By Clark Collis
September 01, 2006 at 04:00 AM EDT

A Matter of Life and Death


A refresher course for anyone who’s forgotten that war is hell, the Brit metal overlords’ new album A Matter of Life and Death is strewn with gruesome references to the horrors of conflict. Unfortunately, Iron Maiden’s more baroque musical leanings create an air of proggy preposterousness on such songs as the nine-plus-minute, holy-war-themed ”For the Greater Good of God.” Far preferable is ”Different World,” which avoids the subject of battlefields altogether but does musically summon up the ghost of Thin Lizzy with tunefully thunderous results.

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