Matter of Life and Death [Bonus DVD]

A Matter of Life and Death [Bonus DVD]

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by Iron Maiden
     
 

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2003's Dance of Death marked the triumphant return of old-school Iron Maiden. Gone were the murky, over-produced set pieces that clogged 2000's Brave New World and in their place fell blistering slabs of Piece of Mind-era metal. That trend continues with their 14th full-length album,

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2003's Dance of Death marked the triumphant return of old-school Iron Maiden. Gone were the murky, over-produced set pieces that clogged 2000's Brave New World and in their place fell blistering slabs of Piece of Mind-era metal. That trend continues with their 14th full-length album, Matter of Life and Death, a more elaborate and meandering experience than Dance of Death, but a rewarding one for fans willing to indulge the group's occasional excess. At over 70 minutes, Matter of Life and Death is closer to 1988's woefully underrated Seventh Son of a Seventh Son than it is to Piece of Mind, but with far less keyboard tickling. Recorded live in the studio, epics like "Reincarnation of Benjamin Breeg," "Brighter Than a Thousand Suns," and the brutal "Longest Day" -- the whole record is a loosely-knit song cycle with war at its core -- exhume prog rock complexity and discipline yet manage to bristle with the kind of small-club intensity usually reserved for acts half their age. At just over four minutes, opener "Different World" -- a near twin of Dance of Death's "Wildest Dreams" -- is the only cut that screams single, but it's also the most misplaced. On a record that positions beloved avatar Eddy on top of a tank with a machine gun leading a weary troop of skeletal soldiers to their doom, any act of brevity, no matter how expertly crafted, sticks out like a saxophone solo. [Matter of Life and Death

Product Details

Release Date:
09/19/2006
Label:
Emi Europe Generic
UPC:
0094637321720
catalogNumber:
373217

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Performance Credits

Iron Maiden   Primary Artist
Bruce Dickinson   Vocals,Group Member
Adrian Smith   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Synthesizer Guitar,Group Member
Janick Gers   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Group Member
Steve Harris   Bass,Keyboards,Group Member
Nicko McBrain   Drums
Dave Murray   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Group Member

Technical Credits

Steve Harris   Producer
Kevin Shirley   Producer,Engineer,Liner Notes
Timothy Bradstreet   Art Direction,Cover Illustration
Drew Griffiths   Engineer
Matthew Amos   Director,Video Director
Grant Goleash   Art Direction,Cover Illustration
Dave Pattenden   Video Producer

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A Matter of Life and Death 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
InsaneCrazedJuggalo More than 1 year ago
iron maiden has been around now for 30 years they still prove they are the best i remember buying myself their 2000 effort brave new world and the number of the beast iron maiden keeps amazing me with each album they release iron maiden is one very awesome band i went to acouple of their concerts during the early 00s iron maiden is the best of the best
Guest More than 1 year ago
this album is great not better than number of the beast or killers but it still has good songs the guitar playing is good the lyrics are good anybody that is a iron maiden fan should buy this
Guest More than 1 year ago
A Matter Of Life and Death speaks for itself really. It's similiar to any Maiden album but yet it's diffrent from what they've done before. It's thought provoking, intricate, and perfectly blended with light and shade. All in all: Maiden deliver finely with this one.
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