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Album

Release Format Tracks Date Country Label Catalog# Barcode
Official
A Matter of Life and Death (limited edition, picture disc) 2×12" Vinyl 6 + 4 EMI (EMI Records, since 1972) 0946 3 72321 1 8, 372 3211 094637232118
A Matter of Life and Death (2006 EU limited edition with bonus DVD) CD + DVD-Video 10 + 4 EMI (EMI Records, since 1972) 0946 372324 2 2, 372324 2 094637232422
A Matter of Life and Death CD 10 EMI (EMI Records, since 1972) 372 3212 094637232125
A Matter of Life and Death CD 10 EMI Music Canada 0946 372331 2 2 094637233122
A Matter of Life and Death CD 10 Sanctuary Records (US, 2000-2007) 06076-84768-2 060768478121
A Matter of Life and Death CD 10 EMI (EMI Records, since 1972) 0946 372321 2 5, TOCP-66616 4988006845572
A Matter of Life and Death CD 10 EMI (EMI Records, since 1972) 094637233122 094637233122
A Matter of Life and Death CD 10 EMI (EMI Records, since 1972) 0946 372331 2 2 094637233122
A Matter of Life and Death CD 10 EMI (EMI Records, since 1972) 0946 372321 2 5, 372 3212 094637232125
A Matter of Life and Death CD 10 Parlophone 0946 372321 2 5 094637232125
A Matter of Life and Death CD 10 Sanctuary Records (US, 2000-2007) 06076-84768-2 060768476820
A Matter of Life and Death Digital Media 10 Sanctuary Records (UK 1996-present) [none]
A Matter of Life and Death 2×12" Vinyl 6 + 4 Parlophone 0190295851958 0190295851958

Relationships

associated singles/EPs: Different World
The Reincarnation of Benjamin Breeg
Allmusic: http://www.allmusic.com/album/mw0000542236 [info]
Discogs: https://www.discogs.com/master/19118 [info]
Wikidata: Q300482 [info]
Wikipedia: en: A Matter of Life and Death (album) [info]
other databases: https://rateyourmusic.com/release/album/iron_maiden/a_matter_of_life_and_death/ [info]
reviews: http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/reviews/92jw [info]

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Any fan of Iron Maiden who's witnessed their evolution has learned to ignore the 'hilarious' quips about screaming banshees and the men who look like yetis. Instead you focus on the structure of the songs, the meaning in the lyrics and the tight instrumentation that always provide enjoyment and satisfaction.

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?