How Does The New Iron Maiden Live Album Stack Up To Their First Live Album “Live After Death” 35 Years Later? Read Our Review To Find Out…

Iron Maiden To Release New Double Live Album "Nights Of The Dead, Legacy Of The Beast"

I was about 15 years old when I decided to expand my musical catalog specifically with bands I had never heard before – I was on a ‘try something new’ kick. I had some birthday money left over so off I went to the local record store in upstate New York where I lived in search of new metal. I had a subscription to Circus Magazine at the time and had seen articles and photos of this band called Iron Maiden. While hard rock/metal was non-existent on the radio where I was growing up, the photos and the articles made the band sound interesting. The album covers looked cool as hell.

How Does The New Iron Maiden Live Album Stack Up To Their First Live Album "Live After Death" 35 Years Later? Read Our Review To Find Out...So when I get to the record store, I found Live After Death, and I remembered a glowing review. To me, the album represented a fair share of the band’s history. And off it went home with me.

Fast forward 35 years later, the band released Nights of the Dead: Legacy of the Beast Live in Mexico City on Nov. 20th, 2020 (it was recorded during three nights during Sept. 2019). Starting off with the classic Churchill Speech and Aces High, the band hit the stage with the same, if not higher intensity as Live After Death. Where Eagles Dare and 2 Minutes to Midnight follow, and you can hear the crowd becoming unglued. It didn’t take long to whip the crowd into a frenzy.

The Clansman follows, putting a damper on the momentum until the song picks up and the crowd gets pulled back in when the song hits the “Freedom!” chant. Coming in at over nine minutes, along with The Greater Good of God (over 9 minutes) and Sign of the Cross (over 11 minutes) the set seems to get weighed down at times with being a little too proggy. While Iron Maiden is such a core group of extremely talented musicians, some of these lengthy tunes tend to derail the intensity that started the show off.

Throughout the performance, the band effortlessly brings new energy to even the most classic of their catalog – Trooper, Revelations, Wickerman, Flight of Icarus, Fear of the Dark, Number of the Beast, Iron Maiden, etc. What I picked up on however was to me it seemed like a lot of the solos were buried. They seemed to stand behind the bass and drums. Sometimes it didn’t seem like much, other times it came across as noticeable, regardless of the guitarist.

Bruce Dickinson is as solid as ever, but you can start to see where time might be catching up with him. Let’s face it, it’s going to happen to everyone sooner or later, especially when you are among the elite (Dickinson, Dio, Halford, Tate, etc.). The length of time these musicians have performed at 110% and barely miss note is a testament to their legacy, but nothing lasts forever. Bruce is 62 after all.

There are some cool historic elements to their new release. This was the first tour since 2000/2001 that included two songs from the Blaze era (Sign of the Cross and The Clansman). This release also marks the first time a live recording of any song off of A Matter of Life and Death has been released (For the Greater Good of God). And Flight of Icarus hasn’t been played since the 86/87 Somewhere on Tour tour.

The disc runs just over one hour and forty minutes. Up the Irons!

Review By: CrpnDeth David Svendsen

Tracklisting:

01. Churchill’s Speech (Live in Mexico City, Palacio de los Deportes, Mexico, September 2019) 0:38

02. Aces High (Live in Mexico City, Palacio de los Deportes, Mexico, September 2019) 4:58

03. Where Eagles Dare (Live in Mexico City, Palacio de los Deportes, Mexico, September 2019) 5:12

04. 2 Minutes to Midnight (Live in Mexico City, Palacio de los Deportes, Mexico, September 2019) 5:54

05. The Clansman (Live in Mexico City, Palacio de los Deportes, Mexico, September 2019) 9:16

06. The Trooper (Live in Mexico City, Palacio de los Deportes, Mexico, September 2019) 4:02

07. Revelations (Live in Mexico City, Palacio de los Deportes, Mexico, September 2019) 6:32

08. For the Greater Good of God (Live in Mexico City, Palacio de los Deportes, Mexico, September 2019) 9:23

09. The Wicker Man (Live in Mexico City, Palacio de los Deportes, Mexico, September 2019) 4:43

10. Sign of the Cross (Live in Mexico City, Palacio de los Deportes, Mexico, September 2019) 11:00

11. Flight of Icarus (Live in Mexico City, Palacio de los Deportes, Mexico, September 2019) 3:43

12. Fear of the Dark (Live in Mexico City, Palacio de los Deportes, Mexico, September 2019) 7:46

13. The Number of the Beast (Live in Mexico City, Palacio de los Deportes, Mexico, September 2019) 4:59

14. Iron Maiden (Live in Mexico City, Palacio de los Deportes, Mexico, September 2019) 5:31

15. The Evil That Men Do (Live in Mexico City, Palacio de los Deportes, Mexico, September 2019) 4:25

16. Hallowed Be Thy Name (Live in Mexico City, Palacio de los Deportes, Mexico, September 2019) 7:38

17. Run to the Hills (Live in Mexico City, Palacio de los Deportes, Mexico, September 2019)

Live Photo Credit: John McMurtrie

 

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