Bruce Dickinson Says Iron Maiden’s Animated Video For “The Writing On The Wall” Was Inspired By Rammstein

During a recent interview with Kerrang!, Iron Maiden’s Bruce Dickinson revealed that the band’s animated video for “The Writing On The Wall” was actually inspired by Rammstein. He said the following about that:

“I said to [our manager] Rod [Smallwood], ​‘Have you seen the video for Deutschland by Rammstein?’. That, to me, is a groundbreaking video. That’s astonishing. Now, I’m not suggesting we do that, because we’re not Rammstein. But think of what we could do that would have the equivalent impact for us. So, I wrote storyboard for the vid, tweaked it a little bit, and gave it a happy ending. Well, kind of a happy ending – Adam and Eve start again, but with Eddie going,​‘I’ll still get you in the end.’”

As previously reported, “The Writing On The Wall” will appear on Iron Maiden’s new album, “Senjutsu,” which is set to be released on September 3.

Iron Maiden To Release New Album “Senjutsu” In September

Iron Maiden have announced that their new album “Senjutsu” will be released on September 3. The effort, which loosely translates to “tactics and strategy,” was recorded in Paris, France with producer Kevin Shirley. The first single, “The Writing On The Wall,” was released last week and it can be found HERE. The samurai-themed cover art, which was created by Mark Wilkinson, can be found below along with the track listing:

“Senjutsu” Track Listing:

01. “Senjutsu”
02. “Stratego”
03. “The Writing On The Wall”
04. “Lost In A Lost World”
05. “Days Of Future Past”
06. “The Time Machine”
07. “Darkest Hour”
08. “Death Of The Celts”
09. “The Parchment”
10. “Hell On Earth”

Steve Harris commented:

“We chose to record at Guillaume Tell Studio in France again as the place has such a relaxed vibe. The setup there is perfect for our needs; the building used to be a cinema and has a really high ceiling so there’s a great acoustic sound. We recorded this album in the same way we did ‘The Book Of Souls’ in that we’d write a song, rehearse it and then put it down together straight away while it was all fresh in our minds. There’s some very complex songs on this album which took a lot of hard work to get them exactly as we wanted them to sound, so the process was at times very challenging, but Kevin is great at capturing the essence of the band and I think it was worth the effort! I’m very proud of the result and can’t wait for fans to hear it.”

Bruce Dickinson added:

“We’re all really excited about this album. We recorded it back in early 2019 during a break in the ‘Legacy’ tour so we could maximize our touring yet still have a long set up period before release to prepare great album art and something special as a video. Of course, the pandemic delayed things more — so much for the best-laid plans — or should that be ‘strategies’!? The songs are very varied, and some of them are quite long. There’s also one or two songs which sound pretty different to our usual style, and I think Maiden fans will be surprised — in a good way, I hope!”

Iron Maiden Premiere Animated Video For New Song “The Writing On The Wall”

Iron Maiden have premiered a new song titled “The Writing On The Wall.” You can find an animated video for that track below:

Frontman Bruce Dickinson, who worked on the video with Mark Andrews, Andrew Gordon, and Blinkink‘s Nicos Livesey, commented:

“I had a pretty clear idea of the concept to accompany the song and when I met Mark and Andrew, on Zoom, it quickly became clear we were all very much on the same wavelength, and this was reinforced with the addition of Nicos and his young BlinkInk team. Our weekly team Zoom meetings were then usually both highly creative and a lot of fun!

I’m very proud of the way the video turned out. It’s more like a mini-film, really. I knew it was going to work out as soon as Mark brought my treatment to life with his incredible storyboards. I thought we could make something very special together. I think we did and hope our fans will agree. In fact, it’s pretty much created by MAIDEN fans!!”

Livesey added:

“We quickly found the expertise we wanted, and people were literally throwing themselves at me to work on a MAIDEN video — we had more than 60 people in 13 countries from Brazil to France and Romania to the U.S.A. to add something to the clip and I’d say their love, passion and understanding of the band shines through every frame. They were a dream team for the producers and myself to manage.”

Iron Maiden Officially Invite Fans To “Belshazzar’s Feast”

Iron Maiden have shared a new video message to formally invite fans to “Belshazzar’s Feast.” This news comes after the band previously appeared to have launched an elaborate teaser campaign that frequently mentioned “Belshazzar’s Feast” and the acronym “WOTW.” Bruce Dickinson said the following in the latest clip:

“July the 15th. Rain or shine, heaven or hell, man or beast, you’re invited to Belshazzar’s Feast… But your mum can’t come.”

