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THE X FACTOR

 

Původní celosvětové vydání:

 

   1. "Sign of the Cross" (Steve Harris) – 11:17

   2. "Lord of the Flies" (Janick Gers, Harris) – 5:03

   3. "Man on the Edge" (Blaze Bayley, Gers) – 4:13

   4. "Fortunes of War" (Harris) – 7:23

   5. "Look for the Truth" (Bayley, Gers, Harris) – 5:10

   6. "The Aftermath" (Bayley, Gers, Harris) – 6:20

   7. "Judgement of Heaven" (Harris) – 5:12

   8. "Blood on the World's Hands" (Harris) – 5:57

   9. "The Edge of Darkness" (Bayley, Gers, Harris) – 6:39

  10. "2 A.M." (Bayley, Gers, Harris) – 5:37

  11. "The Unbeliever" (Gers, Harris) – 8:10

 

 

Texty

 

1. Sign Of The Cross

 

[Steve Harris]

 

Eleven saintly shrouded men

Silhouettes stand against the sky

One in front with a cross held high

Come to wash my sins away

 

Standing alone in the wind and rain

Feeling the fear that is growing

Sensing the change in the tide again

Brought by the storm that is brewing

Feel the anxiety hold off the fear

Some of the doubts in the things you believe

Now that your faith will be put to the test

Nothing to do but await what is coming

 

Why then is god still protecting me

Even when I don't deserve it

Thought I am blessed with an inner strength

Some they would call it a penance

Why am I meant to face this alone

Asking the question time and again

Praying to god won't keep me alive

Inside my head feel the fear start to rise...

 

They'll be saying their prayers when the moment comes

There'll be penace to pay when it's judgement day

And the guilty'll bleed when that moment comes

They'll be coming to claim, take your soul away

 

The sign of the cross

The name of the rose, a fire in the sky

The sign of the cross

 

They'll be coming to bring the eternal flame

They'll be bringing us all immortality

Holding communion so the world be blessed

My creator, my god'll lay my soul to rest

 

The sign of the cross

The name of the rose, a fire in the sky

The sign of the cross

 

Lost the love of father above

Chose the lust of the earth below

Eleven saintly shrouded men

Came to wash my sins away

 

2. Lord Of The Flies

 

[Steve Harris and Janick Gers]

 

I don't care for this world anymore

I just want to live my own fantasy

Faith has brought me to these shores

What was meant to be is now happening

 

I've found that I like this living in danger

Living on the edge it feels... it makes me feel as one

Who cares now what's right or wrong it's reality

Killing so we survive wherever we may roam

Wherever we may hide we've got to get away

 

I don't want existence to end

We must prepare ourselves for the elements

I just want to feel like we're strong

We don't need a code of morality

 

I like all the mixed emotion and anger

It brings out the animal the power you can feel

And feeling so high on this much adrenalin

Excited but scary to believe what we've become

 

Saints and sinners

Something within us

We are lord of the flies

 

Saints and sinners

Something willing us

To be lord of the flies

 

3. Man On The Edge

 

[Blaze Bayley and Janick Gers]

 

The freeway is jammed and it's backed up for miles

The car is an oven and baking is wild

Nothing is ever the way it should be

What we deserve we just don't get you see

 

A briefcase, a lunch and a man on the edge

Each step gets closer to losing his head

Is someone in heaven are they looking down

'Cause nothing is fair just you look around

 

Falling down

 

He's sick of waiting of lying like this

There's a hole in the sky for the angels to kiss

Branded a leper because you don't fit

In the land of the free you just live by your wits

 

Once he built missiles a nation's defence

Now he can't even give birthday presents

Across the city he leaves in his wake

A glimpse of the future a cannibal state

 

Falling down

 

The freeway is jammed and it's backed up for miles

The car is an oven and baking is wild

Nothing is ever the way it should be

What we deserve we just don't get you see

 

A briefcase, a lunch and a man on the edge

Each step gets closer to losing his head

Is someone in heaven are they looking down

'Cause nothing is fair just you look around

 

Falling down

 

4. Fortunes Of War

 

[Harris]

 

After the war and now that they've sent us homeward

I can't help but feel that I'm on my own

No one can see just what this conflict has done to

The minds of the man who are on their way home

 

I'm scared for life but it's not my flesh that's wounded

So how can I face the torment alone

The vivid scenes and all the recurring nightmares

I lay there and sweat until it gets light...

