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Iron Maiden announce new album The Book Of Souls
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Iron Maiden announce new album The Book Of Souls

Metal legends Iron Maiden will release their new album The Book Of Souls in September.

The band's new album is the follow-up to their 2010 album The Final Frontier and will be released on September 4th. You can pre-order the album now by clicking here and see the cover art below:

The album was recorded in France in late 2014 and early 2015 with the band's long-time producer Kevin Shirley behind the controls. 

The Book Of Souls is Iron Maiden's first ever double album and despite only having 11 tracks, clocks in at a fearsome 92 minutes in length. The band have confirmed they will tour in support of the album next year. 

It is the band's 16th album of their career and the first since 1984’s Powerslave to feature two tracks written solely by Bruce Dickinson, one of which is the longest song the band have ever recorded.  

Speaking about the album, bassist Steve Harris said: "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 there in the studio. 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 take it out on the road next year."

Singer Bruce Dickinson added: "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 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 its going to be!”

 

The tracklisting for Book Of Souls is as follows: 

Disc One
'If Eternity Should Fail'
'Speed Of Light'
'The Great Unknown'
'The Red And The Black'
'When The River Runs Deep'
'The Book Of Souls'

Disc Two

'Death Or Glory'
'Shadows Of The Valley'
'Tears Of A Clown'
'The Man Of Sorrows'
'Empire Of The Clouds'

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