Studio Album #16 - Rumours and Speculation (New Info 27.02.15)

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Perun

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Note: The opening post of this thread will be kept up to date with new information and its source. If you report something, it will only be included here if you name the source.

Alright folks, it seems definite that there is going to be another album. So it's not too early to get the rumour and speculation going. What we have so far are two vague hints from the official site:

Rod's statement:
During 2014 we have something new we need to start thinking about, and on which we will be wholly and firmly focused going into 2015 and beyond! (Source)

And Steve's statement:
Although we would have liked to have visited more cities and countries on this run, it simply hasn’t been possible time-wise. This is for a number of reasons, probably of interest to Maiden fans! (Source)

As well as something much more specific, though much less official, in the first paragraph of this post.

Update 24.10.: Randy Bachman said in an interview that Kevin Shirley will be working with Maiden at the end of the year: http://forum.maidenfans.com/threads/new-album-news.29562/

Update 16.12: The new IMFC magazine includes some strong hints to recording activity: http://forum.maidenfans.com/threads/studio-album-16.29022/page-17#post-491538

Update 19.02.: A guy called DeadPanda posted on Metalsetlists.com that a Maiden gig in Dallas is listed as "pending" around August 20th.
http://www.metalsetlists.com/showthread.php?t=26568

Update 27.02: Nicko confirms new album is made and ready to go, pending Bruce's recovery.
http://www.gaterrocks.com/onair/andy-preston-4515/video-nicko-mcbrain-gives-an-update-13294547/

So let's go wild!

Some requests: I promise I won't be a dick this time, but I would love it if everybody named a source for statements they are going to post, and honestly ask themselves how valid this information is. Things such as two-year-old statements from Bruce in magazines for example have proven to be unreliable sources of information in the past; not because Bruce didn't mean what he said when he said it, but because plans may have changed in between. So please, do mind that. Also, don't pass off rumours as facts. That never comes across well.
 
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THESEVENTHMARINER

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What ever it is, I'm hoping for some more epics and more prog influenced songs (shoot me down, but I love their prog rock songs).

Oh and I'd like to see an acoustic song, similar to Journeyman, it'd add a nice variety to the album.

:)
 
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Night Prowler

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I'd like a really dark album. Less short songs, more epics. But also, less acoustic-intro epics. No more than 10 songs. BETTER PRODUCTION THAN TFF.
 

Stardust

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I'd like a more "classic" Iron Maiden album with prog metal elements. Kinda like Powerslave mixed with The Final Frontier.
 

THESEVENTHMARINER

Ancient Mariner
I wonder if Adrian would ever do some lead vocals on a track? I know he hasn't got a powerful voice like Bruce, but it's definitely something I'd like to see, as the guy can sing.
 
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Lego

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Alright folks, it seems definite that there is going to be another album. So it's not too early to get the rumour and speculation going. What we have so far are two vague hints from the official site:

Rod's statement:
During 2014 we have something new we need to start thinking about, and on which we will be wholly and firmly focused going into 2015 and beyond! (Source)

And Steve's statement:
Although we would have liked to have visited more cities and countries on this run, it simply hasn’t been possible time-wise. This is for a number of reasons, probably of interest to Maiden fans! (Source)

As well as something much more specific, though much less official, in the first paragraph of this post.

So let's go wild!

Some requests: I promise I won't be a dick this time, but I would love it if everybody named a source for statements they are going to post, and honestly ask themselves how valid this information is. Things such as two-year-old statements from Bruce in magazines for example have proven to be unreliable sources of information in the past; not because Bruce didn't mean what he said when he said it, but because plans may have changed in between. So please, do mind that. Also, don't pass off rumours as facts. That never comes across well.
Let's not discount the possibility that Rod and/or Bruce may have been speaking about other "future plans": http://www.blabbermouth.net/news/ir...nd-would-consider-opening-interactive-museum/
 

Mosh

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Meh. I'm not even sure why this would be considered for what the band has been hinting at.
 

Crimson Idol

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Let's not discount the possibility that Rod and/or Bruce may have been speaking about other "future plans": http://www.blabbermouth.net/news/ir...nd-would-consider-opening-interactive-museum/

That would actually fit quite well with the "more real for fans than us" comment (whatever it was), as clearly it can't get any more real for them, but being able to interact is a little more so for us. But, even if they would consider it, I doubt they'll do it, and certainly not so soon.

As for new album, I do prefer the reunion material to the 'golden era' stuff but Final Frontier was getting a little epic heavy so I guess I'd like something a little more towards DoD in terms of song mix (rockers/epics/etc) at least.
 
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