Released as a double LP on black vinyl (180 g).
Iron Maiden stayed true to their signature style with ‘A Matter Of Life And Death’, releasing songs with concrete historical backgrounds that speak to the contemporary issues of war and conflict. ‘These Colours Don’t Run’ describes the experiences of soldiers in war zones. ‘Brighter Than A Thousand Suns’ refers to the first atomic bomb as described by the scientists that witnessed the explosion.
The band made the top of the charts in Germany for the first time with ‘A Matter Of Life And Death’, even reaching the Top 10 in the USA with 56,000 CDs sold!
Tracklist - A matter of life and death
- 1.Different World
- 2.These Colours Don't Run
- 3.Brighter than a Thousand Suns
- 4.The Pilgrim
- 5.The Longest Day
- 1.Out of the Shadows
- 2.The Reincarnation of Benjamin Breeg
- 3.For the Greater Good of God
- 4.Lord of Light
- 5.The Legacy
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So, is A Matter Of Life And Death as good as classics Powerslave and Dance Of Death? Yes; the quality bar is raised once more. Maiden again prove their uncanny ability to write great lyrics wrapped around guitar orchestration that rock fans crave.
"For The Greater Good Of God" and "The Longest Day" are outstanding with the partnership of guitar, bass and drum (and now even keys) flowing and developing throughout. "Lord Of Light" is one of those epic tracks destined to be listened to again and again - each time giving something new.
A Matter Of Life And Death is the sound of a band who have been together for thirty one years, mostly spent on the road. The album manages to preserve the raw element of a live performance because, as with their other albums, the band recorded A Matter... together in the same studio as live. Every song provides evidence that the band feed off each other and share a common energy.
In this world of hopeless auto-tuned mediocrity here is a British band that consistently crafts fantastic music that surprises reviewers and fans alike. Some may dislike the controversial lyrics, but isn't that what rock music is supposed to be all about?
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Great album! Heavy riffs have never been so hard for Iron Maiden, as on this album. Acoustic elements and vocals are extremely emotional and atmospheric, from some similar introductions - as much frost goes on the skin! Prescribed on this album a gloomy, and in some places an arsessive mood, of course, will not be to the liking of many hardened admirers of the "joyful" Maiden of the times "Powerslave". But those who love the band's music for its unique mood, melodism and drama - the album will be the best gift this year.
In general, bands like, for example, Metallica or Iron Maiden, are often reproached for radical changes in their music. And if such changes in the work of Metallica can really cause bewilderment (thrash metal, then "rocked" rock / metal and, finally, low-budget garage metal with the elements of the alternative - as a rule these genres have "incompatible" fans), then constant quibbles to The music of Iron Maiden personally is completely incomprehensible to me. Bruce did not sing the "growling", the guitarists did not stop playing solo and melodic passages (on the contrary, the ingenuity of the musicians knows no bounds, as this album shows), the group did not deteriorate the standard of its studio work (like Metallica). The band just composed NEW good songs, DIFFERENT from the previous ones. And whoever does not say diversity that does not go at the expense of quality - in the music world it means progress. And the new album Iron Maiden is really progressive (and in all senses of the word).
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