Metal titans Iron Maiden are back!
The band recently shared their new song “The Writing On the Wall” marking their first new single in six years.
Written by guitarist Adrian Smith and frontman Bruce Dickinson, the song’s video features Iron Maiden mascot Eddie – animated in stunning 3D – fighting against Trump-like dictators and saving humanity from a lifetime of imprisonment.
Dickinson developed the concept, which was brought to life by two Award-winning former Pixar executives and long-standing Maiden fans Mark Andrews & Andrew Gordon. The pair have over 50 years of animation industry experience between them at the very top-level including work on The Incredibles, Ratatouille, Brave, Monsters Inc and Finding Nemo.
Dickinson stated, “I had a pretty clear idea of the concept to accompany the song and when I met Mark and Andrew, on Zoom, it quickly became clear we were all very much on the same wavelength, and this was reinforced with the addition of Nicos and his young BlinkInk team.”
He added, “I’m very proud of the way the video turned out; it’s more like a mini-film really. I knew it was going to work out as soon as Mark brought my treatment to life with his incredible storyboards — I thought we could make something very special together. I think we did and hope our fans will agree. In fact, it’s pretty much created by Maiden fans!”
Watch the video below.
Prior the its release Iron Maiden teased the song with posters reading “Belshazzar’s Feast” which first appeared at the Download Pilot Festival.