This stunning live set is simply one of the greatest live albums of all time, one that marked the end of a remarkable era. The introduction of Winston Churchill’s inspiring World War II speech segueing into “Aces High” is a brilliant masterstroke, and this album runs through many of the high points of Iron Maiden’s first five studio albums. One can feel the enormous energy and excitement that went into these performances, which were captured during their monstrous “World Slavery” tour of 1985, when they reigned supreme over the heavy metal world. Iron Maiden were trailblazers in that they were the first band to sell millions of records with virtually no radio play, and this was accomplished largely due to word of mouth sales generated by being the tour to see.
Some of the album’s strongest moments come when Max lets his death metal side out more. This is what made songs like “World Scum” so awesome and the same approach works brilliantly on “Fallen”. I really wish Max would do this more often, maybe even make an exclusively death metal album; I’d love to hear where he’d take it. With this in mind, “Fallen” is easily my favorite song on “Savages”.