A Matter of Life and Death

Iron Maiden/UMe
Release date
17 Feb 2009
Running length
10 tracks
Running time


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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Different World 4:18 156,983
2 These Colours Don't Run 6:53 122,927
3 Brighter Than a Thousand Suns 8:45 118,265
4 The Pilgrim 5:06 115,295
5 The Longest Day 7:48 111,161
6 Out of the Shadows 5:36 106,444
7 The Reincarnation of Benjamin Breeg 7:21 97,776
8 For the Greater Good of God 9:25 111,579
9 Lord of Light 7:23 94,910
10 The Legacy 9:24 91,055

About this album

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 heavy metal 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.

While the album is not a concept album, 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.

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.

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.

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  • HammerHeart13

    love this album so much

    16 Jul 10:36am Reply
  • Elowson

    This and BNW are the best post 2000 best maiden albums [2]

    15 Jul 10:03pm Reply
  • Wacke666

    I saw Maiden live on the first half of this tour when they played the album in its full. I just wish now that I would've appreciated the album more back then. Today I love it, back then I was close-minded and only liked their 80's stuff.

    16 Jun 9:22am Reply
  • angelripper19

    This was my favorite Maiden album the moment I heard it, I dunno why, but when I first listen to it, it spoke to me x]

    6 Mar 8:03am Reply
  • PT-Fox

    This is by far the most consistently great Maiden album. By far. It might not have 'the hits', but it has everything else in spades. A masterpiece, one of the best metal albums ever made.

    5 Mar 2:35pm Reply
  • ilovemusix

    This and BNW are the best post 2000 best maiden albums

    7 Jan 12:30am Reply
  • eatROFFLES

    amazing album

    1 Dec 2013 Reply
  • ciclismo94

    A truly incredible album <3

    27 Oct 2013 Reply

    отличный альбом!11 Брайтер зен э тхаузенд санз!1

    24 Oct 2013 Reply
  • Colony666

    bass intros, bass intros everywhere

    9 Oct 2013 Reply
  • sonnycrockett_

    yeah, quite different, but love it. perfect album for lazy afternoons :)

    28 Sep 2013 Reply
  • MadTinus

    My favourite Maiden album after Bruce's return.

    18 Jun 2013 Reply
  • Giuseppe1987

    It's not their best album, none of the songs quite reaches the heights of their finest 80s work and yet, as a whole, it's probably my favourite Maiden album.

    20 Apr 2013 Reply
  • EpicGeeza36

    Personal favourite tracks from album: 'Brighter Than A Thousand Suns', 'Out Of The Shadows' and 'Lord Of Light'. They have certain epic values to them

    16 Apr 2013 Reply
  • thedoseoftea

    As a christian I think Dickinson's voice is a gift from God to mankind. This record is epic at maximum.

    13 Apr 2013 Reply
  • Sharp-Ton

    Deficient coming from a band like Maiden. Anyways, every champ has its lows.

    30 Mar 2013 Reply
  • EpicGeeza36

    Not their best album but a vast improvement to 'Dance Of Death'

    28 Jan 2013 Reply
  • DarkVictim

    Probably the best 2000's Iron album

    2 Nov 2012 Reply
  • DonMatt447

    The Pilgrim is fucking epic and the whole album have no fillers, amazing at all. 9/10

    21 Oct 2012 Reply
  • panda_polaco

    very epic!

    16 Oct 2012 Reply
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