Well, it’s on us again. Iron Maiden fever. I have no idea whether or not there will be promo for this. I’ve already been bugging my local EMI people about this stuff, but they’ve been hiding behind a website and pretty much no contact whatsoever. But I can promise that I’ll be keeping you up to date on this whole thing. And fuck. August 16th starts Maiden-mania again. Man, this is going to be a rockin’ summer for me.

Too bad I’m too poor to catch ’em at Sonisphere. I will be accepting any bootleg videos so that I can live vicariously through all the nutters who are out there enjoying this. Hopefully this ain’t their last one…

The release date for IRON MAIDEN’S new studio album THE FINAL FRONTIER is now confirmed for  Monday 16th August. The new album pictured here features artwork illustrated by Melvyn Grant and, to mark the occasion, the band have made special arrangements for one new album track ‘EL DORADO’ to be made available Worldwide as a FREE digital download MP3 with immediate effect. Click here for your free download (US fans, please go here).

Singer Bruce Dickinson explains “El Dorado is a preview of the forthcoming studio album. As we will be including it in the set of our Final Frontier World Tour (which opens in Dallas On 9th June – full dates below) we thought it would be great to thank all our fans and get them into The Final Frontier mood by giving them this song up front of the tour and album release.”

The band reunited with long-time Maiden producer Kevin “Caveman” Shirley in early 2010 at Compass Point Studios, Nassau to record the album and then moved to LA to finish the recording and do the mixing. Compass Point Studio is very familiar to the band, it was where they recorded the Piece Of Mind (83), Powerslave (84) and Somewhere In Time (86) albums.

Bruce comments “The studio had the same vibe and  it was EXACTLY as it had been in 1983, NOTHING had changed! Even down to the broken shutter in the corner…same carpet….everything… It was really quite spooky. But we felt very relaxed in such a familiar and well-trodden environment and I think this shows in the playing and the atmosphere of the album.”

Thirty years on from their eponymous debut album in April 1980, The Final Frontier will be Maiden’s 15th studio album, making a remarkable average of a new album every two years for 30 years and totalling over 80 million album sales during this period.

The full tracklisting for the album (total running time 76:35) is:

THE FINAL FRONTIER

1. Satellite 15….The Final Frontier 8:40
2. El Dorado 6:49
3. Mother Of Mercy 5:20
4. Coming Home 5:52
5. The Alchemist 4:29
6. Isle Of Avalon 9:06
7. Starblind 7:48
8. The Talisman 9:03
9. The Man Who Would Be King 8:28
10. When The Wild Wind Blows 10:59

The Final Frontier World Tour begins in Dallas on June 9th with 25 shows in major cities across the USA and Canada, playing to an expected 350,000 fans or more. Following this the tour will ship over to Europe starting in Dublin on July 30 and playing a few selected major festivals and stadiums, finishing in Valencia, Spain, on Aug 21 and including a concert in Transylvania.

Says bass player and founder member Steve Harris “We’re hugely excited about this tour. I think the fans will really like the brand new stage production and lights and we will also be debuting one of the new album tracks , El Dorado. Our Texan fans will be the very first people anywhere to hear it live, so it will be interesting to see their reaction and how it goes down with the crowd on the night! Eddie has changed a bit  for this tour but is possibly the most outrageous one to date… I can’t say too much about him as don’t want to spoil the surprise but I guarantee he will scare the hell out of you!”

And I’m sure that Maiden‘s management is going to blacklist me for this, but the special artwork that you can download for free (seriously! FREE MAIDEN SINGLE!) is possibly the best Iron Maiden artwork that I’ve ever seen (at least for a single!) and I’m suuuper stoked about it. Shit, check out the 7 inch looking lines! So great!’

Best. Maiden. Art. Ever!

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  • Kjagen

    It is the album artwork!!

  • I wonder if the single’s cover will be the best thing of the full album. Probably yes, but I’ll listen to it nevertheless…I was pretty bored by the last two records and totally lost interest on them, so I’ll give them a chance.