Iron Maiden Debuts “Stratego,” Another Epic Track from ‘Senjutsu’; New Album Out 9/3 (Listen/Pre-Order)

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On Sept. 3, Iron Maiden will return with Senjutsu, the English heavy metal icons’ 17th studio album and first in six years, following 2015’s The Book of Souls.

The band dropped “The Writing on the Wall,” the first preview of the record, back on July 20 — and has now followed it up with “Stratego,” another track that was debuted on Thursday. It’s one of two songs on the record written by guitarist Janick Gers and founder member/ bassist Steve Harris.

Take a listen:

And here’s the pummeling “The Writing on the Wall”:

The album features 10 tracks, with the shortest spanning four minutes and the longest stretching out to more than 12 and a half minutes … so expect some powerful stuff:

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

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More on the album, per a news release:

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. With a running time of a little under 82 minutes, Senjutsu, like their previous record The Book Of Souls, will be a double CD/Triple vinyl album.

Harris: “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.”

Lead singer Bruce Dickinson: “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! “

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