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The wait is over. Following last week's new single, "The Writing on the Wall," Iron Maiden have officially announced a new double album called Senjutsu. It's the New Wave of British Heavy Metal icons' 17th record overall, their first since 2015's The Book of Souls and it's out next month.
Recorded in Paris with longtime producer Kevin Shirley and co-produced by the band's own bassist, Steve Harris, the 10-song Senjutsu clocks in at a whopping 80 minutes and features numerous tracks that exceed the 10-minute mark. The title roughly translates to "tactics and strategy," and the record's calculated creative direction and convoluted song structures will surely echo that approach.
"We chose to record at Guillaume Tell Studio in France again as the place has such a relaxed vibe," Harris commented. "The setup there is perfect for our needs; the building used to be a cinema and has a really high ceiling so there's a great acoustic sound. We recorded this album in the same way we did The Book Of Souls in that we'd write a song, rehearse it and then put it down together straight away while it was all fresh in our minds."
"There's some very complex songs on this album," he continued. "Which took a lot of hard work to get them exactly as we wanted them to sound, so the process was at times very challenging, but Kevin [Shirley] is great at capturing the essence of the band and I think it was worth the effort."
"We're all really excited about this album," frontman Bruce Dickinson added. "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'!?"
"The songs are very varied, and some of them are quite long," he continued. "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! "
Senjutsu is due out September 3rd and pre-orders will go live on Wednesday July 21st. See the cover art and track list below.
Senjutsu track listing:
"The Writing on the Wall"
"Lost in a Lost World"
"Days of Future Past"
"The Time Machine"
"Death of the Celts"
"Hell on Earth"