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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

Reviews (2)
Lyrics (11)

Additional info
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 (28)

Guest review by

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 (40)

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CHINO0097 - 27.03.2011 at 21:03  
  Not a very good album but it's OK.
Troy Killjoy - 27.03.2011 at 21:22  
  I wouldn't even call it OK really. Maybe a 4/10 on a good day.
RavenKing - 27.03.2011 at 23:44  
Written by Troy Killjoy on 27.03.2011 at 21:22

I wouldn't even call it OK really. Maybe a 4/10 on a good day.

I will keep it as short as possible: this album is utter crap.
Yasmine - 27.03.2011 at 23:48  
Rating: 4 I could've been worse though,4.
Vikcen - 26.05.2011 at 18:10  
Rating: 10 Umm, by the way is better the other cover, mola más =)

Troy Killjoy - 26.05.2011 at 19:36  
  Despite the alternate cover art, the music still sucks.
R'Vannith - 27.05.2011 at 03:48  
Rating: 7 Quite a boring album, but it has its redeeming qualities.
eyeofthebeholder - 22.08.2011 at 19:16  
Rating: 7 Very boring in some moments and enjoyable in others.rating: 7/10
Aristarchos - 11.07.2012 at 10:39  
Rating: 9 Very underrated. I can't see why everybody hate this album. It's probably my fifth favourite with Maiden. I know Steve Harris loves this album too. I love this darker side of Maiden, especially I love "Judgement Of Heaven".
Ralle - 08.10.2012 at 20:58  
Rating: 9 So underrated album.
Blaze did a good job.
Vikcen - 10.10.2012 at 22:37  
Rating: 10
Written by Ralle on 08.10.2012 at 20:58

So underrated album.
Blaze did a good job.

Without doubt
Dentura - 12.11.2012 at 21:51  
Rating: 8 I don't understand all the hate behind this album. Sure it's a different singer with a different voice, but so what? I'll admit it took me a while to get into Bayley's voice, but once I did, this album really started to shine very nicely. Blaze has actually hit much higher (almost Rob Halford style) notes than what he hits here (check out the very end of his Alive In Poland performance of "Tough as Steel" and you'll see what I mean. ). All-in-all, this is in my opinion the strongest 1990s Maiden album.
Bad English - 01.03.2013 at 00:19  
Rating: 5 Maybe Blaze came in wright time, even his vox are week, so low , but its good and well 2 albums whit IM and they make him star, IM make him to what he is nowdays, no IM who knows Wolfsbane .... hardly fiew of you , now he is a big name, sellinmg more thanks to IM ....this album is OK, lil sad and nostalig because no more Bruce, no more siren, we knw now he came back, but those days fans didnt .... well I dont say this si let dawn at all
Jaeryd - 02.04.2013 at 14:00  
Rating: 5 I can't decide whether to rate this album a 6, because there's nothing particularly annoying or bad about it, or a 5 because it's so "meh" and boring that it sucks.
Azarath - 03.04.2013 at 21:15  
Rating: 8 It doesn't sound like any other Maiden album. That's a good thing.

Written by Dentura on 12.11.2012 at 21:51

All-in-all, this is in my opinion the strongest 1990s Maiden album.

I agree.
Reality03 - 16.11.2013 at 21:08  
Rating: 3 Extremely weak Album. Boring and repetitive.
mikeprado30 - 24.06.2014 at 07:45  
Rating: 7 The less good IM album IMHO. Anyway is a nice experiment with new elements for the band's sound. But the songwriting could be better (that is proven in Virtual XI, that was better IMHO).

Has boring parts and nice parts (from The Aftermath the album gets better).

Sign of the Cross is nice but I insist, could be better.
deadone - 24.06.2014 at 08:05  
Rating: 6 Just listened to this one yesterday. I have never been able to fully get into it and yesterday was no exception.

Lack of energy and overall gutless sound don't help. Some songs would've worked ar better if they had been sped up.
terrorist - 07.12.2014 at 19:31  
Rating: 10 Great melodies, great lyrics, diffrent vocals but very good, and the darkness which other maiden albums don''t have is absolute fantatstic.

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