It looks like Iron Maiden might be getting ready to release new music on July 15. The band have yet to confirm this news, but their plans have seemingly been revealed through an elaborate teaser campaign. You can find some of the clues below courtesy of Loudwire.
One piece of evidence comes from flyers that fans found at the “Download Pilot” festival. Those ads carried the title of “Belshezzar’s Feast” and featured several phrases including: “live forever,” “man or beast” and “heaven or hell.” They also contained the numbers “15/07” and the Roman numerals “IMXVII,” leading to speculation that fans may get music from “Iron Maiden 17” on July 15. On top of that, the flyer also had an email address and those that sent messages to it ended up with responses containing the acronym “WOTW” and possible lyrics:
Notably, the “WOTW” acronym was previously teased on a tour poster as well:
Another piece of evidence came from musician Frank Turner, who was asked if he knew anything about a rumored Iron Maiden album during an interview at “Download Pilot.” He didn’t offer to much information, but he casually unzipped his hoodie to reveal a “Belshazzar’s Feast” t-shirt:
Iron Maiden frontman Bruce Dickinson was also wearing the same “Belshazzar’s Feast” shirt during a recent interview with Sky News:
Furthermore, someone identified as “Daniel” has also launched a @bels_feast Twitter account and has been sharing things related to “Belshazzar’s Feast.” The account is also following 16 other pages, which each reference one of Iron Maiden’s 16 albums.
Speaking of social media, Iron Maiden’s official accounts also seem to be mentioning “WOTW” through phrases such as “Walker On The Wing,” “Working On The Wires,” and “Win On The Way”:
If that wasn’t enough, a new YouTube account launched under the name “Daniel Belshazzar” also posted a fake Iron Maiden song called “Writing on the Wall (Belshazzar’s Feast).” However, it is unclear if this is part of the apparent teaser campaign or just a clever troll. The track, which is actually a Black Phantom song called “Redemption,” can be found below:
This news comes after producer Kevin Shirley seemingly hinted that Iron Maiden recorded new music at Guillaume Tell Studios in Paris in 2019. An email reply shared by “Daniel” also seemed to reference the studio with the phrase: “Find the apple by the river / Did they choose heaven or did they choose Hell?.” Guillaume Tell Studios, which has an apple logo, is conveniently located by the Seine River and they recently posted a photo with a “Belshazzar’s Feast” flyer in the background: