Unless you’ve been living under a rock, or you’re simply just a potato, you’ll have been informed about Iron Maiden things. Things like frontman Bruce Dickinson’s victory over cancer and the relatively minor news that the band has a new album coming out in early September, entitled The Book Of Souls.
Earlier this week the band unveiled their first single, ‘Speed Of Light’, a taster of what’s to come in the upcoming opus. It’s a thunderous tirade of the classic Maiden sound; the lengthy guitar solos, Dickinson’s soaring vocals, a barrage of drums and a side order of some great riffs to top it all off. How could anyone forget the fantastic video, featuring Eddie, Iron Maiden’s legendary mascot, who gets flung into a virtual reality and culminates in a fight with Satan himself.
Iron Maiden’s previous effort came in 2010 with The Final Frontier, which was met with warm reception. The Book Of Souls marks their sixteenth album since they released their synonymous debut back in 1980 when Paul Di’Anno was at the helm. Dickinson took over for Number of the Beast in 1982, now considered a classic of heavy metal and one of the best albums of the 1980s. Along with Dickinson, the band has gone through several line-up changes in its time, ultimately settling as a sextet in 1999.
The album also features the longest song Maiden have ever recorded. ‘Empire of the Clouds’ stands at an impressive eighteen minutes and has Dickinson on piano for the first time. In addition, The Book Of Souls is the first Maiden album since 1984’s Powerslave to feature two tracks written solely by Dickinson.
The Book Of Souls is out on September 4th on Parlophone Records.