Nice and heavy with deep bass lines. It kicks into gear but it's not as dark. These contrasts continue. Heavy stuff.
It settles then here we go! Check out the rhythm section! Very cool track. Reserved vocals come in with synths. Great sound! Amazing sound after 6 minutes as they rip it up. Nice and heavy too. It settles after 4 minutes as contrast continues.
So that's my top five I suppose. The final track starts off with acoustic guitar as reserved vocals come in. The tempo starts to pick up. It's even fuller after 3 minutes. Another guitar solo follows and then it ends as it began. Difficult for me being such a fanboy not to give this five stars. Melodic heavy metal with an epic edge. As on the last couple of albums there are a few faster paced rockers on the album but most songs are mid-paced and pretty long epic tracks.
Songs like the strong power ballad Out of the Shadows , the really heavy The Reincarnation of Benjamin Breeg and my favorite on the album Brighter Than A Thousand Suns really prove that Iron Maiden still have lots to offer even after all these years. The guitar solos and guitar melody theme work is excellent and Iron Maiden really make full use of their three guitarists Janick Gers , Dave Murray and Adrian Smith. And Justice for All by Metallica. The rythm section is as always impressive and tight like hell and it never cease to amaze me how powerful and commanding Bruce Dickinson sounds.
The production is powerful and really gives the music the right punch. I really enjoy this newfound heaviness. It makes them sound fresh and inspired. I may seem negative towards this LP but I just feel there's so much more they're capable of, as they're undoubtedly good musicians.
I feel like I'm diagonally parked in a parallel universe while listening to this. There's no new ideas, no 'lets do something completely off the wall and unexpected', no tampering or experimentation with the guitars, no deviation from the straight drums.
Iron Maiden seem to be caught between two stools. Do they go all out attack or stay safe? It's the latter I'm afraid and safe isn't good enough these days. From my perspective, Iron Maiden spent the first four albums perfecting their sound. They added a long composition for their fifth album 'Powerslave', guitar synthesizers for 'Somewhere in Time' and a concept album for 'Seventh Son of a Seventh Son'. After that, I don't know where they went, though I know many felt 'No Prayer for the Dying' was substandard and 'Fear of the Dark' was an attempt to keep Iron Maiden in vogue with the grunge scene happening all around.
The Blaze Bailey albums, I don't know about. Perhaps I'll find out one day. I think many people agree, however, that from 'Brave New World' Iron Maiden were back in their soundscope and playing what us old fans love to hear.
Now honestly, I was not thinking to give this album four stars. Each album had some excellent songs with all the trademarks of excellent Iron Maiden songs. For a couple of weeks I listened to almost nothing but new Iron Maiden with a bit of the old classics thrown in for enjoyment's sake. But as months passed and loads of new music came to me, the thrill of many of the songs on this album faded. Recently I put some songs on mixed playlists and I found that I was not as impressed.
The sound was too muddy. Dickenson's vocals were not clear and even sounded weak in parts, like he was straining his voice to keep the notes. When a song from this album followed a song from 'Powerslave' I really noticed the difference in recording clarity; 'Powerslave' sounded just so much better! So tonight I cued up 'A Matter of Life and Death' and let it run through my ear buds and I found myself once more pleasantly surprised.
The sound is a bit thick or muddy at first. I did feel that Bruce Dickenson's vocals don't stand out in the mix as they should.
The band rocks out with the opening track 'Different World' and 'These Colours Don't Run' is slower but heavy as a Maiden song should be. Neither of them warmed my feelings toward the album though because of the recording quality.
So I notched the volume up one. That made a big difference. From here on in, each song delivered things to impress. And many songs include what I call the Maiden musical journey. This is where the band go into an extended instrumental segment that is only partly devoted to guitar solos but is otherwise used for adding in new rhythms and riffs and changing tempo and meter. In a couple of tracks there were some surprise heavy riff parts like in 'The Longest Day' that don't crop up anywhere else in the songs.