Are Iron Maiden Planning To Release New Music This Month?

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:

[via Loudwire]

Funko Announce New Iron Maiden Pop! Rocks Vinyl Figures

Funko have announced some new Pop! Rocks vinyl figures based on Iron Maiden’s iconic mascot Eddie. Those include new “Somewhere In Time” and “Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son” Eddies, which are both expected to be released on September 10. Pre-orders are available at FYE and those that purchase the “Somewhere In Time” Eddie will have a chance to get a special “Stranger In A Strange Land” Eddie. Notably, leaked images suggest that Funko are also planning to release new “Live After Death” and “Nights Of The Dead” Eddies as well.

Iron Maiden Team Up With Igloo For New Playmate Cooler

Iron Maiden have teamed up with Igloo for a new band-branded Playmate cooler. The special-edition ice chest is available HERE. Brian Garofalow, chief marketing officer at Igloo, commented:

“This collaboration has been surreal in all the best ways. By incorporating an army of instantly recognizable Eddies onto our Playmate Classic cooler, we’re able to provide Maiden fans a chance to chill with the Beast and own a unique piece of memorabilia.”

Iron Maiden Announce “Legacy Of The Beast” In-Game Collaboration With Lacuna Coil

Iron Maiden have teamed up with Lacuna Coil for a new collaboration inside their “Legacy Of The Beast” mobile game. As part of the collaboration, Lacuna Coil’s Cristina Scabbia will be appearing in the game as a character called “The Shadow Sorceress.”

A press release offered more details:

“Iron Maiden’s Legacy of the Beast free-to-play mobile game is excited to announce another in-game collaboration, this time with Italian metal band Lacuna Coil.

Following the sensational debut band collaboration in April with Amon Amarth, Iron Maiden: Legacy of the Beast has now teamed up with another metal band, Lacuna Coil, that has shared festival stages with them on numerous occasions since their formation in 1994, to create a new limited time in-game event and character.

Iron Maiden: Legacy of the Beast wanted a character that would fit perfectly into a story with Mystic Eddie, a fully-fledged seer that can control his visions (based on Maiden’s classic track “The Clairvoyant” from their legendary ‘Seventh Son of a Seventh Son’ album). The result of this collaboration is a dungeon entitled ‘The Search for the Black Anima’ & The Shadow Sorceress, a character influenced by Lacuna Coil’s interest in the creative force that comes from the ‘shadow side’ and featured in their 2019 album, ‘Black Anima‘.

The week-long event will take fans and players on a journey to find a malevolent entity who has become a harbinger of other evil creatures. It’s within these forsaken lands that Iron Maiden’s famous mascot Eddie and his eternal confidant and guide, the wise and ancient Alchemist encounter the Shadow Sorceress, a mysterious wielder of dark arcane power. She has been drawn to the area, with a keen interest in what she calls the “Black Anima”. With the help of Eddie and the Alchemist, their goals are seemingly in line as they battle their way through waves of monsters.

Meet the Shadow Sorceress in ‘The Search for the Black Anima’ on Monday, June 7th, 2021 at 5pm PT in ‘Iron Maiden: Legacy of the Beast’ mobile game.

Explaining the series of collaborations, band manager Rod Smallwood explains:

“Legacy of the Beast was built on a foundation of Iron Maiden songs, art and history, but has also always been about introducing and developing creative ideas that extended beyond Maiden and, just as we’ve always invited bands out to tour with us, we are delighted to invite some friends to become part of our game and to provide another dimension to the fun, dexterity and excitement of it.”

In Iron Maiden: Legacy of the Beast, metal and RPG gaming fans take on the role of the band’s iconic mascot, Eddie who travels through time, across a spectacularly diverse array of worlds in captivating 3D environments. Eddie appears in many forms, each a part of Iron Maiden‘s rich history, and each with a set of special powers and abilities.

Vocalist and one of the founding members of Italian gothic metal band Lacuna Coil, Andrea Ferro says,

“A Lacuna Coil inspired character will be featured in the “Iron Maiden” video game “Legacy of The Beast”… whaaat? Yeah, I’m that excited about this collaboration! Come on, “Maiden” man! I remember me and Maki blasting “Powerslave”, “Seventh Son” and all the other classics as young skateboarding kids getting into playing music. Heavy Metal, monsters and video games, that’s half my lifestyle right there. Horns Up!”

