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Release date: 28 August 2006
Style: Heavy metal


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Disc I
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
11. Hallowed Be Thy Name [Radio 1 'Legends' Session] [iTunes bonus]

Disc II [Special Edition DVD]
+ The Making Of A Matter Of Life And Death
+ The Reincarnation Of Benjamin Breeg [video]
+ The Band Recording "Different World"

The best Heavy Metal album of 2006

Reviews (2)
Lyrics (10)

Paul Bruce Dickinson - vocals
Janick Robert Gers - guitars
David Michael "Dave" Murray - guitars
Adrian Frederick Smith - guitars, guitar synthesizer
Michael Henry McBrain - drums
Stephen Percy Harris - bass, keyboards

Additional info
The album was released as a limited edition double picture disc vinyl in gatefold sleeve, and as a digital download.

Produced by Kevin Shirley.
Co-produced by Steve Harris.

Mixed and engineered by Kevin 'Caveman' Shirley.
Engineer: Drew Griffiths.
Asst Engineer: Alex Mackenzie.
Guitar Synth on "Brighter Than A Thousand Suns" by Adrian Smith.
Special thanks to Michael Kenney.

Recorded and Mixed at Sarm West Studios, London.

Art Direction and Design by Peacock.
Cover Illustration by Tim Bradstreet, with Grant Goleash.
Special thanks to Scott Harben.
Individual photos by Simon Fowler.
Group photo by John McMurtrie.

Staff review by

It's never easy to write the review of the new album of the legendary Iron Maiden. The band is so big and famous that you'll always get comments from the nostalgic people that will say that it was better before (a point that is not especially wrong on a side) and comment from some others ones who cannot understand that a band can change a bit its musical orientation and will always request hits a la "Fear Of The Dark". Unfortunately for them, "A Matter Of Life And Death", 14th release is of the combo, is different… Really dark with a lot of progressive elements, I think that the ones who want some new "The Number Of The Beast" will be disappointed but all the ones who (like me) believe that "Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son" is the best album of the band, will like the new release…

published 28.08.2006 | Comments (88)

Guest review by

A Matter Of Life And Death is an album concerning warfare, religion, and the causal connections between the two. Accordingly, Maiden entered the stage to the sound of war-movie music, in front of a backdrop which initially shows the bombed-out ruins of what might be Strasbourg 1977 or, given the band's East End origins, Stratford.

published 06.02.2007 | Comments (31)

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JÄY - 25.01.2010 at 22:38  
Rating: 8 Quite a few times ive read some dude saying the production on this album sucks...i can see what they mean...but then again i know that a matter of life and death was recorded with all of the musicians playing at the same time... (almost like a live album)
i think thats so fucking badass for a HUGE band to do
keep it real! up the irons !
Death To Posers - 24.03.2010 at 01:43  
Rating: 10 Wow.. how did this get an 8 overall?!
Marcel Hubregtse - 24.03.2010 at 02:05  
Written by Death To Posers on 24.03.2010 at 01:43

Wow.. how did this get an 8 overall?!

Which imho is still too high. I woudl say between a 6 and a 7 so a 6.5
Ellrohir - 24.03.2010 at 12:20  
Rating: 8 Because it is too good to be rated high...
Abattoir - 24.03.2010 at 15:12  
  I think that 8 rating is a decent and fair one for this record. A solid album with some nice listenable songs...
kuvaton - 16.08.2011 at 23:23  
Rating: 8 It's Iron Maiden in a really different style. But I like it. Got an 8 from my side.
Boxcar Willy - 26.01.2012 at 05:02  
  This is one of my favourite album covers.
Angelic Storm - 26.01.2012 at 05:13  
Rating: 9 This is a very strong album, there's only one song on it I don't like. And the long, epic songs generally work far better on this album than on "The Final Frontier".
Cuca Beludo - 19.08.2012 at 05:06  
  From all maiden albums I've listened so far, this one is the worst.

EDIT: I forgot the Blaze-era albums This album is the worst in maiden discography featuring Bruce. I've not fully listened to Dance of Death or The Final Frontier. And seriously, Dance of Death CAN'T be bad as this album is.
Ellrohir - 19.08.2012 at 11:56  
Rating: 8 Say "most different" and i will agree with you
Dentura - 12.11.2012 at 22:59  
Rating: 8 This album is beautiful. It's my second favorite 2000s era Maiden album behind Brave New World. There are so many haunting moments on here and the brooding atmosphere is captivating. Out Of The Shadows is also one of Bruce Dickinson's best vocal performances I've ever heard, the music around it is heartwarming.
Bad English - 05.03.2013 at 01:42  
Rating: 8 Pretty interesting and strong, maybe strongest ''new era'' , defenetly much better than next one aka last one (from nowdays point of wiew) if IM will relise so strng one next (ferom todays point of wiew) I will be so happy
Diferent Worlds, Brighter Than 1000 Suns, actualy all songs are good, some weeker, some stronger, but all are decent. one more album album not one bets song video album
Jaeryd - 14.04.2013 at 22:16  
Rating: 6 It started off with a bit of strength, but despite the decent writing and great performance, it turned out to be really bland. Didn't really enjoy this one all that much. Even thought Dance of Death was slightly better.
John Shock - 05.07.2013 at 04:07  
  Actually, i'm loving this album! It's so awesome, specially, The Reincarnation Of Benjamin Breeg...oh that voice at the end of the song...oh Bruce!
mikeprado30 - 10.08.2014 at 02:29  
Rating: 9 Their most mature album indeed. Great lyrics and nice idea to record all instruments along, gives sometimes the feeling of a live album but without the crowd (well, you understand me ).

Surely not as good as BNW or DOD but still great.
Toxik - 18.01.2015 at 00:30  
Rating: 9 Great record. The only one from the 2000's that can top BNW IMO
CakeTrolley - 04.06.2016 at 12:41  
Rating: 10 This is such a brilliant record, they seemed to get right every fucking thing on this work. Every single song tells it's own story and even though the length of the songs (and the album overall) it never feel dragging or repetitive. The way The Longest Day paints the horrors of war or the excellent mysticism they faked about the Benjamin Breeg story is just two of the wonderful things with this album. I consider this one of their best albums and a true heavy metal classic!
TrueMetalJope - 29.10.2016 at 16:11  
Rating: 5 A Matter Of Life And Death, huh? More like An Album That Bored Me To Death

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