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IRON MAIDEN “The Book Of Souls” – Double Studio Album Releasing On September 4th!

Posted in Heavy Metal, Metal, metal music, Music, rock music with tags , , , on June 19, 2015 by Metal Odyssey


As reported on the Iron Maiden Facebook:

IRON MAIDEN’s eagerly awaited new studio album The Book Of Souls will be released globally on 4th September through Parlophone Records (BMG in the U.S.A.). It was recorded in Paris with their longstanding producer Kevin “Caveman” Shirley in late 2014, with the finishing touches added earlier this year. However, the band decided to delay its release so that vocalist Bruce Dickinson, who was recently given the all-clear from a tumour, would have time to recuperate sufficiently to join in the preparations for the album’s launch.

The stunning cover art was created by Mark Wilkinson who has worked with the band previously, and because this 11 track album has a total running time of 92 minutes, it is IRON MAIDEN’s first ever double studio album. There’s a broader split on the song-writing compared to previous Maiden records, with bassist and founder member Steve Harris contributing to seven of the tracks; 6 of them with Maiden’s guitarists and one sole composition. This is also the first time since 1984’s Powerslave that an IRON MAIDEN studio album also features two tracks written solely by Bruce Dickinson, one of which is the longest song Maiden has ever recorded! And also two Dickinson/Smith collaborations.


Steve comments,

“We approached this album in a different way to how we’ve recorded previously. A lot of the songs were actually written while we were there in the studio and we rehearsed and recorded them straight away while they were still fresh, and I think that immediacy really shows in the songs, they have almost a live feel to them I think. I’m very proud of The Book Of Souls, we all are, and we can’t wait for our fans to hear it, and especially to take it out on the road next year!”

Bruce continues,

“We’re really excited about The Book Of Souls and had a fantastic time creating it. We started working on the album in late summer 2014 and recorded it at Guillame Tell Studios in Paris, where we’d done the Brave New World album back in 2000 so the studio holds special memories for all of us. We were delighted to discover the same magical vibe is still alive and very much kicking there! So we immediately felt at home and the ideas just started flowing. By the time we’d finished we all agreed that each track was such an integral part of the whole body of work that if it needed to be a double album, then double it’s going to be!”


The full track listing is:

Disc 1

  1. If Eternity Should Fail (Dickinson) 8:28
  2. Speed Of Light (Smith/ Dickinson) 5:01
  3. The Great Unknown (Smith/ Harris) 6:37
  4. The Red And The Black (Harris) 13:33
  5. When The River Runs Deep (Smith/ Harris) 5:52
  6. The Book Of Souls (Gers/ Harris) 10:27

Disc 2

  1. Death Or Glory (Smith/ Dickinson) 5:13
  2. Shadows Of The Valley (Gers/ Harris) 7:32
  3. Tears Of A Clown (Smith/ Harris) 4:59
  4. The Man Of Sorrows (Murray/ Harris) 6:28
  5. Empire Of The Clouds (Dickinson) 18:01


2CD deluxe hardbound book limited edition

2CD standard edition

Triple heavyweight black vinyl

High res audio (24-bit Mastered for iTunes and non-Mastered for iTunes)

Standard res audio (16 bit/ 44.1 kHz)


The Book Of Souls is the band’s 16th studio album since their eponymous debut in 1980 charted at #4 in the UK, in a career achieving sales of over 90 million albums worldwide. Their previous album, 2010’s The Final Frontier was Maiden’s most successful chart-wise to date, reaching Number One in 28 countries and was their highest chart debut in the U.S reaching #4 in the Billboard 200.

Due to Bruce’s illness the band had to delay touring plans but promise to be out on the road again early next year, giving time for Bruce to make a full physical recovery to be ready for the rigours of Maiden live performances.


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On This Day In METAL History – IRON MAIDEN Edition!

Posted in Heavy Metal, Metal, metal music, Music, rock music with tags , , , , on April 14, 2015 by Metal Odyssey

Iron Maiden - Large Classic Logo!

On April 14th, 1980 – The great IRON MAIDEN performed at The Ruskin Arms in London. The IRON MAIDEN lineup was Paul Di’Anno (vocals), Clive Burr (drums), Steve Harris (bass), Dave Murray (guitars), and Dennis Stratton (guitars).

Iron Maiden - debut album - promo cover pic - large!

On this day in 1980 – The debut and self-titled studio album from IRON MAIDEN was released. These titans of NWOBHM never looked back and the rest is absolute and incredible Metal history! Whoa! I’ll always love the vocals of Paul Di’Anno. Remember Tomorrow is my favorite song on this iconic album, regardless it not being the heaviest track.

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On April 14th, 2011IRON MAIDEN performed at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa, Florida, USA. This was one of numerous dates on IRON MAIDEN’s The Final Frontier World Tour.

Iron Maiden - "Live After Death" large album pic!!

On this day in 2015 – IRON MAIDEN’s double live album, Live After Death, is ranked at #33 on the iTunes Top 100 Heavy Metal Albums Chart. This amazing live album was originally released back in 1985.

