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11 August 2021

Watch Iron Maiden Discuss Making ‘Senjutsu’ In New Short Film

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Iron Maiden have released a short film about the making of their new album, Senjutsu. Filmed at Guillaume Tell Studio in Paris – where the band recorded 2015’s The Book of Souls – the video features short clips of bassist Steve Harris, singer Bruce Dickinson and long-time producer Kevin Shirley talking about the album. You can watch it below.

“It’s been a very, very good experience,” says Dickinson. “I think this is a better album than Book Of Souls. I really do. I haven’t heard it all back yet because I’ve been in the middle of doing it.”

“I think it’s more complex than Book Of Souls,” he continues. “It’s certainly more varied. And I think there’ll be a genuine couple of surprises. There’s one of two songs that’ll have people going, ‘Eh? Is that Iron Maiden?'”

Senjutsu features 10 tracks, including recently-released single The Writing On The Wall. Titled after a Japanese term loosely translated as ‘tactics and strategy‘, and most commonly applied in combat situations, Senjutsu features Samurai-themed cover artwork, based on an idea by Harris.

For Senjutsu — loosely translated as “tactics and strategy” — the band once again enlisted the services of Mark Wilkinson to create the spectacular cover artwork. With a running time of a little under 82 minutes, Senjutsu, like their previous record The Book Of Souls, will be a double CD/Triple vinyl album.

Steve Harris says: “We chose to record at Guillaume Tell Studio in France again as the place has such a relaxed vibe. The setup 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.

Senjutsu includes the following tracks:

The Writing On The Wall
Lost In A Lost World
Days Of Future Past
The Time Machine
Darkest Hour
Death Of The Celts
The Parchment
Hell On Earth.

Pre-order Senjutsu here.

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