As you scream into the web of silence...
That’s even further removed from the classic Maiden style. TNOTB is the perfect album to bring in new fans, it’s iconic for a reason.
Yes but if you're introducing in an album format, SIT is far more accessible than the aforementioned invaders into children of the damned combo. While SSOASS would work fairly well, the opening two tracks are the most important for getting someone hooked on an album so that they actually listen to the whole thing.That’s even further removed from the classic Maiden style. TNOTB is the perfect album to bring in new fans, it’s iconic for a reason.
So Powerslave thenYes but if you're introducing in an album format, SIT is far more accessible than the aforementioned invaders into children of the damned combo. While SSOASS would work fairly well, the opening two tracks are the most important for getting someone hooked on an album so that they actually listen to the whole thing.
Beg to differ - there's too much rubbish in between the handful of standout tunes to stop your average punter being somewhat put off. I reckon Powerslave and POM should be the go-to for "my first Iron Maiden" (if nothing else, they contain the band's two strongest openers)TNOTB is the perfect album to bring in new fans, it’s iconic for a reason.
Are you going to review all of the live albums?183/365
Live After Death - Iron Maiden
Initial Thoughts: Maiden had recently released their 5th Studio album the mighty powerslave. A career spanning setlist at the time featuring essentially all the tracks one would like to hear from those available albums at the time. The only notable omnission would be The Prisoner off of TNOTB but wow is this a setlist. - 10/10
Churchill's Speech/Aces High - Winston Churchill introduces the band letting the crowd know they are in for an onslaught of heavy metal music which will never surrender, Aces High comes in once the speech is complete melodic and Bruce is firing on all cylinders on the speedy opener of the bands masterpiece 5th album. Amazing soloing just like the studio version. Steve's bass keeping the band in line the entire time. What an opener - 10/10
2 Minutes To Midnight - Wasting no time the band goes into the second song off of Powerslave. A strong 1-2 punch, much stronger than the studio version the band delivers an exceptional rendition of the frankly overplayed track. - 10/10
The Trooper - Continuing on the guitar rocker assault the band launches into the classic track off of Piece of Mind. The Trooper's harmonized guitar intro is majestic live, the crying chorus of the song is a victim to weaker backing vocals but the song itself is performed incredibly well aside from that. The galloping bass is amazing. Nicko's drums driving the pace with Steve. - 9/10
Revelations - A track which has grown on me as of late comes in next the first true longer track of the album, dynamic and Bruce sings it stronger here than on the studio version, the live setting allows for the guitar work to feel much heavier. An amazing guitar solo from Adrian ensues and the band comes back finishing off the track - 9/10
Flight Of Icarus - Opening up with the classic scream for me intro by Bruce the mighty Flight of Icarus launches into action, faster than the studio version which I feel like makes the song even stronger and unrelenting. Closing off side 1 in brilliant fashion. - 10/10
Rime Of The Ancient Mariner - Side 2 opens with the monstrous masterpiece from the band's most bands couldn't make the perfection that was the studio version even stronger than it initially was. Iron Maiden are not most bands. Rime is faster heavier and outright brutal. Bruce is vicious singing some beautiful high notes and delivering the lyrics perfectly. - 10/10
Powerslave - How does one follow up Rime, one delivers a roaring rendition of Powerslave. The title track and final song from the mighty album comes in with recorded intro before the band launches into a heavy delivery of the opening riffs. Bruce cries out in anguish emulating the pharoah he is singing about. The amazing solos are worth the price of the whole album. - 10/10
The Number Of The Beast - The haunting intro follows up continuing the pattern of absolutely annihilating any one who didn't have their face melted off by the last 3 song's amazing delivery. Once again beautiful guitar solos, Bruce is starting to sound a little tired but wow does he still deliver - 10/10
Hallowed Be Thy Name - YYYYEEEEEAAAAAEEEEEAAAAAAAEEEEEAAAAAAAAAAHHH!!!! HALLLLOOWWWEEED BEEE THY NAAAAAAME! - 10/10
Iron Maiden - The main set closes with the eponymous track, higher energy than the studio track a fantastic rendition of a relatively solid track. Closing it out with lots of energy - 9/10
Run To The Hills - The encore opens with the radio classic, high energy an unrelenting like essentially everything that has come before. What a way to kick off an encore, the band sounds as fresh if not better than they did at the start of the concert. - 10/10
Running Free - Closing the full concert is a mediocre track from the bands debut a slower track than most of what has come before, delivered exceptionally once more. Lots of crowd participation in this rendition which drags out the song a fair bit, a little too long at times. When the band is actually playing the song it is delivered great. - 8/10
Wrathchild - Side 4 containing only bonus tracks which had also been played at points on the tour opens with Wrathchild, short and to the point, well delivered. - 8.5/10
22 Acacia Avenue - The only track thus far that I don't feel is improved in some way from the studio version, a song I'm not fond of it just feels weaker overall. - 8/10
Children Of The Damned - The second track from The Number Of The Beast remains haunting in the live setting. A great rendition, seems a little tame at times but overall the band does their mini-epic justice - 9/10
Die With Your Boots On - Increasing the speed once more the band delivers another track from Piece of Mind which oddly hasn't been featured since side 1. A good rendition - 8.5/10
Phantom Of The Opera - Closing off the whole album is the bands first epic, the mighty Phantom Of The Opera makes itself known with the iconic riff off the bat before erupting into the blazing rocker, delivered with great efficiency. - 9/10
Flow - The first 3 sides of the album flows perfectly within itself, side 4 feels quite disjointed as it is a bonus side of music. So due to it being the bonus it will not count against it - 10/10
Final Thoughts - Only thing that bothers me about this album is the bonus side, it should have been mixed into the whole concert and delivered in a proper concert format with side 4 being Iron Maiden + The Encore, that being said the band delivers an unbelievable setlist and even with the bonus disk it ends on a great note. It is clear why the songs on side 4 are there. - 9/10
Overall 94%; without side 4: 97%
No, I won't be doing A Real Live/Dead or Flight 666, due to the fact it is the remake of Live After Death; I only will do the ones I own on Vinyl which currently are: Maiden England; Death On The Road and Flight 666.Are you going to review all of the live albums?
Oh ok. Shame that Rock in Rio '01 isn't one of those since it's imo their best live album.No, I won't be doing A Real Live/Dead or Flight 666, due to the fact it is the remake of Live After Death; I only will do the ones I own on Vinyl which currently are: Maiden England; Death On The Road and Flight 666.