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3rd June 2016

iron maiden

Iron Maiden have released an official performance video for 'Death Or Glory' from their latest album 'The Book Of Souls' which you can see in full below.

Dave Murray spoke to Music Radar about the songwriting process for 'The Book Of Souls' and said: "On previous albums we've usually gone into a rehearsal room for maybe a couple of weeks and maybe have four or five songs under our belts. Then we'd go into the studio and start recording and the rest of the material would be written while we were there. But this time we went in there with a blank page and a bunch of ideas.

"It was a really fun experience because it keeps you on your toes. You have to be really sharp. We're scribbling guitar chords down, melodies and harmonies, changes, basically we were flying by the seat of our pants because we never knew what was coming next. But it was wonderful how things kept flowing."

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Adrian Smith said that he and Bruce Dickinson played an active part in songwriting proceedings. Adrian told Total Guitar: "This time I did a couple of things with Bruce too. I thought I'd try writing shorter songs, like 'Two Minutes To Midnight' and 'Can I Play With Madness', with just Bruce and I. We haven't done that since I've been back in the band.

"Maybe with 'Wickerman' we did it. So that was different. He came over before we started recording and we wrote 'Speed Of Light' and 'Death Or Glory'."

And here's the official 'Death Or Glory' video.

Maiden have completed the non-European legs of their Book Of Souls World Tour and landed in Dortmund last week. They played The Waldbuehne, Berlin on Tuesday night and we have a review of that gig on the way. Ed Force One landed in Zurich yesterday for tonight's gig in Lucerne and this is our favourite picture from the whole tour so far.

The two aircraft in front of Ed Force One are those of German Führer Angela Merkel and French President François Hollande respectively and this just proves that Heavy Metal is much bigger than any fucking government or world authority.

Far away from the land of our birth, we fly a flag in some foreign isle, we sailed away like our fathers before, these colours don't run from cold bloody war...

Iron Maiden headline Download Festival on Sunday 12th June. It's Rammstein on the Friday and Black Sabbath on the Saturday plus literally dozens of the world's top rock and Metal acts. Tickets are still available and you can get yours by clicking here.

Remaining tour dates:
Fri 3 Lucerne, SWITZERLAND Sonisphere Allmend Rockt
Sun 5 Vienna, AUSTRIA Rock In Vienna Festival
Wed 8 Arnhem, THE NETHERLANDS Gelredome
Fri 10 Paris, FRANCE Download Festival
Sun 12 Donington, UK Download Festival
Wed 15 Oslo, NORWAY Telenor Arena
Fri 17 Gothenburg, SWEDEN Ullevi Stadium
Sun 19 Dessel, BELGIUM Graspop Metal Meeting
Tue 21 Herning, DENMARK Jyske Bank Boxen
Thu 23 Kaunas, LITHUANIA Zalgirio Arena
Sat 25 Moscow, RUSSIA Olimpiyskiy
Wed 29 Hameenlinna, FINLAND Kantolan Tapahtumapuisto

Fri 1 Sopron, HUNGARY Volt Festival
Sun 3 Wroclaw, POLAND Wroclaw Stadium
Tue 5 Prague, CZECH REPUBLIC Eden Arena
Wed 6 Zilina, SLOVAKIA Zilina Airport
Sat 9 Viveiro, SPAIN Resurrection Festival
Mon 11 Lisbon, PORTUGAL MEO Arena
Wed 13 Madrid, SPAIN Barclaycard Center
Thu 14 Seville, SPAIN Olimpic Stadium
Sat 16 Barcelona, SPAIN Rock Fest
Wed 20 Nyon, SWITZERLAND Paleo Festival
Fri 22 Milan, ITALY Mediolanum Forum
Sun 24 Rome, ITALY Rock In Rome Sonisphere
Tue 26 Trieste, ITALY Piazza Dellà Unita D'Italia
Wed 27 Split, CROATIA Spaladium Arena
Sat 30 Bucharest, ROMANIA Constitution Square

Tue 2 Esch-sur-Alzette, LUXEMBOURG Rockhal
Thu 4 Wacken, GERMANY Wacken Open Air



Wacken Winter Nights 2018 takes place between February 23rd and 25th 2018 and the great news is that you can now experience a full-on, top class German Metal Festival easily and affordably.

It only takes an hour to fly to Hamburg from London and we've had longer journeys than that within the capital and they were certainly more expensive than the £33 air ticket that just appeared in our 'flights to Wacken Winter Nights' search.


Wacken Winter Nights is organised by the same team who are responsible for the world's greatest Metal festival, Wacken-Open-Air and the 2018 bill includes Skyclad, Orphaned Land, Elvenking, Finntroll, Grave Digger, Aeverium, Comes Vagantes, Coppelius, Corvus Corax, Die Pressgëng, Elvellon, Heimataerde, Hell-O-Matic, Ignis Fatuu, Ingrimm, Irdorath, Johnny Deathshadow, Krayenzeit, Letzte Instanz, Mr Hurley und die Pulveraffen, Pampatut, Pat Razket, Schandmaul, Sündenrausch, The Aberlour's, The Moon And The Nightspirit, Torfrock, Visions Of Atlantis, Vroudenspil, Wind Rose and more.

Besides this rich billing of superb Metal bands, there is so much more to see in the festival area including the medieval market and also the walking acts and jugglers you will meet at the theme worlds, including Robert Blake, three-time World Cup winner of street magic.

Wacken Winter Nights is something not to be missed and you can check out the amazing ticket and accommodation prices right here.

We just priced up the whole four day trip with hotels, flights, shuttles and festival tickets for less than £300 and we don't think you will get a better value festival than that, anywhere.


MetalTalk recently sat down with Wacken founder and owner Thomas Jensen and that interview will be online next week and it's a fascinating insight into how Wacken originated from nothing to become the world's premiere Heavy Metal event.


Wacken 2018 takes place from 2nd to 4th August 20218 and as with Wacken Winter Nights, if you have never experienced all it has to offer, then you owe it to yourself to remedy that.

Already announced for Wacken 2018 are Judas Priest, Nightwish, Running Wild (exclusive), Arch Enemy, Dirkschneider, Doro (Special Anniversary Show), In Extremo, Sepultura, Amorphis, Amaranthe, Firewind, W.A.R., Belphegor, Mantar, Knorkator, Deserted Fear, Watain, Night Demon, Epica, Knorkator, Belphegor, Firewind, Deserted Fear and many more and we'll have more Wacken 2018 announcements during December.

As well as being the greatest Heavy Metal festival in the world, it is without a doubt the Mecca of Metal and the one thing that every single person who loves our music should have on their bucket list.

For 2018, MetalTalk have joined forces with Wacken-Open-Air to help you get to Wacken easily and inexpensively and you can peruse the ticket and travel options right here.

If you are interested in going to Wacken 2018 and have questions, please fill out the form below and we will contact you with answers to all your enquiries. You are under no obligation whatsoever by filling this form out. We won't add you to any mailing lists or send you loads of spam - all we will do is help you get to Wacken as easily and inexpensively as possible.



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