Iron Maiden Announce New Double Album ‘Senjutsu’

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Last week, the metal world got its first taste of new Iron Maiden in six years via “The Writing On The Wall.” Now, the band have followed the release of that song with the announcement we’ve all been waiting for — they have a new album coming out!

Iron Maiden’s new record will be titled Senjutsu, and will be a double album. The title is Japanese for ‘tactics’ or ‘strategies.’ The record was produced by Kevin Shirley and Iron Maiden’s own Steve Harris. The new cover art was created by Mark Wilkinson via direction by Harris.

We’re all really excited about this album,” says frontman Bruce Dickinson. “We recorded it back in early 2019 during a break in the Legacy tour so we could maximise 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!”

According to Harris, “We chose to record at Guillaume Tell Studio in France again as the place has such a relaxed vibe. The set-up 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.”

Senjutsu comes out September 3rd, and will be available for preorder starting this Wednesday. Check out the full tracklisting and art below:

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

Until the album’s out, how about your rewatch “The Writing On The Wall” seventy or eighty more times:


Words by Chris Krovatin