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Encyclopedia > A Matter of Life and Death (album)
A Matter of Life and Death
A Matter of Life and Death cover
Studio album by Iron Maiden
Released 28 August 2006 (most of the world)
5 September 2006 (North America)[1]
Recorded September 2005 - July 2006 at Sarm West Studios, London
Genre Heavy metal
Length 1:12:02
Label EMI (U.K.)
Sanctuary (U.S.)
Producer Kevin Shirley
Professional reviews
Iron Maiden chronology
Death on the Road
(2005)
A Matter of Life and Death
(2006)

A Matter of Life and Death is the 14th studio album by English heavy metal band Iron Maiden. It was released on 25 August 2006 in Italy and in Finland, 28 August worldwide, and 5 September 2006 in the United States, Canada and Japan. It is the first international rock album to debut at #4 in India, and made it to #2 in the Indian charts. It is also one of the few rock/metal albums to go platinum in India. It is the first album in Iron Maiden's almost 30 year career to enter the U.S. Billboard charts in the top 10, and has seen significant chart success in many other countries. [2] Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (2100x2100, 581 KB) This image is of a cover of an audio recording, and the copyright for it is most likely owned by either the publisher of the album or the artist(s) which produced the recording or cover artwork in... A studio album is a collection of previously unreleased, studio-recorded tracks by a recording artist. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... is the 240th day of the year (241st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays full 2006 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 248th day of the year (249th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays full 2006 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... North America North America is a continent[1] in the Earths northern hemisphere and (chiefly) western hemisphere. ... Sarm West Studios, orginally known as Basing Street Studios, were established by Chris Blackwell the founder of Island Records. ... This article is about the capital of England and the United Kingdom. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Heavy metal (sometimes referred to simply as metal) is a genre of rock music that developed in the late 1960s and early 1970s. ... This does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... The EMI Group (LSE: EMI) is a British music company comprising of the major record company EMI Music which operates several labels, based in Kensington in London, England, and EMI Music Publishing, based in New York. ... UK redirects here. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Motto: (Out Of Many, One) (traditional) In God We Trust (1956 to date) Anthem: The Star-Spangled Banner Capital Washington D.C. Largest city New York City None at federal level (English de facto) Government Federal constitutional republic  - President George Walker Bush (R)  - Vice President Dick Cheney (R) Independence from... In the music industry, a record producer (or music producer) has many roles, among them controlling the recording sessions, coaching and guiding the musicians, organizing and scheduling production budget and resources, and supervising the recording, mixing and mastering processes. ... Kevin Shirley (a. ... The All Music Guide (AMG) is a metadata database about music owned by All Media Guide. ... Image File history File links 3. ... This article is about the magazine. ... Image File history File links 3_stars. ... Metal Hammer (sometimes MetalHammer) is a monthly heavy metal magazine in the United Kingdom, Ireland and in Germany, Austria, Spain, Greece, Poland, Hungary, Switzerland, Serbia and Montenegro by a different publisher. ... Image File history File links Stars10100. ... Information in this article or section has not been verified against sources and may not be reliable. ... Image File history File links 5_stars. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Death on the Road is a live CD, LP, and DVD released by the British heavy metal band Iron Maiden on August 30, 2005 (CD & LP version), respectively on February 6, 2006 (DVD version). ... Motto (French) God and my right Anthem No official anthem - the United Kingdom anthem God Save the Queen is commonly used England() – on the European continent() – in the United Kingdom() Capital (and largest city) London (de facto) Official languages English (de facto)1 Unified  -  by Athelstan 927 AD  Area  -  Total... Heavy metal (sometimes referred to simply as metal) is a genre of rock music that developed in the late 1960s and early 1970s. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... is the 237th day of the year (238th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays full 2006 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 240th day of the year (241st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 248th day of the year (249th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays full 2006 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...


