Iron Maiden are back for the first time in five years, and they're proving to be as important as ever. The metal legends have shared 'Speed Of Light', which serves as the first taste from their upcoming sixteenth studio album The Book Of Souls. 'Speed Of Light' also features a fairly impressive CGI video that follows the ever changing mascot Eddie on a hunt through various worlds, and it's a show of their ambition as the album itself is the band's first ever studio double album, clocking in at over 90 minutes long.
Maiden actually completed the album in Paris in late 2014 but the release was delayed by the news that frontman Bruce Dickinson had been diagnosed with cancer. However following the all clear from doctors back in May, the band is now ramping up towards the album release, and also what is expected to be an extensive world tour throughout 2016, and perhaps 2017 as well.
The Book Of Souls also features 'If Eternity Should Fail' and 'Empire Of The Clouds, the first songs written solely by Dickingson since 1984's Powerslave, with the latter clocking in at over 18 minutes long, making it Iron Maiden's longest ever song. I can only hope such tracks work well in the context of the album, but they clearly serve as further proof that these old boys will not go quietly into the night.
1. If Eternity Should Fail (Dickinson) 8:28
2. Speed Of Light (Smith/ Dickinson) 5:01
3. The Great Unknown (Smith/ Harris) 6:37
4. The Red And The Black (Harris) 13:33
5. When The River Runs Deep (Smith/ Harris) 5:52
6. The Book Of Souls (Gers/ Harris) 10:27
7. Death Or Glory (Smith/ Dickinson) 5:13
8. Shadows Of The Valley (Gers/ Harris) 7:32
9. Tears Of A Clown (Smith/ Harris) 4:59
10. The Man Of Sorrows (Murray/ Harris) 6:28
11. Empire Of The Clouds (Dickinson) 18:01
The Book Of Souls is out on 4th September via Parlophone.