Iron Maiden "From Fear To Eternity" large promo album pic!

On April 14th, 2015 – From Fear to Eternity: The Best of 1990 – 2010 is ranked at #35, on the iTunes Top 100 Heavy Metal Albums Chart. This IRON MAIDEN compilation spans from the No Prayer For The Dying (1990) to The Final Frontier (2010) studio albums.

IRON MAIDEN - Brave New World - promo album cover pic - 2000 - #33303IMMO

On this day in 2015Brave New World is ranked at #37, on the iTunes Top 100 Heavy Metal Albums Chart. The twelfth studio album from IRON MAIDEN, Brave New World was released back in 2000.







IRON MAIDEN – 19 Albums From Band’s Catalogue Have Been Mastered For iTunes

Posted in classic rock, Heavy Metal, Metal, metal music, Music, rock music with tags , , , , on April 11, 2015 by Metal Odyssey

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As reported on the IRON MAIDEN Facebook:

Parlophone Records (BMG/INgrooves Music Group for the USA) are delighted to announce the release of nineteen IRON MAIDEN catalogue albums which have been Mastered For iTunes (, encoded from 24-bit / 96 khz high-resolution masters and now re-mastered with iTunes in mind, delivering the music to listeners exactly the way the artist and recording engineer intended. These are brand new re-masters from their original analogue sources, exclusively produced for iTunes.

All fifteen studio albums, 2 Best Of compilations and 2 live albums were personally selected by Maiden’s founder member Steve Harris for this superior mastering technique : Iron Maiden, Killers, The Number Of The Beast, Piece Of Mind, Powerslave, Somewhere In Time, Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son, No Prayer For The Dying, Fear Of The Dark, The X Factor, Virtual XI, Brave New World, Dance Of Death, A Matter Of Life And Death, The Final Frontier, Somewhere Back In Time, From Fear To Eternity (2CD), Live after Death (2CD) and Rock In Rio( 2CD)

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Steve comments:

“The Mastering For iTunes procedure allows the listener to experience the music as close as possible to the way the artist intended it to be heard. So of course I was very keen for the Maiden albums to be mastered in this way. The records have been available digitally before, when this medium first became a platform for music distribution but that was mastered with CDs in mind. The iTunes process involves a different approach and it’s great to finally deliver the music to our fans in as close to a pure and accurate sound as we could possibly achieve.For example, as most people know, I was never really happy with the sound on the first Maiden album but listening to it now, the guitars are louder, the drums more substantial and the overall tone is so very much improved in my opinion. Tony Newton and Ade Emsley who worked closely with me on the project did a terrific job recapturing everything from the original masters and together we’ve re- mastered them all digitally and I’m really happy with the results.”

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Tony Newton adds:

“The process started with locating all of the original album mix tapes (or whichever format they were mixed to). Then the choice of analogue to digital converter was chosen for the most accurate capture to make it as close as possible to the sound of the mix as it was intended by the band. When a lot of these tapes were last captured it was in the 1980’s, early days of digital and only 44.1khz/16bit files were possible. On top of this the new A/D converters are far superior now, and of course it is possible to produce files of far higher resolution. The result of this is that the songs now sound more defined with added depth and warmth. I was very excited to be asked to be part of this project, I honestly feel that there is a massive improvement in the quality of these classic albums.”

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On This Day In METAL History – December 23rd… IRON MAIDEN Edition!

Posted in celebrity birthdays, Metal, metal music, music news, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , on December 23, 2014 by Metal Odyssey

Iron Maiden - Killer - World Tour - 81 - #33312

1981 – The great Iron Maiden performed at The Ruskin Arms in London, England. Iron Maiden were touring in support of their second studio album: Killers. Vocalist Paul Di’Anno was fronting Iron Maiden. Man, how time moves quickly by.

Iron Maiden - The X Factour - promo band flyer - #1995BBSH

1995 – The iconic Iron Maiden performed at IJsselhallen in Zwolle, Netherlands, during their X Factour. Iron Maiden were touring in support of their tenth studio album: The X Factor. Vocalist Blaze Bayley was fronting Iron Maiden on this tour; he also made his debut on The X Factor studio album from 1995.

Iron Maiden - A Matter Of Life And Death - promo tour book cover - #2006SHBD

2006 – The powerful Iron Maiden performed Earls Court in London, England; one of many stops on the A Matter Of Life And Death Tour. Iron Maiden’s fourteenth studio album, A Matter Of Life And Death peaked at #9 on the Billboard 200 Albums Chart in the United States.

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On December 23rd, 1956, Dave Murray was born in England. Happy Metal birthday, Dave! Whoa, man! Dave Murray is world-famously known as a guitarist and songwriter for the amazing Iron Maiden. Dave Murray has been a life-long member of Iron Maiden, performing on all 15 Iron Maiden studio albums and all 11 live albums. Long live Dave Murray. Metal be thy name!

