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Sign Of The Cross ( Harris )
Lord Of The Flies ( Harris Gers )
Man On The Edge ( Gers Bayley )
Fortunes Of War ( Harris )
Look For The Truth ( Harris Gers Bayley )
The Aftermath ( Harris Gers Bayley )
Judgement Of Heaven ( Harris )
Blood On The Worlds Hands ( Harris )
The Edge Of Darkness ( Harris Gers Bayley )
2 A.M ( Harris Gers Bayley )
The Unbeliever ( Harris Gers )
The X Factor was the beginning of a new era of Iron Maiden, with Blaze Bayley as frontman and vocalist. It also marks a rebirth of sorts, breathing new life and vitality into a band that was beginning to stagnate during the previous years with Dickinson. With the Heavy Metal genre virtually dead, mostly in the United States, The X Factor reaffirms Iron Maiden's ability to continue making their music without stooping to pander to popular and shallow trends.
The album is a refreshingly dark and introspective exploration of the psyche – gone are the overly happy sounds that crippled the previous two albums. Most of the songs begin softly and slowly build with power and energy, perfectly creating a dark and brooding atmosphere. The mood is heightened by Blaze's lower vocal style, which complements the atmosphere of the album much better than Dickinson's air-raid siren would have done.
This is an incredibly deep album, which takes time to sink in. As with most excellent albums, the more you'll listen to The X Factor, the more will resonate within you. For those who are attracted to depressing types of music, listening to The X Factor will give you a dose of irresistible melancholy power.
Charts at number 8
Released: 1st, October 1995