Released: January 31st, 2020 / Metalville Records
Rating: 4.5 / 5.0
Reviewer: John Haseltine
Paul Di’Anno is a man who needs no introduction. Over the years, he has had his share of ups and downs to say the least. And while Iron Maiden is listed as my top favorite band, there will always be the argument of Paul or Bruce. Well, both! Those first two albums laid the foundation for the band amongst metal fans worldwide. Who knows what the outcome would have been without Di’Anno at the helm in those formative years. The Killers is still my all-time favorite Maiden disc. About a dozen others are a close second, but there is just something about it I always go back too.
So this live release was actually recorded August 27th, 2006 at the Parkfest Waltrop festival in Germany. The gig was played by his German band Phantoms of the Opera. The show was also completely recorded by producer and FOH man Thomas Mergler. At home, however, he found that the recordings were unusable due to an error by the monitor crew. After more than 12 years, Thomas found the tapes again by chance and he managed to save the old recordings with the help of more modern technical possibilities.
Now being released as Hell Over Waltrop – Live in Germany, the result is 100% kick-ass rock without tricks and overdubs. The band presents itself in top form and serves the audience various classics from Iron Maiden’s early phase and from the solo career of Paul Di’Anno.
This is a great collection of the works of Di’Anno. If there is only one little complaint here, it is that one may notice that the Maiden songs are played with a bit more tempo then normal. Not that that is such a bad thing, but it tends to throw you off a bit. Well, at least it did to me. But overall, a great show, and kudos to Mergler as whatever he did to restore these recordings worked out great! Sound quality is top-notch!