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Iron Maiden

The X Factor

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Category: Heavy Metal

Year: 1995

Label: CMC International

Catalog Number: CMC 8003

Average Rating: 84 / 100 (7 ratings)

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Iron Maiden The X Factor Album Cover

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Steve Harris bass
Blaze Bayley vocals
Dave Murray guitar
Janick Gers guitar
Nicko McBrain drums
1.  Sign of the Cross  11:17
2.  Lord of the Flies  5:03
3.  Man on the Edge  4:13
4.  Fortunes of War  7:23
5.  Look For the Truth  5:10
6.  The Aftermath  6:21
7.  Judgement of Heaven  5:12
8.  Blood on the World's Hands  5:57
9.  The Edge of Darkness  6:39
10.  2 A.M.  5:37
11.  The Unbeliever  8:10
Total Running Time:  71:02

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Existing comments about this CD

From: Colin Date: October 27, 2001 at 20:56
as this cd doesn't have any really great songs on it as "The Number of the Beast" does, there aren't any songs i dislike. a downside to it is it's not one with Bruce Dickinson singing.

From: T1TAN Date: December 31, 2001 at 15:09
I't ok album actually, but it's a little bit too much dark for Maiden. Agreed, there's no Bruce, so it's a kind of an album to get yerself a illegal copy instead of the original cd..

From: nikkiray$immon$ Date: May 18, 2002 at 20:30
A new WOLFSBANE record! I guess they finally gave up on trying to sound like a Britsh Van Halen, eh? And it sounds like they got another guitarist in the band. What? It's Iron Maiden?! I'm in shock. Buy Brave New World instead & skip the one after this one too, it's Virtual Bullshit, really... 4.0

From: oldyett Date: June 27, 2002 at 0:25
after many (and i do mean MANY) repeated listenings, this is one of my favorite maiden releases, a lot of darker toned music reflecting the then recent divorce of headmaster steve harris (2AM, judgement of heaven, the unbeliever), not near the number of uptempo tunes one came to expect from maiden, but an excellent album still!

From: Doggiestyler Date: July 5, 2002 at 16:11
When it comes to Iron Maiden, Bruce Dickinson is the ONLY real vocalist for this band. He always has been, and he always WILL be. There are two albums from this band I do absolutely NOT listen to: Virtual X and The X Factor. Blaze Bayley belongs in s zoo, not in a band such as Maiden. Now, I have these two albums, but that is just beacause Maiden is a collectable band. It is ALL or NOTHING at all. If you don't know too much about Maiden and want to fint out more, stay clear of these two albums..

From: Bilboker Date: April 14, 2003 at 17:25
Malo de cojones. Solo salvo la cancion FUTUREAL y SIGN OF THE CROSS. Que coñazo de disco!!

From: Schmieckie Date: June 29, 2003 at 7:31
My flatulence sounds better than Blaze Bailey's singing. So, did Iron Maiden even audition anyone else? Obviously the music is more 'Fear of the Dark' than 'Powerslaves' (translation: garbage), but a good replacement for BD would have made me a whole lot happier than this horse-rapist they actually hired. (Also, their choice of themes are much less highbrow and literary than in the past - but oh well). Fuck Blaze and his mother too.

From: mrs. Harris Date: October 13, 2003 at 11:53
This album is not such bad for me. There are some good songs like Man On The Edge, Sign Of The Cross, 2 A.M. ... Really dark album but sometimes I like to listen it.

From: evergrey_fan Date: December 29, 2003 at 12:03
I've never been a real maiden fan, though i like classics such as 'The number of the beast'. Got this cd free from a friend and I was pretty surprised. It might not exactly be like the Maiden I did know but this is a great album! Blaze might not be Bruce, but he is a good singer. This really is an album to give all ur attention.

From: maidenWV Date: May 4, 2004 at 10:46
some of steve's best writing IMO. It's a shame Bruce isn't singing.

From: Shannon Date: June 19, 2004 at 19:05
...I bet they really miss Bruce now don't they??? Steve's song writing ability saved this album from being a complete flop!!

From: Shannon Date: June 19, 2004 at 19:07
I DO like the album cover with the new 'realistic' look. It's something different, since Derek Riggs isn't doing the artwork for them anymore.

From: jordi Date: June 28, 2004 at 7:54
Judgement of heaven es la mejor canción que ha tocado Blaze en Maiden. A la altura de las mejores de Maiden. Me encanta! A mi, eh?

From: Big Papa K Date: July 1, 2004 at 17:52
This album is just awful. What were they thinking opening it with their most boring epic ever in "Sign Of The Cross". Thankfully, the next two songs "Lord Of The Flies" and "Man On The Edge" are strong, but the rest of the album is terrible. Their worst albume ever. 3/10

From: Richierocker Date: July 6, 2004 at 13:41
When you guys say this album is "Dark" what do you mean?

From: Steve Date: September 2, 2004 at 10:26
I agree with Big Papa K on this one! Iron Maiden are proberbly my favourite band, but his album seriously has only 2 songs worth remembering. A big dissapointment!!

From: Metal T Date: December 20, 2004 at 11:54
A lot of negative comments for this one.Thats too bad because "X Factor" isn't as terrible as many have suggested.While his vocals might have been somewhat anemic compared to Bruce' he did a great job on this album and like Dianno'-Blaze'seemed to have that "metal attitude" that maybe Dickinson' lacked at times.The complaint that this record is too dark is bullsh*t.There are some good songs on this and some nice vocal passages. ----

From: keeper Date: April 15, 2005 at 7:25
Maybe Dickinsion is not in this, but it is IMHO a milestone for Maiden. All songs are great, and there's a new fantastic atmosphere in this album. Bailey's voice fits perfectly with Steve's tunes, and the overall work is very very good. Yes, it is a Maiden album , very different from the others, but a great one too. 9/10

From: Been Date: May 3, 2005 at 16:44
Cheer up for gods sakes blaze!! The X Factor is a great album musically. The steve harris production is not great though if im honest. Has anyone noticed how since joining maiden and then leaving to form blaze (who are great by the way) Bailey is getting more and more depressed. Smile Blaze like this Isn't that better?

From: underworld king Date: March 30, 2010 at 21:36
This album has grown on me through the years. I like both of the Blaze era albums and everything else Maiden has done. I remember this came out when grunge was all the rage and this to me was a stand out release compared to the grunge crap that was out there at the time. That said, the two albums with Blaze paved the way for Bruce to come back into the band due to a loss of popularity for the band. I have always liked it better than Fear Of The Dark though.

From: pie75 Date: September 5, 2010 at 5:18
firstly when rating this album you have to take 2 things into account 1.blaze was replacing a great and popular vocalist in bruce and 2.at the time this came out grunge was all the rage.It was a bad time to leave for bruce his and maidens career stalled not that blaze is a bad singer(though wolfsbane did nothing for me)he did his best and the album isn't bad it had some good songs none memerable but good songs like sign of the cross,lord of the flies,man on the edge,judgement of heaven,the unbeleiver but i thought the best was the moody fortunes of war think about the terrible nineties guys this wasn't that bad

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