Maiden's short fast rockers from the last few albums? And it's not like this is the fastest song ever. About your last sentence, Maiden have proven you wrong... on every album. Writing more long songs on the albums since 2000 is a stylistic preference of the band, not only Steve. They can write a catchy short song anytime (it's on literally every album), but they also shine with their long songs (unlike many bands). Don't get me wrong, Blaze's song is great, it's just curious that some fans always complain about short (and fast) songs since 2003 and 95% of the time (for all albums with epics) the best songs pointed out by the fans are the epics or the longer stuff.
I would have liked if Maiden's last two albums had one more short song in them, but they are at their best with the long songs.
Anyway, Blaze's latest album is really good and it was a great surprise. In a recent interview he said that you can feel the direct influence of TXF in it.