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Full Details of Forthcoming Studio Album Announced

on June 19, 2006 @ 13:05

Kevin Shirley has now co-produced three of the bands studio albums alongside Steve Harris, as well as two of their recent Live DVD’s and albums. From this the working relationship between Kevin and the band seems to get stronger and stronger. Says Kevin, ‘The Beast is back! I feel from the outset we all clicked on this one. We spent two months in the studio, from Go to Whoa - from Nicko’s ‘tubs up’ to final mixes and sequenced master! That’s a tiny gestation period for an album. Producing Iron Maiden is like sitting in the head and driving one of those mammoth automatons from Star Wars or Saturday morning cartoons! And there’s nothing that can stop it!’

‘I feel incredibly privileged to have been around to see this album born and breathe life. There have been only a couple of occasions in my career when the ENTIRE process of recording felt so complete - and it is on display here.’

As on previous projects all of the tracks were performed live and together in one room. No click tracks or computer tightening or manipulation has happened at any stage of the recording.

Says Steve Harris,’ I think in many ways this has been the easiest album in terms of recording that we’ve ever done. The whole process of writing through to recording was very natural. I think in terms of the material we’ve also pushed our boundaries yet again and I think it will please our fans but also really surprise a lot of people as well. The sound we’ve managed to get is very powerful for a Maiden record and all of us have pushed ourselves in our own ways to create something that we’re all immensely proud of and I think working as quickly as we did with Kevin really was part of that process. We simply can’t wait to take this out on the road. We’ve played some great shows and had a lot fun recently introducing some of our older songs to a new generation of fans. However for us personally we’re incredibly excited about getting out and performing these new tracks.’

Says Bruce Dickinson,’This album has to be our best since working with Kevin. There is such a wide scope of musicianship on this album and in parts this album is truly epic. I thought with the likes of Paschendale from the last studio album that we could only hope to surpass that but having now heard the album back as well as sitting with a few select people and hearing their reactions as well I truly believe we have managed it. Every one of us has put everything into this record and it’s really paid off. However we’ve had such fun making it that it’s almost difficult to believe what we’ve managed to achieve in the time it took.’

The full track listing is as below.

A MATTER OF LIFE AND DEATH

1. Different Worlds (Smith/Harris) 4.17
2. These Colours Don’t Run (Smith/Harris/Dickinson) 6.52
3. Brighter Than a Thousand Suns (Smith/Harris/Dickinson) 8.44
4. The Pilgrim (Gers/Harris) 5.07
5. The Longest Day (Smith/Harris/Dickinson) 7.48
6. Out Of the Shadows (Dickinson/Harris) 5.36
7. The Reincarnation of Benjamin Breeg (Murray/Harris) 7.21
8. For The Greater Good of God (Harris) 9.24
9. Lord Of Light (Smith/Harris/Dickinson) 7.23
10. The Legacy (Gers/Harris) 9.20

The band have just announced tour dates in Japan and the majority of the European dates at the end of 2006 are already sold out.
However please check the details of all of these on www.ironmaiden.com for latest information on ticket availability and for details of tickets just released from Production holds.

41 Comments


Anonymous said:

Funny...word "death" is on last 3 albums title :)

#11784, June 19, 2006 @ 15:02


Anonymous said:

It sounds good=)

#11785, June 19, 2006 @ 15:27


Anonymous said:

I don't see 'death' anywhere in Brave New World?

#11786, June 19, 2006 @ 15:41


Anonymous said:

Feh, he's counting Death on the Road as an album.

Should be interesting.

#11787, June 19, 2006 @ 15:42


Anonymous said:

can't wait to listen to that ! :)

#11788, June 19, 2006 @ 16:19


Anonymous said:

the smith/dickinson/harris trifecta writing-wise has been the most successful in churning out great music. im glad to see there's a lot coming from these three.

#11789, June 19, 2006 @ 16:33


Anonymous said:

There back... hell yes.
The name and track list are awesome.
Cant wait.
Up the Irons. Lee

#11790, June 19, 2006 @ 17:15


Anonymous said:

Come on! Cannot wait for it to come out!

#11791, June 19, 2006 @ 17:41


Anonymous said:

So my summer is fucked...can't wait !
See the album title ? Sure it will kill !

#11792, June 19, 2006 @ 17:43


Anonymous said:

hold me back!!!

#11793, June 19, 2006 @ 17:45


Anonymous said:

is it the artwork? if yes its suck

#11794, June 19, 2006 @ 20:25


Anonymous said:

Hmm. If you look at the Titles, it sure seems promising.

2. These Colours Don't Run (Smith/Harris/Dickinson) 6.52

I have Googled all the titles, and what came up on this one? Well, it seems like it's a slogan of the colours in the US flag will never wear out, bla, bla.
We shall see!


3
. Brighter Than a Thousand Suns (Smith/Harris/Dickinson) 8.44

This is originally a book dedicated to portray the pioneers
of Nuclear Energy research, guys like Oppenheimer come to mind.




5. The Longest Day (Smith/Harris/Dickinson) 7.48

Well, yeah! If it's anything like the intro to "Saving >Private Ryan" this will rock like a bomb. The Longest day is of course the common expression of the D-day in Normandie in 1944.

Waiting in suspense for the New Album...

#11795, June 19, 2006 @ 20:32


Anonymous said:

And if you think of the current world Cup, the Album's title spins on the fampus word of Bill Shankly: "Football is not at a matter of life and death, it is much iportant than that"

#11796, June 19, 2006 @ 20:35


Anonymous said:

I highly doubt that These Colours Don't Run is about the US flag. Plus, if they were, there wouldn't be a "u" in "colours" ;).
In fact, I remember Bruce saying that about the Union Jack on a recording from the now infamous Ozzfest happening.

