds of music. In this inconsistent and slightly repetitive record, Maiden’s primary elements are still dominant, not in the form of a masterpiece such as Powerslave or Seventh Son, but in the form of a record that is definitely worth your time.

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