 

People say "Don't worry"

Say that time's a perfect healer

That the nightmares they will come to pass

Can't hear what they're saying

I am living in my own world

And I'm feeling trance like all the time

 

I hear voices in my head

Could I really be going crazy

In the night the visions seem so real

Do you care if you live or die

When you laugh are you really crying

You're not sure what's real anymore

 

Fortunes of war

Fortunes of war no pain anymore

 

Sometimes I wake

I feel that my spirit's broken

I wonder if I've the strenght... to carry on.

 

5. Look For The Truth

 

[Blaze Bayley, Janick Gers and Steve Harris]

 

All my dark dreams drift like smoke in the breeze

The fear grips me as I fall towards my sleep

Here comes the nightmare that never ends

Here is the dream that makes monsters of men

 

In the house of my soul

In rooms of ugliness and cold

Memories locked away

All the doubts and fears I never faced

 

Now they come again

I am falling down to meet with them

Fears within us all

Mine awake and they stand up tall

 

Look for the truth

Deepest cut of all from you

Knife of the truth

Blade of hatred slicing through

 

I pray my sleep will break

Maybe this time I won't wake

Weakness I hide so well

This dagger in my mind will tell

 

It's my final stand

I make a fist out of each hand

To shadows of the past

Take a breath and I scream attack

 

Look for the truth

Deepest cut of all from you

Knife of the truth

Blade of hatred slicing through

 

Here is the truth

Deepest cut of all from you

Knife of the truth

Blade of hatred slicing through

 

6. The Aftermath

 

[Steve Harris, Blaze Bayley and Janick Gers]

 

Silently to silence fall

In the fields of futile war

Toys of death are spitting lead

Where boys that were our soldiers bled

War horse and war machine

 

Curse the name of liberty

Marching on as if they should

Mix in the dirt our brothers' blood

 

In the mud and rain

What are we fighting for

Is it worth the pain

Is it worth dying for

Who will take the blame

Why did they make a war

Questions that come again

Should we be fighting at all

 

Once a ploughman hitches his team

Here he sowed ? his little dream

Now bodies arms and legs are strewn

Where mustard gas and barbwire bloom

Each moment's like a year

I've nothing left inside for tears

Comrades dead or dying lie

I'm left alone asking why

 

In the mud and rain

What are we fighting for

Is it worth the pain

Is it worth dying for

Who will take the blame

Why did they make a war

Questions that come again

Should we be fighting at all

 

After the war

Left feeling no one has won

After the war

What does a soldier become

 

War is over and battles are gone

After the war no one has won

I'm just a soldier

 

7. Judgement Of Heaven

 

[Steve Harris]

 

A lonely cry for help preaching out for help to anyone

A silent prayer to god to help you on your way

I've been depressed so long

It's hard to remember when I was happy

I've felt like suicide a dozen times or more

But that's the easy way, that's the selfish way

The hardest part is to get on with your life

 

You're searching in the dark clutching at straws to find a way

You take the tarot cards and throw them to the wind

You ? question your beliefs your inner thoughts,

Your whole existence

And if there is a good then answer if you will

And tell me of my fate, tell me of my place

Tell me if I'll ever rest in peace

 

If you could live your life again

Would you change a thing or leave it all the same

If you had the chance again

Would you change the thing at all

When you look back at your past

Can you say that you are proud of what you've done

Are there times when you believe

That the right you thought was wrong

 

All of my life I have believed

Judgement of heaven is waiting for me

 

All of my life now I have believed

Judgement of heaven awaits for me...

