How To Play For The Greater Good Of God By Iron Maiden

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For The Greater Good Of God by Iron Maiden released in August 2016.

For The Greater Good Of God is featured on the album A Matter of Life and Death, the fourteenth studio album by Iron Maiden.

It is the first album in Iron Maiden’s career to enter the US Billboard charts in the top 10, achieving significant chart success in many other countries as well.

For The Greater Good Of God is a long track lasting exactly 9:23 minutes long and was written by Steve Harris.

To provide a more “live” sound, the album was not mastered. Producer Kevin Shirley said, “Spoke to ‘Arry (Steve Harris) on Friday, who has decided against mastering the Iron Maiden album … It means that you will get to hear the new album exactly as it sounded in the studio, no added EQ, compression, analogue widening, etc., and I must say, I am pretty happy with the end result.”

The album was met with very positive reviews. Metal Hammer rated it 10 out of 10, stating that “Iron Maiden have utterly surpassed themselves” and that “it makes for a riveting listen.” Sputnikmusic also gave it full marks, commenting, “A Matter of Life and Death contains everything fans want to hear; be it exciting, Maiden-style story telling; aggressive riffs; impressive solos; or melodic harmonies.”

BBC Music praised the band for “their uncanny ability to write great lyrics wrapped around guitar orchestration that rock fans crave”, concluding, “In this world of hopeless auto-tuned mediocrity here is a British band that consistently crafts fantastic music that surprises reviewers and fans alike.” IGN awarded it 8.3 out of 10, praising the album as “the crew’s best release since Piece of Mind“. PopMatters rated it 8 out of 10, deeming it “their most focused record since 1988’s Seventh Son of a Seventh Son, one that eschews crowd-pleasing anthems in favour of massive, sprawling compositions.” Classic Rock gave the album a score of 9 out of 10, stating that “it’s not only Maiden’s best since the 80s but quite possibly their finest release since 1983’s Piece of Mind,” and awarded it “Album of the Year” at the 2006 Classic Rock Roll of Honour Awards.

The album was voted Best Album in the 2006 Burrn! magazine readers’ poll. It also won the 2006 Metal Storm Award for Best Heavy Metal Album.

The song has numerous changes and riffs through the song and this lesson covers all of these parts.

I would recommend downloading the tablature so you can follow each section of the lesson in order.

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