While the album is not a concept album,[3] war and religion are recurring themes in the lyrics throughout the album, as well as in the album's artwork. The title "A Matter of Life and Death" is also linked with the war theme, as it titles a 1946 movie whose primary character is a WWII Royal Air Force pilot. This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... Look up war in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Look up war in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... A Matter of Life and Death (1946) is a film by the British writer-director-producer team of Powell and Pressburger. ... The Royal Air Force (RAF) is the air force branch of the British Armed Forces. ...

Contents

Overview

The band, still consisting of the same lineup as their previous two studio albums (making it the second most stable lineup; see Powerslave), started to write the songs near the end of 2005 after their hugely successful appearances in the U.S. and Europe. By the end of the year, the songs were done and they started rehearsing at Sarm West Studios in London. Powerslave is the fifth studio album by the British heavy metal band Iron Maiden, released on 3 September 1984. ... Motto: (Out Of Many, One) (traditional) In God We Trust (1956 to date) Anthem: The Star-Spangled Banner Capital Washington D.C. Largest city New York City None at federal level (English de facto) Government Federal constitutional republic  - President George Walker Bush (R)  - Vice President Dick Cheney (R) Independence from... World map showing the location of Europe. ... Sarm West Studios, orginally known as Basing Street Studios, were established by Chris Blackwell the founder of Island Records. ... This article is about the capital of England and the United Kingdom. ...


At 72 minutes, A Matter of Life and Death is the band's longest album to date (exceeding 1995's The X Factor by approximately one minute) and its average song length (7:12) also makes it the longest Iron Maiden album by song average. The album is their most progressive approach taken since Seventh Son of a Seventh Son. The X Factor is a heavy metal album released October 2, 1995 by Iron Maiden. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...


This is the band's fourth studio album that is not named after a specific song on the album, following Piece of Mind, The X Factor and Virtual XI. Piece of Mind is the fourth studio album by British heavy metal band Iron Maiden. ... The X Factor is a heavy metal album released October 2, 1995 by Iron Maiden. ... Virtual XI is the British heavy metal band Iron Maidens 11th studio album, released March 23, 1998. ...


The album cover was created by Tim Bradstreet, an American artist, currently best known for his covers on the Punisher comics. Tim Bradstreet (born February 16, 1967, in Cheverly, Maryland), is an artist and illustrator, best known for his work on comic books (covers and interiors), book covers, movie posters, roleplaying games and trading cards. ... This article contains a trivia section. ...


During their North American, Japanese and European tours, they performed the entire album in full. They announced after the show at Earl's Court, London on December 23rd, 2006, that the album would never be played in its entirety again.


Critical response

The album was met with positive reviews. Metal Hammer rated the album 10/10 and stated that "Iron Maiden have utterly surpassed themselves", Kerrang! rated it 5/5 and said "Another [Iron] Maiden classic... Keeps what longtime fans loved about the band alive." Classic Rock also awarded it Album of the Year, and the band won an award voted by Classic Rock readers, for the album. Rolling Stone gave the album 3 stars out of 5, finding the music and lyrics "relevant." However, the magazine also claims that "the songs now march where they once galloped", implying that the band is "aging gracefully" [4]. Many appreciated the band's complex, progressive song structure, and contemplative lyrics. Metal Hammer (sometimes MetalHammer) is a monthly heavy metal magazine in the United Kingdom, Ireland and in Germany, Austria, Spain, Greece, Poland, Hungary, Switzerland, Serbia and Montenegro by a different publisher. ... Information in this article or section has not been verified against sources and may not be reliable. ... Classic Rock is a magazine dedicated to the radio format of classic rock, published by Future Publishing, who are also responsible for its sister publication Metal Hammer. ... This article is about the magazine. ...


Single details

The first single to be released from the album was "The Reincarnation of Benjamin Breeg". It was released on 14 August 2006. On 10 August 2006, "Different World" was put on the official website for everyone to hear. The following day "Brighter than a Thousand Suns" was also put on the official site for public streaming, and on August 23, 2006 the whole album leaked to the Internet. This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... is the 226th day of the year (227th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays full 2006 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 222nd day of the year (223rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays full 2006 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 235th day of the year (236th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays full 2006 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...


