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Encyclopedia > Virtual XI (album)
Virtual XI
Album cover
Album by Iron Maiden
Released March 23, 1998
Recorded Barnyard Studios, Essex, England, 1997
Genre Heavy metal
Length 53 min 22 sec
Record label CMC International
Producer Steve Harris and Nigel Green
Professional reviews
Allmusic.com 2/5 Link
Iron Maiden Chronology
The X Factor
(1995)
Virtual XI
(1998)
Brave New World
(2000)

Virtual XI is the British heavy metal band Iron Maiden's 11th studio album, released March 23, 1998. It was the second and final Iron Maiden album recorded with vocalist Blaze Bayley. Iron Maiden: Virtual XI (cover) This image has been released into the public domain by the copyright holder, its copyright has expired, or it is ineligible for copyright. ... An album (from Latin albus white, blank, relating to a blank book in which something can be inserted) is a packaged collection of related things. ... Iron Maiden promo image for The Wicker Man single, 2000. ... March 23 is the 82nd day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (83rd in Leap years). ... 1998 is a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year of the Ocean. ... Essex is a county in the East of England. ... Royal motto: Dieu et mon droit (French: God and my right) Englands location within the UK Official language English de facto Capital London de facto Largest city London Area  - Total Ranked 1st UK 130,395 km² Population  - Total (2001)  - Density Ranked 1st UK 49,138,831 377/km² Ethnicity... 1997 is a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Musical genres are categories which contain music which share a certain style or which have certain elements in common. ... Heavy metal is a form of music characterised by aggressive, driving rhythms and highly amplified distorted guitars, generally with grandiose lyrics and virtuosic instrumentation. ... A minute is: a unit of time equal to 1/60th of an hour and to 60 seconds. ... This article is about the unit of time. ... A record label is a brand created by companies that specialize in manufacturing, distributing and promoting audio and video recordings, on various formats including compact discs, LPs, DVD-Audio, SACDs, and cassettes. ... In the music industry, record producer designates a person responsible for completing a master recording so that it is fit for release. ... Steve Harris (Stephen Percy Harris, born March 12, 1957 in Leytonstone, London, England) is the bass player and primary songwriter in the heavy metal band Iron Maiden, which he founded in 1975. ... The All Music Guide (AMG) is a globally comprehensive metadata database about music owned by All Media Guide. ... For other uses of this term see X Factor The X Factor is a heavy metal album released October 2, 1995 by Iron Maiden. ... 1995 was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1998 is a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year of the Ocean. ... Brave New World is the twelfth studio album by heavy metal band Iron Maiden released in 2000 (see 2000 in music). ... 2000 is a leap year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Heavy metal is a form of music characterised by aggressive, driving rhythms and highly amplified distorted guitars, generally with grandiose lyrics and virtuosic instrumentation. ... Iron Maiden promo image for The Wicker Man single, 2000. ... March 23 is the 82nd day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (83rd in Leap years). ... 1998 is a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year of the Ocean. ... Blaze Bayley (Bayley Cook, born May 29, 1963 in Birmingham, England) is the lead singer for the heavy metal band B L A Z E. He is, however, most known for his role as the lead singer of Iron Maiden from 1994 to 1999. ...


The album is also notable as it is the farthest that Maiden has gone from conventional heavy metal and partially the album sounds more like rock. Also many songs are slower than most Maiden songs (though often with heavy interludes), the exceptions being Futureal and When two worlds collide. Despite the deviation the album demonstrates probably the best work by Blaze Bailey during his time in Iron Maiden.


The Angel and the Gambler was adapted in to a music-video with the actual song shortened dramatically. In an almost Star Wars fashion the video features an entirely computer-generated world filled with CGI aliens of varying quality. The concept for the video, particularly Blaze walking in to the bar with a brown hat and a long jacket were taken from concept art designed for Somewhere in Time. For the missile defense program, see Strategic Defense Initiative. ... Somewhere in Time is a 1980 time-travel romance film starring Christopher Reeve, Jane Seymour and Christopher Plummer. ...


Just like the tour of The X-Factor, the tour for this album was cut short when Bailey suffered from an allergic reaction caused by certain elements used on the stage.


Track listing

  1. "Futureal" (Harris/Bayley) - 2:55
  2. "The Angel and the Gambler" (Harris) - 9:52
  3. "Lightning Strikes Twice" (Murray/Harris) - 4:50
  4. "The Clansman" (Harris) - 8:59
  5. "When Two Worlds Collide" (Murray/Bayley/Harris) - 6:17
  6. "The Educated Fool" (Harris) - 6:44
  7. "Don't Look to the Eyes of a Stranger" (Harris) - 8:03
  8. "Como Estais Amigo" (Gers/Bayley) - 5:30

Personnel


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The Iron Maiden Commentary (4258 words)
Virtual XI is Iron Maiden's second studio album with Blaze Bayley as vocalist.
Although there will always be people who are unable to accept this evolution, Virtual XI demonstrates that the band has indeed overcome their painful transitional period and are now continuing to do what they do best – making great music.
Albums should not be subject to such commercialisation and advertising gimmicks, which in my opinion only cheapen the mood and feeling of the album.
Virtual XI - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (368 words)
Virtual XI is the British heavy metal band Iron Maiden's 11th studio album, released March 23, 1998.
This is possibly because this album was the first one where Steve Harris performed several of the keyboard-parts recorded on the album himself (in the previous three albums it had been entirely done by Michael Kenny, and before then keyboard use had been minnimal).
This is the third album by Maiden that was not named after a song on the album (similarly to Piece of Mind and the previous album).
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