Having been a band for twenty-five years, metal-proprietors Iron Maiden are getting a little long in the tooth, but that certainly doesn’t take away from the UK group’s unapologetic “A Matter of Life and Death,” the band’s best record since “Seventh Son of the Seventh Son.” While Bruce Dickinson’s voice seems a little weaker—he can’t quite convincingly hit those high notes anymore—the band doesn’t bat an eye and injects its trademark guitar solos and epic choruses into the long, long ten-song record (the shortest song clocks in at just over four minutes, the longest nearly ten). War themes run rampant—as they always have on Maiden’s records—as Dickinson questions the point of battle and authority, pays tribute to soldiers and eulogizes D-Day. It’s not a record that will attract new attention—this is made primarily for fans, and fans love it, for sure. (Tom Lynch)
October 18 at Allstate Arena.