• Halestorm - INTO THE WILD LIFE

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    With the release of THE STRANGE CASE OF…, I fell in love with Lzzy Hale. So much so, in fact, that I jokingly got down on one knee and asked her to marry me at Rock On The Range two years ago (a proposal that she didn’t flat out turn down, so maybe there’s still hope!!). Let’s be

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  • Marilyn Manson - THE PALE EMPEROR

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    Let’s just call it the way it is. It’s been a very, very long time since Marilyn Manson recorded a really good, memorable release that any of us still listen to on a regular basis. To many, the would probably says that it’s been since MECHANICAL ANIMALS back in 1998. For me personally, I’ll be a bit more

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  • Black Star Riders - THE KILLER INSTINCT

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    When Black Star Riders made their decision to record under a new name instead of as Thin Lizzy, it was met with a lot of opinions. For most, I would assume they were happy that they decided to move away from the name they had been touring under. For many, I'm sure there was a lot of

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  • Lynch Mob - SUN RED SUN

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    On THE CLASSIC METAL SHOW, George Lynch is regularly a topic of conversation. Maybe that has to do with the fact that Neeley is a personal friend of Don Dokken and I work for Don on his website, but I like to believe that he becomes a topic because, first and foremost, we are big fans of the

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  • Karma To Burn - ARCH STANTON

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    ARCH STANTON

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    There are those of us who know. We will forever be known as the "fortunate ones". There are those of you that have no idea. You will be known as the "unfortunate ones". What is it we know that you don't? We know the sheer greatness of Karma To Burn. For those that are unfortunate ones, let me

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  • U.D.O. - DECADENT

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    I'm sure I'm not in the minority here, but I'm glad that we now have a killer version of Accept with Mark Tornillo as well as the continuation of U.D.O. with Udo Dirkschneider. In short, it's led to both bands stepping up their game and creating great music. While neither side will admit competition with the other band, the fans certainly

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  • Sweet & Lynch - ONLY TO RISE

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    Being completely honest here, I really didn't expect a whole lot out of this. I'm not the biggest Stryper fan in the world by a long shot, and the truth is that I just never could fully get into Michael Sweet's vocals. There's just always been something about him. I'm not sure what it is. I guess

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  • AC/DC - ROCK OR BUST

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    In a year that has see a foundational piece of AC/DC succumb to a debilitating illness and another to his own personal insanity, AC/DC emerges after seemingly forever away with ROCK OR BUST. To be fair and truthfully honest, expectations on this release were pretty low. I know that AC/DC is a band that's been in business almost 50

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  • Whitesnake - BACK TO THE BONE

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    David Coverdale and company have had a very long and successful history that started even before he formed Whitesnake. There's no denying the legacy here. Coverdale has had a fantastic career with Whitesnake, and his time in Deep Purple was every bit as strong to that band as a Sammy Hagar was to Van Halen

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Image: Iron Maiden, En Vivo, Pitriff, CD ReviewIron Maiden
EN VIVO

Up the irons! Iron Maiden are back once again with what, according to Wikipedia, would be their 10th live album EN VIVO. That’s right, they are so good live that they require a live album EVERY time they tour these days. I’m sure they will claim that’s how they can reach those that couldn’t attend the tour. I’ll claim it as milking the diehards. it doesn’t matter though. It’s Iron Maiden, and even though someone like me knows it’s an unnecessary release, I’ll be one of those diehards who’s teet is being squeezed once again by England’s finest.

 EN VIVO captures a concert in Chile, and it’s pretty much what you’d expect from Maiden. They sound great, as they always do. Working through music from their fairly average release THE FINAL FRONTIER, the band gets a good portion of the required, but unnecessary material out of the way from the start. “Satellite 15”, “The Final Frontier” and “El Dorado” come and go with a lot more energy than their recorded counterparts, thanks in large part to the neverending intensity provided by vocalist Bruce Dickinson. If you’ve seen Maiden before, you know that Dickinson never stops running throughout a show, and yet he sounds great throughout. The now too familiar cries of “Scream For Me, Chile” permeate most of the material as he engages the crowd and plays off the energy they give back. Both he and the band are hitting on all cylinders by the time they work into “2 Minutes To Midnight”, which comes surprisingly early in the set.

On EN VIVO the band are definitely focused and determined to touch on a good portion of material from most parts of their long career. With all their classic material they have to offer, itt was surprising to see so much latter day material performed in this set. Songs like “Blood Brothers”, “Dance Of Death” and “The Wickerman” all mix in surprisingly well with the classics. Overall, Maiden dedicates 8 of the 17 total songs to material released since 2000; surprising when you consider how much history they have. It all sounds good though. The dual or tri-guitar attack of Adrian Smith, Dave Murray and Janick Gers (if he’s even plugged in…we all wonder that) sound as strong as ever, although a bit more raw than on many previous tours. They tear through the galloping number “The Talisman”.

Still, an Iron Maiden concert tends to convert itself into a massive sing along when the band hits on any of their classics. No change here, as the Chileans are belting it out full force with the band on songs like “The Trooper” and “Fear Of The Dark”. Drummer Nicko McBrain seems to be literally pummelling the drums on the aforementioned “Trooper”, and they sound booming. By the time they finish with a 4 song barrage of their best work – “Iron Maiden”, “The Number Of The Beast”, “Hallowed Be Thy Name” and “Running Free”, it’s clear that they had given Chile another primo show.

PITRIFF RATING – 80/100 – I know that Maiden is now a theme band of sorts with every tour, and they have too many metal classics to play them all and still promote a new record. Still, this tour features nothing from SOMEWHERE IN TIME. It only features one song from POWERSLAVE, SEVENTH SON OF A SEVENTH SON and nothing from KILLERS. I’m all for promoting the new album, but those albums demand attention. Still, Iron Maiden is always welcome in my player, and I’m willing to be ripped off every couple of years by them with live releases. As was previously stated, Up The Irons!

Chris Akin

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