This is Iron Maiden.
They started in 1975 and have one of the longest, and most prolific careers of any band in heavy metal.
And they are still kicking out the jams 40 years later! That’s insane.
Even crazier… is the quality of their new track, “Speed of Light”.
It has a solid driving main riff, backed by wailing dual leads and Dickinson’s urgent vocals.
And… it gives a heavy nod to video game history while dropping visual Easter eggs of their past albums.
The track is off their 16th (!!!) studio album, which will be a double-disc called, “Book of Souls”.
“We approached this album in a different way to how we’ve recorded previously,” bassist and frequent songwriter Steve Harris said in a statement. “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.”
“We’re really excited about The Book Of Souls and had a fantastic time creating it,” Dickinson added. “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… 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!”
Plans are for Iron Maiden to hit the road for a tour in 2016.
Until then, witness some new Iron Maiden…