Iron Maiden’s ‘The Book of Souls’ to release in September

MUMBAI: English heavy metal band, Iron Maiden, has announced the release of its brand new studio album ‘The Book of Souls’. The upcoming album, which is the band’s 16th album, will be released worldwide on Friday, 4th September this year. ‘The Book of Souls’ will be released under Parlophone Records worldwide, and in the US under BMG.

Although the anxiously anticipated album was recorded in 2014 in Paris, with the band’s longstanding producer Kevin “Caveman” Shirley, the final touches were added earlier this year. However, a statement revealed that Iron Maiden decided to delay the album’s release so that lead vocalist Brice Dickinson would have enough time to recuperate, before joining the band for the album launch.

Dickinson is currently recovering from treatment for a cancerous tumour that was found on his tongue. The band, however, is expected to go on tour for the upcoming album from early 2016, giving the singer adequate time to ready himself for Iron Maiden’s live performances.

‘The Book of Souls’ comes five years after the band’s last album ‘The Final Frontier’, which topped the charts in 28 countries, including in the UK, Germany, France, Spain, Switzerland, New Zealand and India, among others. The 2010 album also peaked at number four on the Billboard 200 chart, selling more than 63,000 units. It also marked Iron Maiden’s highest ever ranking in the US.

The new album features 11 tracks and is 92-minutes long, making it the longest Iron Maiden studio album. It is also the band’s first double studio album.

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New Motorhead Album for Summer 2015

We’ve been waiting with bated breath for some time on a new album from Motorhead – and then a surprise project appeared on the musical horizon. Seems there’s something new on the way from Bon Jovi, too. Well, something new to us, anyway.

As of this writing, it appears that Burning Bridges will be principally made up of odds and ends, and may not even be released stateside. Whatever Bon Jovi has in store, the album arrives just one Friday before Motorhead’s Bad Magic – the latter of which promises a more live feel since it was written and recorded in the studio, a first for Lemmy Kilmister‘s current lineup. Burning Bridges is Bon Jovi’s first album since 2013′s What About Now; we last heard from Motorhead in 2013, as well, with the release of Aftershock.

Notable box sets on the way in August include the four-disc A Chord Too Far from Tony Banks of Genesis fame, the Who‘s Volume 2: The Reaction Singles 1966, and the Faces‘ five-disc collection focusing on 1970-75, called You Can Make Me Dance, Sing or Anything.

Among the most intriguing live projects to look for are Gregg Allman‘s Live: Back to Macon, GA, Rainbow‘s three-disc Down To Earth Tour 1979, and not one but two from Deep Purple, titled From the Setting Sun: In Wacken and To the Rising Sun: In Tokyo. There is also a tasty vinyl reissue of Signals planned from Rush.

Here’s a full list of this month’s new classic rock releases. Click on the highlighted titles to learn more. And don’t forget to check out our updated list of 2015 New Music Releases to look ahead to all of the great classic rock albums and videos scheduled to come out this year.

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