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Iron Maiden - The X Factor

6.9 | 1026 votes |
Release date: 2 October 1995
Style: Heavy metal


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Disc I
01. Sign Of The Cross
02. Lord Of The Flies
03. Man On The Edge
04. Fortunes Of War
05. Look For The Truth
06. The Aftermath
07. Judgement Of Heaven
08. Blood On The World's Hands
09. The Edge Of Darkness
10. 2 A.M.
11. The Unbeliever

Disc II [Japanese Release]
01. Justice Of The Peace
02. I Live My Way
03. Judgement Day

Bayley Alexander Cooke - vocals
Janick Robert Gers - guitars
David Michael "Dave" Murray - guitars
Michael Henry McBrain - drums
Stephen Percy Harris - bass

Additional musicians
Michael Kenney - keyboards

Gregorian chants by The Xpresion Choir.

Additional info
Produced and mixed by Steve harris and Nigel Green.

The 2CD Japanese edition of this album contains a bonus disc containing three b-sides from 'The X Factor' recording sessions. This release is quite rare due to the fact it is currently the only place where the track 'I Live My Way' can be found in CD format. Although the track was previously released beforehand as the b-side on the 'Man On The Edge' picture-disc single.

Guest review by
Every fan of Iron Maiden knows the story about the "The X Factor" album - out with Dickinson, one of the best metal singers of all time, and in with Blaze Bayley, an unknown stranger with a voice very far from Dickinsons. And what the hell would that result in? Well, when I heard this album for the first time I had very low expectations, I had the expectation that this was Iron Maiden's worst album. But I was really surprised by the epic and experimenting opener, and the next two tracks were also really good apart from the vocals which wasn't bad but not near Dickinson. I began to believe I really liked 'The X Factor', but when the I came to the end of the last track, my mind had made an 180-degrees-turn.

published 29.07.2008 | Comments (29)

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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.

published 23.08.2010 | Comments (41)

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30.12.2016 - 00:19
Rating: 6
Black Knight
This is not a bad album. It is just a different album compared to the material released by Maiden previously. It is also more experimenting and sometimes in a very weird way (although Maiden has been proggy in the mid to late 80s). People are put off by this album because it is different and because of Blaze's voice, which lacks the power of Bruce's voice. Sign of the Cross is elevated to legendary status when Bruce sings it.
10.03.2017 - 19:54
Rating: 10
Can you imagine a mix between Bruce Dickinson and Blaze Bayley?

14.03.2017 - 23:58
Rating: 8
Written by Vikcen on 10.03.2017 at 19:54

Can you imagine a mix between Bruce Dickinson and Blaze Bayley?


Not really any Dickinson in there.

But they quote the Back to the Future theme.
17.03.2017 - 20:49
Rating: 10
Written by Azarath on 14.03.2017 at 23:58

Written by Vikcen on 10.03.2017 at 19:54

Can you imagine a mix between Bruce Dickinson and Blaze Bayley?


Not really any Dickinson in there.

But they quote the Back to the Future theme.

Well, some songs better than others hehe bubble bobble!

26.08.2017 - 20:53
Rating: 10
After two disaster albums, where the band sounded almost like a parody of itself, what do you do? You get a new front man, that sounds completely different from your previous and make an album that couldn't be more different from your last two and you put more effort into the writing and the recording than you have ever done before. That's The X Factor!

I'm here to praise, not to defend The X Factor or Blaze Bayley, they don't need that, it is a masterpiece and he is a great singer. The best defense for The X Factor is that the listener sits down with an open mind and listens through the album and experience the deep emotion of the music. Steve Harris on the Bass has never sounded better, Nicko McBrain on drums has never sounded better and Jannick Gers finally finds his own style and place in the band. This is the one Maiden album without Adrian Smith, where I don't miss Adrian Smith, because he couldn't have come with the contribution to the record that Jannik Gers does.

The album contains some of the greatest melodies and riffs in Maiden history. All songs are strong and moody in their own way. Whether it be the epic Sign of the Cross or the fast killer track Man on the Edge. A track like Sign of the Cross contains the progressive elements you would find in modern Maiden, but without the tedious drawn out musical sections you would find in, lets say Empire of the Clouds.
More experimental tracks like Blood on the World's Hands and The Unbeliever are fantastic in their own right and down have filler segments in them.
The X Factor is a perfect blend of the progressive and deep song writing you find in later Maiden albums like A Matter of Life and Death and Brave New World and the energic performances you find in earlier releases like Powerslave. Add to that the most emotion there has ever been in a Maiden album, and you have what you might call Iron Maiden's magnum opus.

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