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A Matter of Life and Death

Iron Maiden Audio CD
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1. Different World
2. These Colours Don't Run
3. Brighter Than A Thousand Suns
4. The Pilgrim
5. The Longest Day
6. Out Of The Shadows
7. The Reincarnation Of Benjamin Breeg
8. For The Greater Good Of God
9. Lord Of Light
10. The Legacy

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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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5.0 out of 5 stars ONE OF THE BEST!!! June 9 2012
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
this is an amazing CD every song awsome it shiped fast worth every cent i love this CD and if your a maiden fan you have to buy this it not the same as the 80's stuff but diferent dosent make it any less awsome
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5.0 out of 5 stars Their Most epic album and one of their best! Sept. 16 2006
By Customer from Quebec TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
The nineties were a disastrous time for Iron Maiden. Then came the awesome Brave New World but I was still sceptical and I thought that maybe their reunion inspiration will fade. Indeed, Dance of Death showed some signs of fatigue although it contains some of Maiden's finest songs (Pashendale, No More Lies, Dance of Death, Face in the Sand) besides some of their worst (Wildest Dreams). But I never imagined that their third post-reunion effort will be such a masterpiece! This is the most epic album of the group, the songwriting is brilliant ( I wish some of the new groups learn from that). Bruce Dickinson is one of the last great voices in metal. His singing is impeccable throughout the album. The rest of the band is also in top shape, the sound of the album is perfect.

Some fans critisize the length of the songs, but I think that metal is not meant to be a fast food music. For me Different World (4 minutes, the only short song on the album) is the weakest. It's an OK opener, but it's poppy refrain doesn't fit with the dark and heavy mood of the rest of the album. All the rest of the tracks deserve 10 stars, but probably Brighter than a Thousand Suns, The Longest Day , For the Greater Good of God, These Colours Don't Run, The Reincarnation of Benjamin Breeg and the Legacy stand slightly higher above the rest with their intensity. This album ranks among the best albums of the group (for me they are at least six, I count the bad ones which are three) and it will become a classic in the history of Iron Maiden and heavy metal. And after six great reunion years, Maiden are rejuvenated and definitely back to stay.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Majestic June 17 2010
By LeBrain HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
Majestic is the best word I can think of to describe A Matter of Life and Death, the 14th studio album by Iron Maiden (and 3rd of the "reunion era). That, and classic. This truly is classic Maiden: Most songs running between 7 and 9 minutes long, recorded virtually live off the floor, raw and epic. I truly believe that this represents the absolute peak of Maiden's creativity. While not a concept album like Seventh Song, it does indeed follow themes: war, religion, storytelling.

Anybody who thought Dance of Death sounded tired had better get ready to be blown away by a revitalized band. Maybe doing that "Early Years" tour got Maiden hungry to write something new and epic. Who knows what happened? Either way, this is the best album of the reunion era, and a shining moment in the Maiden canon. While "Different World" starts the show in a fast and furious way, similar to "Wildest Dreams" from Dance of Death, this is no re-tread. This time, melody is at the forefront.

The triple guitars have never sounded better, the songwriting has never been stronger, and Bruce is still wailing the whole way through. I can't pick a favourite song, every one is excellent, but here are some highlights:

"Wildest Dreams", a killer fast opener.
"These Colours Don't Run", a war epic, the three guitars meshing into one ferocious whole.
"The Longest Day", another war epic, with mournful melodic chorus.
"Bejamin Breeg", riffiness emphasized.
"For The Greater Good of God", which is perhaps the most epic of all the epics, absolutely stunning, every second of it is dramatic.

The sound of this album is the perfect mix of heavy and raw with just enough polish.
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5.0 out of 5 stars awesome! Dec 29 2008
By danny
Format:Audio CD
I am a life long maiden fan so my review is probably biased but this is an outstanding album. Maiden went through a tough period in the 90's but with the re-introduction of Bruce and Adrian Smith, the band has been progressively improving with each subsequent release in the 2000's. This album can qualify with Maiden's best from the 80's. The music is typical Maiden but some songs like the Legacy and Brighter than a thousand suns, go somewhat beyond the Maiden box. As well, the lyrics are outstanding especially in the aforementioned the legacy. Give it a listen, you will not be disappointed. Noteworthy songs: they're all good but the ones that will stick in your head are Brighter than a thousand suns, Benjamin Breeg, these colours don't run, and the legacy is an absolute masterpiece.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Maiden Still Kickin Strong Nov. 9 2006
Format:Audio CD
Yet another good album released by Bruce and the band. Thank heavens Bruce came back because I hadn't purchased an Irom Maiden Album in the 90's after Bruce left. Since Brave New World they have released Dance of Death and now Breeg, and they continue to be great!!! Out of the Shadows a 2nd favorite on this album is a good tune to mellow down to after a hard days work. This album is classic maiden with again a strong sound of bass which continues to signiture their good albums.....

Rated - Giggidy!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Iron Maiden Masterpiece Nov. 5 2006
Format:Audio CD
I have spent last 33 years of my life as a hard rock/metal fan.

In my opinion this is the best album by Iron Maiden predominantly due

to the fact that, unlike some of their earlier efforts where it is

easy to pick the best song of the album, this album is a battery of

one masterpiece after the other. Some say that it is for the mature metal

music lovers. I think the maturity is demanded only in the understanding

of the music and even my teenage son who is a musician likes the album a lot.
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3.0 out of 5 stars nice try..
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Published on Dec 31 2006 by David R. Robert
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Published on Sept. 19 2006 by Joshua Pearson
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Published on Sept. 16 2006 by VanMusicMan
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This is only the second Iron Maiden I ever bought, but I'm glad I did. As might be expected from the cover illustration, the theme is the war on terror, which I think they... Read more
Published on Sept. 14 2006 by Richard J. Lorenz
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best albums
This is one of the best albums of Iron Maiden.

Certainly this album can easily fit into IM's golden era albums (1984 -1989) with 7th son and PowerSlave and somewhere in... Read more
Published on Sept. 9 2006 by Chowdhury Hasib
5.0 out of 5 stars best Iron Maiden album since Number Of the Beast!!
Maiden makes great albums but this is the best one since Number Of The Beast, no kidding!!! The Beast is back!! Get THIS ALBUM!
Published on Sept. 8 2006 by Deimos
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