Lacuna Coil singer, Cristina Scabbia says,

“My first experience with Iron Maiden was about 30 years ago, I picked up Piece of Mind because I was really impressed by the cover. They sounded like nothing I had heard before then and it was instant love!” Cristina continues. “I’ve always been attracted to video games, they’re awesome as they project you into a different dimension and allow you to live a different life, even if for a short moment. I prefer games with a storyline because I like to be embraced by it, get familiar with the characters I am playing with and get involved at the maximum level.”

Players can earn the Shadow Sorceress character for FREE from June 7th – July 5th, 2021.”

Iron Maiden’s Bruce Dickinson Recently Underwent Hip Replacement Surgery

During a recent interview with Download Festival host Kylie Olsson, Iron Maiden’s Bruce Dickinson revealed that he recently underwent hip replacement surgery. The frontman says the operation took place “several months ago.”

Dickinson said the following:

“I had a new hip installed several months ago. So I got five and a half inches of titanium hammered into my leg. ‘Cause I run around on stage and jump, and [after] 40 years of fencing left-handed, it was just worn out. I mean, the last tour was really quite painful.

And I put it down to the fact that during the last tour, just shortly before the last tour, I also broke my Achilles as well — my Achilles tendon snapped… It’s horrible. That was two years ago, basically. So I got that stitched back together and went out on tour three and a half months later.

So I couldn’t actually walk properly or run. So I modified what I did on stage, and nobody figured it out. I was amazed. I did the whole tour — South America, the whole lot — and I ran around. But my hip was giving me so much shit. And I put it down to the fact that people were telling me, ‘You’re compensating for the other leg,’ and everything else, and I thought, ‘Oh, yeah. That’s it then.’”

He also added:

“So then I get back and I start training again seriously — doing my fencing, doing some competitions — and it’s just seizing up. And then lockdown happens. I was in Paris in lockdown — locked down properly; you have to get a piece of paper and sign it to go outside and the rest of it.

So I was running up six flights of stairs as my exercise, doing that. We had a little balcony, and I set up a fencing target on the balcony. But it was giving me so much shit. So I went to the hip doctor and said, ‘Have a look at this.’ He went, ‘Oh, yeah. It’s stuffed, mate. [You have] osteoarthritis [of the hip].’ ‘Oh, no.’ He said, ‘Yeah.’ So I was getting addicted to Ibuprofen and all the rest of it, and it pissed me off so much.

I was just, like, ‘Look, it’s not gonna get any better, is it?’ And he went, ‘No.’ So I said, ‘It’s October. When the safety car comes out, Hamilton goes in for fresh tires. So let’s do it now in October. ‘Cause I might have a tour next year.’ Little did I know. But being an eternal optimist, it was the best thing I’ve done. So now, with my new hip, I’m back to fencing again. It’s absolutely incredible.

I’ve been doing physio and doing weights that I haven’t done since I was 16 or 17 years old. I’m squatting a hundred kilos. It’s mental what your body can do.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Iron Maiden Team Up With BrewDog For Hellcat India Pale Lager

Iron Maiden have teamed up with BrewDog for a new India Pale Lager called Hellcat. The 6% ABV beverage will be available in fall 2021.

Here’s a description of the beer:

“A feisty 6% ABV India Pale Lager where hops and malts collide. Hellcat rages with a citrus-forward flavor with a no less aggressive malty backbone. The result is a hazy-gold IPL with an epically complex balance. As with all BrewDog beers, Hellcat is carbon negative and BrewDog removes double the CO2 it takes to make.”

James Watt, CEO and co-founder of BrewDog, commented

“We’re thrilled to partner with a world-renowned rock band like Iron Maiden. Iron Maiden, like BrewDog, have maintained their spirit of independence throughout their stellar career. Hellcat is a hop-forward lager with a golden hazy appearance and crisp finish — an epic beer worthy of this massive collaboration.”

Iron Maiden frontman Bruce Dickinson added:

“I’ve been looking for the perfect partner with whom to bring a fresh, exciting beer to the U.S. I’ve long been an admirer of BrewDog, not just because of their beers, but also of their attitude and style. When I met the BrewDog team, we discovered the respect is mutual, and that we could make an undeniably unique beer together.”

[via Blabbermouth]