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Iron Maiden: A Matter of Life and Death (2006)

If I didn’t know better, I’d suspect that Iron Maiden had become a progressive rock band. Then again, bassist/songwriter Steve Harris has always brought a progressive element to Iron Maiden. The lyrical content brings to mind the brooding, reflective mood of The X Factor, but one must strain at times to hear frontman Bruce Dickinson’s vocals even with a good set of headphones. It’s always unfortunate to see a great album marred by subpar production, but it’s a shame to see it happen to Iron Maiden after all these years.