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Hey everyone, since following the updates in the album 17 thread is pretty much impossible, we are going to update this thread with confirmed information and things that have been posted by the Maiden camp so it can be used as a one-stop resource. Of course update material can continue to be posted in the other thread and discussion will continue to be directed there.

A summary of events: Maiden were heavily rumored to be working in the studio as early as fall 2019. They’ve recently launched a viral marketing campaign around a poster labeled Belshazzar’s Feast including the date July 15th, as well as the acronym WOTW.

On Friday July 09, after a Twitter listening party for Seventh Son of a Seventh Son, Maiden posted a video with Bruce Dickinson inviting fans (but not their mothers) to the Feast, on July 15th. All signs seem to indicate a new album release, but we do not have any confirmed information about a title, release date, or any other tangible information other than that something will likely be announced on the 15th.

Belshazzar’s Feast Teaser #2:
Belshazzar’s Feast Teaser:
Bruce Dickinson’s invitation to Belshazzar’s Feast:

Clarivoyant with WOTW and Belshazzar Imagery:
“Daniel” Twitter Account posting sightings of the posters and other apparent “clues”:

Email from

Belshazzar’s Feast Poster:
First instance of “WOTW” imagery:
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Senjutsu - September 3rd, 2021


We are thrilled to announce the release of IRON MAIDEN’s 17th studio album Senjutsu on September 3rd through Parlophone Records (BMG in the USA). It was recorded in Paris with longstanding producer Kevin Shirley and co-produced by Steve Harris.

For Senjutsu – loosely translated as ‘tactics & strategy’, the band once again enlisted the services of Mark Wilkinson to create the spectacular Samurai themed cover artwork, based on an idea by Steve Harris. And with a running time of a little under 82 minutes, Senjutsu, like their previous record The Book Of Souls, will be a double CD album/triple vinyl album.

Steve 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."

Bruce Dickinson continues, "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!"

The full tracklisting is:

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

Senjutsu will be released on the following formats and available to pre-order from all good music retailers starting Wednesday July 21st

Standard 2CD Digipak
Deluxe 2CD Book Format
Deluxe heavyweight 180G Triple Black Vinyl
Special Edition Triple Silver & Black Marble Vinyl (from selected retailers)
Special Edition Triple Red & Black Marble Vinyl (from selected retailers)
Super Deluxe Boxset featuring CD, Blu-Ray and Exclusive Memorabilia
Digital album (streaming and download)

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