“If there was one thing that anyone should know about me, it's that in my world, Iron Maiden is the greatest band that ever was, and will ever be. And with sixteen fantastic albums in their catalog, you can see why this was a tough choice for me. I really wanted to do Brave New World, Seventh Son of a Seventh Son, The Book of Souls, or even The X Factor. But for my Throwback Thursday, I'm throwing it all the way back to 1998 (1993 if you count when the albums were originally released individually- comprised of two live albums: A Real Live One, A Real Dead One).
A Real Live Dead One... This is where it all started. This is where the madness began. The very first Iron Maiden album I ever purchased. It was love at first listen and the floodgates have been open forever since. If this tells you how long ago it was when I bought it, I purchased this album at a Media Play! Like many people, I was first drawn to the fantastic and intense artwork by the incredibly talented Derek Riggs; the demonic expression on a zombie-like humanoid figure ripping apart electrical wire was all it took to draw me in. It was all over once the headphones went on and the discs began to spin. The roar of the crowd, the shrill highs of the Air-Raid Siren himself, the thunderous cacophony of the drums and bass, and the screaming guitars all were the perfect mix to make this preteen fall in sonic love. Being that this was a live album, and a double album at that, I was not only presented the classic staples of a Maiden set like "The Number of the Beast," "Run to the Hills," or "The Trooper, but the deep cuts as well, such as "Wasting Love," Tailgunner," and "Where Eagles Dare."
Since then, Iron Maiden has been a band who's music has always been there for me. Through thick and thin, their music has accompanied me through every step of this crazy journey. I have met so many wonderful people, some of whom I now consider to be my closest friends, because of this band. I honestly don't know where or who I'd be without them. Up The Irons!” – Christ Lawrence (Coldharbour)