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Sugoi, Eddie-sama

by | Jul 21, 2021 | Office Space | 3 comments

THE GREATEST F***ING BAND OF ALL F***ING TIME will soon be releasing their 17th (!!!!!) studio album, and by Eddie’s fangs, the new album cover looks absolutely incredible. The details about the album itself are pretty interesting too:

After releasing their new single “The Writing On The Wall” later week, Iron Maiden has now revealed they’re releasing a new album titled Senjutsu (loosely meaning “tactics & strategy”) on September 3. The album was recorded in Paris with longtime producer Kevin Shirley and co-produced by bassist 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,” said Harris.

“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.”

“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,” added vocalist Bruce Dickinson.

“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!”

I have to say, I was very impressed by the first single, “Writing on the Wall”. It’s NOT AT ALL your “standard” IRON MAIDEN song – what the band gave us instead was a thinking man’s explanation of everything that has gone completely wrong in our world. The video was great, and it is clear that the evergreen collaborations between Adrian Smith and Bruce Dickinson continue to this very day.

Looking back to the last album, The Book of Souls – which I ranked as the best IRON MAIDEN album since Seventh Son of a Seventh Son, i.e. the best album they had released in 25 YEARS – I thought that the longer tracks and the more varied feel of the album made it a superb addition to their legendary canon. I particularly loved “The Red and the Black”, “The Great Unknown”, the title track, “Death or Glory”, and “Shadows of the Valley”. Some of these were what you might think of as “normal” IRON MAIDEN tracks, but others – like the nearly 14-minute Steve Harris-penned epic “The Red and the Black”, most assuredly were not.

So if they’re doing more of the same sort of thing on this new album, that is very promising indeed.

All I can say is that IRON MAIDEN stands among a tiny handful of bands that has never, EVER released a truly bad album. They’ve released weak albums, sure – Killers, No Prayer for the Dying, and maybe even A Matter of Life and Death, were all weighed down by drab or overly long tracks. Even the brilliant comeback album, Brave New World, has a couple of real clunkers on it – though I’ll readily admit that you can force yourself to listen through the boring bits of “Dream of Mirrors” to get to the great stuff toward the end of that track.

But, if you look at all of their discography, even No Prayer, you cannot reasonably argue that any of these albums are truly bad.

There’s maybe ONE other band that I can think of which never, ever released a single genuinely bad album. And that band was RUSH. (RIP Neil Peart – you are sorely missed, Professor.)

Let’s see what the Irons come up with for Senjutsu. Early signs, though, are very promising indeed.

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3 Comments

  1. Kapios

    There are even greater news still. The blokiest blokes on earth are back! They’re back! With a new series I think.

    Fuck the UEFA or Eurovision and whatever mainstream shit the British have participated in.

    Let them make music and crazy driving shows. Offensive comedy and metal is their strong suit.

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  2. Sasha Hrongmitts

    “No Prayer for the Dying” was always a weird album. When it came out nobody knew about it for weeks. No MTV coverage, nothing. It’s around that time that the popularity of 80’s heavy metal started running out of gas.

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  3. Matt FreeMatt

    I will need to get a poster of this cover. One of my favorites
    Their 2019 tour look was a few Eddies from the past, which were pretty cool.

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