Sound — 10
Iron Maiden are one of the few bands that have a unique sound. No one will ever sound like them. They're unique sound is captured best on Dance of Death but this album has a gem. The band say the album is about religion and war. And Steve Harris' chief participation in composing on the album give it a kick that make this album kick ass the musical interlude after the chorus on The Pilgrim is very arabic, aiding the effect of this song (which is about Jesus, I love that guy). The Legacy is the most contrasted song ever written, love it. The twin solo in Longest Day is friggin amazing and inspiring.
Lyrics — 10
As usual Bruce's lyrics are unparalled (with Rob Halford following close behind). This guy is amazing. Dave isn't telling anyone, even band members who the hell Benjamin Breeg is. Nicko said in a drum interview that he thinks Breeg is an old enemy or friend of Eddies (this could go somewhere). Longest Day is about day and Brighter Than A Thousand Suns is about some dudes playing God Making The Abomb. Steve says we all have to deal with religion and we're all affected by it, depending on what you belive, so he wrote For The Greater Good of God, a highlight anthem. The Lyrics fit brilliantly with the themes of the album.
Overall Impression — 10
A Matter of Life and Death is my favourite Iron Maiden album, probably because being a baptist, I feel comfortable listening to it, its sound is amazing. And don't forget Nicko's snare drum! As usual the dominance of stratocasters is prominant. But this album is truly a gem in anyone's collection. Feel pity for me guys, because I'm South African I will probably never see Iron Maiden.