Iron Maiden
A Matter of Life and Death

Release date: August 25th 2006
EMI Records
EMI Denmark
Heavy Metal

Rating: 80/100
Reviewed by:
Kenn Jensen
October 19th 2006

Each and every time its time for a new Iron Maiden album, I am sure the expectations are very high among the whole metal community. The forefathers of heavy metal have set the standard in metal for years, and I am pretty sure you won't find many metal fans, who doesn't have at least one Iron Maiden album in his' or her's collection, if not all of them!

Maybe with the exception of the second album with Blaze Bayley - 'Virtual XI' - I have hoped that the new Iron Maiden album would reach the same heights as genre classics like 'Powerslave', 'Piece of Mind' or my personal favorite 'Somewhere in Time', and sadly only 'Fear of the Dark' and 'Brave New World' have been close, and the new album fails once more...

But Iron Maiden fans don't need to worry, this is still unmistakably Iron Maiden like we know and love. The sound is still the same - this time they have worked together with Kevin Shirley, Bruce Dickinson is delivering the goods in familiar fashion, the three guitars are for the first time possible to hear with a thick in your face and powerful attack, Steve Harris is, well Steve Harris... and I wish I could say the same about Nicko McBrain, but his performance on this album is below par.

A good Maiden album never the less, one that will please fans all over the world, and make them go see them just one more time live - where they really kick ass and show just how great they still are. I only wish they were able to capture it on a studio album as well... Maybe next time?