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4 stars The Legacy of the Beast tour is a massive journey taking Iron Maiden all over the world. Unlike previous tours, which were built around some sort of anniversaries, this one is based around Iron Maiden's Legacy of the Beast videogame. It gave the band an excuse to do a massive "greatest hits" show, even showcasing songs that do not usually get played live. For anyone that witnessed the spectacle that is/was Legacy of The Beast, you know exactly what you will be getting musically. This is a setlist culled from the very best of Iron Maiden and takes in most stops in the storied discography of one of the greatest bands. It also contains a few cuts that have not been played in a while. While all of this sounds great, the album does have 2 significant shortcomings: Bruce Dickinson's voice. He struggles to reach some of the higher notes (conversely, his Blaze-era songs sound better than ever, as they are easier on his voice). Many bands struggle with this difficulty once their singers age, and often opt to just change the key to the songs so that they fit better with these new limitations. Also, the crowd sounds extremely fake to me, like it is overdubbed on top. Nights of the Dead: Legacy of the Beast Live in Mexico City is a good album for fans of Iron Maiden, because it gives us some of those jewels from their discography that we have not heard in a long time. Iron Maiden concerts are an amazing experience, and you should absolutely catch them the next time that they play near you; regrettably, this album fails to capture that glory at a level that does the band justice. I enjoyed it. It is not as good as Live After Death or Flight 666, which are masterpieces. It is not essential, but it would be a worthwhile addition to the collection.


Recommended Tracks: The Clansman, Sign of the Cross, Where Eagles Dare & For the Greater Good of God.

thesimilitudeofprog | 4/5 |


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