2006. A Matter of Life and Death
is the fourteenth album by band Iron Maiden, It is the first album in Iron Maiden’s career to enter the US Billboard charts in the top 10, achieving significant chart success in many other countries as well.
To provide a more “live” sound, the album was not mastered. Producer Kevin Shirley said, “Spoke to ‘Arry (Steve Harris) on Friday, who has decided against mastering the Iron Maiden album… It means that you will get to hear the new album exactly as it sounded in the studio, no added EQ, compression, analog widening, etc., and I must say, I am pretty happy with the end result.
Speaking to Metal Hammer in September 2006, lead vocalist Bruce Dickinson commented that “Everyone was up for pushing things as far as they’d go, but the record was so easy to make.” Dickinson went on to claim that they “finished the record with two months to spare,” with Harris adding that “A lot of what you hear are first time takes.” Speaking about the record’s musical style, Harris states that “It is heavier than we’ve ever been, but also very progressive. And I don’t mean that in the modern sense, but like Dream Theater, more in a 70s way.”
This is an Iron Maiden album for Iron Maiden fans. Those who have matured along with the band will appreciate it. Iron Maiden still rules.
Bruce Dickinson Dave Murray Adrian Smith Janick Gers Steve Harris Nicko McBrain