|Single by Iron Maiden|
|from the album A Matter of Life and Death|
|Released||14 November 2006 (US)|
26 December 2006 (UK)
|Studio||Sarm West Studios (London)|
|Label||EMI / Sanctuary Records|
|Iron Maiden singles chronology|
"Different World" is a song by English heavy metal band Iron Maiden. It is the opening track from their 14th studio album, A Matter of Life and Death (2006), and was released as the second single from the album. It was released on 14 November 2006 in the United States, and 26 December 2006 in Europe. The song has been stated by the band to be a tribute to Thin Lizzy due to the low sounding melodies sung by Bruce Dickinson that are reminiscent of those Phil Lynott would sing. It was also played first every night on the band's A Matter of Life and Death Tour.
The guitar solo in "Different World" is played by Adrian Smith.
Two music videos of "Different World" were released. In the first, a computer animated version of Dickinson is watching a factory of drones reorganizing test tubes. When one appears with a purple liquid in it, he takes the tube and runs. He is chased by more drones across an extremely high-up walkway, before leaping off the platform, and later through a garbage disposal chute. He exits the chute at high speed, and tries to grab hold of it but eventually falls. He lands on a zeppelin, and is grabbed by a drone. The drone carries him through the air before crashing into the ground, after which Bruce runs through the city to a woman who shows him a different world. In this vision, a young version of Bruce (who looks more like him than the older one) takes the test tube and throws it at the screen. The vision explodes and a giant Eddie stands up and begins to destroy the city. The camera zooms out, and a larger Eddie is revealed to be holding the planet, and throws it at the screen, ending the video.
The second version features the band recording the song in studio 1 of Sarm Studios, West London, UK. Portions of this video appear on the first version.
The interview with Steve Harris was only available if pre-ordered before 26 December 2006 through the Iron Maiden website.
Production credits are adapted from the European CD, DVD, and picture disc covers.