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Artist:

Iron Maiden

Album:

A Matter of Life and Death

Year: 2006
Format: CD
Label: EMI
Genre: [Heavy Metal]
Overall Rating: 7.5
Music: 7.5
Production: 8.0


Iron Maiden is one of the few legendary heavy metal groups that every listener of metal knows about. Titled as a Matter of Life and Death, their fourteenth album proves to be a rather solid effort. The music is traditional Maiden material, though the compositions are a bit more intricate and complex than before. The band performs tightly as ever, but I must admit that some signs of Dickinson's age start to show - his vocals don't sound quite as good as they did before.

Kevin Shirley handled the production of this album, and did quite a good job on it. Surprisingly he didn't want to give the material to mastering engineer this time, instead he wanted more honest and raw approach. He decided that the final record should sound just like his mixes, which actually are rather loud (I still assume he did use some limiter, compressor or preamp to boost the final levels). Over and above, Iron Maiden's latest offering A Matter of Life and Death should please most fans of the band. While Iron Maiden has already reached quite a mature age, they still haven't lost their appeal though their songs have started to sound rather similar.

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- MAGE (October 22nd, 2006)



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LINE-UP:
Dickinson, Bruce: Vocals
Murray, Dave: Guitars
Smith, Adrian: Lead and Rhythm Guitars
Gers, Janick: Guitars
Harris, Steve: Bass and Keyboards
McBrain, Nicko: Drums
Producer: Shirley, Kevin & Harris, Steve
Mixing by: Shirley, Kevin "Caveman"
Mastering by: None (Shirley, Kevin "Caveman")
TRACKLIST:
Iron Maiden - A Matter of Life and Death  CD  Cover Image
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

Length: 72:04
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