Dave Murray - Crate Amplifiers - promo ad - iron maiden


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IRON MAIDEN – Infinite Dreams (Live) 12″ Vinyl From November 1989 – A Look Back On A Classic

Posted in classic rock, Heavy Metal, Metal, Music, music news, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , on December 10, 2014 by Metal Odyssey

Iron Maiden - Infinite Dreams - Live - Maiden England - vinyl promo pic - #1989

As told on the IRON MAIDEN Facebook:

This single (Infinite Dreams Live) reached #6 in the UK singles chart and was the band’s fourth Top 10 single from the Seventh Son album, the other positions being 3, 5 and 6. The video for this single was filmed at Birmingham NEC in November 1988 on the final leg of the Seventh Son Tour.

The full concert was also released the same month on longform vhs entitled Maiden England, and reissued for the first time on DVD in 2013. The b-side (Killers ’88) was the first official release of Killers being sung by Bruce.

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Stone Says: I never owned this 12″ single of Infinite Dreams (Live), however, I did once own the (1989) die-cut picture disc of it! My late sister, Christine, had bought me the picture disc as a Christmas gift. God rest her soul. Sadly, I sold it about a dozen years ago or so, during a time when I was very broke and needed cash for necessities. This cool picture disc was an import from the UK. See photo below, as it is a very rare die-cut picture disc at that! As the late and great Frank Sinatra would sing… That’s Life.

Iron Maiden - picture disc - Infinite Dreams - die-cut - #1988 - 73

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IRON MAIDEN – 2015 Wall Calendar Is Available Now!

Posted in Heavy Metal, Metal, metal music, Music, music news, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , on October 17, 2014 by Metal Odyssey

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The IRON MAIDEN 2015 wall calendar is available now! Click the links below to buy your copy! Metal be thy name!


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Iron Maiden - 2015 Wall Calendar - promo pic - February

Above: February – Adrian Smith (pictured above) was born on February 27th, 1957.

Iron Maiden - 2015 Wall Calendar - Back Cover promo - 2015

Above: back cover of 2015 Iron Maiden wall calendar; depicting each month’s page layout.






IRON MAIDEN – 1980’s Album Catalog On 180g Black Vinyl And 7″ Singles To Be Reissued In Chronological Order, Starting On October 13th, 2014!

Posted in Heavy Metal, Metal, metal music, Music, music news, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , on September 1, 2014 by Metal Odyssey

Iron Maiden - first 8 albums - vinyl promo pic - 2014 - #031

As reported on the IRON MAIDEN Facebook:

Parlophone Records (BMG/INgrooves Music Group for the USA) will follow the 2012/13 IRON MAIDEN vinyl picture disc reissues of the first eight Iron Maiden albums, which spanned the 1980s, with brand new pressings of the albums in heavyweight 180g black vinyl.

In conjunction with these premium album releases, a strictly limited one-off run of the 7” singles from each respective album will be made available. These highly collectable black vinyl singles will be cut from the original analogue master tapes. Released in replica artwork packaging, they are sure to become a must-have item for fans, collectors and anyone who missed out the first time round.

Iron Maiden - vinyl singles - 1980's - reissues - 2014

The albums will also be cut from the original analogue master tapes and packaged in identical artwork to the initial 1980’s releases. As a bonus, the first batch of album releases (Iron Maiden/Killers/The Number Of The Beast) will also be made available in a Collector’s Box sized to house all 8 albums. This package will be a strictly limited edition and available while stocks last.

The records will be released chronologically across a two month period starting October 13th (14th USA) with the first 3 albums (Iron Maiden/Killers/The Number Of The Beast) and the seven corresponding 7” singles:

Running Free b/w Burning Ambition

Sanctuary b/w Drifter (Live) and I’ve Got The Fire (Live)

Women In Uniform b/w Invasion

Twilight Zone/Wrathchild double A side

Purgatory b/w Genghis Khan

Run To The Hills b/w Total Eclipse

The Number Of The Beast b/w Remember Tomorrow (Live)

Followed by:

October 27th (28th USA): Piece Of Mind, Powerslave and Live After Death and the six corresponding 7” singles:

Flight Of Icarus b/w I’ve Got The Fire

The Trooper b/w Cross-Eyed Mary

2 Minutes To Midnight b/w Rainbow’s Gold

Aces High b/w King Of Twilight

Running Free (Live) b/w Sanctuary (Live)

Run To The Hills (Live) b/w Phantom Of The Opera (Live)

November 24th (25th USA): Somewhere In Time and Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son and the six corresponding 7” singles:

Wasted Years b/w Reach Out

Stranger In A Strange Land b/w That Girl

Can I Play With Madness b/w Black Bart Blues

The Evil That Men Do b/w Prowler ‘88

The Clairvoyant b/w The Prisoner (Live)

Infinite Dreams (Live) b/w Killers (Live)

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The release of these high quality, black vinyl records offers optimum choice to fans who would like to own a piece of Maiden’s authentic 1980’s vinyl sound, or for those simply wanting to rediscover this much loved, iconic format. Coupled with the end of the Maiden England World Tour which began in North America in 2012 and finished last month at Knebworth Park’s Sonisphere Festival, this now completes Maiden’s 1980’s touring and catalogue reissues cycle, so the band are free to focus on their dynamic future plans.

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