And in 'Lord of Light' I was surprised to hear a high wailing sound that turned out to be an electric guitar played in a way I've never heard done on a Maiden album. Bruce Dickenson still delivers his powerful vocals, and song after song just seems to sound great, some more so than others. Where I feel there might be any reason to be disappointed other than the sound which could have been clearer is basically in the Iron Maiden formula approach to the song writing.
I mean, Maiden established their sound and style over the first four albums and I feel that 'A Matter of Life a Death' treads barely any discernable new territory. Why should no mastering of the recording be a big selling point? This album is the same as the previous two with some long songs over seven or eight minutes and some shorter ones under six minutes. There's a standard approach of intro, verse, pre-chorus, chorus, repeat, instrumental journey interlude, pre-chorus, chorus, repeat the song title 8 to 12 times, and return to the intro to wind the song down.
Six of the ten songs begin with a slower intro of clean electric guitars and bass and most of those end the same way, sometimes seemingly unnecessarily so. And some of the drum rhythms are the same, in particular the "ONE Okay, that sounds like some harsh criticism and a reason to not buy this album.
But as I mentioned earlier, once I started listening to this album all the way through, there were great moments in every song with some being greater than others. I was feeling really good about the songs and believing the album to be actually worthy of four stars after all. Yes, I guess it is too late in Iron Maiden's career for them to pull an Opeth and go off in a very different direction and I think no one would want them to.
Their fans know what they're going to get on an Iron Maiden LP and that's what the band is expected to deliver. And they do. Very well. And this album is no exception. At their prospective ages, the boys are capab It is always very satisfying when one of my favorite bands surprises everyone with a strong album. Steve Harris knows how to make money. And because I'm pro capitalistic I give him point for that.
But do I need another Maiden record? After two weak releases Iron Maiden gain a hattrick. Steve likes football so he wouldn't mind my words I guess.
Young fans probably have nothing against this che Iron Maiden is going to the progressive metal territory? This is the first I can say after listening to their newest studio release to date. A Matter of Life and Death contains 10 songs, 72 minutes, that's quite attractive for a prog fan, isn't it? And the numbers are right, the band has ev Many reviews here are in favour of this album, but I'm in two minds. There is some good stuff on it - mostly alternating with the not so refined if not unnecessary tunes.
After all, this album resembles a ride on a dipper or a see-saw. I have very split opinions about this album. I like it a lot, yet it does not, in my opinion have enough variation in it to rank it with maiden's classic period. However I do prefer it to a couple of their albums from the 80s. The band now has possibly their strongest line up to date, consist Another great Iron Maiden album.
Obviousely it's an continuation of Dance Of Death, but is very different from it. This is the most progressive Maiden album ever. A masterpiece! I admit it. THis is not an objective review, but, then again, can you be objective with music at all?
I feel this is Maidens strongest effort since s 7th Son album. Production wise it is scaled down to a level reminiscent of Piece of Mind or even No prayer. The drums sound like cannons and the album hits hard cranked up but I do think the only problem with Bruces voice on this album and on Dan Well, I'm actually not a die-hard Iron Maiden fan.
I went out to buy some of their classic stuff, however, this was their only CD I could find at Wal-Mart. Disappointed, I wasn't sure what to expect. From the very first ri When I listened to this album the first time, I was quite disappointed.
The sound is not as polished as on the last two albums it really lacks a lot of clarity, especially with the guitars , and although there are still three guitars playing it's hard to say it brings something to this album. Iron Maiden was maybe the first band that got me interested in music at the age of I started buying cds, looking at the booklets, reading bios and for the first time really pay attention to what I was listening. However after a few years I completely forgot them.
Yes, I can still tell you An excellent addition to a cd collection its deffinatley there most proggressive album by far i was dissapointed when dance of death came out and i thought i would when this came out but this is probaly my favorite album from iron maiden that i've listened to it isn't as heavy as some of there ot A good addition to Iron Maiden's discography with plenty of excellent listens.
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