The boys from Iron Maiden recently talked about releasing their latest double album “The Book of Souls” in the age of shorter attention spans. You can check out the conversation with Louder Sound below.
How do you all feel about ‘The Book of Souls’?
Steve Harris: “The amazing thing for me is the way Bruce is singing on it. He sounds fantastic. It’s incredible to think that he did that while he was so ill [with tongue cancer].”
Bruce Dickinson: “A double album is kind of cool really. Nobody does double albums anymore. We thought that Maiden fans would absolutely love it.”
Dave Murray: “It’s great that we still have so much music in us after so many years. I’m blown away about that.”
Adrian Smith: “In these days where people are just downloading tracks and skipping and flitting from one thing to another, we can make an album like this because we have such a loyal fan base. And that didn’t happen by accident – we’ve been touring our arses off since 1980.”
Janick Gers: “We’ve put a 92-minute album out at a time when most people have the attention span of a gnat. But that’s Maiden. We’ve done lots of great albums in the past, but this one is heavy, it’s hard, it’s edgy, full of melody, it’s got all kinds of different moods in it. It’s just a pure Iron Maiden album.”
Nicko McBrain: “To me, ‘The Book of Souls’ is the ultimate Maiden album. I really think it’s the best album we’ve ever made. I always say that when we put out a new album. But I really am convinced that this one is a work of art. Some of the songs, like ‘The Book of Souls’ itself, are just monstrously heavy. The whole album is, in a word, majestic.”