Iron Maiden
A Matter of Life and Death


5.0
classic

Review

by Spanky USER (8 Reviews)
July 22nd, 2011 | 16 replies


Release Date: 2006 | Tracklist

Review Summary: One of Iron Maiden's greatest albums thus far - an album which proves that Maiden, although older than they were, can still play every bit as well as they used to.

I do not need to introduce Iron Maiden. They are one of the most famous bands in history. They are known for making heavy metal much more popular with their third studio effort, The Number of the Beast.

If you were to ask a typical (I use this term broadly - typical constituting casual fans as well as hardcore fans) Maiden fan what their favourite Maiden album is, I can guarantee most will name either The Number of the Beast, Piece of Mind, Powerslave, or Seventh Son. While I do think that these are all wonderful albums (I don't have any particular favourite Maiden album - I have several), I feel that modern Iron Maiden is often overlooked by both new and old fans alike.

A Matter of Life and Death, Iron Maiden's 14th studio album, is one of my favourite Iron Maiden albums. It is much more progressive than any of their previous efforts, and this is clear from the beginning. Perhaps I shouldn't say beginning - Different World is similar to a typical Iron Maiden song. After that, however, we are introduced to a much more technical Maiden than we had known before.

Knowing that the album is more progressive than other Maiden albums, one must approach it with an open mind. Iron Maiden's style is splashed all over throughout the album, but the songs are much longer than usual (like this review, for example).

What I enjoyed about the album:
There was not a song on this album I did not enjoy. All of the songs are memorable, and have well-written lyrics. This is not a concept album, but most of the songs are about war. In this album, Iron Maiden takes a much more intelligent, mature view on war, as opposed to their former approach to war songs (think The Trooper).

Bruce's voice has changed over the years, but I do not find it less enjoyable than his old voice - just different. On songs like Lord of Light and The Legacy, Bruce demonstrates that he still has a lot of power in terms of vocals.

The riffs are creative and memorable here. I can recall the riffs to all of the songs. The bass is great (as usual) and the drumming goes well with the music. The production is better than the last two releases; this album was not mastered, so it sounds more organic - and the bass is more audible than in those two albums.

What I didn't enjoy:
The songs do get repetitive. Some of them seem like they could be much shorter (Brighter than a Thousand Suns). There is potential for some to grow bored when the music gets repetitive.

The choruses are repeated a LOT. This might bother some people, although I'm not irked by it.

Verdict
This is one of my all time favourite albums. It's a definite classic. I wouldn't call it flawless - there are issues with repetition and song length - but it is another spectacular effort by Iron Maiden.



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lyon1535
July 22nd 2011


1259 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

A bit better than my last review. I'm gradually improving.

taylormemer
July 22nd 2011


4953 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Has an awesome opener.

Review is ok. Improvement required, but you at least recognise this.

chesse13
July 22nd 2011


4301 Comments


never got into them.. dont think i want to either

Apollo
July 22nd 2011


10373 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

not a bad review, reads kind of awkwardly,,,the whole intro to Maiden thing is unnecessary

Apollo
July 22nd 2011


10373 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

"The songs do get repetitive. Some of them seem like they could be much shorter (Brighter than a Thousand Suns). There is potential for some to grow bored when the music gets repetitive. "

when you give something a 5, you shouldn't have something like this in the review

DinoX
July 22nd 2011


3582 Comments


Which iron maiden album is most like seventh son of a seventh son?

Parallels
July 23rd 2011


6643 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

probably somewhere in time. both have the synths and are incredible

ZombicidalMan
July 23rd 2011


1996 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

This is a great album with some awesome songs, but I can't help but get bored by it too fast.

Tyrael
July 23rd 2011


20972 Comments


Which iron maiden album is most like seventh son of a seventh son?

probably somewhere in time. both have the synths and are incredible

Yes and No. On Somewhere in time synths are used to replace guitars instead of having them work together like on Seventh Son. I wouldn't say that any Maiden albums sound alike tbh, they all have their very own distinct sound.

JamieTwort
Contributing Reviewer
July 23rd 2011


21583 Comments


Epic album.

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AliW1993
Contributing Reviewer
July 23rd 2011


7423 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Seeing Maiden tonight :D

lyon1535
July 23rd 2011


1259 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Apollo: I don't personally find the repetition part boring because I don't think the songs repeat too much (at least in my opinion). I think that part came out wrong too - I just meant sometimes the songs themselves are extended a bit more than they could be. It doesn't personally bother me, but some people might be turned off by that. I agree that part doesn't make much sense though.

DinoX: I have to agree with the others. Somewhere in Time is probably the closest in terms of sound, but all Iron Maiden CDs have their own pretty distinct sound.

ZombicidalMan
July 23rd 2011


1996 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

In terms of production and performance, this is my favorite Maiden album by far. It just repeats itself so much. In any song, you can listen to the first two or three versus, the chorus, and then skip to the solo. There's all this sh!t in between that you've heard before =/

rockandmetaljunkie
July 24th 2011


3848 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

good review

JamieTwort
Contributing Reviewer
July 24th 2011


21583 Comments


Brighter Than A Thousand Suns rules hard.

Darkvoid67
July 24th 2011


383 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

No. Just no. "The Legacy" is the best song Maiden have done in years, though



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