Iron Maiden ‘Book of Souls’ Update: First Fan Tattoo, Single Plans and Deluxe Packaging
With a few months to go before the release of Iron Maiden's The Book of Souls, details are starting to slowly come out. The LP's first single has just been announced, and the band released a picture of the hardback book that will accompany the Deluxe Edition. You can see a photo of that above.
Warner Music Norway reports that the single for "Speed of Light" will be available on Aug. 14, three weeks before the album's Sept. 4 release date. The song is one of the two collaborations by Adrian Smith and Bruce Dickinson.
As the rest of us patiently wait for The Book of Souls, one fan has already made up his mind about the record. Or at least about its album-cover artwork. The band posted a picture on Facebook showing one supporter who's gotten a tattoo of the cover. (Scroll through the comments to see more Maiden-themed ink.)
At 11 tracks and 92 minutes, The Book of Souls clocks in as Iron Maiden's first-ever double album. They took a different approach too, writing many of the songs while in the studio, with only three songs penned by only a single member. Dickinson's two contributions, "If Eternity Should Fail" and "Empire of the Clouds," bookend the record, while Steve Harris is the sole composer of "The Red and the Black," which is presumably inspired in some way by Stendahl's 19th century novel.
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