The 10-track, 82-minute epic serves as the follow up to the band’s 2015 full length, The Book of Souls.
Just last week, Iron Maiden offered the very first sample of new music in some six years with the release of their dynamic single, “The Writing On the Wall,” which came packaged with an imaginative animated video spearheaded by former Pixar executives, Mark Andrews and Andrew Gordon.
The single arrived as the band’s most passionate fans endured a veiled tease from the band that hinted at something big in the works and included biblical references like an invitation to ‘Belshazzar’s Feast,’ and the hashtag, #WOTW.
Now, the band has opened the floodgates with the announcement of their full length follow up to their 2015 LP, The Book of Souls with the September 3rd arrival date of Senjutsu. Boasting just ten tracks, the album clocks in at an enduring 82-minutes suggesting that the songs on the band’s 17th studio effort stretch long and strong. As for the artwork, the band once again tapped Mark Wilkinson to craft a new edition of Eddie – this time prepared for battle as a samurai warrior.
The band’s frontman Bruce Dickinson spoke about the build up to this moment and the enthusiasm the band shares in finally confirming a release date. “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’!? 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!”
The band’s bassist, the album’s co-producer, and the man behind the samurai concept for the art in Steve Harris also weighed in on the 17th album. “We chose to record at Guillaume Tell Studio in France again as the place has such a relaxed vibe. 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 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, the band’s longtime collaborator) is great at capturing the essence of the band and I think it was worth the effort! I’m very proud of the result and can’t wait for fans to hear it.”
Senjutsu arrives September 3rd in various formats including special edition vinyl and a deluxe edition boxset. Pre-order the album – HERE