Sound — 8
You must have heard of Iron Maiden's new album, A Matter Of Life And Death. The wait for the album release was worth it. After Christmas, the songs were done and they started rehearsing at Sarm West Studios in London. The album will not be a concept album. According to the official Iron Maiden website, the album will be available as a normal CD and as a limited edition version which contains a bonus DVD. The DVD contains nearly an hour of documentary footage plus videos and photos all shot whilst the band were making the album. studio. The bonus DVD also features the full 7:21 minute video promo for "The Reincarnation Of Benjamin Breeg", and a special intimate filming of the band recording "Different World" in the studio.
Lyrics — 7
This will be Iron Maiden's fourth studio album that is not named after a specific song on the album. Other similar albums are Piece of Mind, The X Factor and Virtual XI. This will be their third studio album where bassist and founder Steve Harris has been credited in writing all of the songs, the previous two being Killers and Brave New World.The second track on the album, "These Colours Don't Run" is about being a soldier in the war zone. According to lead singer Bruce Dickinson in an interview with Kerrang! magazine; "The song was an effort to put a human face on people who go out and fight wars. They call it 'peacekeeping', but these people put themselves in harm's way, and whether or not you agree with the reasons why they're doing it, they're just doing their job." "Brighter Than A Thousand Suns" is about the atomic bomb as Dickinson said in an interview with Kerrang!: "The scientist that saw the first bomb go off said it was brighter than a thousand suns. The idea that human beings could bring about their own total destruction totally changed the way people thought". It also is said to be one of Iron Maiden's heaviest tracks to date. The lyrics and music go together in perfect harmony.
Overall Impression — 9
This 72 minute album is most likely the most progressive approach they have taken since the Seventh Son of a Seventh Son album. It is set to be not only the longest Iron Maiden album but it's average song length (7:20 per track) will make it the longest Iron Maiden album by song average. It will also be one of the longest heavy metal albums with global release, and it's extreme average song length will exceed even Metallica's most recent studio album, St. Anger, widely viewed as excessive in length. "The Reincarnation Of Benjamin Breeg", "These Colours Don't Run" and "The Legacy" are truly amazing songs and stand out. The album includes Maiden's usuals strong riffs and goes together great with strong, passionate lyrics. Truly an album to own!