NEW IRON MAIDEN!! BOOK OF SOULS!!
Mike messaged me yesterday that there will indeed be a brand new Iron Maiden album, their 16th, later this year. OH MAN!
This isn’t just a new album release announcement. It’s an EVENT!
There were concerns that Bruce Dickinson’s recent battles with cancer would mean this may never happen, but happily he’s been given an all-clear and so here comes the record!
Album Title: Book Of Souls
Mark Your Calendar: September 4, 2015.
Super Awesome: It’ll be a 2CD double album!
The Track List:
01 If Eternity Should Fail
02 Speed Of Light
03 The Great Unknown
04 The Red And The Black
05 When The River Runs Deep
06 The Book Of Souls
01 Death Or Glory
02 Shadows Of The Valley
03 Tears Of A Clown*
04 The Man Of Sorrows
05 Empire Of Clouds
* By all reports this is not a cover of Smokey Robinson and the Miracles. Shame, that. I’d love to hear what they’d do with it… 🙂
So. 11 tracks on 2CDs? Looks short, but the tracks are most likely to be epic in length, and we all love Maiden epics! Reports online list the album clocking in at 92 minutes (that averages out to just over 8 minutes per track)! BLISS! One track, The Empire Of Clouds, is 18 minutes long!
There’s no tour info listed yet, but I’ve gotta imagine it’ll happen. BRACE YOURSELVES!
There’ll be different versions released, including a 2CD version in hardbound book (limited edition), a regular 2CD set, “triple heavyweight” vinyl, 24-bit mastered and non-mastered for iTunes, and a standard 16-bit audio too.
I am so very very very excited about this. New Maiden music is such great news. I’ll be a first day buyer!
Look at this glorious cover art:
Maiden fans worldwide: REJOICE!!!