After six years of record silence, Iron Maiden strikes again with Senjutsu, the seventeenth album in a career that has now spanned 46 years, and throughout which they forged their status as an essential reference in the history of heavy metal in particular and rock in general.
The veteran British band announced this Monday, July 19, that the release date of Senjutso It will be on September 3.
It is a double album, which will somehow “redeem” the group after its long impasse that, however, had them touring the world, until the Covid-19 pandemic forced to restrict public shows at the planetary level.
Iron Maiden took six years to prepare their new material, which will be in double disc format and will last 82 minutes. Photo Juano Tesone
Translated into Spanish as “tactics and strategy”, the record company also reported that the material was recorded at the Guillaume Tell studio in Paris, an old cinema in the French capital where Bruce Dickinson, Steve Harris and company had already worked in the past.
“The place has a very relaxed atmosphere. The setup is perfect for our needs; the building used to be a movie theater and it has a very high ceiling, so there is excellent acoustics,” Harris explained.
He added: “We recorded this album the same way we did. The Book Of Souls, in which we would write a song, we would rehearse it and then we would record it right away while everything was fresh in our minds ”.
Complex and different than usual
The album was produced by Kevin Shirley along with Harris, founder of the group, who in statements collected by the Parlophone label said of the process: “There are quite complex songs on the album They gave us a lot of work to get them to sound the way we wanted. “
Steve Harris pointed out that there are very complex songs on the album, which they had to work hard on. Photo Juano Tesone
“Sometimes that process is challenging, but Kevin is great at capturing the essence of the band and I think it was worth all the effort,” added the bassist of the formation, “very proud” of the result.
Senjutsu82 minutes long, it will be released in digital, double CD and triple vinyl formats and will be Iron Maiden’s first studio album since they released six years ago. The Book of Souls, another long-term job that reached number 1 in sales in Spain, among other countries.
At this time, the group released at the end of 2020 a live album called Nights Of The Dead – Legacy Of The Beast, Live In Mexico City, which was recorded in the Mexican capital in 2019 as a result of three nights of concert with his most recent tour, interrupted by the pandemic, which passed through Buenos Aires in October 2019.
Dickinson, vocalist of the group, was “enthusiastic” with the songs, and at the same time he explained that the recording was during a break from the last tour, a moment that they took advantage of to finish the job, of which he also offered some keys: “They are very varied topics, some of them very long, with one or two songs also that sound quite different “to the usual style of the group.
Of the same it is already possible to listen The Writing On The Wall, which is whose video clip and audio is available on “streaming” platforms.
The combo will be completed with another 9 titled cuts: Senjutsu, Stratego, Lost In A Lost World, Days Of Future Past, The Time Machine, Darkest Hour, Death Of The Celts, The Parchment Y Hell On Earth.
Iron Maiden was scheduled to resume the European leg of the “tour” this summer. Legacy Of The Beast, but the sanitary conditions led them to postpone it until the summer of next year, when, among other appointments, they are planning a concert at the Lluís Companys Olympic Stadium in Barcelona on July 29.
Iron Maiden’s last step through Buenos Aires was with a devastating show at the Vélez stadium, in October 2019. Photo Juano Tesone
Meanwhile, if everything goes for the better, Dickinson will return to Buenos Aires to present your show-personal talk What Does This Botton Do? – Una tarde con Bruce Dickinson, on December 9 at the Obras Stadium.