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New Iron Maiden September 4th!

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  1. dtfanatic

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    Hell yes! Look at track 11. WOW!!!!


    The Book Of Souls - coming September 4th.

    IRON MAIDEN’s eagerly awaited new studio album The Book Of Souls will be released globally on 4th September through Parlophone Records (Sanctuary Copyrights/BMG in the U.S.A.). It was recorded in Paris with their longstanding producer Kevin “Caveman” Shirley in late 2014, with the finishing touches added earlier this year. However, the band decided to delay its release so that vocalist Bruce Dickinson, who was recently given the all-clear from a tumour, would have time to recuperate sufficiently to join in the preparations for the album’s launch.

    The stunning cover art was created by Mark Wilkinson who has worked with the band previously, and because this 11 track album has a total running time of 92 minutes, it is IRON MAIDEN’s first ever double studio album. There’s a broader split on the song-writing compared to previous Maiden records, with bassist and founder member Steve Harris contributing to seven of the tracks; 6 of them with Maiden’s guitarists and one sole composition. This is also the first time since 1984’s Powerslave that an IRON MAIDEN studio album also features two tracks written solely by Bruce Dickinson, one of which is the longest song Maiden has ever recorded! And also two Dickinson/Smith collaborations.

    Steve comments,

    “We approached this album in a different way to how we’ve recorded previously. A lot of the songs were actually written while we were there in the studio and we rehearsed and recorded them straight away while they were still fresh, and I think that immediacy really shows in the songs, they have almost a live feel to them I think. I’m very proud of The Book Of Souls, we all are, and we can’t wait for our fans to hear it, and especially to take it out on the road next year!”

    Bruce continues,

    “We’re really excited about The Book Of Souls and had a fantastic time creating it. We started working on the album in late summer 2014 and recorded it at Guillame Tell Studios in Paris, where we’d done the Brave New World album back in 2000 so the studio holds special memories for all of us. We were delighted to discover the same magical vibe is still alive and very much kicking there! So we immediately felt at home and the ideas just started flowing. By the time we’d finished we all agreed that each track was such an integral part of the whole body of work that if it needed to be a double album, then double its going to be!”

    The full tracklisiting is:


    Track listing:
    Disc 1
    1. If Eternity Should Fail (Dickinson) 8:28
    2. Speed Of Light (Smith/ Dickinson) 5:01
    3. The Great Unknown (Smith/ Harris) 6:37
    4. The Red And The Black (Harris) 13:33
    5. When The River Runs Deep (Smith/ Harris) 5:52
    6. The Book Of Souls (Gers/ Harris) 10:27

    Disc 2
    7. Death Or Glory (Smith/ Dickinson) 5:13
    8. Shadows Of The Valley (Gers/ Harris) 7:32
    9. Tears Of A Clown (Smith/ Harris) 4:59
    10. The Man Of Sorrows (Murray/ Harris) 6:28
    11. Empire Of The Clouds (Dickinson) 18:01

    Formats:
    2CD deluxe hardbound book limited edition
    2CD standard edition
    Triple heavyweight black vinyl
    High res audio (24-bit Mastered for ITunes and non-Mastered for iTunes)
    Standard res audio (16 bit/ 44.1 kHz)


    The Book Of Souls is the band’s 16th studio album since their eponymous debut in 1980 charted at #4 in the UK, in a career achieving sales of over 90 million albums worldwide. Their previous album, 2010’s The Final Frontier was Maiden’s most successful chart-wise to date, reaching Number One in 28 countries and was their highest chart debut in the U.S reaching #4 in the Billboard 200.

    Due to Bruce’s illness the band had to delay touring plans but promise to be out on the road again early next year, giving time for Bruce to make a full physical recovery to be ready for the rigours of Maiden live performances.

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  2. Met-Al

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    That sounds like a pretty ambitious record. I'll be listening.


    Stay metal. Never rust.
    Albert
     
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    Wow. The last four albums were middling to good, but with this one it sounds like they are trying for best ever.
     
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    Hopefully the length has some meat to it and isn't Bruce just repeating the same lyric over and over again. One of my problems with recent Maiden is that songs are extended without any real purpose. Hopefully they can tighten it down and put out less filler in their songs.
     
  6. Sir Exar Kun

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    This.

    Final Frontier's biggest issue to me is that many of the songs are in the 8 minute range, and they all follow the traditional Iron Maiden 8 minute formula, and end up sounding about the same. I expect one or two per album, but FF was way heavy on them.

    With this new one, I honestly don't know how they'll approach the longer songs, so am looking forward to hearing what will likely be a different pace to the writing.....
     
  7. KingsGene

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    2015 is shaping up to be a VERY good year for new releases. THIS...is a blind buy.
     
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    I guess I'm in the minority in that I loved TFF, and that means I'm excited as hell for this. At this stage in their career though, I have to admit that swinging for the fences like this is an all or nothing kind of venture. I hope they can pull it off!
     
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    WHAT IS YOUR IRON MAIDEN MOMENT?

    "...From now until Wednesday, July 1, Nordoeff Robins want you to relive your favorite Iron Maiden memory to create a 90 second video of your #MaidenMoment. For every clip posted to their Facebook page, their panel of judges will select an entry each week to shortlist, choosing their winner on Friday, July 3.

    My Maiden Moment 1st Prize: The winner will receive a replica of the red “Trooper” jacket worn by Maiden vocalist Bruce Dickinson, signed by him and a Limited Edition vinyl picture discs of the first eight Iron Maiden albums packaged in gatefold sleeves and housed in a (Black) Collector’s Box.

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    The runner up will receive a Limited Edition black vinyl discs of the first eight Iron Maiden albums.

    So if you're an Iron Maiden fan, they want to hear from you. Post your 90 second video directly onto the Nordoff Robbins Facebook page, tagging them and Iron Maiden to be in with the chance of winning."
     
  11. Purveyor Of Evil

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    My favorite band ever! Plus, they put the points back on the letters. Very cool.
     
  12. Mosquito

    Mosquito oh noes!!

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    Did they lose them at some point??
     
  13. Purveyor Of Evil

    Purveyor Of Evil Heavy Metal, INC.

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    Check out all of the albums from Virtual XI on up.
     
  14. Mosquito

    Mosquito oh noes!!

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    Still not seeing it.
     
  15. Purveyor Of Evil

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    On those albums, the points on the bottoms of the R,M, and both N's are straight across instead of pointed like all of the albums before Virtual XI.
     
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    Palabra de Dios Heavy Metal Weatherman

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    I'm definitely seeing what Purveyor is seeing. I wouldn't have if he hadn't pointed it out, though. Haha, such a subtle change.
     
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    Purveyor of Font
     
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    Another band that the Purveyor and I can agree on!
     

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