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 4:18 160,656
2 These Colours Don't Run 6:53 125,942
3 Brighter Than a Thousand Suns 8:45 120,415
4 The Pilgrim 5:06 117,399
5 The Longest Day 7:48 113,461
6 Out of the Shadows 5:36 108,393
7 The Reincarnation of Benjamin Breeg 7:21 100,794
8 For the Greater Good of God 9:25 114,353
9 Lord of Light 7:23 96,684
10 The Legacy 9:24 92,806

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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  • jpzitoleopold

    Fantastic cover.

    25 Oct 2014 Reply
  • DaiTheFlu_

    amazing album! great sound. Nicko's drum sound so powerful on that album. great moments and maybe a modern classic. a bit underrated but it won't be forgotten. great one !

    17 Oct 2014 Reply
  • bonjovyborges

    i prefeer DOD

    18 Sep 2014 Reply
  • nlventura93

    Great album. Blows 'Dance of Death' out of the water!!

    14 Sep 2014 Reply
  • Failure2Conform

    Dance of Death was a good album but this is a great album. From start to finish this is one of their most creative outputs musically and lyrically. Their most thought provoking album in my opinion. It's in my top 5 Maiden albums.

    12 Sep 2014 Reply
  • Shafter92

    This and BNW are the best post 2000 best maiden albums [3]

    8 Sep 2014 Reply
  • fretless11

    Absolutely best produced Maiden album, that snare <3 <3 <3

    31 Aug 2014 Reply
  • HammerHeart13

    love this album so much

    16 Jul 2014 Reply
  • Elowson

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

    15 Jul 2014 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 2014 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 2014 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 2014 Reply
  • ilovemusix

    This and BNW are the best post 2000 best maiden albums

    7 Jan 2014 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
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