Dia 3 de Setembro é lançado o 17.º álbum de estúdio dos IRON MAIDEN, intitulado Senjutsu, o seu primeiro após um hiato de 6 anos. O disco foi gravado em Paris, com o produtor de longa data Kevin Shirley e co-produzido por Steve Harris.
Para Senjutsu – traduzido livremente como ‘táctica e estratégia’ –, a banda contou, mais uma vez, com os serviços de Mark Wilkinson para criar a espetacular capa do álbum, com uma inspiração Samurai e baseada numa ideia de Steve Harris. Com uma duração de pouco menos de 82 minutos, Senjutsu, tal como o álbum anterior, The Book Of Souls, consistirá num álbum de formato CD duplo / triplo vinil.
Steve refere: “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.”
O vocalista Bruce Dickinson prossegue, afirmando que: “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!”
1. Senjutsu (Smith/Harris) (8:20)
2. Stratego (Gers/Harris) (4:59)
3. The Writing On The Wall (Smith/Dickinson) (6:13)
4. Lost In A Lost World (Harris) (9:31)
5. Days Of Future Past (Smith/Dickinson) (4:03)
6. The Time Machine (Gers/Harris) (7:09)
7. Darkest Hour (Smith/Dickinson) (7:20)
8. Death Of The Celts (Harris) (10:20)
9. The Parchment (Harris) (12:39)
10. Hell On Earth (Harris) (11:19)