Sound — 8
Hear we have Iron Maidens first album since 2003s Dance Of Death. I wasn't really sure if this album would top the last 2 albums that Maiden released which were BNW and DOD. I thought maybe this would be the start of the end for Iron Maiden but after listening to "A Matter Of Life And Death" I was completely convinced that they are now where near being washed up. They are in fact leading the metal charge around the world. After the 1990's metal is starting to come back on strong and Maiden are one of the main reasons for this. The sound on the new album is Iron Maiden. What else do I need to say. The songs are more riffy then any other Maiden album and the solos are short compared to other maiden albums but still just as good as on other Maiden albums.
Lyrics — 9
The lyrics are very well thought out on this album. You can't listen to one of the 10 songs on "A Matter Of Life And Death" without your mind wondering and creating images in your head of vast war torn battlefeilds etc. Bruce is at his best yet I think on this album. His voice is always changing during a song, often during a single sentence his tone and pitch will change quite alot. Nicko is my pic as best performer on this album becuase quite simply he makes this album sound different to all other maiden albums. The only other song I have heard where his drummimg matches this album is BNWs "Out Of The Silent Planet".
Overall Impression — 9
Overall I rate it right up there with their best albums. You cant really compare it to "piece of mind" or "seventh son" because they are differnt eras. But if you put if up against BNW and DOD it is the best out of the 3. If you took the best songs off BNW and DOD and put them on one cd it would still come second to "A matter of life and death". My favourite songs are Longest Day (makes me think of the opening scene from "Saving private Ryan." Epic song), Out Of The Shadows (sounds similar to "Tears Of The Dragon" a slower paced song with Bruce's vocals being very relaxed and smooth. Has great rhythm and the solos are very nice), For The Greater Good Of God (the sign of the cross part 2? It reminds me of that song a lot. I think it's about Gorge W. Bush jr. with lyrics like "Are you a man of peace or man of holywar, a wolf in sheeps clothing a saint or sinner? A son that would believe, a holywar winner." The best song on this album. Will be great live).