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Iron Maiden @ Nassau Coliseum (10/12/2006)

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Artist: Iron Maiden
Venue: Nassau Coliseum (Uniondale, NY)
Opener: Bullet For My Valentine
Date: 10/12/2006
Label: Sanctuary Records

Iron Maiden are indeed one of the true veterans in the Heavy Metal music genre and once again we find them returning to the States to deliver their time-honored style for their ardent supporters. The group’s return would be on the heels of their newest album “A Matter Of Life And Death” and would once again find them doing a headlining show. The bands last touring endeavor was on Ozzfest in 2005 where they supported the DVD “The Early Years”. Maiden’s appearance was met with approval but sadly, their visit would have a less than professional ending and be referred to forever as a black mark in Metal history thanks to the festivals coordinators (read Sharon O.). The new Iron Maiden album has been receiving a mixed amount of press with fans either loving it or not enjoying it all that much. Despite the division of views, it has been doing very well on the industry charts and since I have enjoyed it myself (giving it a positive review based on the solid content), I was looking forward to seeing the performance. It would also be a chance to enjoy the band at a venue I have not trekked to in some time. The Nassau Coliseum is a different vibe from Madison Square Garden or the Continental Arena but it did seem like many were out in force to support the Maiden once again. Given the new recordings recent release, I had expected Dickinson and company to focus some of their set on the album but here is where the band would change the way things were done once again. In many cases when a band releases a new album, it can go either way. The first manner of delivery is that the band touches upon the new material by featuring a couple of choice numbers, while the second is a stronger focus on the new amidst a healthy dose of the old. Tonight Iron Maiden would present “A Matter Of Life And Death” in its entirety, start to finish, song one through song ten and this was clearly not what a good majority of the fans would be expecting. Since their beginnings, Iron Maiden was always a band who defined the trends rather than followed them so leave it to them to mix up the status quo once again.
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“A Matter Of Life And Death” by Iron Maiden

Artist: Iron Maiden
Title: “A Matter Of Life And Death”
Label: Sanctuary Records
Release Date: 9/5/2006
Genre: Heavy Metal
Rating: 4/5

If there is one thing that can be said about the band Iron Maiden it would have to be about their consistency in delivering a solid plate of Metal for the contingent to enjoy. Fans of the band everywhere will definitely notice how fast the album came out after the recent product that the band had made available for them to enjoy. We had two live DVD’s that followed studio albums as well as touring that included the much talked about Ozzfest and its “incident” on the closing night of the Maiden appearances. If this is news to you, I advise you look it up as we are focusing on the new album here. “A Matter Of Life And Death” was produced by Kevin Shirley who at present has worked on the last few studio and live concert DVD efforts so his hand enables this consistency I spoke of earlier to show a little more prevalently. Stylistically you will find a lot of the Iron Maiden you have come to love over the years, as well as a few subtle new feels and vibe tossed in for good measure. The album starts off strong with that familiar Maiden kick and actually reminded me a lot of how they came across back in the “Piece Of Mind” and “Stranger In A Strange Land” days, with a youthful feel and energy. Those who have supported the band in album and concert know very well already that Maiden showcases more energy than bands half their age and it was nice to see a little bit of this early years feel happening. The album itself while tight as Nicko’s drumheads did not strike me as overly produced or mixed down. Harris speaks on the album being recorded as all others are done by being in the same room together but for some reason this one just felt a little different on the first and second listen. There is one thing for certain and that is that the band clearly works well as a six-piece now and seems to also have caught its stride. Many remember that axe-slinger Janick Gers was added to the roster before Adrian Smith came back and was not asked to leave. The potential for great leads and melodic shredding was increased and it seems to work well across the album. The three axe men are on point so kudos to Smith, Murray and Gers for this effort. Harris is well, Harris; truly one of the best Heavy Metal bassists in the business and a player who is the measure for success in both up and coming bands as well as some seasoned players. The drummer in me has always enjoyed Nicko’s playing and he does not disappoint on the record.
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