Friday, October 27, 2006

A Matter of Life and Death

New Iron Maiden Album
Kills the Charts Worldwide!

Iron Maiden - A Matter of Life and Death

Iron Maiden - Eddie - Prophet

Iron Maiden - Eddie - Mummy

Iron Maiden - Eddie - Stranger

Iron Maiden - Eddie - Compilation

Metal legends IRON MAIDEN'S new album ‘A MATTER OF LIFE AND DEATH’ has not only been released to enormous critical acclaim across the globe but has also resulted in some of their highest chart placings ever. In addition to their Number One chart debut on the Billboard Pan-European Chart the album has now debuted at no.9 on the Billboard USA Chart on their US-label Sanctuary Records and at no.2 in Canada.

This is the band's first ever US Top 10 entry in their long and illustrious history and a remarkable achievement, this being their 14th studio album. The album is also No.1 in the US Independent Album Chart. It has even crashed in at No.4 in the official album chart in India which is far and away the highest placing any heavy rock act has ever achieved in that country.

Band founder Steve Harris comments; 'We really enjoyed the process of making this record and were delighted with the reaction. It’s very gratifying that our fans all over the world seem to agree by supporting us so strongly. We are now very much looking forward to the forthcoming tour and intend to play live as much of the album as we feel works in the set. This tour will be very different to the last one in terms of the songs we play and we will very much enjoy the challenge of playing this new material live.'

Manager Rod Smallwood adds; 'This is great news for the band, especially – finally - a Top 10 US Billboard entry. During the 80s we had six straight million-plus selling Platinum records and all of these would have been at least Top 10 under Soundscan with three or four probably debuting at No 1. Having said that though we are very pleased to finally make it and this, along with great sales all over the world and number one in Europe, really is a testament to Maiden's and Metal's ever increasing popularity. We very much look forward to starting our World Tour in the States and Canada in early October and if ticket sales are anything to go by it will be quite an event for our fans over there.'

Maiden's Top 10 US debut comes hot on the heels of the band's No.1 album in Europe on Billboard’s pan - European chart with nine No 1 and eighteen Top 5 chart entries in Europe alone. First week sales in the UK were also at their highest since 1990. In just the first week the new album has shipped over a million copies Worldwide and impacted on the charts pretty well everywhere in the World.

Next month the band start A MATTER OF LIFE AND DEATH WORLD TOUR which takes them initially into major arenas through North America, Japan and most of Europe with the majority of the dates already sold out. They will play to over half a million fans over 44 shows in 11 weeks in 18 countries.

Check out the article at The Iron Maiden website.

This new album rocks! I can only hope that they come somewhere near me on their new tour. I've been listening to these guys since 1988, and if you haven't heard their music before, I strongly urge you to check them out!

Be sure to check out The Iron Maiden website and Wikipedia's Iron Maiden page.

Also check out artist Derek Riggs website - just click 'published illustration,' then click 'Iron Maiden.'


shieldwall said...

You cant beat a bit of Heavy Metal,WELL DONE!.I have seen various bands here in Plymouth(UK),Judas Priest,Kiss,Wasp,Megadeth,Motorhead,Pantera,Girlschool,In Flames,Scorpions,Saxon,never seen Maiden though(unfortunately),always have excellent album covers dont they!.

Texas Ian said...

I'm off to see them at Earl's Court, in London, on the 27th December. You know they're gonna rock, but I'll be sure to let you know in any case.

Up the Irons!!!