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A Matter Of Life And Death

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There is no sound like that of an Iron Maiden record. Singularly inventing an entire genre of music, Maiden has created epic masterpieces with every release in their illustrious career. Never having sold out, never having succombed to industry trends and fads, Iron Maiden do what they do best and they do it better than any other band on the planet. And now Maiden presents us with A Matter Of Life And Death, possibly their most epic and ambitious record to date. The band will bring their epic live show back for a tour of the U.S. in the fall where they will unveil the new material to the throngs of Maiden faithful.

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You've got to hand it to Iron Maiden. After two decades of recording and releasing albums, the British sextet still has its share of fresh ideas, something it proves once more on A Matter of Life and Death. The opening tracks "Different World" and "Brighter than a Thousand Suns" show, more clearly than ever, the group's progressive rock roots and its affinity for upsetting expectations about what a heavy record should sound like. But some of the material--"These Colours Don't Run" and the epics "Lord of Light," "The Legacy," and "The Longest Day"--also suggests that the band could stand to expand outside its comfort zone a little more often. By now we know what to expect even from the most unusual Maiden album and that familiarity ultimately sinks A Matter of Life and Death faster than any fad at the forefront of the heavy rock scene. At best the record shows the band is still vital, at worst it shows us that Steve Harris and company are coming up a little bit winded these days. --Jedd Beaudoin


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  • Audio CD (July 8, 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sanctuary
  • ASIN: B000H7JD4A
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (340 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,839 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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104 of 121 people found the following review helpful By Sky VINE VOICE on September 5, 2006
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Iron Maiden still reign supreme as the absolute Kings of Metal and have since their first disk back in 1980. Now, countless releases later, A Matter of Life and Death shows that the "Colours" are not running in the slightest on the Iron Maiden Flag.

I remember back in 1999 hearing that Bruce and Adrian re-joined the band for Brave New World. That was indeed exciting news. After all, while they were out of the band they teamed up on two of Bruce's solo releases, and one of those releases, Accident of Birth, was as good as Maiden's Number of the Beast or Piece of Mind...I know...Blasphemous!

And what a disk Brave New World was! That too was as good as any of the best Maiden albums ever released. 6 years and another release (Dance of Death) later, the Irons are still way up.

A Matter of Life and Death is an Iron Maiden classic already. It's got the familiar sounds...you know...the ones we all have come to know and love over the past 26 years. The anthem choruses are there. The epic songs are there. The lead guitar duals are there.

The three-guitar onslaught is there. But that's a relatively new sound that's only been around since Brave New World. And that sound is working on all Iron cylinders on A Matter of Life and Death.

The first three tracks ring true to the sound established with Brave New World and Dance of Death. Track 3, Brighter Than a Thousand Suns, is an intricately woven together off time rocker that will be amazing to see pulled off live. Track 4 has that classic pre-Blaze years sound.

The disk gets better as you get deeper in. Tracks 8 and 10 are both 9+ minute epics, and perhaps the two best tracks on the album. All the tracks have their own sound.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By R. Gorham on September 6, 2006
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THE BAND: Bruce Dickinson (vocals), Steve Harris (bass & keyboards), Adrian Smith (lead & rhythm guitars), Dave Murray (lead & rhythm guitars), Janick Gers (lead & rhythm guitars), Nicko McBrain (drums & percussion).

THE DISC: (2006) 10 songs clocking in at just over 72 minutes. There are 2 versions of the release... 1. the standard disc, and 2. the "limited edition" release with a short DVD included (the DVD includes a 30 minute behind-the-scenes making of the album; "Reincarnation Of Benjamin Breeg" video; studio performance footage of "Different World"; and a Maiden photo gallery). Included with the disc is an 18-page booklet containing many band photos, song titles/credits, song lyrics, dates and tour stops on the '06 World Tour (most outside the U.S.), and thank you's. Steve Harris, as usual, had a hand in writing all tracks, and all band members (except McBrain) helped in co-writing duties on all songs. Recorded at Sarm West Studios, London. Cover art NOT by the long used Derek Riggs (but instead Tim Bradstreet & Grant Goleash). Label - Sanctuary.

COMMENTS: "A Matter Of Life And Death" (AMOLAD) starts off in the same fashion as their previous two releases - giving you a short 4 minute burst of in-yer-face metal (i.e. - "The Wicker Man" and "Wildest Dreams" from "Brave New World" and "Dance Of Death"). Track 1 - "Different World" (the 1st hit slated for release) gives you exactly the same feel... but doesn't leave you as exhausted as "The Wicker Man" did at the time. For me, it took 5 or 6 spins to really enjoy this disc. On first listen, the only thought that crossed my mind was... it's not as good as "Brave New World", but it's head and shoulders above "Dance Of Death". Songs/Melodies were better, and sound production was crisper.
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38 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Masked Jackal on September 9, 2006
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Wow. What can I say, Maiden have certainly come out of their shell with this release. I always knew Maiden were capable of bigger / better / and stronger things than "Brave New World" / "Dance Of Death", and here on "A Matter Of Life And Death" they certainly have moved forward in my opinion.....

This is without question, the best Maiden release in a very long time. Maiden fans new and old should love this!!!...

I wont go into a detailed description of each song, just let me say that "A Matter Of Life And Death" is chock full of some of the best riffs / solos I've heard Maiden come up with since their glory days. No joke, this is probably the most melodic effort they've conjoured up since the late 80's in my opinion....

You can really tell the guys wanted to kick everything up a notch on this release, and I don't think there is one song that I haven't enjoyed. It's been a long time since I've said that about a Maiden album too. None of these songs are too long, they're all perfectly balanced, and combine to make one of the finest Maiden offerings ever, that's right, EVER....

The DVD is also a very cool little bonus. It's shows them in the studio joking around during the making of "A Matter Of Life And Death", and talking about various other things {instruments / recording} which is quite cool. There's a video version for "The Reincarnation Of Benjamin Breeg" {one of the coolest Maiden songs I've ever heard}, and another for "Different World". I enjoyed this very much, Maiden is so awesome.....
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Maiden's best since the "Beast".......
I think it is the best album ever, overall.
Oct 11, 2013 by Who Cares? |  See all 3 posts
GOOD ALBUM, POOR SOUND
I don't think there's anything wrong with the drums. You want miscues? Listen to the intro to "Aces High". Nicko gets off-beat...and it's more than microseconds.
Oct 15, 2006 by Metal Marc |  See all 15 posts
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For The Greater Good Of God!!! greatest song ever.....im surprised how good this album sounds even though it wasnt mastered. Maiden is the greatest band alive! I already have my ticket to see them for the second time i cant wait
Aug 23, 2006 by P. B. Delavega |  See all 3 posts
The best track is....
about 5 minutes (roughly) into "The Legacy" it has this awesome riff/gallop heavy guitar section that totally reminds one of "classic" mid 80's Iron Maiden. Anyone notice that?
Nov 14, 2006 by Hoagie Mike |  See all 9 posts
Why no live DVD of this tour?!
I'm with you - they should've included this as a bonus disc with the Final Frontier tour (which only had one show in America I think, as they toured BEFORE the album release and only played one new song) - to me, when I look at Maiden live releases I like to see as many songs that aren't on my... Read More
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