A Matter of Life and Death

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All Music Guide - James Christopher Monger
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Christopher Monger
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 is also available with a bonus DVD that includes videos, live performances, and rehearsal footage.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/5/2006
  • Label: Sanctuary Records
  • UPC: 060768476820
  • Catalog Number: 84768
  • Sales rank: 12,753

Album Credits

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, Bass Guitar, Keyboards, Group Member
Nicko McBrain Drums, Group Member
Dave Murray Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Group Member
Technical Credits
Steve Harris Producer
Kevin Shirley Producer, Engineer, Audio Production
Timothy Bradstreet Art Direction, Cover Illustration
Rod Smallwood Management
Drew Griffiths Engineer
Grant Goleash Art Direction, Cover Illustration
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    one very awesome studio album by iron maiden

    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

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    kick butt album

    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

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