Live After Death review by Iron Maiden

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  • Released: Oct 14, 1985
  • Sound: 10
  • Lyrics: 10
  • Overall Impression: 10
  • Reviewer's score: 10 Gem
  • Users' score: 8.7 (35 votes)
Iron Maiden: Live After Death

Sound — 10
This is the first Live Album produced by Iron Maiden, it shows off a show in Long Beach area, California while the band were on the tour that set the world alight, the Slaves to the power world tour of 1984-1985. This is the first showing of what Iron Maiden would become as a live act that would be the measuring stick of live music. The solos are enormous, the riffs and choruses are even larger, this was what live music was meant to be, unforgettable and life changing.

Lyrics — 10
All of the lyrics were written before this live album was released. The Powerslave songs even sound a little bit different but still fitted in well. Bruce once again proved that he was the new voice of Brtish heavy metal. His voice just cannot be compared to, it is simply better than anything else for a very long time (I still maintain he is one of the best out and out singers of all time).

Overall Impression — 10
The 4 songs from Powerslave are Aces High, Rime Of The Ancient Mariner, the title track and 2 Minutes To Midnight. The best of these is Aces High. Out of the rest of the set there are future classics such as Die With Your Boots on and The Trooper from "Peice Of Mind", Phantom Of The Opera" from "Iron Maiden" and from the same album the title track. The tracks I have mentioned are the highlights, but in reality, all the tracks are awesome, apart from a slightly off colour Wratchild and really rather drawn out Running Free. Iron Maiden had not perfected their live performance at this point but this is a pretty good indicator of what greatness was to come from the East London Metal giants.

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    the seventh son
    an absoloutly incredible album. No other band will come close to this masterpiece, and if anyone is to come close, then it would be Maiden themselves.