Iron Maiden to Release Album in 2014

The band plan to return to the studio soon, aiming for a 2014 release with their 16th studio album.

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Iron Maiden are planning to enter the studio to record a new album, according to a new interview with Bruce Dickenson.

The interview in Swedish magazine Talarforum says the band are planning for a 2014 release for their new album. It will be their first LP since 2010's "The Final Frontier," their 15th studio release.

In the same interview, Bruce Dickenson told the story of how he went from being homeless with only £10 ($15) to singing with Iron Maiden as a career. Walking around with only a suitcase and looking for a bench to sleep on, Bruce decided to spend the last of his money on a few beers at a rock club:

"I ran right into an old friend that I have been playing in a band with," said Bruce (via a translation from the original Swedish article.) "After living with him for a week, I ran into a couple of other buddies and then floated on like that until I started singing in Iron Maiden."

"What then seemed to be an almost insignificant decision turned out, in retrospect, to be a real milestone. You have to take risks in order to take responsibility for their lives and do not get caught in hopeless situations."

What do you hope to hear from a new Iron Maiden album? Let us know in the comments.

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    Face R1pper
    I think the Final Frontier almost perfected their recent progressivish direction. I'm kind of hoping they'll go back to a Seventh Son-style power metal album. I'm getting tired of hearing people complain about the clean intro/clean outro formula, and now that they perfected it I think its time to move onto something else.
    Holy sh*t, even before the most anticipated releases of 2013 have started to come, Iron Maiden already sets the expectations for 2014... looking forward so much to this. I agree with Face R1pper, though, they've pretty much taken the musical style of their latest four albums as far as it can go, for their last few albums it would be cool if they went for more of a classic Somewhere in Time/Seventh Son type of style and songwriting. I think that would freshen up their musical direction and give their career a good finish.
    I think it'd be ****in awesome if they did a complete 180 and released something similar to Number of the Beast/Piece of Mind/Powerslave stuff. I know that's not their style as of late, but it'd kick a lot of ass regardless.
    taipan 18
    iron maiden is the best, last time they showed up in japan a teenage girl said when i grow up i want to be steve harris daughter
    Way Cool JR.
    Maiden will always rule! I can't wait for the album I'm sure it will be great. Up the Irons!!
    Anybody hear that Space Truckin' cover Iron Maiden did in 2008? I'd love to hear Bruce try and do some high pitched screams like he used to do back in the day! In any case, the releases of the 2000's keep getting better and better... I can't wait!
    To answer the question at the end of the article, rather than respond to some of the utterly idiotic comments already posted, I want to hear some slightly shorter, 'The Trooper'-esque tracks as well as the 8-or-9-minute epics. The last 2 albums were great, especially 'TFF' ('The Talisman' is possibly my favourite ever Maiden track), but I think mixing it up a bit more would be just dandy.
    Final Frontier was good, although I thought it would have been a nice finish.
    good album yes but definitely not one to finish on. In an ideal world I would expect them to finish on another Number of the Beast type album or going full circle back to Running Free
    I wish they'd go back to the style of Number-Powerslave with slightly short songs with more emphasis on heavy metal, rather than progressive metal. I'm tired of ten 8 minute songs that start slowly and end slowly with the same gallop in the middle.
    The icon for this article on the previous page is a picture of Megadeth. Classic UG
    I'd like to hear more progressive style in the new one. I really like what they did in 'A matter of life and death' an underrated album in my opinion
    Since when did Bruce Dickinson become a ginger? I think UG needs to fix the outer image.
    I love Maiden and AMOLAD is one of my favorites by them, but they are getting a bit formulaic. I hope the next album is more spontaneous like the classic stuff.
    This band is still relevant?
    Iron Maiden are among the greatest of forces in heavy metal music. They're still going strong after 37 years, and even after 15 studio albums in they continue to write innovative, strong pieces of music and have released some of the longest songs/albums of their career over the past decade and a half. It just goes to show they're still 100% dedicated to their craft, which is much more than you can say for most 30+ year old heavy metal bands today. It isn't Iron Maiden that is irrelevant, but it is your comment that is.
    39 dislikes, this guy's opinion must be pretty wrong
    I wish one more person disliked it before I did so I could have been the 200th person to legitimize the fact that Ultimet is one hurting unit
    I do love Iron Maiden, but the last album of theirs I've thoroughly enjoyed was Brave New World. I definitely agree that they are still relevant but I doubt they will ever release another masterpiece. On a related note, their last couple of album covers have been pretty ugly. I prefer old school Eddie - for example, Live After Death is a wicked cover.
    von gelb
    Listen to A Matter of Life and Death a few times, I didn't think much of it the first time I heard it but now I think it's maybe even better than Brave New World.
