It is the band’s first new music in six years.
Iron Maiden have unleashed a music video for their epic new song “The Writing on the Wall.” The animated video, directed Nicos Livese, sees Maiden mascot Eddie transformed into a samurai. Stream the official clip below.
Produced by Kevin Shirley, “The Writing on the Wall” was written by frontman Bruce Dickinson and guitarist Adrian Smith.
Maiden bassist and founder Steve Harris was also on deck as co-producer.
Dickinson came up with the video concept and teamed with Award-winning former Pixar executives and die-hard Maiden fans Mark Andrews and Andrew Gordon (The Incredibles, Ratatouille, Brave, Monsters Inc, Finding Nemo) and London-based animation studio BlinkInk.
Dickinson said of the track, “I had a pretty clear idea of the concept to accompany the song and when I met Mark and Andrew, on Zoom, it quickly became clear we were all very much on the same wavelength, and this was reinforced with the addition of Nicos and his young BlinkInk team. Our weekly team Zoom meetings were then usually both highly creative and a lot of fun!
“I’m very proud of the way the video turned out, it’s more like a mini-film really. I knew it was going to work out as soon as Mark brought my treatment to life with his incredible storyboards – I thought we could make something very special together. I think we did and hope our fans will agree. In fact it’s pretty much created by Maiden fans!”
“We quickly found the expertise we wanted, and people were literally throwing themselves at me to work on a Maiden video,” says Nicos Livesey. “We had more than 60 people in 13 countries from Brazil to France, and Romania to the U.S.A. to add something to the clip and I’d say their love, passion and understanding of the band shines through every frame. They were a dream team for the producers and myself to manage.”
Iron Maiden’s last studio album – 2015’s The Book of Souls – hit No. 4 on the Billboard 200 and No. 1 on the UK Albums Chart.
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