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“Death On The Road” (DVD) by Iron Maiden

Artist: Iron Maiden
Title: “Death On The Road”
Label: Sanctuary Records
Release Date: 2006
Genre: Heavy Metal
Rating: 8/10

Full concert films of today’s greatest bands is becoming all the more common these days and Iron Maiden seems to be the band that is leading the trend in releasing a live DVD for every tour that they have completed. We last saw them for “Rock In Rio”, a DVD that showcased the “Brave New World” release and now with “Death On The Road” we find the concert for the “Dance Of Death” album being showcased. The performance was filmed in 2003 and was one of the most theatrical that the band had performed in many years. Being one of the leaders in the Heavy Metal music field the concert itself pulls out all of the stops and finds the band in top shape. This 3 DVD set gives you two versions of the concert itself, one in stereo and one in Dolby. Why this was not set to one DVD with both versions is curious to me but they must have had reasons for doing this. The concert itself is excellent and I don’t think you need me to quantify the level of skill that Iron Maiden possesses on stage. For over 20 years they have been a continual force and a driving one in support of the Metal scene. With “Dance Of Death” we find a strong return to their earlier years in some senses and this tour film features a handful of songs from that album. There is a stronger emphasis on recent material but that is a necessary evil for the band for how interesting will it be to see the same old songs performed on every DVD that gets released. Standout performances on the piece are “Can I Play With Madness”, “Paschendale” and of course the legacy favorites. I don’t think we will ever find a Maiden DVD that does not include “Number Of The Beast” or “Run To The Hills” and if you find yourself annoyed by that just think how Maiden must feel. Songs like this become more of the bands signature and cannot be omitted at this stage of the game. I also felt that at this point in the bands touring that they were used to being a six-member lineup with three axe slingers (Dave Murray, Adrian Smith, and Janick Gers) along with Steve Harris (bass) and Nicko McBrain (drums) and consummate showman Bruce Dickinson (vocals). I like Maiden with this lineup very much and think it works in both the studio and live sense.
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