IRON MAIDEN Singer BRUCE DICKINSON: New Solo Album Details Revealed

March 10, 2005

According to a posting on the IRON MAIDEN fan site, IRON MAIDEN frontman Bruce Dickinson has set "Tyranny of Souls" as the title of his long-awaited new solo album, due in Europe on May 23. A release date for the rest of the world has yet to be announced.

Here's what the latest issue of the U.K. magazine Classic Rock had to say about the new CD:

Bruce Dickinson's sixth studio album has now been mixed. "A Tyranny of Souls" is the singer's first solo work since "The Chemical Wedding" in 1998 and his subsequent return to IRON MAIDEN. Overseen by TRIBE OF GYPSIES guitarist Roy Z, who came to Dickinson having finshed JUDAS PRIEST's "Angel of Retribution", it sees Bruce picking up where he left off seven years ago.

"With this album, MAIDEN were completely off my radar scope," Bruce told Classic Rock at an exclusive preview of the album. "I was worried that I couldn't follow '...Wedding', which was a real statement of identity for me. It needed to be very heavy, which it is, but also to throw a few different elements into the mix."

Typically for Dickinson, the album was born in unusual circumstances. Having been supplied with a set of Roy Z riffs, the singer wrote the lyrics in various hotel rooms while touring with MAIDEN. The music and vocals were recorded at Roy's house — in a room containing just one bed. Bruce explains: "I'd ripped some muscles falling off stage and was in absolute agony. I had to lie down every few minutes."

Roy Z plays all the guitars, and an associate — secretively called Maestro Mysterioso — contributed the keyboard parts by email.

While "The Chemical Wedding" was largely inspired by the occult science of alchemy, a loose theme of aviation and sci-fi binds together "Kill Devil Hill", "Abduction" and a number of others.

With summer commitments to IRON MAIDEN, it's unknown when Dickinson will find the time to play any solo dates. He says: "A few years ago, I did some summer festival gigs. That might be another window of opportunity."

A scan of the Classic Rock article can be found at this location.

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