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Iron Maiden - Classic Live Album
on January 23, 2015
Long considered one of the best live metal albums of all time “Live After Death” has held up quite well over the years. The band was touring in support of the “Powerslave” album and at the top of their game as a live act. All the classic Maiden songs from the early years are here. Instrumentally the band is on fire through the whole thing as everything is played with fierce determination. For me there are only two minor issues on this release. The sound mix is not all that great. Even with the remaster it is still not as crisp and clear as one might like. The drums sound particularly muddy through much of the disc. The other issue is some of Dickenson’s vocals. Bruce tends to write and sing a lot of stuff that is right at the top of his vocal range. He can pull it off in the studio, but live pushing his vocals to the limit like he does often causes him to get out of tune, especially on the really high stuff. Don’t get me wrong, Bruce is an incredible vocalist, but the way the material is written it makes it almost impossible to pull off live, and he struggles in place on this recording. Overall though this is a great live document from one of the few bright spots to be found in music in the 80’s, and really is a must own for fans of classic twin guitar metal. Up the Irons!