"Different World" was the second single released from the album[1]. It has already been receiving airplay on many rock radio stations. The song also features an animated video, similar to that of Wildest Dreams. Different World is a song by Iron Maiden on their 14th studio album, A Matter of Life and Death. ... Wildest Dreams is a single from the Iron Maiden 13th studio album Dance of Death, released in 2003. ...


DVD documentary

In addition to the standard CD release, A Matter of Life and Death was also released in a limited edition version which contains a bonus DVD. The DVD, which has a total runtime of nearly one hour, contains a half-hour documentary, plus videos and photos all shot whilst the band were making the album. The documentary "The Making of A Matter of Life and Death", directed by Matthew Amos (also director of The Early Days and Death on the Road DVD documentaries), features candid video footage shot largely by Kevin Shirley himself during the recording of the album giving a behind-the-scenes look at life in the studio. The bonus DVD also features the full 7:21 minute video promo for "The Reincarnation of Benjamin Breeg", and a special intimate filming of the band recording "Different World" in the studio. The album is also available as a limited edition double picture disc vinyl in gatefold sleeve, and as a digital download. The term special edition implies a kind of an extraordinary, rare quality. ... Size comparison: A 12 cm Sony DVD+RW and a 19 cm Dixon Ticonderoga pencil. ... Documentary film is a broad category of visual expression that is based on the attempt, in one fashion or another, to document reality. ... The Early Days DVD set features an exhaustive, thoroughly complete history of the early years of Iron Maiden, from their humble beginnings in Londons East End in 1975 through their triumphant Piece of Mind album and tour in 1983. ... Death on the Road is a live CD, LP, and DVD released by the British heavy metal band Iron Maiden on August 30, 2005 (CD & LP version), respectively on February 6, 2006 (DVD version). ... Kevin Shirley (a. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Usual types of gramophone record (phonograph record in U.S. English) are discussed in the main article. ...


Track listing

  1. "Different World" (Music: Adrian Smith/Steve Harris, Lyrics: Steve Harris) – 4:17
  2. "These Colours Don't Run" (Music: Smith/Harris, Lyrics: Bruce Dickinson) – 6:52
  3. "Brighter than a Thousand Suns" (Music: Smith/Harris, Lyrics: Harris/Dickinson) – 8:44
  4. "The Pilgrim" (Music: Janick Gers/Harris, Lyrics: Harris) – 5:07
  5. "The Longest Day" (Music: Smith/Harris, Lyrics: Dickinson) – 7:48
  6. "Out of the Shadows" (Music: Dickinson/Harris, Lyrics: Dickinson) – 5:36
  7. "The Reincarnation of Benjamin Breeg" (Music: Dave Murray/Harris, Lyrics: Harris) – 7:21
  8. "For the Greater Good of God" (Music & Lyrics: Harris) – 9:24
  9. "Lord of Light" (Music: Smith/Harris, Lyrics: Dickinson) – 7:23
  10. "The Legacy" (Music: Gers/Harris, Lyrics: Gers) – 9:20

Different World is a song by Iron Maiden on their 14th studio album, A Matter of Life and Death. ... These Colours Dont Run is a song off of the 2006 Iron Maiden studio album, A Matter Of Life And Death. ... For the album by Killing Joke see Brighter Than a Thousand Suns. ... The Pilgrim is a song by the English heavy metal band Iron Maiden and is composed and written by Janick Gers and Steve Harris. ... The Longest Day is a song by British Heavy Metal band Iron Maiden and is composed and written by Adrian Smith, Steve Harris, and Bruce Dickinson. ... Out of the Shadows is a song by British Heavy Metal band Iron Maiden and was composed and written by Bruce Dickinson and Steve Harris. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... There are very few or no other articles that link to this one. ... Lord of Light is a song by English heavy metal band Iron Maiden. ... The Legacy is a song by British heavy metal group Iron Maiden, from their most recent album - A Matter of Life and Death. ...

