Iron Maiden - A Matter of Life and Death


Iron Maiden was the brainchild of bassist Steve Harris. Taking their name from an ancient torturing device, they were formed in 1976 and were one of the very first bands of the NWOBHM scene. The line-up on their debut EP was Harris, Paul Di'anno on vocals, Dave Murray on guitar and Doug Sampson on drums. Clive Burr replaced Sampson, and second guitarist Dennis Stratton was recruited. Their debut self titled album, released in 1980, reached number four on the British album charts. Adrian Smith replaced Dennis Stratton and Bruce Dickinson ( Bruce Bruce ) from Samson ( the band! ) later replaced Di'anno. The stage was now set for one of the world's best heavy metal bands. Every album was a masterpiece, and "Somewhere in Time" was no exception. Smith left the band to form ASAP in the late eighties, his replacement being ex-White Spirit and Gillan guitarist Janick Gers. Dickinson also departed to continue with his solo career. Wolfsbane vocalist Blaze Bayley was his replacement, and this arrangement seemed to work very well. "Up the Irons!" was the cry when fans learnt that both Dickinson and Smith would return to the fold. The idea of Maiden with three guitarists is indeed tantalizing, and we eagerly await the new Iron Maiden CD with this awesome line-up. Should be a killer!

General Review

A Matter of Life and Death is now the third album with the current line-up. Of the three albums it is defnitely the best. The question to be asked is: Is it really as good as the Classic Rock magazine say it is. " Here's an all-time band more than living up to their reputation. A Matter of life and Death is possibly the album of the year ".

I have this album now for 3 weeks and did not want to do a review on this album. And I did not know why - until last night. I listened to it again while I was driving in my car. Here are my final thoughts.

These are possibly the best ten songs Iron Maiden has ever written on one album. They move between the dark (out of the shadows) and the Light (Brighter than aThousand Suns and Lord of Light) and between death and life. They apply these themes brilliantly with the instruments. The fact that they have 3 guitarists help a lot.

to be continued




Best Albums

Iron Maiden - Killers 1981

Iron Maiden - Number of the Beast - 1982

Iron Maiden - Piece of Mind - 1983

Iron Maiden - Life after Death - 1985

Iron Maiden - Seventh Son of a Seventh Son - 1986

Iron Maiden - Brave new World - 2000

Iron Maiden - Dance of Death - 2004

Iron Maiden - A Matter of Life and Death - 2006



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