Rock In Rio review by Iron Maiden

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  • Released: Mar 26, 2002
  • Sound: 10
  • Lyrics: 10
  • Overall Impression: 10
  • Reviewer's score: 10 Gem
  • Users' score: 9.2 (20 votes)
Iron Maiden: Rock In Rio

Sound — 10
This is what live metal was building up to since the very first Black Sabbath shows of the early '70s. Blistering, Ferocious, Loud as hell with 250,000 people adding to the already extreme amounts of noise. The guitaring is as always with iron maiden, brilliant and uncompareable. The singing is inspired by Bruce and Nicko seems to do everything effortlessly.

Lyrics — 10
All these lyrics were written before this concert so cannot be reviewed. Still awesome though.

Overall Impression — 10
Here all the songs performed in this album: 01. The Wickerman - a moment of glory for a returning Adrian Smith to get his riff played on its own to a quater of a million people. Stunning. 02. Ghost Of The Navigator - the first proper Iron Maiden style riff on exhibition and if you watch the DVD you see Dave and Janick in a sort of 'Trooper formation' infront of Bruce for the last bit. Unfortunatly, it was the worst song on show and should have been "Aces High" from "Powerslave" or another "Brave New World" song. 03. Brave New World - that epic chorus gives the Crowd the first chance to out shout Bruce and they succeed. Crazy Solo's are nothing new but they were performed with a scary subtlety. 04. Wrathchild - the Dainty Thrasher gives Dave Murray and Steve Harris a chance to properly excersise their fingers for the first time. 05. 2 Minutes To Midnight - the (unfortunatly) only Powerslave option displays Adrian Smith's ability to riff, solo and show off in extreme's, except for the fact Janick mirrors his every move. Bruce fools around with the camera during this. 06. Blood Brothers - another one of those huge choruses coupled with a couple of Planet sized riffs but could have been replaced with either another song off "Brave New World" or a "Peice Of Mind" classic like "Flight Of The Icarus" or "Die With Your Boots On." 07. Sign Of The Cross - the epic to end all epics at over 10 minutes. Haunting, challenging, thought provoking and stunning. Bruce got a bit of a break here. Nicko however was superb. 08. The Mercenary - picks up the pace and quickens the finger movements of Smith and Gers, who each take a solo. 09. The Trooper - the only Peice Of Mind outing and possibly the most electrifying song to play live alongside Metallica's "Master Of Puppets." 10. Dream Of Mirrors - the last "Brave New World" outing and desreves it's place. A half Acoustic Gem half Metal Stomper sees Janick at the top of his form. 11. The Clansman - an epic about the Scotish Clans and a simple but enormous chorus and acoustic bassage by Steve. 12. The Evil That Men Do - the only "7th Son Of A 7th Son" offering which has an insainly good riff and another of those Choruses that sucks you in and gets you shouting. 13. Fear Of The Dark - epic in every way, incredible vocals, riffs and solos, drumming. I could go on forever about this song. 14. Iron Maiden - fast paced, another great workout for Murray and Harris plus the stage layout with the hut and the fake flames give a great atmosphere. 15. Number Of The Beast - 2 fantastic guitar solo's (Adrian Smith's is the greatest of all Iron Maiden's solos) and a legandary bass solo by Steve plus crushing pyro's make this unforgetable. 16. Hallowed Be Thy Name - the infamous riff the best guitarists struggle to master and more explosive soloing by Dave and Janick. 17. Sanctuary - runined by the crowd pleasing stop-start nature of the performance, incredible soloing by Adrian and Dave redeams it. 18. Run To The Hills - impromtue, unexpected, unrehearsed. It could have been a real mess but it became legandary for the fluency and spectacle of it. Overall the greatest metal live album ever prouced, far outweighing "Live After Death" and the most recent "Death On The Road."

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