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Bruce Dickinson Shares 'The Mandrake Project' First Single Afterglow Of Ragnarok

Friday, 01 December 2023 Written by Jon Stickler

Photo: John McMurtrie

Bruce Dickinson has shared his first new solo song in 18 years, Afterglow Of Ragnarok.

Anchored by thumping drums underpinned by Roy Z's bruising, heavy guitar riffs, the dramatic track opens the Iron Maiden frontman's upcoming solo album, 'The Mandrake Project', due out on March 1 via BMG.

A companion graphic novel series will tie-in with the record, with the first volume to be released in comic shops on January 17. 

Head below to view the song's accompanying Ryan Mackfall-directed short film based around the concept of the comic book, which was penned by Dickinson and Tony Lee with artwork by Staz Johnson. Dickinson commented:

"It was important to set the tone of the project with this track. As befitting its title, it's a heavy song and there's a great big riff driving it… but there's also a real melody in the chorus that displays the light and shade that the rest of the album brings… and just wait until you see the video!"

The 65-year-old, whose last solo record came in the form of 2005's 'Tyranny Of Souls', will support the new project with UK and European tour dates in the spring and summer. He also has a run of solo dates in Mexico and South America scheduled for 2024, with more shows around the world to be confirmed in due course. 

Iron Maiden, meanwhile, will take The Future Past Tour to Australia, New Zealand and Japan in September, with a North American leg following in October and November. Tickets are on sale.

'The Mandrake Project' tracklist:

1. Afterglow Of Ragnarok
2. Many Doors To Hell
3. Rain On The Graves
4. Resurrection Men
5. Fingers In The Wounds
6. Eternity Has Failed
7. Mistress Of Mercy
8. Face In The Mirror
9. Shadow Of The Gods
10. Sonata (Immortal Beloved)

Bruce Dickinson Upcoming Tour Dates are as follows

Sat May 18 2024 - GLASGOW Barrowland
Sun May 19 2024 - MANCHESTER Academy
Tue May 21 2024 - SWANSEA Arena
Thu May 23 2024 - NOTTINGHAM Rock City
Fri May 24 2024 - LONDON O2 Forum

Sun May 26 2024 - PARIS Olympia (France)
Tue May 28 2024 - TILBURG O13 (Netherlands)
Wed May 29 2024 - GRONINGEN De Oosterport (Netherlands)
Sat June 01 2024 - BUDAPEST Barba Negra (Hungary)
Mon June 03 2024 - BUCHAREST Arenale Romane (Romania)
Sun June 09 2024 - OSLO Rockefeller (Norway)
Sun June 16 2024 - BERLIN Huxleys Neue Welt (Germany)
Mon June 17 2024 - HAMBURG Grosse Freiheit 36 (Germany)
Tue June 25 2024 - MUNICH Circus Krone (Germany)
Sun June 30 2024 - ESCH SUR ALZETTE ROCKHAL (Luxembourg)
Tue July 09 2024 - COLOGNE E Werk (Germany)
Sat July 13 2024 - ZAGREB Hala (Croatia)
Tue July 16 2024 - SOFIA Kolodrum Arena (Bulgaria)
Fri July 19 2024 - ISTANBUL Kucukciftlik Park (Turkey)

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