Coming on September 3rd is Iron Maiden‘s 17th studio set, the double-CD, triple-LP, Senjutsu. The record, which marks the band’s first in six years, was recorded in Paris with longstanding producer Kevin Shirley and co-produced by Steve Harris.
Out now is the animated video for the album’s lead single, “The Writing On The Wall,” made by BlinkInk based on a concept by lead singer Bruce Dickinson with two former Pixar executives.
Bruce Dickinson said of the album in the press release for Senjutsu, “We’re all really excited about this album. We recorded it back in early 2019 during a break in the Legacy tour so we could maximize our touring yet still have a long set up period before release to prepare great album art and something special as a video. Of course the pandemic delayed things more — so much for the best laid plans — or should that be ‘strategies’!?”
He went on to say, “The songs are very varied, and some of them are quite long. There’s also one or two songs which sound pretty different to our usual style, and I think Maiden fans will be surprised — in a good way, I hope!”
During Maiden’s last round of live dates, Bruce Dickinson told us that, like any singer, he needs to be very careful with his voice, or else he’d have to cancel some shows: “If you stress your voice too much, it’s not gonna recover. It’s like an athlete with a pulled muscle, and he never actually lets it fully recover — he’s always playing with a hamstring that’s pulled, so he’s always at just that little bit less sharp than he should be. And it’s the same thing with a voice, y’know? I’m very lucky, touch wood, so far on this tour, that it’s been pretty reliable.”
The full tracklisting to Iron Maiden’s ‘Senjutsu‘ is:
“The Writing On The Wall”
“Lost In A Lost World”
“Days Of Future Past”
“The Time Machine”
“Death Of The Celts”
“Hell On Earth”