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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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  • Avatar for Kaamos-_-
    Underrated as fuck! A masterpiece! [2]
  • Avatar for Chrilu
    I love this album. It's very dark and melancholic and suits Blaze's voice just perfect.
  • Avatar for Jesterli
    Underrated as fuck! A masterpiece!
  • Avatar for FearCrusher
    IronPenguin you lie!
  • Avatar for IronPenguin
    One of Maiden's weakest efforts. I would only put this ahead of Virtual XI, which was even worse.
  • Avatar for Dethamphetamine
    The X Factor >>>> Fear of the Dark [4]
  • Avatar for rosetta0stoned
    probably got milion listens of the album in 95-97's
  • Avatar for niyooh
    One of my all-time favorite albums. Extremely underrated.
  • Avatar for Luan_Ernica
    best 90's maiden album EASILY [4]
  • Avatar for sunriseabove
    Brilliant album! Not for typical metalhead minds

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