Iron Maiden's Steve Harris Announces First Ever Solo Album

Iron Maiden's Steve Harris has announced his first ever solo album.

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Iron Maiden's Steve Harris you know, one of the greatest bassists of all time, kick-started the greatest metal band of all time, has one of the greatest on-stage presences of all time, that guy has announced his first ever solo album!

"British Lion" will be mixed by Maiden collaborator Kevin Shirely and released on September 24 via EMI.

"I've always been proud to be British," explains Steve of the album name. "I don't see any reason why I shouldn't be. It's a massive part of being me. It's not like I'm flag-waving or trying to preach, this is not a political statement at all. It's like supporting your football team, where you come from. I just think it lends itself to some really strong imagery too, and to me it fits in with the sound."

"British Lion" tracklist: 01. This Is My God 02. Lost Worlds 03. Karma Killer 04. Us Against The World 05. The Chosen Ones 06. A World Without Heaven 07. Judas 08. Eyes Of The Young 09. These Are The Hands 10. The Lesson

Nice, one, Steve. Nice. Meanwhile, Iron Maiden are currently ripping up the US on tour!

Thanks for the report to MetalHammer.co.uk.

24 comments sorted by best / new / date

    BloodyPumpkins
    Half of the reason of why I listen to Maiden is because of his godlike playing. I'll check this out for sure.
    Agent 00Awesome
    DexterF wrote: Ah, maybe this means Maiden will have some room to breathe and come up with a 8 track CD with 7 total ass kickers instead of a 10 track album with 2 or 3 rather good songs (or in the case of AMOLAD none at all) that consist of a handful of 3 tone riffs and variations of "of the dead"/"of death" plastered all over the lyrics sung over a seemingly neverending repetition like a lawnmower droning and whining.
    Are you kidding me? AMOLAD is a solid album. No bad tracks whatsoever.
    Maiden95
    Really excited to hear this. Just saw Maiden last night. Best concert I've EVER been to.
    maidenbridge666
    DexterF wrote: Agent 00Awesome wrote: Are you kidding me? AMOLAD is a solid album. No bad tracks whatsoever. When I heard the second track I thought "all it takes now to make this a thin self-copy is Dickinson going 'whoo ho ho whoo ho ho'" and BAM, 4 beats later... I gnawed myself through the album once and let all hope go. I was surprised that The Final Frontier has at least some decent tracks. But everything after Dickinson's return is pale and "nice" at best compared to masterpieces like Somewhere In Time, 7th Son or Number. And no, I'm not kidding, I regard AMOLAD the worst album Maiden ever made. By far.
    I always thought BNW, DOD and AMOLAD were heavier than all the 80s/90s albums. Theyre easily my top 3 Maiden albums too. I guess its all a matter of opinion in the end anyway...
    Drache Wachter
    Face R1pper wrote: This looks good, much better than Adrian's recent disaster hopefully.
    I think Adrian was fine in the project. The vocals, however.....
    Agent 00Awesome
    DexterF wrote: Agent 00Awesome wrote: Are you kidding me? AMOLAD is a solid album. No bad tracks whatsoever. When I heard the second track I thought "all it takes now to make this a thin self-copy is Dickinson going 'whoo ho ho whoo ho ho'" and BAM, 4 beats later... I gnawed myself through the album once and let all hope go. I was surprised that The Final Frontier has at least some decent tracks. But everything after Dickinson's return is pale and "nice" at best compared to masterpieces like Somewhere In Time, 7th Son or Number. And no, I'm not kidding, I regard AMOLAD the worst album Maiden ever made. By far.
    To each his own man, but I completely disagree. There's no denying that the 80s Maiden sound is classic, but I love the more progressive approach of newer Maiden. And this was captured perfectly for me on AMOLAD. It's in my top 5 Maiden albums for sure. Dark tracks like Longest Day and Lord of Light, progressive tracks like The Legacy and For the Greater Good of God. Even a short, upbeat opener. Its all awesome.
    Agent 00Awesome
    ^Agreed. Blaze gets soo much hate. For what reason? X Factor is a decent album if people would just give it a chance.
    BUTCHY13
    Let's just hope Blaze Bailey won't be let anywhere near this. Paul Di'anno could make a cameo though, that would be cool. I always wonder about these "solo" albums, is this just going to be Steve Harris singing while playing a bass?
    DexterF
    Ah, maybe this means Maiden will have some room to breathe and come up with a 8 track CD with 7 total ass kickers instead of a 10 track album with 2 or 3 rather good songs (or in the case of AMOLAD none at all) that consist of a handful of 3 tone riffs and variations of "of the dead"/"of death" plastered all over the lyrics sung over a seemingly neverending repetition like a lawnmower droning and whining.
    K!!LsWiTcH
    Face R1pper wrote: I like A Matter of Life and Death but it is the weakest of the post-2000 albums. So I can kind of understand what he's saying.
    final frontier was so much weaker than amolad. and in more ways too.
    St00pId
    Apparently Richard Taylor is doing vocals and David Hawkins does guitar.
    maidenbridge666
    DaniArrow wrote: Is he gonna sing on it too?
    dude have you heard Steve's singing voice? its terrible! he says it himself! just listen to any live performance where theres backing vocals.. that one thats kinda quiet... yh its a little off key.. thats Steve
    Arr0wHead
    Comments make me think a lot of people don't realize Harris is the primary songwriter in Maiden.
    lucas_eddie
    Yesterday I was having an incredibly crappy day and then I read about this and the day suddenly became incredibly amazing.
    St00pId
    I would also like a little info about the other musicians in this group. Harris must've had some high standards when recruiting people.
    DexterF
    Agent 00Awesome wrote: Are you kidding me? AMOLAD is a solid album. No bad tracks whatsoever.
    When I heard the second track I thought "all it takes now to make this a thin self-copy is Dickinson going 'whoo ho ho whoo ho ho'" and BAM, 4 beats later... I gnawed myself through the album once and let all hope go. I was surprised that The Final Frontier has at least some decent tracks. But everything after Dickinson's return is pale and "nice" at best compared to masterpieces like Somewhere In Time, 7th Son or Number. And no, I'm not kidding, I regard AMOLAD the worst album Maiden ever made. By far.
    JFRules
    Pumped for this! Coming out soon too. Yesterday was the first time I even heard about this. I would like to know who the other musicians are.