    Actually, I agree that Brave New World is their best album recently, because it's just packed with great songs. AMOLAD and FF were very good albums, and Dance of Death was a bit hit and miss, but Brave New World is one of Maiden's best releases. I also agree about the artwork- DoD was shoddy, FF really isn't great (when did Eddie grow fangs and get the lobotomy in PoM undone?). However, I do really like the AMOLAD artwork, it's pretty awesome. As long as Maiden don't put out another X Factor/ Virtual XI, which they'll never do with Bruce at the helm, I'll be happy to hear the new album. Up The Irons!
    I really couldn't get into FF, loved BNW and AMOLAD. DoD had a bunch of great tracks, but FF I felt dragged on with subpar riffs (this opinion could be due to me becoming obsessed with prog). Regardless, still stoked to see what comes out in 2014!
    Funny thing is: X Factor was the last great Iron Maiden Albumn. And AMOLAD was basically a revisit of X Factor... People dismiss it just beacuse it wasn't Bruce in the vocals, but he would ruin that albumn. The lyrics are often great (maybe 2 AM is a bit cheesy, but it's probably a consequence from the Fear of The Dark's lyrics) and the songs are very different from what you would expect from Maiden, but still, it was the last time they got really creative with their sound.
    u sir ezkamenrider, are just ****ed X Factor was HORRIFIC. i can see better looking shit comn out of my own ass
    X Factor is really good album, like anyone of Maidens albums. Its just his opinion and I think that he has in something truth.
    I agree on B N W it showed that excitement of gettin back to what really matters, even the video of the Wicker Man was the best video ever
    Mr Winters
    This band will never stop being relevant. Like it or not they are one of the biggest bands of any genre in history, deal with it.
    Guns N' Chains
    You can't call yourself a Rock or Metal fan without AT LEAST respecting Iron Maiden. Whether you are or not, you just disrespected the greatest Heavy Metal band of all-time.
    One of the greatest bands to ever exist? Yes, they're still relevant. Idiot.
    Pablo Mortis
    You know how they have the Gold Medal for the person with the most up-votes? Does anyone else think it'd be amusing to have a huge steaming turd for the guy with the most down-votes? Just Saying xD
    *clears throat* Do you find yourself...only listening to vinyls? Vinyls that...have only sold no more than five-thousand copies?
    This is very quickly becoming the most down-voted comment in UG history, congratulations on that I guess.
    How the hell could Iron Maiden not be relevant? They'll still be relevant 100 years from now! You can't kill a legend!!!
    I signed in on here just to give you another negative comment. Iron Maiden, along with every other big band that came before them, are directly responsible for having influenced hundreds of thousands of bands after them, if not more. There was not a guitar duo that could beat the pairing of Murray and Smith. Bruce was and still is one of the best singers, along with one of the best frontmen in the world. Harris is one of the world's best recent songwriters I've ever heard. Nicko at his age makes drummers half his age and less sound old, untalented and uninspired. You're a fool for not recognizing the band's contribution to music, along with each individual member's.
    Ah, Iron Maiden. Metal for hipster teenage metalheads. Their fans think they have SO much better taste in music because Maiden isn't hugely popular. Metallica's 80s albums alone are better than Maidens whole discography. Not to mention nobody wants to hear their political war BS songs. God what a overrated band.
    "nobody wants to hear their political war BS songs" I'd like to introduce you to Black Sabbath, arguably the first heavy metal band, known strongly for their song "War Pigs" making war and politics a very popular subject in heavy metal lyrics ever since. If you don't like music with ties to war and politics, choose a different genre.
    anvil is god
    Hipster is a term co-opted for use as a meaningless pejorative in order to vaguely call someone else's authenticity into question and, by extension, claim authenticity for yourself. It serves no conversational function and imparts no information, save for indicating the opinions and preferences of the speaker. Meanwhile, a market myth has sprung up around the term, as well as a cultural bogeyman consisting of elusive white 20-somethings who wear certain clothes (but no one will agree on what), listen to certain music (no one can agree on this either), and act a certain way (you've probably sensed the pattern on your own). You can't define what that kind of behavior or fashion or lifestyle actually is, nor will you ever be able to. That's because you don't use hipster to describe an actual group of people, but to describe a fictional stereotype that is an outlet for literally anything that annoys you. The twist, of course, is that if it weren't for your own insecurities, nothing that a hipster could do or wear would ever affect you emotionally. But you are insecure about your own authenticity - Do I wear what I wear because I want to? Do I listen to my music because I truly like it? I'm certainly not like those filthy hipsters! - so you project those feelings. Suffice it to say, no one self-identifies as a hipster; the term is always applied to an Other, to separate the authentic Us from the inauthentic, ironic Them.
