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The X Factor
Studio album by Iron Maiden
Released 2 October 1995
Recorded 1994 – August 1995 at Barnyard Studios in Essex, England
Genre Heavy metal
Length 70:54
Label EMI
Producer Steve Harris, Nigel Green
Iron Maiden chronology
Fear of the Dark
(1992)
The X Factor
(1995)
Virtual XI
(1998)
Singles from The X Factor
  1. "Man on the Edge"
    Released: 25 September 1995
  2. "Lord of the Flies"
    Released: April 1996

The X Factor is the tenth studio album by Iron Maiden, released on 2 October 1995. It is the first of two albums by the band 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 takes a darker tone than the band's first nine releases, due to the lyrics being based on personal issues surrounding Steve Harris at the time, who was in the midst of a divorce. This is reflected in the cover artwork, which graphically depicts the band's mascot, Eddie, being vivisected by machine.

Track ListingEdit

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Sign of the Cross" Steve Harris 11:18
2. "Lord of the Flies" Harris, Janick Gers 5:04
3. "Man on the Edge" Blaze Bayley, Gers 4:13
4. "Fortunes of War" Harris 7:24
5. "Look for the Truth" Bayley, Gers, Harris 5:10
6. "The Aftermath" Harris, Bayley, Gers 6:21
7. "Judgement of Heaven" Harris 5:12
8. "Blood on the World's Hands" Harris 5:58
9. "The Edge of Darkness" Harris, Bayley, Gers 6:39
10. "2 A.M." Bayley, Gers, Harris 5:38
11. "The Unbeliever" Harris, Gers 8:10
Japanese bonus disc
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Justice of the Peace" Harris, Dave Murray 3:33
2. "I Live My Way" Harris, Bayley, Gers 3:48
3. "Judgement Day" Bayley, Gers 4:04

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