BMG will release Iron Maiden‘s 17th studio album, Senjutsu, the band’s first in six years, on September 3rd. It was recorded in Paris with longstanding producer Kevin Shirley and co-produced by Steve Harris. It was preceded on July 15 by an already highly acclaimed animated video for the first single The Writing On The Wall (view it here) made by BlinkInk based on a concept by singer Bruce Dickinson with two former Pixar executives. It followed a month-long teaser campaign and global “treasure hunt” for clues about the track title and concept.

For Senjutsu — loosely translated as “tactics and strategy” — the band once again enlisted the services of Mark Wilkinson to create the spectacular Samurai themed cover artwork, based on an idea by bassist Steve Harris. 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.

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. 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.”

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

Senjutsu track listing is:

1.  Senjutsu (8:20) (Smith/Harris) 
2.  Stratego (4:59) (Gers/Harris) 
3.  The Writing On The Wall (6:13) (Smith/Dickinson) 
4.  Lost In A Lost World (9:31) (Harris) 
5.  Days Of Future Past (4:03) (Smith/Dickinson) 
6.  The Time Machine (7:09) (Gers/Harris) 
7.  Darkest Hour (7:20) (Smith/Dickinson) 
8.  Death Of The Celts (10:20) (Harris) 
9.  The Parchment (12:39) (Harris) 
10. Hell On Earth (11:19) (Harris)

Senjutsu will be released on the following formats and available to pre-order/pre-save on July 21st at

* Standard 2CD Digipak 
* Deluxe 2CD Book Format 
* Deluxe heavyweight 180G Triple Black Vinyl 
* Special Edition Triple Silver And Black Marble Vinyl (Details to follow) 
* Special Edition Triple Red and Black Marble Vinyl (Details to follow) 
* Super Deluxe Boxset featuring CD, Blu Ray and Exclusive Memorabilia 
* Digital album [streaming and download]

6 Responses

  1. If that is the cover art, I love it Maiden never disappoints when comes to the art work, Samurai Eddie. I am looking forward to buying this album in September. Now, all we need is a new Priest album and it will be a happy year and bonus if there’s a new John Sykes album.

    1. LOL!!! C,

      I agree and always said Maiden have the BEST covers. But I think I am partial to Derek Riggs’ (I think that is his name) artwork.

  2. Derek Riggs has done a lot classic Maiden covers I didn’t like the covers on Blaze Bahley albums (not done by Riggs) but he done a few since Dickinsons return. Battlestar

  3. Stratego? Wow, great board game! Haven’t played that game since the ’70s, or ’80s? It’d be cool to play a game of Stratego with Eddie ^ even though you might get your head chopped off!

  4. Love me some new Maiden! I’ll preorder the biggest deluxe edition I can get that includes the CDs.

    80 minutes on an album release from any band is a lot of music for any listener to absorb. I wish Maiden was less proggy on their music, a direction they’ve headed on the last few albums. After a while, the songs begin to lose my interest a little…

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