When their every record is created with such apparent enthusiasm and presented with such aplomb, it’s difficult for any fan of heavy metal not to be excited by an Iron Maiden release. (No Prayer for the Dying? – Ed.)En Vivo! – recorded in 2011 in Santiago, Chile, but only released this summer – however, comes dangerously close to disappointing expectations.
To begin with the positives, the live recording is superbly captured, and the band deliver an enthusiastic and flawlessly polished set, even the chunky steelbook packaging is lavish; it can’t be denied that En Vivo! is indeed an excellent piece of work, and an enjoyable listen. On the accompanying DVDs, the camerawork is accomplished, and the high resolution video captures the scale of the Estadio Nacional and the energy of the band and crowd.
However, given that it represents (at a conservative count, ignoring video releases Maiden England and
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