The Edge Of Darkness

Album: The X Factor (1995)
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Songfacts®:

  • Written by lead singer Blaze Bayley, bassist Steve Harris and guitarist Janick Gers, this song was based on the move Apocalypse Now. The 1979 film takes place during the Vietnam War, and shows how ordinary men can compromise their beliefs in the face of atrocity. Both the movie and the song examine this conflict.
  • Like many Iron Maiden songs, this one doesn't have a standard chorus. In our interview with Blaze Bayley, he explained: "There's quite a few Iron Maiden songs that don't have conventional chorus or conventional fallouts, but they make sense as musical pieces. We call them 'songs' as a convenient name. That was a big part of the experience in Iron Maiden."

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