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Release date: 23 March 1998
Style: Heavy metal

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01. Futureal
02. The Angel And The Gambler
03. Lightning Strikes Twice
04. The Clansman
05. When Two Worlds Collide
06. The Educated Fool
07. Don't Look To The Eyes Of A Stranger
08. Como Estais Amigos

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Guest review by
Demunarath

Rating:
6.3
Virtual XI was an album made under the Blaze Bayley banner (along with X Factor). I might just as well stop here with this review-but no, I will not.

The common notion about Blaze is that he has no talent whatsoever, he is rigid like a stone on stage and he is just not an Iron Maiden-type vocalist. As a matter of fact, someone had said that Steve only admitted him in the band cause of the fact that he played football well and he was a Manchester fan. I highly doubt these rumors, so I will disregard them now.

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published 18.04.2004 | Comments (11)

Guest review by
un4givendemon

Rating:
6.0
Iron Maiden is one of the most legendary bands of all time. They practically created the genre and have influenced countless bands with their unique New Wave of British Heavy Metal sound. They have gone through three singers in their career; Paul Di'Anno (inception to 1981), Bruce Dickinson (1981-1993, 1999-now), and Blaze Bayley (1993-1999) the singer for this release. Bruce Dickinson is clearly the best singer; the success of their three most recent releases show how important he is to the band. Another example is, well, the Bayley era (1995's The X Factor and 1998's Virtual XI).

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published 09.09.2007 | Comments (14)

Guest review by
Spyroid

Rating:
8.9
Probably more than 90% of the people I talked to about this album claim it to be complete shit, with the exception of "The Clansman," and I never really bothered to check this album out. Once I saw a documentary about some Maiden fans and one of them is talking to the other on the phone in one scene saying "Have you heard the new album? It has got to be their best so far!" He's talking about "Virtual XI" and I laughed my ass off at that comment. However, when I finally did listen to this album I almost had to punish myself for listening to other people instead of getting an opinion of my own.

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published 27.08.2008 | Comments (19)

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vezzy - 18.07.2010 at 15:08  
Rating: 4 The album gave me a headache right after "The Angel and the Gambler". No, seriously, it did.
Angelic Storm - 18.07.2010 at 15:56  
Rating: 7 This is an album that I find quite hard to give a definitive rating to, because Its quite a mess. Although ''Futureal'' is a good speedy opener, the flaws in the album become very apparent soon afterwards. The biggest problem I have with this album, is how some sections are repeated for so long, it sounds like they'll never end. The best example of this being "The Angel And The Gambler". It's a decent old school sounding 70's rock song but is almost ruined by the ''Dont you think I'm a saviour, dont you think I could save you, dont you think I could save your life?" sections which sound like they go on for an eternity. Quite what Steve Harris was thinking when he wrote this song, I have no idea! lol This problem rears its head again in "Don't Look To The Eyes Of A Stranger", which actually starts off well. The very monotonous mid-section, which has the title of the song repeated numerous times kills off any momentum provided by the start of the song. The ending of ''The Educated Fool'' also suffers from this, though maybe to a slightly lesser extent. But still enough to potentially send you to sleep. This song is actually quite dull anyway, if not quite as boring as "Fortunes Of War" from the previous album.

The one song from this album which is almost universally praised by Maiden fans, even by many who dislike the rest of the album, is "The Clansman". While I think it is a little overrated, it is a very good song, and I like it a lot. "Lightning Strikes Twice" is definitely my fave song from the album. The intro provides a great build up, then when the main riff crashes in, the song really catches fire, and it doesnt let up till the end! This song also contains one of my all time fave Dave Murray guitar solos. xD "When Two Worlds Collide" is another song I really like, especially the lead guitar harmonies. The closing "Como Estais Amigos" is a decent ballad, if nothing spectacular.

As for Blaze's vocals, well, he is very limited in what he can do. But he gives his all on the album, and its a decent performance with his limited vocal range.
deflektor - 31.08.2011 at 12:27  
Rating: 8 6.7 for an album that has futureal,the clansman,the educated fool,don't look to the eyes of a stranger and como estais amigos ? you can't be serious...

(as for the "worst" iron maiden album,the title should go to no prayer for the dying and to a lesser extent to fear of the dark,both have way more fillers than this has)
Cuca Beludo - 01.01.2012 at 17:35  
 
Written by deflektor on 31.08.2011 at 12:27

6.7 for an album that has futureal,the clansman,the educated fool,don't look to the eyes of a stranger and como estais amigos ? you can't be serious...

(as for the "worst" iron maiden album,the title should go to no prayer for the dying and to a lesser extent to fear of the dark,both have way more fillers than this has)


Both albums are masterpieces comparing to this.
RavenKing - 02.01.2012 at 01:30  
 
Written by Guest on 01.01.2012 at 17:35

Written by deflektor on 31.08.2011 at 12:27

6.7 for an album that has futureal,the clansman,the educated fool,don't look to the eyes of a stranger and como estais amigos ? you can't be serious...

(as for the "worst" iron maiden album,the title should go to no prayer for the dying and to a lesser extent to fear of the dark,both have way more fillers than this has)


Both albums are masterpieces comparing to this.


As much as they suck, they're still a good step above Virtual crap. Saying that this album sucks is the understatement of the year. No word can tell how bad it is.
JohnDoe - 02.01.2012 at 01:53  
 
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As much as they suck, they're still a good step above Virtual crap. Saying that this album sucks is the understatement of the year. No word can tell how bad it is.


yes, there are: it's uninspired, uninteresting, bland, repetitive, dull.
RavenKing - 02.01.2012 at 02:01  
 
Written by JohnDoe on 02.01.2012 at 01:53

yes you can: it's uninspired, uninteresting, bland, repetitive, dull.


