Iron Maiden's 'The Final Frontier' hits stores soon!

After a much anticipated wait, Iron Maiden announce August 17 as the release date for their 15th studio record... and preliminary tour dates announced.

Love them or hate them, there's no denying the huge influence British powerhouse Iron Maiden has had on the metal community. Boasting a career that spans 30 years, 80 million album sales to date worldwide, nearly 2000 live performaces and studio albums of unerring quality and power, it is suffice to say Iron Maiden have more than earned their status as undisputed heavy metal champions of the world.

The Final Frontier, Maiden's 15th studio record, will be released August 17. The director's cut for the video of the title track can be viewed on IronMaiden.com and on the band's Vevo channel. It was produced by the award-winning production company Darkside Animation Films, whose creative team includes animators that have created effects for feature films such as Lost in Space, Gladiator and Black Hawk Down. As well as working round the clock, the Darkside team developed entirely new technology to bring to life Iron Maiden’s mascot, EDDIE, in his new alien incarnation.

A total of 141 shots combined live action with integrated CGI as well as full 3D animation, resulting in a complete running time of five minutes - that's over seven thousand frames taking up to a half hour to render each frame! Intriguingly, some of the integral footage was shot at Rendlesham Forest in southern England, which is associated with 'The Rendlesham Forest Incident'--a series of reported sightings of unexplained lights and alleged landing of a craft of unknown origin.

The album features 10 tracks (including the acclaimed single El Dorado) and runs over 76 minutes. It will be released on August 17 in a unique collector’s 'Mission Edition' CD case with bonus content, including the director’s cut of this new video, 'Mission Debrief' band-interview footage, wallpapers, photos and the exclusive game 'Mission II: Rescue & Revenge.' And for the first time, Maiden is making the album available as an iTunes LP with bonus content. There will also be a Limited Edition Double Picture Disc on vinyl.

 

IRON MAIDEN TOUR DATES

JULY

Fri. 30 Ireland - Dublin, The O2

AUGUST

Sun. 1 U.K. - Knebworth Sonisphere Festival
Thu. 5 Germany - Wacken Festival
Sat. 7 Sweden - Stockholm Stora Skuggan Sonisphere Festival
Sun. 8 Finland - Pori’s Kirjurinluoto Sonisphere Festival
Wed. 11 Norway - Bergen Bergenhus Festning – Koengen
Sat. 14 Hungary - Sziget Festival
Sun. 15 Transylvania - Cluj Napoca – Polus Center Mall
Tue. 17 Italy - Villa Manin, Udine
Thu. 19 Belgium - Pukkelpop Festival
Sat. 21 Spain - Valencia Auditorio Marina Sur Ends.

 

 

The Final Frontier Track Listing

1. Satellite 15.....The Final Frontier 8:40
2. El Dorado 6:49
3. Mother Of Mercy 5:20
4. Coming Home 5:52
5. The Alchemist 4:29
6. Isle Of Avalon 9:06
7. Starblind 7:48
8. The Talisman 9:03
9. The Man Who Would Be King 8:28
10. When The Wild Wind Blows 10:59

 

Iron Maiden's The Final Frontier will be released on August 17, 2010.