Mikey Ladano posted on FaceCrack that he was posting his review of Live Chapter the same day it came out but the catch was he was posting it at Two Minutes To Midnight! Awesome Idea so for a first time ever Blogger slider move I have as well posted my review of Live Chapter at the Two Minute To Midnight mark as well! Another first is I have never reviewed a new release album on the day it hit the shops or in my case iTunes and today is the day of new Live Maiden(Nov 17th/17)
As You Were….
Once again Iron Maiden have taken this fanboy for over 36 years and have delivered an absolute monster Live Album called Live Chapter that has basically knocked me on my ass!
IT’S SOOOOOOOO GOOD! Following protocol there is a ton of “Scream for Me(insert city here) through out as well!
Live Chapter is taken from various cities(15 songs from 14 cities) that Maiden visited on its Book of Souls Tour in 2016/17!
The album opens with Book of Souls opener If Eternity Should Fail. First of all Bruce Dickinson is on fire on this album. His vocals are stellar. Course Maiden have aged. Bruce is about to turn 60 but who can sing and do that scream and have the energy that he has? Yeah exactly…no one! He is the deal throughout this album. I still love the outro of this song with that piped in vocal “Good day my name is Necropolis’ especially when I heard it live pumped at what over a 100,000 Watts in Minneapolis! Beyond Awesome!
Speed of Light and Wrathchild complete with that Dickinson wail just keep the momentum moving forward! Crank Wrathchild the video that I posted below from Live Chapter!
Children of the Damned is a great version from Montreal Quebec as Bruce intros the song in French! Nice rip of the guitars during the solos and I have to say Nicko McBrain’s drums mixed by Tony Newton and Maiden Bassist Steve Harris sound exceptionally brilliant! Added points for Nicko’s Gong Smash at the end of the track! Tbone! We need to catch the next Maiden show in Montreal at the Bell Centre! Just saying!
That was the great thing with this tour as they mixed up old classics with a steady blast of current songs and why not as Book of Souls is right up there as a great album in the Catalogue of Maiden! Death or Glory featuring Bruce telling the crowd to “climb like a monkey” while Adrian Smith actually dabbles with a bit of slide guitar on the solo to shake it up a bit!
Steve Harris starts off The Red and Black with a little jam out on the Bass and the song is 13 minutes of all things Maiden! Lotsa Vocals/Lotsa Riffs/Lotsa Tempo Changes/Lotsa everything mixed in! You get the picture right?
Course no Maiden show would be complete with out the inclusion of The Trooper! Song is so powerful live…Great Adrian/Dave Murray soloing while Nicko just drums like its nobodies business!
Ok I gotta say Powerslave has to be in my all time Top 5 ever Maiden Tunes! Dickinson wrote a classic here folks! Love the aggression of the guitars during the verses yet the chill out avenue the guitars go before the solo’s ramp up and Dave Murray lifts off as his fingers burn that fretboard during the solo! Not to be outdone I love as the solo’s wrap up and Nicko does his patented McBrian drum rolls. My brother Todd can confirm this as when Nicko played this part at the Minneapolis I basically lost my shit!
The Great Unknown another newbie is a great tune as it builds and builds up to the chorus. More great soloing and holy hell that’s all I can keep saying is the playing is monstrous on here!
Ok just a few paragraphs back I said Powerslave would be in my all time Top 5 Maiden songs of all time! The tune Book of Souls would be as well! Steve Harris and Janick Gers composed a standout track and Bruce’s vocals soar on this song during the chorus! 10 minutes and 49 seconds of pure sonic brilliance all wrapped up in a fantastic track and BAM another smash of Nicko’s Gong and song just shoots into a whole other level! Maiden go bonkers and Gers when he’s not flinging around his six string and doing aerobic workouts delivers an absolute stunner of a solo!
The classic Fear of The Dark has more sizzle in its step live as Maiden just rock it non stop. The chops are huge! Iron Maiden (the song) ends the main portion of the show and we all know Eddie pops up behind Nickos drums after Harris and Nicko do their bass/drum swirl a whirl and Kaboom Maiden is done!
Number of The Beast leads off the encore and Bruce blows out our eardrums with that wail! Wail away! The Boys play this track like its 1982 all over again! No dip whatsoever in the Maiden Music Chops Section folks!
Blood Bothers is another newer Maiden track but when I say that its already 18 years old! Blood Brothers is a fantastic Irish Jig like boot up you backside and Bruce delivers the chorus in spades. Tons of solos and Tons of Bruce dipping and diving in the upper and lower registers of his voice!
Wasted Years wraps up the whole shebang! Adrian Smith wrote this tune which is my Bro’s fav Maiden song! Love the riffing at the beginning of this song and its basically Maiden writing a single but with a sledgehammer taken to the side of your noggin! But man give it up for Adrian Smith as he has a flair for writing a real cool rock single without pussing out!
Well what can I say! This album is brilliant from start to finish! The production is crisp with a little roughness added to it to not make it sound weak! Steve Harris bass is mixed deadly! I think its the best live album mix of Harry’s bass tone since 1985’s Live After Death! Bruce is brilliant! Janick/Dave/Adrian fling wicked leads throughout and Nicko holds down the fort and as well his drums sound deadly!
Live album of the Year! Easy Peasy!