I don’t know about you, but I’m tired of Chris and Bryan having all the fun on Metal Mondays. Time for me to crash the party!
While I’ve never been a huge heavy metal fan, I’ve liked Iron Maiden since I first heard them back in the ’82-83 timeframe. On September 4th, they will release their next album, Book of Souls, an ambitious double album (produced by Kevin “Caveman” Shirley, who refused to give Alex Lifeson his #@$%ing reverb on Counterparts 🙂 ). In reading some advanced press about this album, one of the things that caught my prog-loving eye is the presence of a few long tracks, The Red and the Black (13:33), The Book of Souls (10:27), and Empire of the Clouds (18:01). The latter will be Iron Maiden’s longest track ever. The previous titleholder is presented below, The Rime of The Ancient Mariner, from 1984’s Powerslave.