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Iron Maiden Confirm Details Of New Studio Album 'Senjutsu'

Monday, 19 July 2021 Written by Jon Stickler

Iron Maiden have announced their 17th studio album.

'Senjutsu', which loosely translates to "tactics and strategy", will arrive on September 3 via Parlophone. It features 10 songs co-produced by the metal legends' leader and bassist Steve Harris alongside long-time collaborator Kevin Shirley.

The double album was recorded back in 2019 at Guillaume Tell Studio in Paris, where they recorded 2000's 'Brave New World' and 2015's 'The Book Of Souls', and will include the band's recently shared song The Writing On The Wall — their first in six years. Harris said:

"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."

Vocalist 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!"

Check out Mark Wilkinson's samurai Eddie themed cover art below, along with the tracklist, which clocks in at just under 82 minutes.

Earlier in 2021, Maiden rearranged the European leg of their ongoing Legacy Of The Beast Tour to 2022. Original tickets will remain valid for the corresponding new dates. They'll also head back to the UK's Download Festival in 2022 as headliners, following the event's cancellation in 2020 and 2021.

'Senjutsu' tracklist:

1. Senjutsu
2. Stratego
3. The Writing On The Wall
4. Lost In A Lost World
5. Days Of Future Past
6. The Time Machine
7. Darkest Hour
8. Death Of The Celts
9. The Parchment
10. Hell On Earth

Iron Maiden Upcoming Tour Dates are as follows

Sat June 04 2022 - HYVINKAA Rockfest (Finland)
Mon June 13 2022 - BELFAST Ormeau Park
Thu June 16 2022 - DESSEL Graspop Metal Meeting (Belgium)
Sat June 18 2022 - COPENHAGEN Copenhell (Denmark)
Mon June 20 2022 - PRAGUE Sinobo Stadium (Czech Republic)
Thu June 23 2022 - OSLO Tons Of Rock (Norway)
Sun June 26 2022 - PARIS PARIS LA DEFENSE ARENA (France)
Mon June 27 2022 - ANRNHEM Gelredome (Netherlands)
Sat July 02 2022 - COLOGNE Rhein Energie Stadium (Germany)
Mon July 04 2022 - BERLIN Waldbuehne (Germany)
Thu July 07 2022 - BOLOGNA Sonic Park (Italy)
Sun July 10 2022 - VIENNA Stadium Open Air (Austria)
Tue July 19 2022 - STUTTGART Cannstatter Wasen (Germany)
Wed July 20 2022 - BREMEN Buergerweide (Germany)
Fri July 22 2022 - GOTHENBURG Ullevi Stadium (Sweden)
Sun July 24 2022 - WARSAW PGE Narodowy (Poland)
Tue July 26 2022 - FRANKFURT Dutch Bank Park (Germany)
Fri July 29 2022 - BARCELONA Olympic Stadium (Spain)
Sat July 30 2022 - ZURICH Hallenstadion (Switzerland)
Sun July 31 2022 - LISBON Estadio Nacional (Portugal)

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