#11797, June 19, 2006 @ 20:52


Anonymous said:

The first single have to be released pretty soon eh? / slave Up the Irons!!

#11798, June 19, 2006 @ 20:54


Anonymous said:

I'm so pumped for this album to come out. It's gonna be f*cking sweet to listen to some brand new maiden songs!!

#11799, June 19, 2006 @ 21:59


Anonymous said:

artwork =very minimal, I like it a lot!...most of track titles sounds really promising... album title is not bad, but 2 times "death" for last title-word, sounds strange____no5

#11800, June 20, 2006 @ 06:48


Anonymous said:

"For The Greater Good of God" put some bloody samples up !!! :p
Otherwise it will be a matter of life and death :P
And who the bloody hell is Benjamin Breeg!?

#11802, June 20, 2006 @ 09:33


Anonymous said:

This is by far the best song titles and album title since 7th son! This is gonna be a killer and judging by Kev's diary it will be quite heavy as well! Let's hope they've got a good sound this time round, since Dance of Death sounded really bad... :(

Can't wait for this one! Give it to me now! And by the way, the artwork is brilliant IMHO. Very different and very, very cool for being a Maiden record.

#11804, June 20, 2006 @ 13:25


Anonymous said:

The album is inspired by the movie of same title.

Beggar.

#11805, June 20, 2006 @ 14:56


Anonymous said:

CAN'T WAIT!!!!!!
YEEEEEEEEEHAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!
:) :) :) :) :) :) :)

#11806, June 20, 2006 @ 15:26


Anonymous said:

Thats not the full album artwork is it? I think it is just a placeholder or the single artwork until the full artwork is finished. I bet the Longest Day will be about the D-day invasion...

#11809, June 20, 2006 @ 17:15


Anonymous said:

the track titles remind me of the last few Bruce Dickinson albums- which is kickass. Brave New World was put out after Bruces solo excursion and it was a phenomenol album. Tyranny of Souls was just released a year ago, so hopefully we see the same result.

#11810, June 20, 2006 @ 18:04


Anonymous said:

i hope on the upcoming tour that they play more songs from the Somewhere in Time/Seventh Son era, especially considering they just toured with music from only the first 4 albums. either way- iron maiden is f**king awesome!

#11811, June 20, 2006 @ 18:08


Anonymous said:

i must say the inclusion of so many 7+minute songs worries me (esp 2 9ers) but im guessing that well also get some more punchy classics in the set because of the long new material

#11814, June 20, 2006 @ 19:50


Anonymous said:

ah yeah, I don't think this is the full artwork, either, it's probably a back-side drawing.....but surely I would like this to be the artwork ; eddie is back and so f**kin' 'beautiful' !____no5

#11815, June 21, 2006 @ 06:44


Anonymous said:

I hope is sounds better than that over-compressed Dance of Death!

#11821, June 21, 2006 @ 13:55


Anonymous said:

FREAKING EXCELLENT.......Now Harry and the Boys - Tour Australia.....

#11828, June 21, 2006 @ 23:47


Anonymous said:

can't wait... EDDIE IS BACK!!!

#11833, June 22, 2006 @ 12:06


Anonymous said:

MUST have 1st single!!!!! MUST have it now!! Up you Irons!! /slave
by the way: long time no see no 5?!

#11834, June 22, 2006 @ 14:26


Anonymous said:

hi slave, it's allways nice to seeing you !....hey, I have commented to all latest major news, even to this article the day before yesterday.... (read more carefully the comments my friend ;) how do you find eddie ? he's like the old times, I really like him, looks like riggs' drawing, the titles R super also____no5

#11846, June 23, 2006 @ 07:25


Anonymous said:

Epic is one word I'd choice to discribe half the songs, being over 6 mins

#11848, June 23, 2006 @ 09:07


Anonymous said:

Incredible!!!!!!! Maiden Rules Forever

#11857, June 23, 2006 @ 17:20


Anonymous said:

yes no 5!! I really like the titles on the album!! can`t wait, and Eddie.. really got that 80s look... the stage set for the tour should be awesom!! talk to you later my friend.

#11861, June 23, 2006 @ 22:54


Anonymous said:

Oh man, I hope that's not the actual artwork. If it is, that is the most retarded rifle ever. What the dick is the magazine doing all the way up on the forend?

Hmm....if all that stuff is true, then some of the tracks' lyrics could be really pathetic and shallow compared to most Maiden stuff. Meh.

#11863, June 24, 2006 @ 00:59


Anonymous said:

for the love of god have derek riggs do the album art

#11874, June 26, 2006 @ 04:44


Anonymous said:

to me, it looks like a riggs drawing, and I find it AWESOME even for an artcover (but I think it'll be a drawing like the prophet on 7th son, and not the frond cover)____no5

#11881, June 26, 2006 @ 12:37


Anonymous said:

brilliant!!!!!!, canĀ“t wait

#11893, June 27, 2006 @ 08:50


Anonymous said:

I did not think the album title was very good but when I saw a piece of the artwork I thought it was very good!

#11899, June 27, 2006 @ 17:52


Anonymous said:

Benjamim Breegs: 2 choices:

http://www.benjaminbreeg.co.uk/
or
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benjamin_Briggs (name changed because of copyright or something)

Regards,
PowerSlave
Seixal
Portugal

#11918, June 30, 2006 @ 08:57


Anonymous said:

thanks !! I posted your comment in the most recent article, to be seen by more people.....very interesting !! Both cases dissapearing /adventure people first one dissapeared in 1872, secind one 1978, 106 yeas of difference......in days, 106 days counts from 22.05 (first day of mastering week) to 04.09 (release)____no5

#11920, June 30, 2006 @ 09:19

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