    If anything Maiden are extremely underrated, unlike Metallica, they are continuously getting more popular and finding new audiences (particularly in South America and Asia). Iron Maiden have also been just as, if not more, influential as Metallica. I personally find Metallica quite repetitive and boring lately. First few albums are great, but then the sound never progressed. (Death Magnetic had 2 good songs and thats it, it was only a success due to the anticipation I think) Iron Maiden however always find a way to keep the good stuff and yet do something slightly different every time. And yes Maiden do sing about war and politics, but those are lyrics which really mean something, not BS at all, and if you look at Metallica lyrics in comparison, not very deep at all.
    I totally agree with everything you said, except that last statement about metallica. Lets not forget ''One'' amazing song and lyrics DO mean alot in my opinion \m/
    Actually listen to the lyrical content of metallica songs like "fade to black," "the god that failed" "Sanitarium" "One" or even "nothing else matters" and you'd realize they write some great lyrics. You're just another biased wanker. For the record, statistically, Metallica is LEAGUES ahead of Iron Maiden when it comes to Influence. You don't need to agree, but its the truth, literally EVERY hard rock or metal band right now can site them as a major influence, not to mention the amount of bands that sound like them... Anyways, its not worth the argument...
    And Metallica cite Maiden as an influence. Every single band that cites Metallica as an influence probably also cites Black Sabbath and Maiden as well.
    I must say , i love both bands, iron maiden for me are the most influentual metal band out there (next to sabbath i suppose) metallica are a real ''**** yeah'' kinda band and i like that,they're both amazing,but what i cant stand is a wankstain like you who, ok you have your opinion, but u dont have the inteligence to back it up, grow up
    *God, what AN overrated band.* This bozo can't even use correct grammar and punctuation. Up the irons brethren!
    if we were to rank metal bands by popularity, Metallica would be first and wait for it... Maiden would be SECOND! the have 9 million fans on Facebook you can't seriously tell me they aren't hugely popular?
    No you are idiot.Facebook doesnt mean shit. Its 1) Metallica 2) Judas Priest 3) Motley Crue 4) Megadeth 5) Iron Maiden Try again
    what did you pull that list out of your own ass? how the hell is Judas Priest second. Even though they've been around the longest, in terms of record sales(around the same as Megadeth), concert sales, YouTube views, Facebook fans they aren't even close to the other bands on that list. try using google for once
    Yep, you're pretty much right about Priest but Phuck me they are awesome! Not a relevant comment but I wanted to make it anyway....
    Motley Crue is ahead of Megadeth and Iron Maiden, plus theres no mention of Motorhead or even Ozzy, according to you?! You should try again. As in, try and grow another brain, again. This is exactly the type of stupid shit on the internet that annoys me. To think there are actually people walking around who honestly think like this, and believe THEIR opinions are relevant, or at least right, SCARES me even more...
    You are calling somebody an idiot based on a matter that is strictly dependent on personal preference and opinion. Music is an art, not a sport. You are the one who is exhibiting typical 'hipster teen' behavior by pitting highly successful bands against each other in an immature competition that the bands themselves don't give a damn about. Nobody has declared that you have to listen to and like any particular song, band, or genre of music.
    von gelb
    If one of the two bands is overrated, it's Metallica. By the way, I'm not a teenage hipster. I'm 42 and have been listening to Iron Maiden (and Metallica) since I was 12.
    Sorry, i think i have better taste music? I don't even listen to metal besides a few other bands. I mainly like Jazz, Funk and Prog and well anything but seriously maiden are that good. Its ok to not like maiden but insulting them is a stupid thing to do.
    The only thing that is BS about Iron Maiden is the fact that Seattle isn't on their September US tour dates. It really doesn't matter what Iron Maiden fans think, because you've proven that they all have a better taste in music then YOU!!! It's amusing that you ended your comment with 'God what an overrated band.' This is because you previously used Metallica as a comparison to try and state your point. I won't say Metallica hasn't had their fair share of quality work, but it is definitely overrated!
    I'm 49 ****ing years old. I have listened to Maiden since high school. Harris is one of my biggest influences on bass. There is nothing teenaged nor hipster about me mayslush. Not hugely popular? wow! BTW, Metallica's 80s albums are their only great ones.
    Before I start let me just say I love Maiden. I think Bruce was playing with the interviewer as the text below describes (Wikipedia so 100% perfect) his move from Samson to Maiden (and is how i remember reading about it). 'The band's last gig was at Reading Festival, after which Dickinson was approached by Iron Maiden's manager, Rod Smallwood, who asked him to audition to be their new lead vocalist.' Unless the fee for playing Reading back then was 10, a suitcase and an eye for a bench... Anyway, bring on the new album.
    I think when he said "floated on like that until the time he sang in Maiden" he was referring to the time in Samson. He didn't join Maiden right away. I remember hearing part of this story 30 years ago, so chances are it is accurate. I believe so anyway
    im hoping for more riffs from the three guitarists and less simple chord progressions. i always look forward to a new iron maiden album though so, bring it on!
    well I think The Final Frontier was forced, I wanna hear some memorable Maiden, just let the music flow unlike The Final Frontier which sounded like an album that had to be made for either the record label or for extra money or something besides the music.