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The X Factor is the tenth studio album by Iron Maiden, released in 1995. It is the band's first album to include Blaze Bayley, formerly of Wolfsbane, as vocalist, replacing Bruce Dickinson who left the band following their previous tour to pursue a solo career.

The album title came about in the early part of the recording. According to producer Nigel Green:

"We all felt that the way things were progressing - the songs, Blaze's new involvement, the sound, the commitment… read more



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  • IronPenguin you lie!
  • One of Maiden's weakest efforts. I would only put this ahead of Virtual XI, which was even worse.
  • The X Factor >>>> Fear of the Dark [4]
  • probably got milion listens of the album in 95-97's
  • One of my all-time favorite albums. Extremely underrated.
  • best 90's maiden album EASILY [4]
  • Brilliant album! Not for typical metalhead minds
  • There is definitely better songwriting on this album than on the previous two albums, which, to be frank, only had a handful of above average Maiden songs. This is definitely the album where Steve Harris started writing with a more progressive brush stroke, which isn't shocking when you look at the proggy songs from their early albums, and that Steve Harris is a HUGE Dream Theater fan. What hurts this album the most is that Blaze's vocals could have been better, it seems that he just coasted through the entire process. At least the production is a lot better than it was on Virtual XI, something that really bogs down that album. Overall, a great, under appreciated album from Maiden, but one that lacks the energy that Bruce Dickinson brought to the table on Brave New World, which is oddly similar to this one.
  • such an underrated album. love it's grim melody.
  • Really good album. Dark and I thought Blaze did great here. Way better than Virtual XI.

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