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Main » 2010 » July » 19 » Iron Maiden - A Matter Of Life And Death (2006)
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Iron Maiden - A Matter Of Life And Death (2006)

Artist: Iron Maiden
Album: A Matter Of Life And Death [Ltd.Ed.]
Released: 2006
Source: EMI
Genre: NWOBHM
Format: EAC-WV, cue'n log, some webfound Covers

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"Nothing is gonna come between us and our fans, and it will be death before dishonour - this is Iron Fucking Maiden!" That was Bruce Dickinson, speaking out under a hail of eggs and detritus at last years's Ozzfest isn San Bernardino, California, during one of the most controversial and infamous incidents in recent rock history. That, my friends, is a frontman.

While Maiden have respectfully distanced themselves from the alleged sabotage of their set that night, they have remained in combative mood ever since. If you thought new music from these veteran standard-bearers of British Metal might see them cooling down in any respect, 'A Matter Of Life And Death' will answer as Maiden know best - loudly, aggressively and memorably. Although not a concept album, war and the missuse of religion to justify conflict is a near constant, from artwork to lyrics to all-out musical attack. War is a theme Maiden have tackled many times before, but never with such purpose, such tenacious realism and, yes, thoughtfulness, as they do here.

Forget wildly inappropriate single 'The Reincarnation oF Bejamin Breeg' - this album is about tracks like 'The Longest Day' and 'These Colours Don't Run', the latter a sly reference to another of Bruce's comments on that fateful evening in San Bernardino. The former develops gradually into a chorus fit for arena chanting and fist-pumping, one that is succeeded by a martial battering of drums and an evolving six-string showdown.

'For The Greater Good Of God' bleeds into another big hook, unfurling its banner amid epic orchestration. Time changes and three-part guitar solos hurtle from ear to ear, and vary in speed, tone and intensity. It's another Maiden classic that does not compromise heaviness in achieving its nine-minute span. 'The Pilgrim' and opener 'Different World' are immediate if relatively standardised rockers, while the balladic 'Out Of The Shadows' draws yet another untouchable vocal performance from Dickinson, redolent of his solo hit 'Tears Of The Dragon'.

Maiden fans will revel in the gallop and surge of 'Brighter Than A Thousand Suns', Steve Harris' bass twanging high in the mix, while closer 'The Legacy' - concluding the theme of war breeding more war - features a call-to-arms fanfare of electric guitars blaring intermittently through movie soundtrack ambience and acoustics.

Although 'A Matter Of Life And Death' perhaps may be too ambitious for some palates, this album keeps everything longtime fans loved about Iron Maiden alive. The bristling heaviness, the time changes, the astonishing musicalilty, the filmic grandeur. Hoist your flag high."

Track List:

01. Different World
02. These Colours Don't Run
03. Brighter Than A Thousand Suns
04. The Pilgrim
05. The Longest Day
06. Out Of The Shadows
07. The Reincarnation Of Benjamin Breeg
08. For The Greater Good Of God
09. Lord Of Light
10. The Legacy

EAC's log:

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EAC extraction logfile from 25. August 2006, 10:22 for CD  
Iron Maiden / A Matter Of Life And Death [Limited Edition]  

Used drive : PLEXTOR CD-R PREMIUM Adapter: 0 ID: 0  
Read mode : Secure with NO C2, accurate stream, disable cache  
Read offset correction : 30  
Overread into Lead-In and Lead-Out : Yes  

Used output format : Internal WAV Routines  
44.100 Hz; 16 Bit; Stereo  

Other options :  
Fill up missing offset samples with silence : Yes  
Delete leading and trailing silent blocks : No  
Installed external ASPI interface  

Range status and errors  
Selected range  
Filename G:\~~##~~CLONES~~##~~\Iron Maiden - A Matter Of Life And Death [Limited Edition].wav  

Peak level 100.0 %  
Range quality 99.9 %  
CRC F8C91607  
Copy OK  

No errors occured  

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Iron Maiden - A Matter Of Life And Death
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