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A Matter of Life and Death

Iron Maiden Audio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
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A Matter of Life and Death + Dance of Death + Brave New World
Price For All Three: CDN$ 53.33

  • Dance of Death CDN$ 14.60
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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 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 One of their best. Sept. 19 2006
Format:Audio CD
OMG...Maiden just keep impressing me. Usually with older metal bands, their new albums are all crap. This album is definatly not. I would have to say it's probably there third best album, definatly the best since ssoass. There is not on bad track on this album. The sound is truly amazing, kinda of a darker feel, but extremly entertaining to listen too. It's hard to pick just one great song on here, but if I would have to I would pick For the greater good of god. The lagacy has some nice acoustic guitar work. Some parts in the legacy reminds me of Led Zepplin. Every metal fan should have the album. Truly a masterpiece.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best albums Sept. 9 2006
Format:Audio CD
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 time.

For some of you, it might take a few listening before you can start liking the album, but if you are a true fan of Maiden's style, this album will certainly exceed all your expectations.

I will give it a 9.1 out of 10

Best tracks: The legacy, For the greater good of God, These colours don't Run, Out of the shadows.

PS: The legacy is probably one of their best tracks ever !!
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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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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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By Vader
Format:Audio CD
Iron Maiden's Matter of life and death is one of their best albums and is consistent with previous efforts. This album showcases Iron Maiden at their best. Each song is similiar to Run to the hills, The Number of the beast and other Maiden classics. This is quite possibly one of the best metal albums to be released in 2006 and this is a must-have for every Maiden fan.

I would recommend this album for every Maiden fan. A Matter of Life and Death is the best album from Iron Maiden.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Once Again the Irons top the Scale Sept. 18 2006
Format:Audio CD
This album was a treat for most if not all maiden fans. With tracks showing reflections from their work in the early ninties, and the brooding slow intros from the reunion era Maiden have done it again.

Bruce's prefromance tops all he has done within the last 12 years both with maiden and on solo projects. With a album like this fans cant wait to see it on the road.

Up the Irons
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5.0 out of 5 stars Maiden at Their Best Sept. 16 2006
Format:Audio CD
This is easily the best and most focussed IM album since SSOASS. I'm happy to hear that they have returned to the more progressive concept album format. Bruce's soaring vocals are back is the trademark Maiden guitar sound. Hopefully they continue to release more great albums but if this is the last we hear from IM, it's a fantastic cap to an amazing career.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Old Tanker
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Published 3 months ago by William Sedor
5.0 out of 5 stars ONE OF THE BEST!!!
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Published on June 17 2010 by LeBrain
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome!
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... Read more
Published on Dec 29 2008 by danny
3.0 out of 5 stars nice try..
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Published on Dec 31 2006 by David R. Robert
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Album and Topical
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
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