Work on the album began in the late summer of 2014, but the release of the album had to be delayed due to Bruce Dickinson's illness from a cancerous tumour, and had to delay touring plans, but since then, Bruce has been given the all-clear, and the band will hit the road in support of the album in early 2016.
Steve Harris comments: "We approached this album in a different way to how we've recorded previously. A lot of the songs were actually written while we were in the studio and we rehearsed and recorded them straight away while they were still fresh, and I think that immediacy really shows in the songs, they have almost a live feel to them I think. I'm very proud of The Book Of Souls, we all are, and we can't wait for our fans to hear it, and especially to take it out on the road next year!"
Bruce comments: "We're really excited about The Book Of Souls and had a fantastic time creating it. We started working on the album in late summer 2014 and recorded it at the Guillame Tell Studios in Paris, where we'd done the Brave New World album back in 2000, so the studio holds special memories for all of us. We were delighted to discover the same magical vibe is still alive and very much kicking there! So we immediately felt at home and the ideas just started flowing. By the time we'd finished, we all agreed that each track was such an integral part of the whole body of work that if it needed to be a double album, then double it's going to be."
The album will be available in the following formats:
- 2CD deluxe hardbound book limited edition
- 2CD standard edition
- Triple heavyweight black vinyl
- High res audio (24-bit mastered & non-mastered for iTunes)
- Standard res audio (16 bit/ 44.1 kHz)
How could you not be excited about this news? I mean, it's new music from IRON MAIDEN!!!!!! Really looking forward to the album and seeing them live next year! UP THE IRONS!!!!!
Blog author: Alex Stojanovic
At last!!!!!!! It's the news we have all been waiting for from Iron Maiden! Their eagerly awaited new studio album is ready to see the light of day, and they have announced the title, track listing, cover artwork and release date. The album will be titled The Book Of Souls, and will be released worldwide on September 4th. What makes this even cooler is that this will be the band's first ever double studio album, due to the running time being 92 mins. Once again, the band worked with producer Kevin Shirley, who produced all of the band's studio albums since Brave New World (2000), and the artwork was created by Mark Wilkinson. Eddie looks killer, right?
The Book Of Souls track listing:
01. If Eternity Should Fail
02. Speed Of Light
03. The Great Unknown
04. The Red & The Black
05. When The River Runs Deep
06. The Book Of Souls
07. Death Or Glory
08. Shadows Of The Valley
09. Tears Of A Clown
10. The Man Of Sorrows
11. Empire Of The Clouds