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Iron Maiden
The Book of Souls: Live Chapter
December 2017
Released: 2017, BMG
Rating: 3.5/5
Reviewer: Robert Williams

Iron Maiden have something of a routine for those taking notice, it goes something like this... Greatest hits tour, studio album, tour in support of studio album, live album in support of studio album ad infinitum. THE BOOK OF SOULS: LIVE CHAPTER is the aforementioned live album in support of the band's most recent studio output "The Book Of Souls".

So how does it stack up amongst the band's rather large catalogue of live albums? That mostly depends on your opinion of "The Book Of Souls" LP. Love it? Then you're sure to enjoy this double-disc collection as the setlist features plenty of new material including "If Eternity Should Fail" "Speed of Light" "Death or Glory" "The Red and The Black" "The Great Unknown" and the title track of their latest studio LP.

Of course we get some of the time-tested classics like "Wrathchild" "The Trooper" (Surprise, surprise)"Fear of The Dark" "Iron Maiden" "The Number of the Beast" "Powerslave" and "Wasted Years" (Nice surprise).

Unlike previous Iron Maiden live albums, THE BOOK OF SOULS:LIVE CHAPTER wasn't recorded at a single venue. Each track is taken from a performance from a different show and country. None of the live albums fifteen tracks were recorded in the United States simply because American metal fans are so rabidly blood thirsty and loud that we would drown out the band all together. Wise move, Iron Maiden.

Strangely enough, a DVD companion to this two CD set has yet to surface. Always an entertaining band in concert, this may not be "Live After Death" or even "Rock In Rio" but never the less should make for a pleasant enough soundtrack for the Iron Maiden fanboys to guzzle their Trooper ale to. Now the countdown begins towards the next greatest hits tour...
Track Listing

Disc One
1. If Eternity Should Fail
2. Speed of Light
3. Wrathchild
4. Children of The Damned
5. Death or Glory
6. The Red and the Black
7. The Trooper
8. Powerslave
Disc Two
1. The Great Unkown
2. The Book of Souls
3. Fear of the Dark
4. Iron Maiden
5. The Number of the Beast
6. Blood Brothers
7. Wasted Years


Bruce Dickinson - Vocals
Steve Harris - Bass
Dave Murray - Guitar
Adrian Smith - Guitar
Janick Gers - Guitar
Nicko McBrain - Drums



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