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Iron Maiden


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4.15 | 231 ratings

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Iron Maiden always were a band that put on a show, and nothing proves this better than Live After Death. Recorded on the Powerslave Tour, this double album captures the band in all their live ferocity. Steve Harris' bass propels the band as always, and the twin attack of Dave Murray and adrian Smith is even tighter than on the studio albums. Bruce sounds weaker than on the studio albums but he makes up for it with power to substitute for his diminshed range. Anyone who doubts Maiden's musicianship needs to give a few spins to the live renditions of The Trooper and the epic Rime of the Ancient Mariner. Bruce's stage presence can be felt even in the audio, a rare feat for even the most skilled frontman. "Rime of the Ancient Mariner," "Aces High," "Powerslave" and "Phantom of the Opera" are the highlights of this set, but every song gets thoroughly re-energized and enhanced.

This is one of the top five metal live albums of all time, and it's a wonderful place to start for Maiden newcomers, as all the early hits are here except for the glaring omissions of "Killers" and "Where Eagles Dare". Bruce's diminshed range prevents this from a full five stars, but I can assure you he's no slouch live. Up the irons!

Grade: B+

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