A Matter of Life and Death [Bonus DVD]

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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 ...
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All Music Guide
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
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/19/2006
  • Label: Emi Europe Generic
  • UPC: 094637321720
  • Catalog Number: 373217
  • Sales rank: 193,123

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, 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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    VERY good Maiden album

    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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