 

8. Blood On The World's Hands

 

[Harris]

 

Sometimes it makes me wonder

Sometimes it makes me question

Sometimes it makes me saddened

Always it makes me angry but...

 

When you can see it happening

The madness that's all around you

Nobody seems to worry

The world seems so powerless to act...

 

It's out of control

Blood on the world's hands

Each day a new toll

 

Another assassination

The same day a new creation

But what are they coming into

Security of a world that brings...

 

One day another killing

Somewhere there's someone straying

Another a savage raping

Meanwhile there's someone laughing at us

 

It's out of control

Blood on the world's hands

Each day it goes on

 

Brutality and aggression

Tomorrow another lesson

Expecting another air raid

Praying for a geaserfire

 

They say things are getting better

No need to be complacent

There's chaos across the border

And one day it could be happening to us

 

It's out of control

Blood on the world's hands

It's our epitaph

It's out of control

Someone should know

Blood on the world's hands

 

9. The Edge Of Darkness

 

[Harris / Bayley / Gers]

 

I've looked into the heart of darkness

Where the blood red journey ends

When you've faced the heart of darkness

Even your soul begins to bend

 

For a week I have been waiting

Still I am only in Saigon

The walls moves in a little closer

I feel the jungle call me on

 

Every minute I get weaker

While in the jungle they grow strong

What I wanted was a mission

And for my sins they gave me one

 

They brought it up just like room service

'Cause everyone gets what they want

And when that mission was all over

I'd never want another one

 

I know, captain, that you've done this work before

We've got a problem you can help us I'm sure

The Colonel's gone rogue, and his methods are unsound

You'll take a PBR up river; Track Him Down!

 

There's a conflict in every human heart

And the temptation is to take it all too far

In this war things get so confused

But there are some things which cannot be excused

 

He's acting [?] like a god - an insane lunatic

Your mission - exterminate with extreme prejudice

The route is dangerous and your progress may be slow

Here is the file and it's all you need to know

 

Here I am the knife in my hand

And now I understand why the genius must die

 

Now I stand alone in the darkness

With his blood upon my hands

Where sat the warrior the poet

Now lie the fragments of a man

 

10. 2 A.M.

 

[Blaze Bayley, Janick Gers and Steve Harris]

 

I get in from work at 2 a.m. and sit down with beer

Turn on late night TV and then wonder why I'm here

It's meaningless and trivial and it washes over me

And once again I wonder is this all there is for me

 

Here I am again

Look at me again

Here I am Again

On my own

Trying hard to see

What there is for me

Here I am again

On my own

 

Life seems so pathetic I wish I could leave it all behind

This canvas chair, this bed, these walls that fall in on my mind

Hold on for something better

That just drags you through the dirt

Do you just let go or carry on and try to take the hurt

 

Here I am again

Look at me again

Here I am Again

On my own

Trying hard to see

What there is for me

Here I am again

On my own

 

11. The Unbeliever

 

[Steve Harris and Janick Gers]

 

When you start to take a look within

Do you feel at ease with what you see

Do you think you can have peace of mind

And have self-belief or be satisfied

 

Do you think you even like yourself

Or really think you could be someone else

Is there something that you'd rather be

Never thought you'd be had the chance to see

 

All my life I've run away

All my life I tried to hide away

 

Feel the paranoia creeping in

Like a cancer eating at the skin

Do you feel you've lost your self-esteem

And your self respect, what can you expect

 

All my life...I've run away

All my life I tried to hide away

 

All my life...I've run astray

Let my faith...slip away

All my life...I've run astray

Allowed my faith...to drift away

 

Are you scared to look inside your mind

Are you worried just at what you'll find

Do you really want to face the truth

Does it matter now, what have you got to lose

 

