I'm not a fan of Herve's stuff at all. Its good fan art but shouldn't go near anything official. Fine maybe for tour posters etc. He makes everything look childish and silly. I'm hoping they keep some of that maturity that was seen in the BOS and AMOLAD covers.
My guess is they'll finish the LOTB tour dates in the summer, swapping one of the songs for TWOTW. Then album world tour starting on fall or winter. Kind of like Give Me Ed in 2003 followed by DoD World Tour.The whole viral thing was great and I'm a little bit underwhelmed by the fact that (apparently) there wasn't more to it. "Belshazzar's Feast" itself is a pretty cool title and the concept behind it is "Maiden" enough to land on the cover or be the subject of the title track. I may sound idiotic, but there's something about a samurai Eddie and a potential Japanese theme that feels like it was made up by a fan. But I don't mean to make my judgement yet - let's wait for the announcement first...
I was puzzled by the order of this rollout (single first, album info days later), but when you think about it, it probably was all about TWotW viral campaign. You can't announce the album first and then do the whole Daniel thing etc. and since the theme of TWotW is probably far from the theme of the album, they decided to give each its own spotlight. At least that's my interpretation.
Overall, if they didn't give us those obvious clues about the 17th album, I would be seriously worried that the album comes after the announced tour and TWotW was them giving us at least something. And if the album comes out in 2021, I bet the next leg of The Legacy of the Beast is going to be rebranded.
I really don't see the logic in releasing a new single without announcing the new album alongside it. Why not put it out there while Maiden hype is at fever pitch rather than a few days later when it's died down? This is what makes me think we might not be getting an album as soon as people think and that perhaps WOTW was just something to tide us over until they're done with LOTB. Hope I'm wrong though!