Iron Maiden’s new album is out – read the reviews!
Iron Maiden return with their fourteenth studio album, ‘A Matter Of Life And Death’. Produced by regular collaborator Kevin Shirley (Aerosmith, The Black Crowes) in London, the album was recorded in a completely live state. At over 70 minutes long, ‘A Matter Of Life And Death’ truly is an album of epic proportions and shows the work of a rock outfit who aremasters of evolution and innovation.
The best Iron Maiden album in almost 20 years!
When ‘Brave New world’ was released, the majority of people claimed it to be Maiden’s best work since ‘Seventh Son’..same again with ‘Dance Of Death’ in 2003. Now here we are in 2006 with their latest opus – A Matter Of Life And Death…and do you know what, this really is their best work since ‘Seventh Son’. In fact, i’d go further and say that it is every bit the equal of the 1988 concept album. Whilst the two records are very different musically, they do share a common trait that very few other Iron Maiden albums have enjoyed – absolutely no filler tracks. AMOLAD is jam packed with 10 songs that are so brilliant, you’ll be struggling to pick out clear favourites after the first couple of spins.
The album kicks of perfectly with the one-two punch of the ‘Different Worlds’ (infectiously melodic) and ‘These Colours Don’t Run’ (semi-epic yet pure grandiose Maiden) – both of which are certain to be a part of their live set when they tour later this year. Following that is another tune that’s a good contender for a live appearance – the utterly sensational ‘Brighter Than A Thousand Suns’. This is one of several multi-layered epics on the album that will have you discovering new things with each subsequent listen – brilliant Maiden, simply brilliant. Other standout songs worthy of note (to be fair they are all ‘standout’ tracks) – ‘The Longest Day’ (Harris excels on bass here), ‘Out Of The Shadows'(beautifully melancholic)..and ‘The Pilgrim’ & ‘The Reincarnation Of Benjamin Breeg’ that have Maiden getting all riffy on us.
A Matter Of Life And Death isn’t just a step-up from BNW & DOD, it’s in a completely different league. It’s almost as if the band were just teasing us on the previous two records, hinting a truly great things but not quite delivering. Well here they are with one of the greatest records they’ve ever made. This is what we’ve all been waiting for – Iron Maiden firing on all cylinders…and isn’t it just a spectale to behold.
London Rocker “thelimey2003”