Iron Maiden brengt op 3 september hun 17e studioalbum Senjutsu uit. Het is de eerste nieuwe muziek van de band in zes jaar. De plaat werd opgenomen in Parijs met producer Kevin Shirley en werd mede geproduceerd door Steve Harris. De band bracht vorige week de eerste single ‘The Writing On The Wall’ uit. Het nummer werd geschreven door gitarist Adrian Smith en leadzanger Bruce Dickinson. Bruce bedacht ook het concept van de video die tot leven is gekomen dankzij BlinkInk en voormalig Pixar executives en Iron Maiden fans Mark Andrews en Andrew Gordon. In de videoclip zien we de 3D-reïncarnatie van de iconische Eddie.

Steve Harris: “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 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.” 

Bruce Dickinson: “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! “

Toen Iron Maiden in de 70’s opgericht werd door Steve Harris, wist niemand dat de band zo succesvol zou worden. 44 jaar na het oprichten van Iron Maiden heeft de band meer dan 80 miljoen album sales en 2000 live performances op hun naam staan. Na 16 studio albums uitgebracht te hebben, verdient Iron Maiden de status als een van de meest bekende bands ooit met hits zoals ‘Run To The Hills‘ en ‘The Trooper‘.