Credits

This article does not cite any references or sources. ... A singer is a musician who uses their voice to produce music. ... David Michael Murray (born December 23, 1956 in Edmonton, London) is an English guitarist and songwriter best known as one of the original members of the heavy metal band Iron Maiden. ... This article needs additional references or sources for verification. ... Janick Robert Gers (born January 27, 1957 in Hartlepool, England) is one of three current guitarists in the heavy metal band Iron Maiden and a songwriter for the band. ... Adrian Frederik H Smith (born February 27, 1957 in Hackney, East London, England) is a songwriter and one of three guitarists/songwriters in the heavy metal band Iron Maiden. ... A guitar/synthesizer (also guitar synthesizer, guitar/synth, or guitar synth) is any one of a number of systems originally conceived to allow a guitarist to play synthesizers. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... The electric bass guitar (or electric bass) is a bass string instrument played with the fingers by plucking, slapping, or using a pick. ... An electronic keyboard instrument An electronic keyboard or digital keyboard is a type of keyboard instrument. ... Michael Henry McBrain (born June 5, 1952 in Hackney, London, England) is the drummer for heavy metal band Iron Maiden. ... A drum kit (or drum set or trap set) is a collection of drums, cymbals and sometimes other percussion instruments arranged for convenient playing by a single drummer. ... Kevin Shirley (a. ...

Charting positions

The album went gold in Finland in its first week.[5] This gold record became Maiden's 8th from Finland. The album sold over 220,000 copies worldwide in its first week of release and sold over 500,000 copies worldwide in 3 weeks. It entered at no. 4 in the world album chart, no. 1 in ten countries, no. 4 in the UK charts, no. 2 in Canada, no. 4 in India , and for the first time entered the U.S. top 10 at no. 9 with sales of over 56,000. An update on Iron Maiden's official website states that "In just the first week the new album has shipped over a million copies worldwide and impacted on the charts pretty well everywhere in the world". In doing so it has charted in the top 20 in 34 countries worldwide. Music recording sales certification is a system of certifying that a music recording has sold a certain number of copies. ...

Year Chart Position
2006 Brazil Top 100 #1
2006 Canadian Album Charts #2
2006 German Album Charts #1
2006 UK Album Charts #4
2006 U.S. Billboard 200 #9
2006 U.S. Billboard Top Rock Albums #4
2006 India #2
2006 Switzerland #2
2006 Spain #4
2006 Finland #1
2006 Greece #1
2006 Italy #1
2006 Turkey #2
2006 Sweden #1
2006 Australia #12
2006 Slovenia #1
2006 Croatia #1
2006 Poland #1
2006 Hungary #2
2006 Czech Republic #1

The album went Platinum in Finland (30,000+), India (55,000+) and gold in: UK (100,000+), Sweden (30,000+), Greece (10,000+), Canada (50,000+),[6] Italy (40,000+) and Switzerland (15,000+).


References

  1. ^ IRON MAIDEN announce special album format. ironmaiden.com (2006-08-03). Retrieved on 2006-10-29.
  2. ^ A Matter of Life and Death kills the charts worldwide!. ironmaiden.com (2006-09-11). Retrieved on 2006-09-17.
  3. ^ IRON MAIDEN Drummer, Guitarist Talk About New Album. Blabbermouth (2006-07-05). Retrieved on 2006-09-17.
  4. ^ Rolling Stone Review. Rolling Stone (3 May 2007).
  5. ^ Iron Maiden kotimaisten myyntilistojen kärjessä. MTV3 Finland (2006-08-31). Retrieved on 2006-09-17.
  6. ^ CRIA Gold & Platinum certifications for October 2006. Retrieved July 25, 2007.

 
 

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