BOOK ABOUT ‘THE X FACTOR’ ALBUM (1995) | AUTHOR: STJEPAN JURAS | PUBLISHED: JULY 2019 | HARDCOVER, 256 PAGES
If you don’t listen to it with an open heart ‘The X-Factor’ is everything the “well informed” media have told you it is. The truth, however, is something else: ‘The X-Factor’ is a classic Maiden album and perhaps the breaking point of the entire genre of 90s heavy metal. It’s an album that gave metal back its dark soul and saved it from the well-travelled paths of 90s mainstream glamour and dazzle. It is for this reason that I feel a responsibility to tell you the story of ‘The X Factor’ in a way the album deserves for it to be told. The story even the band no longer tells, even though I’m not so old as to forget how staunchly they defended it then, as staunchly as I do now.