Try to release the anger from within

Forgive yourself a few immortal sins

Do you really care what people think

Are you strong enough to release the guilt

 

All my life...I've run away

All my life I tried to hide away

 

All my life...I've run astray

Let my faith...slip away

All my life...I've run astray

Allowed my faith...to drift away

 

 

Původní obal

 

Datum vydání

2.10.1995

 

Doba nahrávání

leden 1994 - srpen 1995

 

Místo nahrávání

Barnyard Studios, Essex, Londýn

 

Celková délka

71:02 min

 

Vydavatelství

EMI

 

Producent

Nigel Green, Steve Harris

 

Manažer

Rod Smallwood

 

Umístění v UK charts

8.

 

Sestava

Blaze Bayley - zpěv

Steve Harris - baskytara, doprovodný zpěv

Dave Murray - kytara

Janick Gers - kytara, doprovodný zpěv

Nicko McBrain - bicí

 

Singly k albu

Man On The Edge

 

Lord Of The Flies

 

Ilustrátor obalu

Hugh Syme

 

Tour

The X Factour 1995

 

Předkapely Iron Maiden


My Dying Bride, Dirty Deeds, The Almighty,
Fear Factory, Psycho Motel

 

Setlist tour

Intro
Man On The Edge
Wrathchild
Heaven Can Wait
Lord Of The Flies
Fortunes Of War
Blood On The World's Hands
Afraid To Shoot Strangers
The Evil That Men Do
The Aftermath
Sign Of The Cross
2 Minutes To Midnight
The Edge Of Darkness
Fear Of The Dark
The Clairvoyant
Iron Maiden
The Number Of The Beast
Hallowed Be Thy Name
The Trooper
Running Free
Sanctuary

 

Videa

Man On The Edge

 


 

První album s Blazem Bayleyem na postu zpěváka a zároveň desáté v historii Iron Maiden  vychází až v roce 1995. Přestože deska dosáhla na osmé místo UK Charts a například ve Francii byla vyhlášena deskou roku, sklidil "The X Factor" v Británii snad poprvé od alba "Killers" těžkou vlnu kritiky od novinářů a odborné veřejnosti. Traduje se, že Steve dokonce v návalu rozčilení vtrhl do redakce časopisu "Kerrang", s úmyslem vyřídit si to s příslušným redaktorem, jež psal na toto album recenzi, ručně. Naštěstí pro redaktora, nebyl tento v onu inkriminovanou chvíli v redakci.

Deska je vlastně odrazen Stevovy mysli, který těžce nesl odchod Bruce a taktéž měl za sebou rozvod, kdy po šestnácti letech manželství se svojí láskou z mládí Lorraine zůstal sám, se čtyřmi dětmi, z nichž nejstarší Lauren bylo teprve deset let. Jak Steve říká, byly to krušné časy a v tom albu je všechna jeho tehdejší bolest. Bohužel, pro mnoho lidí včetně Roda zůstalo album "příliš  temným" na to, než aby dosáhlo většího úspěchu a oblíbenosti.

Turné X Factour začalo v listopadu 1995 ve vyprodané  londýnské Brixton Academy. V následujících měsících skupina koncertovala na nových místech, jako v Izraeli, Jižní Africe, nebo třeba Slovinsku. Psal se rok 1996 a metal byl "na lopatkách". Výsledkem byly koncerty v USA, kde po letech strávených na obřích stadionech Iron Maiden koncertovali po klubech pro 1000-2000 lidí. Jediná destinace, která neutrpěla úbytkem obecenstva, zůstávala jižní Amerika, kde na "mejdny" chodilo i v tomto období kolem patnácti až padesáti tisíc diváků. Není divu, že Blaze si tuto část světa zamiloval.

Přes nepříliš lichotivou kritiku si kapela uchovala chuť do další práce a vrhla se po krátké odmlce do nahrávání nového alba. Že to bude Blazeova labutí píseň v té době nikdo netušil...

 

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