Iron Maiden’s mascot Eddie The Head has seriously evolved since appearing as a teen street-punk zombie on their self-titled debut album 30 years ago. Today’s Eddy – illustrated by long-time Eddie artist Melvyn Grant – is a bulked-up extra-terrestrial killing machine on the artwork for The Final Frontier.
Check him out below: he’s cuddly as ever though!
So HELL YES… there’s a new Maiden album coming! The Final Frontier arrives on Friday August 13. I’ve definitely noticed an increase in Iron Maiden tees (including my own) being proudly worn out on the streets since the album announcement.
For a taster, Iron Maiden are giving away the album track El Dorado from www.ironmaiden.com.
The Final Frontier sounds like it will be a return to peak 80s form: it was mostly recorded earlier this year at Compass Point Studios with long-time Maiden producer Kevin “Caveman” Shirley. So Bruce Dickinson and The Boys were in the same head (and physical) space, as it was where they previously recorded Piece Of Mind (’83), Powerslave (’84) and Somewhere In Time (’86).
Bruce said: “The studio had the same vibe and it was EXACTLY as it had been in 1983, NOTHING had changed! Even down to the broken shutter in the corner… same carpet… everything… It was really quite spooky. But we felt very relaxed in such a familiar and well-trodden environment and I think this shows in the playing and the atmosphere of the album.”
Here’s the full tracklisting for The Final Frontier:
1. Satellite 15… The Final Frontier
2. El Dorado
3. Mother Of Mercy
4. Coming Home
5. The Alchemist
6. Isle Of Avalon
8. The Talisman
9. The Man Who Would Be King
10. When The Wild Wind Blows