All this is true.

You know, I normally consider that music is a matter of tastes and you can't say that an album sucks in an entirely objective manner. However, in some exceptional cases, I think something can be so unbelievably awful that the only way to describe it is that it sucks, pure and simple. For me, "Virtual XI" objectively sucks.
JohnDoe - 02.01.2012 at 02:06  
 
Written by RavenKing on 02.01.2012 at 02:01

Written by JohnDoe on 02.01.2012 at 01:53

yes you can: it's uninspired, uninteresting, bland, repetitive, dull.


All this is true.

You know, I normally consider that music is a matter of tastes and you can't say that an album sucks in an entirely objective manner. However, in some exceptional cases, I think something can be so unbelievably awful that the only way to describe it is that it sucks, pure and simple. For me, "Virtual XI" objectively sucks.


i used to like a few songs on this album, the short/shorter songs but last times i tried listening to it, it got me terribly bored. I think Maiden did this album for contractual reasons because they sound like they did not have their heart into it. Virtual XI is Maiden's worst.
RavenKing - 02.01.2012 at 02:24  
 
Written by JohnDoe on 02.01.2012 at 02:06

I think Maiden did this album for contractual reasons because they sound like they did not have their heart into it. Virtual XI is Maiden's worst.


I've always thought that Maiden released this crap only 'to release something'. Like you say, for contractual reasons.
I also agree that it is their worst album.
NLthrasher - 02.01.2012 at 02:45  
  Dont like this album, IMO the best thing about this album is the artwork, I still know when I saw it as a little kid, it quite impressed me, the music unfortunately didn't.
Korah - 01.03.2012 at 20:54  
  Bye bye Blaze!
Big-Al - 29.03.2012 at 21:25  
Rating: 7
Written by NLthrasher on 02.01.2012 at 02:45

Dont like this album, IMO the best thing about this album is the artwork, I still know when I saw it as a little kid, it quite impressed me, the music unfortunately didn't.

Yes I do agree, one of their best album covers.
Cuca Beludo - 30.08.2012 at 18:49  
  Way better than X factor... At least, I could listen the whole album

Futureal, The Clansman and Como Estais Amigos are good songs.
Ellrohir - 30.08.2012 at 19:33  
  Worse then X Factor by all means ...that one is actually very good album
Dentura - 12.11.2012 at 22:05  
Rating: 6 Definitely worse than X Factor, but I don't blame Blaze Bayley like so many others. I blame the songwriting for some of the songs here; Angel and the Gambler is a horrendous song, and "Don't Look To The Eyes of A Stranger" doesn't help much. There are of course some really great songs like "The Clansman", "Lightning Strikes Twice", and "When Two Worlds Collide", but as a whole, this is their second weakest album for me (only behind No Prayer for the Dying).
megadeath13 - 20.11.2012 at 18:50  
  If you like the real Iron Maiden you´ll ignore this piece of shit. No its not that bad, but for Maiden quality...
Bad English - 02.03.2013 at 00:05  
Rating: 6
Written by Angelic Storm on 18.07.2010 at 15:56

This is an album that I find quite hard to give a definitive rating to, because Its quite a mess. Although ''Futureal'' is a good speedy opener, the flaws in the album become very apparent soon afterwards. The biggest problem I have with this album, is how some sections are repeated for so long, it sounds like they'll never end. The best example of this being "The Angel And The Gambler". It's a decent old school sounding 70's rock song but is almost ruined by the ''Dont you think I'm a saviour, dont you think I could save you, dont you think I could save your life?" sections which sound like they go on for an eternity. Quite what Steve Harris was thinking when he wrote this song, I have no idea! lol This problem rears its head again in "Don't Look To The Eyes Of A Stranger", which actually starts off well. The very monotonous mid-section, which has the title of the song repeated numerous times kills off any momentum provided by the start of the song. The ending of ''The Educated Fool'' also suffers from this, though maybe to a slightly lesser extent. But still enough to potentially send you to sleep. This song is actually quite dull anyway, if not quite as boring as "Fortunes Of War" from the previous album.

The one song from this album which is almost universally praised by Maiden fans, even by many who dislike the rest of the album, is "The Clansman". While I think it is a little overrated, it is a very good song, and I like it a lot. "Lightning Strikes Twice" is definitely my fave song from the album. The intro provides a great build up, then when the main riff crashes in, the song really catches fire, and it doesnt let up till the end! This song also contains one of my all time fave Dave Murray guitar solos. xD "When Two Worlds Collide" is another song I really like, especially the lead guitar harmonies. The closing "Como Estais Amigos" is a decent ballad, if nothing spectacular.

As for Blaze's vocals, well, he is very limited in what he can do. But he gives his all on the album, and its a decent performance with his limited vocal range.


best post here
IMO Futureal is best Blaze song ever written, realy speedy heavy song, and its lil disapointing afterm. Lighting Strikes Twice also is awesoem song, IMO secend best his song
I realy like this one, IMO its better than prev IM whit him on vox album, but pitty its last one, because in his solo albums he sounds diferent, instruments sounds diferent and lyrics to
The Clansman is good song to piss ppl of because ppl shood remeber what is real clansman , its not KKK but scotish clans. I heard nowdays in USA they force say kinsman insted of clansman because damn fucking KKK make scotisg clansman name sounds negative
So I like this song title to piss idiots off
But I agree about songs what is aprox 9min long, all are lill to long
Ellrohir - 04.03.2013 at 11:12  
  Listened to this one yesterday once again...and Doh! this is really hurting my ears most of the time...
Jaeryd17‍ - 03.04.2013 at 00:47  
Rating: 5 I have one thing good to say about this album: The cover art is decent.

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