So have any of the other metal folks here picked up A Matter of Life and Death? I got my copy at the start of the week and i'm having difficulty getting into it, something which hasent happened with a Dickenson led album since NPFTD. Not that its actually bad or anything, it just seems like a remarkably autopilotish album by Maiden standards. The songs don't really have anything that makes them stand out from eachother and it isn't helped by the fact that they've gone even further down the route of making an album full of longer songs, depriving the listner of much needed fast pace material and a big epic that stands out from everything else. I'll reserve final judgemnt until i've had another week with it, but at this point i'd say that its the weakest of the 3 releases from the current line up by a considerable margin.